Canadian public broadcaster CBC has rolled out a streaming service that will offer more than 4,000 hours of live and on-demand programming including the exclusive launch of Netflix co-production Northern Rescue.
The William Baldwin and Kathleen Robertson-fronted drama is one of a number of new titles for CBC Gem, which will include drama, comedy, factual entertainment, documentaries, arts, kids, sports and national and local news programming.
The streaming service, which also offers French-language programming from ICI Radio-Canada, will offer a free, ad-supported service as well as a premium membership for $4.99 per month.
The library will include acquisitions from Canadian distribution partners, including A71 Entertainment, Elevation Pictures, eOne, levelFILM and Mongrel Media, and international partners BBC Studios, Fremantle International, ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Sky Vision.
Separately, CBC will also collaborate with new partners including a partnership with global multiplatform entertainment company Wattpad. It will offer emerging Canadian writers the opportunity to create exclusive content for CBC Gem.
“We are in the midst of a renaissance of great television programming, and we want to make sure Canadians have a place in this new world of globalized television—a place that is theirs,” said Catherine Tait, President & CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada. “With the launch of CBC Gem, our goal is to offer not just CBC programming but the best Canadian content from across the country by seeking out new partnerships with a wide range of producers, distributors and publishers.”
“CBC Gem is Canada’s home for the best content this country has to offer in addition to a curated selection of acclaimed programming from around the world,” added Gave Lindo, Executive Director, OTT Programming, CBC. “We will collaborate with new partners to continue to expand our library and invest in delivering the best user experience, to ensure that our streaming service is a distinct destination for audiences of all ages, on all platforms.”