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TORONTO — Roku is adding CTV channels to the offerings on its streaming device.

  Roku adds CTV channels to its streaming device line up © Provided by The Canadian Press

After several years of holding out, CTV's owner Bell Media struck an agreement with Roku Inc. to launch a CTV-branded app with an array of live and on-demand programming from the media company's various brands.

However, much of the entertainment is locked for anyone who doesn't subscribe to cable.

All Roku users will have free access to new episodes of CTV network shows, as well as a selection of classic TV series on CTV Throwback, Hollywood films on CTV Movies, and youth-skewing programs on MTV. All of those channels will be supported by commercial breaks.

Lala Kent and GG Gharachedaghi's Messy Feud About Randall Emmett: Timeline

  Lala Kent and GG Gharachedaghi's Messy Feud About Randall Emmett: Timeline Different perspectives. After Lala Kent expressed her disappointment with GG Gharachedaghi for seemingly being unsupportive amid her split from Randall Emmett, the Shahs of Sunset star wasn’t afraid to call out her former friend. “Your personal business was made public by u & that allows pple [sic] to have an opinion. MY opinion is that u should have a little more self-respect,” Gharachedaghi tweeted in responded to Kent in January 2022. “If I recall correctly u were bragging about going down on your castmate & the timeline puts u in a relationship at that time. Cheater?” The entrepreneur, who was referring to Kent’s hookup with Vanderpump Rules costar Ariana Madix, also slammed the Utah native for mentioning her child. Gharachedaghi welcomed her son, Elijah, in April 2020 after using a sperm donor. “U said I’m a single mom as if I’m a victim of a circumstance & that I should have empathy for what you’re going thru bcuz [sic] we’re both single?” Gharachedaghi added. “Do not confuse my original point sweetie.” In December 2021, the Loyola Marymount alum made headlines for voicing her displeasure with Kent’s decision to publicly discuss her split from Emmett. The Give Them Lala author got engaged to the film producer in 2018 after they went public with their relationship earlier that year. After postponing their nuptials amid the coronavirus pandemic, the twosome welcomed daughter Ocean in March 2021.

However, CTV's specialty channels and live TV feeds will only be accessible to viewers who have a log-in for a cable TV account. That means popular brands such as CTV Comedy Channel, CTV Life Channel, Discovery and Animal Planet, will be mostly unavailable to those who've cut the cord.

Roku is one of Canada's most popular digital media players with set-top devices, streaming sticks and software that's built into some smart TVs, giving viewers easy access to Netflix, Prime Video and other streaming options.

The platform already houses apps for some of Canada's other major broadcasters, including one for Global programming and a CBC app that offers access to streams of local stations.

The CTV agreement expands on a partnership with Bell Media which operates a Roku app for its Crave subscription streaming service.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 6, 2022.

David Friend, The Canadian Press

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