Which Canadian Streaming Service is Right for You?

Which Canadian Streaming Service is Right for You?

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Canada’s best streaming services are here to make certain that you need not worry about cable again! Right now, there’s enough competition in streaming on-demand content (from the likes of Netflix, Crave and Amazon Prime Video) that it feels like you’ve got no real excuse not to cut ties with cable TV. Priced considerably below your standard cable TV bundle, Canadian streaming services are engaged in a fierce drive towards gaining customers and securing brand loyalty. As with other products and services, this will only benefit the end-user—you!

Apple TV Plus

This year, Apple set a high water mark, by surpassing $2 trillion in market capitalization. So, as a company with deep pockets, Apple can afford to offer high-quality services with competitive pricing. This has allowed Apple to dive headlong into a market dominated by YouTube, Netflix and other streaming companies. This also means the company can hire legendary directors and actors to produce original content. Therefore, you can expect to see exclusive content on Apple TV+. Key to Apple’s success is original programming. Apple boasts multi-year deals with industry players like Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, M Night Shyamalan, and Steven Spielberg.

Notable programming

Starring Jennifer Aniston alongside Reese Witherspoon, you can watch Apple TV+’s original series The Morning Show, revolving around the trials and tribulations of producing a national morning TV show. Apple TV+ has closely collaborated with veterans of the movie and documentary industry, including Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, and Ron Howard. Even Jon Stewart of The Daily Show fame is set to return exclusively on Apple TV+. From comedies and movies, such as Platonic and Bride, to incisive documentaries like The Velvet Underground, Apple TV+ is poised to cover every aspect of entertainment with engaging original content. Apple recently reported that it allotted $6 billion to grow Apple TV+ portfolio of talent.

Price and Free Trial Notes

Apple TV+ offers a 7-day free trial. Its subscription sits at $5.99 per month.

Device compatibility

Apple is notorious for maintaining its closed software (iOS, macOS, tvOS, etc.) ecosystem. However, you can access Apple TV+ streaming services on any device capable of powering a web browser. Additionally, up to six family members can use one Apple TV+ subscription account.

Disney+

Giant among giants, it might take less space in this article to list those IPs not owned by Disney. In a post-pandemic world, you can expect to see a great amount of original content being rolled out on its streaming platform, Disney+.

Notable programming

Disney+ is ramping up its production from all of its iconic IPs, studios, and movie licences: Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars (Mandalorian), and even National Geographic. Following its epic movie Monsters, Inc., you can expect to see a Monsters at Work animated series set in the same universe, cartoon classic Chip ‘n’ DaleLamp Life as an extension of Toy Story 4, SW: The Clone Wars, and many others.

Price and Free Trial Notes

Disney+ offers a standard 7-day trial, while its monthly subscription is $8.99.

Device compatibility

Disney Plus is available on most devices, with both iOS and Android having their own apps from their respective online stores.

Netflix Canada

If you love movies and/or TV, there’s only one must-have streaming network in town and that’s Netflix. As the king of video streaming platforms, with over 170m worldwide subscribers, Netflix Canada has you covered with the widest selection of content. It is, unequivocally, the biggest and best streaming service—this is the staple streamer you need to own if you ever plan on ditching cable.

Notable programming

Netflix’s original programming was popularized with its Orange Is the New Black drama/comedy series, finalized with its seventh season last year. Honing its original content craft, Netflix has come a long way with outstanding experimental series Black Mirrorteen drama with a host of attractive actors Riverdalewidely popular kids’ sci-fi horror Stranger Thingsfantasy teen drama Chilling Adventures of Sabrinathe apt social commentary The Social Dilemma, the documentary The Trial of the Chicago 7, etc. Netflix prides itself on offering hip and socially challenging subjects.

Price and Free Trial Notes

Netflix Canada no longer offers free trials. Its pricing subscription scheme is three-tiered:
  • Basic—lower resolution on one screen at $9.99
  • Standard—HD on two screens at $14.99
  • Premium—UHD (4k) on four screens at $18.99

Device compatibility

Netflix is widely available on most devices, from all types of smartphones and smartTVs to PCs and gaming consoles.

Amazon Prime Video Canada

Not satisfied in simply dominating online retail, delivery, and book publishing, Amazon spread into the domain of entertainment with Amazon Prime Video. The streamer offers a growing library of quality original content and a decent collection of movies and TV shows. On top of that, Amazon hosts an impressive catalog of original programming. Nevertheless, it doesn’t have as many high-quality shows as the top services and continues to lose third-party content.

Notable programming

Like Netflix, Amazon strives to create original content, coming in the form of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as a blend of history and comedy with a splice of feminism, the unique black comedy Patriot, fantasy drama American Gods, the dystopian Man in the High Castle, London-based Fleabag, and the fantastic Good Omens, to just name a few.

Price and Free Trial Notes

Generous 30-day trial. The monthly subscription stands at $7.99, which comes with Prime Music. If possible, get the Prime Student at only $3.99 per month.

