TORONTO, June 4, 2020 /CNW/ – Get ready for a unique new experience in live TV and on-demand streaming in Canada! VMedia, Canada’s leading independent telecommunications and broadcasting company, today announced the launch of RiverTV (www.Rivertv.ca), Canada’s first live TV and on-demand streaming channel platform, featuring a bundle of over 30 channels with thousands of hours of original programming, for only $16.99* a month.
The RiverTV line-up offers a great mix of top-rated shows and movies on local Global TV stations, CHCH-TV, W Network, Showcase, Teletoon, YTV, Treehouse, HISTORY®, Adult Swim, Family, Slice, Smithsonian Channel Canada, Crime & Investigation and many more. Subscribers will also enjoy unique new content with seven US live and VOD streaming channels that are bundled only on RiverTV – Cheddar, Drink TV, Law & Crime, Newsmax, Newsy, Real Vision and REVOLT, with more channels to be available in the upcoming months.
Subscribers will also be able to add ‘a la carte’ channels to the RiverTV package, including Hollywood Suite, i24NEWS and Nick+(coming soon), and many others to be added in the next several months.
Targeted at cord-cutting Canadians and those looking for a more affordable live TV solution, especially millennials and families with young children, RiverTV is available coast to coast. There are no cable-boxes or wires, and no hidden costs or fees – just instant access to a high quality collection of live and on-demand channels featuring news, lifestyle and entertainment, reality and children’s programming. With a free trial period and no commitments, everyone who enjoys content over the Internet should experience RiverTV!
“Access to live TV has never been easier,” said Alexei Tchernobrivets, CEO of VMedia. “Everyone gets a free trial, with no obligation, by signing up at www.rivertv.ca. Then just download the RiverTV app to any Roku®, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Edition smart TV, Apple or Android TV device, and start watching!”
RiverTV is Canada’s first virtual broadcasting distribution undertaking, or vBDU. Like conventional BDUs including VMedia TV and those operated by the major telcos and cablecos, RiverTV aggregates top specialty channels from leading Canadian programming groups including Corus, Blue Ant Media, Channel Zero and Wildbrain (formerly DHX), as well as a variety of US channels.
However, RiverTV is streamed and delivered over the Internet, available to any Canadian home with Internet service as easily as Netflix. This is an important distinction because conventional BDUs also have packages which can be streamed, like Alt TV, Pik TV and Ignite, but those services can only be subscribed for together with their own often costly Internet packages. RiverTV is available over any Internet service in Canada.
RiverTV can be viewed anywhere on most platforms of your choice including Roku players, Roku TV™ models, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Edition smart TV, Apple TV, iOS (mobile and tablet) and Android TV devices (including NVIDIA SHIELD and certain TVs manufactured by Sony, Sharp, Philips and more). Apps for Android mobile and a web-based service are coming soon.
Popular viewing features include Live TV Guide – for easy channel surfing; My TV – for quick access to favourite shows and on-demand content; Look Back TV – to watch previously aired content up to seven days back; Pause & Resume – which allows users to pick up where they left off, and Restart which allows users to go back to the beginning of a show already in progress. Shows can also be streamed on three devices simultaneously.
In addition, RiverTV is integrated with major platform search features such as Siri, greatly enhancing programming discoverability through electronic programming guides and On Demand catalogue integration.
In the US, streamed live TV platforms have become a popular alternative to conventional TV, with Sling, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV now serving a market of nearly 10 million homes. These solutions are attractive to consumers who appreciate the many benefits of live TV and all the great original programming it offers, but want live TV to be more affordable, and easily accessible on the platform of their choice. VMedia’s RiverTV now offers this unique alternative to Canadians.
“RiverTV is a terrific new choice particularly for adults aged 20-44 and families with young children, who consume video online or who watch traditional live TV,” said George Burger, co-founder of VMedia. “Underserved Canadian consumers finally have a cable-free, lower cost, live TV option, with thousands of hours of video-on-demand. VMedia is proud to be the first to develop a made-in-Canada solution.”
RiverTV subscribers will be able to enjoy such fan favourites as Survivor, 9-1-1 and Big Brother Canada (GlobalTV), Outlander and Hallmark Channel Movies (W Network), Batwomanl, Supergirl and The Magicians (Showcase), The Curse of Oak Island and Vikings (HISTORY®), Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules (Slice), and Rick & Morty and Harley Quinn (Adult Swim).
First time users who sign up for RiverTV will receive a free trial to experience all the great shows and features RiverTV offers. There are no commitments; subscribers can cancel at anytime without penalty. Canadians can subscribe directly at www.rivertv.ca, on Roku devices or through the Apple, Amazon and Google Play app stores.
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*price excludes applicable taxes