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! 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 programmingStarring 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 NotesApple TV+ offers a 7-day free trial. Its subscription sits at $5.99 per month.
Device compatibilityApple 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.
Notable programmingDisney+ 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’ Dale, Lamp Life as an extension of Toy Story 4, SW: The Clone Wars, and many others.
Price and Free Trial NotesDisney+ offers a standard 7-day trial, while its monthly subscription is $8.99.
Device compatibilityDisney Plus is available on most devices, with both iOS and Android having their own apps from their respective online stores. 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 programmingNetflix’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 Mirror, teen drama with a host of attractive actors Riverdale, widely popular kids’ sci-fi horror Stranger Things, fantasy teen drama Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the 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 NotesNetflix 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 compatibilityNetflix is widely available on most devices, from all types of smartphones and smartTVs to PCs and gaming consoles.
Notable programmingLike 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 NotesGenerous 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 compatibilityAvailable on all Amazon Fire, Android, Windows, smart TV, and Apple devices, including both major gaming consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Notable programmingThanks to its HBO license to deliver content to Canada, you can enjoy all the HBO’s iconic shows, such as Game of Thrones, Lovecraft Country, Euphoria, Room 104, The Outsider, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The 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 NotesCrave 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 compatibilityYou can watch Crave on Android, Apple iOS, Xbox One, Chromecast, all desktop computers, and smart-enabled TVs.
Notable programmingSoccer 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 Notes30-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