A new Canadian company is promising a revolution in poker television with their digital channel now set for a 2017 launch.
The owner of PokerVision Media, ePlay Digital, issued a press release this week sharing their plan to develop a "multi-platform digital TV channel that will bridge poker, gaming, e-sports and sports content with previously unseen levels of interactivity."
The company says they are currently acquiring studio space in cities across Canada and that facilities are already operational in Calgary and Toronto. They intend to provide live coverage of poker tournaments in Canada and internationally with new technology that gamifies the experience for viewers and players. The network will also carry reality programming, sports handicapping, e-sports and gaming shows.
When PokerVision Network released their promotional video this spring, they were claiming a 2016 launch, but that has now been pushed to next year. Originally planned as a cable channel which received approval from federal regulators, CRTC, it's unclear whether there are still plans to distribute PokerVision through cable providers or just online.
Earlier transfers from HeadsUp Entertainment put PokerVision Media in control of the now-dormant Canadian Poker Tour and Canadian Poker Player Magazine. There's no word whether the Canadian tour will be revived under the new ownership.
For more details on the background of PokerVision Network and the people involved, visit the comprehensive article on PokerNews Canada.
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