Streaming Services in Canada|A Guide for Newcomers
In Canada, you have an extensive list of options to watch television shows and movies. And, fortunately there is no shortage of video streaming services you can subscribe to for a fraction of the cost of cable television. Millions of Canadians tune into steaming services as a main source of entertainment.
The traditional option has been to subscribe to cable television. Millions of Canadians have TV services through Rogers, Bell, or other local providers. As television services have evolved, they have become a good source for culture-based channels and programming. There have never been more cable television station options. But the one issue is cable television can get quite expensive. It can be an expense that is not in the budget for a newcomer to Canada.
Check out the list below to find a video streaming service that offers the type of programming you want at a price that fits your budget:
Top Video Streaming Services in Canada
You have many streaming service options in Canada. But remember, the content on these services will differ from what is available in your country of origin. For example, the types of shows and movies on Netflix Canada is different from what you will get on Netflix in the U.S., India, and other countries in Europe and around the world.
Here is a list of the most popular streaming services that are available in Canada:
This application is available for free, in an ad-supported version. It provides you with a steady stream of Canadian television shows, movies, documentaries, and programming. It also gives you access to international series. You can purchase an ad-free version for only $4.99 per month.
You can also access CTV and City TV for free through their mobile app. This provides you with another source of Canadian programming.
Learn more about CBC Gem.
Netflix is far and away the most popular streaming service in Canada. Most people around know about it as the company offers programming around the world. You have access to a wide range of movies, TV series, documentaries, and Netflix originals. While Canada may not have as many titles as the U.S. it has an extensive library of content. Depending on the package you choose you could pay anywhere from $9.99 to $19.99 per month.
Learn more about signing up for Netflix Canada.
Crave is a Canadian video streaming service that was created by Bell Media. The platform offers original programming and shows you cannot get on Netflix. It is also your source for HBO and Showtime in Canada. The basic plan for Crave starts at $9.99 per month. The premium plan is $19.99 per month.
Learn more about signing up for Crave.
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Amazon Prime Streaming Service
Get access to original programming as well as a variety of Canadian TV programs. One of the great benefits of this platform is you can get it included for free if you are an Amazon prime member ($79 per year). Or you can subscribe for $7.99 per month.
Learn more about signing up for Amazon Prime Video.
Relive your childhood and watch all your favourite Disney titles all in the same place. Disney + recently integrated Star, which included programming from Fox and Hulu, geared for mature viewers.
You can sign up for $11.99 per month or pay $119.99 for an annual subscription.
Learn more about signing up for Disney +
Apple TV is a basic streaming service. It has a limited library of content, as it only offers Apple produced movies and series. You do not have to have an Apple device to sign up. You can get it for $5.99 per month, making it one of the more affordable options on this list.
Learn more about signing up for Apple TV+
If you spend a lot of time watching content on YouTube, then you may want to consider YouTube Premium. You can get video and music ad free and download content and watch it offline. You can sign up for $11.99 per month.
Learn more about signing up for YouTube Premium.
Where Can I Access Video Streaming Services in Canada?
You can gain access to any of the above streaming services as long as you have access to the internet. You can use your computer, phone, tablet, Smart TV, and other internet-enabled devices. Some cable services also provide access to some streaming services as part of cable packages, allowing you to have access to both in a bundled price. However, with the high cost of cable, streaming services in Canada can be an affordable option to consider.
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