Device compatibility

Available on all Amazon Fire, Android, Windows, smart TV, and Apple devices, including both major gaming consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Crave

Owned by Bell Media, Crave is not as prolific in its original programming as Netflix or Amazon, but it does have some big legacy programming perks. Initially built to complement a Bell TV subscription, Crave’s library offers past and current hits from HBO and Showtime, along with shows and documentaries from other providers.

Notable programming

Thanks to its HBO license to deliver content to Canada, you can enjoy all the HBO’s iconic shows, such as Game of ThronesLovecraft CountryEuphoriaRoom 104The OutsiderCurb Your EnthusiasmThe Undoing, and many others. This provides you with the full gamut of entertainment, from comedy and mystery to sci-fi and horror. Of its original programming, Crave is noted for the Letterkenny series, Canada’s very own portrayal of rural life in a witty, fast-paced fashion.

Price and Free Trial Notes

Crave offers a 30-day free trial. The minimum monthly subscription starts at $9.99, which includes the HBO package. However, you can take it all the way up to $25.99 with multiple add-ons, such as Starz, Showtime, and Super Ecran. The medium tier sits at $19.98.

Device compatibility

You can watch Crave on Android, Apple iOS, Xbox One, Chromecast, all desktop computers, and smart-enabled TVs.

DAZN

If you are more interested in the UK-based streaming of sporting events, DAZN should fit you nicely. There’s nothing like live sports, but not too many streaming options treat them like movies and TV shows. That’s where DAZN makes its mark. The three real gems DAZN offers in Canada are NFL Game Pass, MLB Network and English Premier League (EPL).

Notable programming

Soccer fans can enjoy the streaming of all the major leagues, in addition to Premier League, NFL Live, ICC Cricket, MLS, WTA tennis, Series A, Champions League, MMA, boxing, and others. Unfortunately, they all come together in a bundle, so you can’t pick and choose your favorite sports.

Price and Free Trial Notes

30-day free trial. The monthly subscription is $20 with no tiers except for three separate leagues subscriptions:
  • NBA League Pass
  • Rogers NHL Live
  • MLB At Bat
Each one has its own subscription tiers.

Device compatibility

All major gaming consoles, smart TVs, desktops, and operating systems.

CBC Gem

CBC Gem is the national public broadcaster’s newest streaming service, offering more than 4,000 hours of live and on-demand programming for free. Available now as Canada’s destination for acclaimed, authentically Canadian programming and a curated selection of best-in-class content from around the world.

Notable programming

CBC Gem provides live and on-demand access to CBC’s full programming slate spanning drama, comedy, factual entertainment, documentaries, arts, kids, sports and national and local news programming, including the ability to live stream CBC TV at any time with access to 14 CBC channels and their local newscasts across the country. The streaming service also offers French-language programming from ICI Radio-Canada.

Price and Free Trial Notes

CBC Gem, exclusive to Canada, offers free viewing of previous shows but with ads, alongside live CBC TV with 14 local channels. If you want your content ad free, you have to subscribe with a $4.99 premium subscription.

Device compatibility

Fire TV, Android TV Boxes, Chromecast, iOS, website access from any computer or gaming console with access to the Internet.

YouTube Premium

The largest free video-sharing platform in the world has its own premium service for those who don’t like their content being interrupted by ads. You can also download all the videos, up to 4k quality, for offline usage. Additionally, with the Premium subscription you get YouTube Music, also ad-free with its own app.

Notable programming

The most popular and critically acclaimed YouTube Originals is Cobra Kai, the reimagining of the iconic Karate Kid movies from the 1980s. The unique action comedy Wayne has also been well-received, alongside sci-fi fiction drama Impulse, focusing on the teleporting teenage girl. Impulse inspired another sci-fi drama Origin in 2018, depicting interpersonal drama on a starship as passengers discover that not all is as it seems to be. Of all the sci-fi dramas under the auspice of YouTube Originals, many would say that Weird City is one of the best on offer. YouTube’s programming also dabbled into kids’ animated shows, with Sherwood, a creative reimagining of the Robin Hood mythology. For teenagers, Step Up: High Water is a great teen drama following the twin sister and brother as they deal with a family crisis. Among many other TV shows, you will be pleased to know that the mega-popular PewDiePie, Felix Kjellberg, has his own YouTube Originals contribution in the form of Scare PewDiePie, where he places himself within realistic horror scenarios.

Price and Free Trial Notes

YouTube Premium has a 7-day free trial, after which you will have to pay $11.99 per month, with no tiers present.

Device compatibility

Across all streaming devices capable of accessing the Internet and playing YouTube.

Takeaway

Thanks to streaming services using the power of broadband internet, it has never been easier to access the best video programming available. Today, streaming services are not only cheaper than cable TV, but allow you to not miss out on your favourite type of content. Take advantage of free trials, pick the streaming service that caters to you the most—and enjoy all of the programming!
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