Chris Bundas –
Tim Hortons and Burger King merger is official. The NHL is set to get 4 new teams. Rogers and Shaw have the answer to Netflix: ‘Shomi’.
TIM HORTONS AND BURGER KING MERGER OFFICIAL
Burger King & Tim Hortons announced they are teaming up in a $12.5-billion deal that aimed at increasing the number of fast food companies internationally and in the U.S., and that will make them the 3rd largest quick food company. They’re promising there will be no mixing of Whoppers and Timbits. When asked if the deal meant mingling the brands, such as Burger King selling Tim Hortons’ coffee, the answer was a quick and definitive “Absolutely not.”
NHL TO GET 4 NEW TEAMS
Sports Business News reported late Tuesday that the NHL may be expanding in a very big way. The league is preparing to add four teams by 2017 in Toronto, Quebec City, Seattle and Las Vegas. A report in the Vancouver Province said an expansion team in Las Vegas was a “done deal” and the only thing left to determined is who will front the ownership. Las Vegas officials broke ground in May on the building of a 20,000-seat multi-sport arena set for completion in the spring of 2016. The league’s last expansion was in 2000 with the addition of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild.
THE CANADIAN ANSWER TO NETFLIX
Rogers and Shaw have teamed up to launch a subscription video-on-demand service they say can rival Netflix without destroying their own cable and television-on-demand services. The new service “Shomi,” kicks off in November and will initially be available to Rogers and Shaw Internet or TV customers. The service will give users access to past seasons of current shows as well as movies and exclusive content, with some original content in the future. Shomi has past-season streaming rights to a host of popular TV shows including “Modern Family,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Shameless” and “2 Broke Girls.” 240 TV series and 1,200 movies will be able accesable to users on tablets, mobile, online and through Xbox 360 as well as set top boxes.
HWY. 427 TO BE EXPANDED AT STEELES
Ontario’s Liberal government is planning a major overhaul of a 7km stretch of Hwy. 427. The project will take place between Campus Rd.-Fasken Dr. to Steeles Ave. in Etobicoke and will include a lane expansion from five to eight. It was also involved the addition of one High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane running in each direction. The project has an $83 million price tag and should be completed by the fall of 2017.
HARSHER DISTRACTED DRIVING PENALTIES COMING
Ontario Drivers may soon face harsher penalties for texting or talking on a cellphone while driving. The Liberals are set to reintroduce a bill that would boost the maximum fine to $1,000 and 3 demerit points. Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said yesterday that he plans to reintroduce the distracted driving bill, which was put on hold when the June 12 election was called.