Apple launches TV shows on iTunes Store Canada

Apple StoreApple today announced that hit television programming from Canada’s top networks, US broadcasters and the National Hockey League (NHL) is now available for CAN$1.99 per episode from the iTunes Store in Canada. iTunes customers can choose from Canadian-produced favorites such as the top-rated, award-winning “Corner Gas” from CTV, the hit comedy “Little Mosque on the Prairie” from CBC, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “South Park” from Comedy Central and the NHL Games of the Year.

“We’re thrilled to bring television programming to the iTunes Store in Canada in time for the holiday season,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes, in the press release. “We’re off to a great start with hit shows from CBC, CTV, Comedy Central and MTV Networks, along with the best of classic and current NHL action.”

Television shows purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Store can be viewed on a PC or Mac, iPod nano with video, fifth generation iPod, iPod classic or on a widescreen TV with Apple TV. Television programming on the iTunes Store in Canada includes:

• CBC’s comedy programs “Little Mosque on the Prairie” and “The Rick Mercer Report,” reality programming “No Opportunity Wasted” and “Dragon’s Den”
• CTV’s smash hit comedy “Corner Gas,” dramas “Instant Star,” “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and “Robson Arms”
• Comedy Central’s “Drawn Together,” “The Sarah Silverman Program” and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “South Park”
• MTV Networks programs “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Hills”
• NHL Games of the Year, including top NHL games in their entirety for the 2007-2008 season, as well as Stanley Cup Classics, a five-game bundle of great Stanley Cup Final games.

iTunes 7 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Store and is available as a free download from http://www.itunes.ca. Purchase and download of songs and videos from the iTunes Store requires a valid credit card from a financial institution in the country of purchase. Television shows are available in the US, UK and Canada only, and video availability varies by country. TV shows from the iTunes Store are downloaded in near-DVD quality at a resolution of 640×480 (up to 480, depending on the aspect ratio) and can be viewed on a Mac or PC, iPod nano with video, fifth generation iPod, iPod classic or on a widescreen TV with Apple TV.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “coolfactor” for the heads up.]

53 Comments

  1. Happy shopping, neighbors ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    It’s about time… I mean they did bring us Stargate oh and Degrassi, and probably a host of others I don’t know about…

  2. This explains the delay. The Networks didn’t want anyone to see a list at their paltry offerings. After ripping off Canadian’s with a TV tax for years that was used to develop Canadian content the networks have released their entire creative portfolio. Whoaa!

  3. I notice that good ole Ted didn’t sign up any Blue Jays games to iTunes. Wouldn’t want to appear to proggressive with new media trends or do anything to interfere with the super fat margins in the wireless space.

    Back on topic, unless you happen to like reruns of hockey or forced -down-Canadian’s-throats crappy content there really isn’t much there (Rick Mercer, 22 Minutes excluded). It should be good for Apple though because I doubt any of that crap is available on Torrent sites. Apple should have no problem capturing 99% of the market however small it is.

  4. Imagine That.
    CBC has offered it’s Canadian Content.
    Fox news = CBC News
    Republican promotion = Liberal Promotion
    Hate it = Hate it
    This should generate extreme revenue for Apple.
    Almost as much as 1 iPod Touch.
    No thanks.

  5. Regarding Canadian Content restrictions, I don’t know that the CRTC has much say in what an internet outlet can sell, at least at this point. I would guess rather that it has more at this point to do with agreements with the content providers and copyrights. You may have noticed you can’t go to, for example, NBC’s website and ‘catch up ‘ on your viewing as they advertise here in Canada because they have not authorised that method of distribution here yet. Once Apple and other providers work something out there will be more international content. Everything available on the store now was originally distributed in Canada by either CBC- or CTV-owned stations, unless I miss my guess.

  6. Slim pickings indeed….Only good thing (besides hockey) is one of the funniest Canadian’s in the world (or east of Toronto) Rick Mercer.

    Ampar-Triumph…what about
    Basra watch.
    CSI:Bagdad
    Saddam’s anatomy

  7. It would have to be the CRTC restrictions here, otherwise why would Apple do deals with CBC and CTV but exclude US Networks at this point? If there was nothing stopping them from adding US content they would have done so a long time ago. I think this is an issue of the Canadian rights holders of the US content – Global, CTV , etc either not controlling the online component or not working out a deal with Apple.

  8. Buster:
    And, “Who’s IED Is It Anyway?”,
    “The Stepford Harem”,
    “Kid Goat Nation”,
    “Project Runaway”,
    “Murder, She Wrote and Then Was Stoned to Death for Impropriety”,
    “Desperate Housewives” (no change),
    “How I Melt Your Mother”,
    “Criminal Mines”,
    and “Cuban Prison Break”.

  9. If, as you said, ‘mccannic’, “this is an issue of the Canadian rights holders of the US content – Global, CTV , etc either not controlling the online component or not working out a deal with Apple,” that has little or nothing to do with the CRTC. The CRTC has no say in who owns a given program. The “Comedy Central” stuff is not Canadian Content eligible and is aired here by CTV through it’s “Comedy Channel”, and it is there on iTunes, so obviously it is, as I stated before and you somewhat reiterated, just a matter of the copyright holder working out a deal with Apple.
    Incidentally Global does not appear to have any content on the store at present.

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