September 26, 2013
Next Issue Media has announced a new strategic agreement with Canadian-based Rogers Media. The deal will bring the Next Issue magazine subscription service to Canada. At the same time, Rogers Media will make an equity investment in the company. The Next Issue Canada digital newsstand will be available to Rogers wireless and cable customers on Tuesday, Oct. 15, with access to all Canadians starting December 15. U.S. subscribers will have access to Canadian titles on Oct. 15. The app will be available on iPads, Android tablets, and Windows 8 devices, with a smartphone companion coming before the end of the year. In addition to the leading U.S. titles, Next Issue Canada will offer access to the most popular Canadian titles including: Maclean’s, Chatelaine, FLARE, Today’s Parent, Sportsnet, Canadian Business, LOULOU, and MoneySense. The Canadian magazines added will be available in English only. Versions in French will follow in 2014. According to Morgan Guenther, CEO of Next Issue Media:
We’re thrilled to be partnering with Rogers Media to bring for the first time the Next Issue experience to customers outside of the U.S.As in the U.S., customers in Canada will be able to choose between Next issue’s Unlimited Basic (monthly and bi-weekly titles) and Unlimited Premium plan (all titles including weeklies), with both plans offering access to back issues. Earlier this month, Next Issue added its 100th magazine title to the service. This is great news for Canadians, as well as for Americans. It brings the Next Issue service into a second country, while also providing new titles to existing customers. The Next Issue app is current available in the (U.S.) App Store by following this link. New customers can try the service free for 30 days.