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Astral launches The Movie Network GO, streaming service for movies and HBO shows

The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Subscribers to The Movie Network can now watch Hollywood movies and HBO Canada shows on their smartphones and tablets, Astral Media Inc. announced Wednesday.

The specialty TV, radio and outdoor advertising company said Wednesday the service, called The Movie Network GO, is available at no additional cost to those with subscriptions to The Movie Network and The Movie Network Encore.

It says the online streaming service will give users immediate and unlimited access to 1,200 movie and TV show titles, via an app.

Astral (TSX:ACM.A) operates 25 specialty cable television channels, 84 radio stations and outdoor advertising businesses.

The company is waiting to hear back about a revised proposal submitted to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission after the regulator rejected a friendly takeover offer by BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) last October.

The CRTC ruled that the deal as originally presented was not in the best interest of Canadians.