Bell becomes exclusive Canadian partner for Quibi
- Canada’s news and sports leaders CTV News and TSN to produce curated daily content
- Bell will market new mobile-first platform through Bell Media and Bell Mobility
LOS ANGELES and MONTRÉAL, March 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Quibi, the upcoming mobile video platform, today announced its first partnership in Canada with Bell, the country’s largest communications company. Bell becomes Quibi’s exclusive Canadian marketing partner in the telecommunications category and the first Canadian provider of daily content for the new platform.
Quibi will launch in Canada on April 6 for the monthly price of Cdn $6.99 with advertising and Cdn $9.99 without ads.
News and sports from Bell Media
Bell Media, Canada’s leading content company, becomes the exclusive Canadian news and sports provider for the mobile-first platform. The two Bell Media series will be part of Quibi’s Daily Essentials, which will feature curated news, entertainment and inspirational content each day. Bell will also market Quibi to Canadians via Bell Media and Bell Mobility marketing channels.
Bell Media becomes the only Canadian media company producing exclusive content for Daily Essentials. Bell Media’s CTV News, Canada’s leading news organization, will produce a daily news program covering breaking news and the biggest stories of the day, which will stream on Quibi mornings and evenings on weekdays and mornings on weekends. Bell Media’s TSN, Canada’s sports leader and #1 sports network, will produce a daily sports information update streaming every morning, 7 days a week. Further details about both programs will be announced in the near future.
“We are excited to partner with Bell and Canada’s top news and sports brands from Bell Media to deliver daily curated programs that will provide Canadians all of the biggest moments and stories of the day in quick bites,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Quibi.
“As Canada’s provider of the country’s most-watched content and the leader in mobile innovation, Bell is uniquely positioned to partner with Quibi on this exciting new evolution in entertainment,” said Mirko Bibic, President and Chief Executive Officer, BCE and Bell Canada. “Our goal is to advance how Canadians connect with each other and the world, and we look forward to powering the launch of Quibi in Canada with the full strength of Bell’s unmatched wireless and content creation resources.”
“We’re thrilled to expand our digital footprint in this partnership with the new and highly anticipated mobile platform, Quibi,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “Bell Media continues to adapt to the evolving media landscape by providing additional opportunities for our audiences to consume content more quickly on the innovative platforms of their choice.”
Quibi is a mobile-first media technology platform bringing together the best of Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Quibi is the first entertainment platform built for easy, on-the-go mobile viewing, allowing today’s leading studios and creative talent to tell original stories in an entirely new way. For more information visit quibi.com.
Bell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing advanced broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services throughout the country. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media. Founded in Montréal in 1880, Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). To learn more, please visit Bell.ca or BCE.ca.
About Bell Media
Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, digital media, and more. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 29 specialty channels, including leading specialty services TSN and RDS. Bell Media is Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of 50,000 faces in five provinces. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; video streaming services including Crave, TSN Direct, and RDS Direct; and multi-channel network Much Studios. The company owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios; is a partner in Just for Laughs, the live comedy event and TV producer; and jointly owns Dome Productions Partnership, one of North America’s leading production facilities providers. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at BellMedia.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Bell Media, Communications
Quibi, Corporate Communications
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