Club Illico, a French-language SVOD service based in Montreal, has acquired a slate of fresh content from NBCUniversal in a deal that brings some of the media company’s biggest theatrical hits to French-Canadian audiences.
The SVOD, which is owned by Quebec-based telco Videotron, has added the French versions of many of NBCU’s recent theatrical releases, including Fast and Furious 6 (Rapides et dangereux 6), Despicable Me 2 (Détestable Moi 2), Kick Ass 2, R.I.P.D, (RIP Département), The Purge (La Purge), The Purge: Anarchy (La Purge 2), A Million Ways to Die in the West (Mille et une façons de mourir dans l’Ouest), 47 Ronin (47 Ronin), Ride Along (Mise à l’épreuve), Non-Stop (Sans arrêt), Endless Love (Un amour infini) and Neighbors (Les voisins). The titles will appear on Club Illico later this month.
Club Illico was launched 2013 in an effort to deliver mostly French content (with some English options) to audiences in Quebec and beyond. It’s biggest competitor Netflix has been available in Canada since 2011 and, while its selection of titles mostly cater to English audiences, it offers French subtitles on titles such as Hemlock Grove and Arrested Development, and French audio for series and films such as House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, The Hour, Thor, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and others.
According to Canada’s most recent census data, 22% of the population are native French speakers. The province of Quebec is by far the largest concentration of French speakers, with an estimated 80% of the population are native Francophones, with 95% in the province speaking French as their first or second language.
Club Illico is available to Canadian subscribers for Cdn $9.99 per month. Its subscriber numbers are not public. The service has previously struck content deals with Sony Pictures Television Canada, The Pokémon Company and Viacom, and is also home to popular series such as Bates Motel, American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy.