Sony Shuts Off Crackle For Canadian Viewers

Posted by at 1:12 pm on June 26, 2018

Sony Crackle is halting operations in Canada this week, shifting its portfolio to two non-Sony VOD services. The move follows last month’s news of a dozen layoffs at the ad-supported streaming service and heralds a new focus on the U.S. and Latin American markets. In a statement the company said:

“As part of a recently announced partnership between Sony Pictures Television and Bell Media, some content that was available on Sony Crackle in Canada will be available on Bell Media’s new VOD services, CTV Movies and CTV Vault, later this year. Sony Crackle will continue to focus on its longform original content in the U.S. and Latin America. We want to thank the loyal viewers in Canada that have enjoyed our service throughout the years.”

Sony bought Crackle in 2006, when it was still known as Grouper. It has branched out from its origins as a home for Sony film and TV titles, adding originals like Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and The Art of More. In a sign of the intense competition in the streaming space, Comedians moved across the street to Netflix in 2017.

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