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Report: Apple makes major push into original content

The U.S. tech giant will earmark US $1 billion for original TV content in the next year.

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YouTube Red commissions season two of We Are Savvy

YouTube’s ad-free subscription service greenlit a new season of the show.

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Facebook launches Watch

With its new platform, now available as a limited test in the U.S., the social media giant has unveiled more details on its original content strategy.

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CBS SVOD heading north

CBS All Access is coming to Canada in early 2018, though no details on how this service will affect licensing deals with Canadian broadcasters have been announced.

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In Brief: Netflix acquires Millarworld

Plus: Doc Lab Saskatchewan names participants and Stingray and Via Rail partner.

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VIFF to bring Buffer Festival to Vancouver

The film festival will offer a day of digital-first programming in partnership with the Toronto-based YouTube fest.

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A 360 view of CreamVR’s growth strategy

CEO David Brady discusses how companion VR experiences like its Fear Thy Neighbour films will bring users to the tech.

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YouTube launches Cancon channel

Spotlight Canada will highlight top English and French Canadian YouTube creators and the most-watched videos in the country.

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Corus eyes VR with Vikings app launch

The show’s new immersive experience will be available for mobile devices in advance of its season five premiere.

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More Lili & Lola for Big Bad Boo

The Vancouver prodco is bringing its English/Farsi miniseries back for a second season on its bilingual VOD platform Oznoz.

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Letterkenny gets another six-pack

Bell Media announced production is underway on another half dozen episodes of the CraveTV series, set to premiere later this year.

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Amazon acquires three seasons of Gayl Pile

Match made in heaven? The e-commerce giant picked up the series about a home shopping channel host for its U.K., German and Japanese Prime Video service.