Hulu Original ‘The Wrong Mans’ to Stream on Shomi in Canada
Shomi, an SVOD service in Canada from Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications that’s looking to compete with Netflix, has struck a licensing deal with BBC Worldwide North America to offer select shows exclusively to its subscribers.
Under the pact, two BBC series that Shomi has nabbed exclusive rights to in Canada — “Moone Boy” from writer-actor Chris O’Dowd and “The Wrong Mans” from writer-actors Mathew Baynton and James Corden — are available on Hulu in the US. “The Wrong Mans” is co-production between BBC Worldwide Americas and Hulu, which premiered it as an original series in the US one year ago.
Hulu doesn’t operate outside of the US*, so “The Wrong Mans” is only considered a “Hulu original” here. In the UK, the show is associated with BBC.
Also available on Shomi thanks to this deal, “A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories,” which stars Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm, as well as previous seasons of “A Bit of Fry & Laurie,” “Doctor Who,” and “Top Gear.”
Beginning the first week of November, Shomi will be available in beta to Rogers and Shaw internet or TV customers for $8.99 per month. Like Netflix, it will be available across a slew of digital devices. And like Netflix, it’s trying to build a compelling library of movie and TV shows to convince people to subscribe.
That said, Netflix and Shomi are also partners. The two are collaborating on “Between,” a “survivalist thriller” series set to star Jennette McCurdy of Nickelodeon’s now-canceled hit series “Sam & Cat.” Shomi will stream the series exclusively in Canada, Netflix will do the same in every other territory it operates in.
* Hulu sold its Hulu Japan extension to Nippon TV earlier this year.Tags: BBC Worldwide, BBC Worldwide North America, Hulu, hulu originals, Licensing Deal, Netflix, Shomi, SVOD, The Wrong Mans