The streaming service (or services) you should pick will depend on factors such as your budget and the type of content you would like to watch. To help you decide, here is an overview of the top streaming services available in Canada.
• $9.99/month for a Basic plan: stream on one device at a time, standard definition
• $13.99/month for a Standard plan: stream on two devices at a time, HD available
• $16.99/month for a Premium plan: stream on four devices at a time, HD and Ultra HD available
The streaming giant Netflix continues to have the largest selection of TV shows, movies, and documentaries, as well as an excellent selection of original content, such as Orange Is the New Black, Ozark, and Stranger Things. Netflix Canada, in particular, has among the best available Netflix libraries, and it is constantly being updated and refreshed. Many Canadians either already have a Netflix account or use a friend’s or relative’s login.
Amazon Prime Video
An Amazon Prime subscription, which averages out to just over $6.50 a month, provides you not only with a quality and affordable streaming service but also with free and fast shipping on Amazon.ca orders. Prime Video comes with thousands of movies, TV shows, and documentaries, as well as an excellent selection of Amazon exclusives such as the Man in the High Castle and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Cost: $9.99/month or $99.90/year*
An exclusively Canadian streaming service, Crave (formerly known as CraveTV) has a diverse catalogue with a fantastic offering of HBO and Showtime shows, as well as hundreds of documentaries. You’ll find lots of content that is otherwise only available from US-only streaming services, as well as the hit Canadian TV show Letterkenny.
CBS All Access
CBS All Access brings Canadian viewers over 7,500 episodes of CBS shows, including all past seasons of the network’s primetime series. Binge on shows such as Survivor, NCIS, and Madam Secretary and watch CBS All Access Originals, including Star Trek: Discovery. A subscription also includes Big Brother live feeds and 24/7 CBS news.
While YouTube offers plenty of content for free, YouTube Premium allows users to enjoy add-free streaming. It also provides access to original YouTube movies and series as well as YouTube Music Premium. Other perks include being able to download content for offline playback and background playback even when you have other apps open.
Cost: $19.99/month for Sportsnet Now or $27.99/month for Sportsnet Now+*
Sportsnet Now provides access to Rogers Sportsnet service with a variety of excellent features, including on-demand streaming, 24-hour look-backs, split-screen viewing, and more. Watch hundreds of NHL games, Hockey Night in Canada, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Sportsnet original shows. Sportsnet Now+ offers additional perks, such as more NHL games, all Sportsnet exclusive games, and no regional blackouts.
As you can see, Canadians have quite a few quality and affordable options when it comes to streaming services. Choose the ones that are best for your needs and wants, and you’ll always have something good to watch next.
*Pricing was current at the time of publication