Montréal, April 6, 2017 – Club illico announced today that it is adding 11 new documentaries from the iconic global brand National Geographic to its catalogue. Three titles are available immediately and one new title will be added per month through December 2017.
Something for everyone
Club illico members will be able to explore the animal kingdom, foreign lands and the wonders of food in this wide-ranging selection of beautifully filmed documentaries. The three that are available today are Eat: The Story Of Food (French title: Une histoire d'appétit), Wild Thailand (Destination Wild : La Thaïlande) and Animal Selfie (Quand les animaux font des selfies). They will be followed by Man V. Lion (Man vs Lion), Point of No Return (Birmanie, la fièvre de l'altitude), Inside the Mega Twister (Méga Tornade), Challenge the Desert (Ralley Dakar : innovation dans le désert), Battle for Virunga: Explorer 2.0 (Explorer : Combat pour Virunga), Exploring China: China's Grand Canal (Le Grand Canal de Chine), Mega Hammerhead (Méga requin-marteau) and Zeb's River Journey (En Thaïlande avec Zeg Hogan).
These National Geographic documentaries were licensed to Quebecor by Fox Networks Group Content Distribution (FNGCD), the global distributor for both FOX and National Geographic content. Prentiss Fraser EVP & managing director at FNGCD comments: Quebecor Content is an exciting and progressive multiplatform partner with which to do business and we are delighted to have licensed some of our premium National Geographic content for Club illico. We hope to grow our relationship even further over time and anticipate that our exceptional factual stories will be well received by audiences in Québec.
We are very pleased to be teaming up with this internationally renowned brand that has been helping viewers discover every corner of our world for more than 15 years, said Yann Paquet, Vice-President, Acquisitions & International Development, Quebecor Content. We aim to deliver content that draws in and delights viewers, and we think National Geographic fits that bill to a tee, with its talent for transporting audiences, educating and entertaining them in equal measure.
With these exclusive additions to its catalogue, Club illico becomes the first over-the-top video service in Canada to offer National Geographic documentaries in French, said Caroline Paquet, Senior Director, Content Platform Management & Operation at Videotron. These world-famous productions deliver on Club illico's promise to bring its members the finest selection of diverse, high-quality French-language content.
This selection of captivating and educational National Geographic documentaries is available to all Canadians on Club illico, which can be accessed on the Web at illico.tv/clubillico or on tablets and mobile phones through the illico app for iOS and Android. Videotron subscribers can also watch Club illico on channel 900.
Videotron (www.videotron.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access, cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its illico interactive television service and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. As of December 31, 2016, Videotron was serving 1,690,800 cable television customers, including 1,587,000 Digital TV subscribers, while Club illico, the over-the-top video service, had 314,700 members. Videotron is also the Quebec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,612,800 subscribers to its cable service as of December 31, 2016. As of the same date, Videotron had 893,900 subscriber connections to its mobile telephone service and was providing cable telephone service to 1,253,100 Quebec households and organizations. For the twelfth consecutive year, Videotron was ranked as Quebec's most respected telecommunications company in the annual Léger survey.
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About Quebecor Content
Quebecor Content, a wholly owned business unit of Quebecor Media Inc., creates, develops, acquires, distributes and exports distinctive, high-quality audio-visual content, providing consumers with a multi-platform experience via Videotron and TVA Group services and promoting Quebec artists at home and abroad.
About Fox Networks Group Content Distribution
Fox Networks Group Content Distribution is the leading global distributor for FOX and National Geographic Channels, representing high-quality scripted and unscripted programming and formats. The Company's expansive library contains more than 16,000 hours of award-winning, exclusive and top-rated signature series and specials owned, developed and produced by Fox, National Geographic, 24Kitchen, Fox Life, Voyage and BabyTV channels, as well as many independent production partners from around the world.
Fox Networks Group Content Distribution's international positioning provides access to multiple language versions, as well as locally-created series and formats produced across Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. With dedicated sales and creative teams spanning 62 hubs worldwide, the Company is strongly positioned to service its compelling content to multimedia clients and offer independent producers an all-encompassing distribution service.
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