2019 was a huge year for the streaming world. Apple TV+ and Disney+ both launched within weeks of each other, and also became Netflix’s competitors. The amount of streaming services available in Canada is growing, and four more are about to be added to the list in 2020.
While other services like Hulu, according to a CBC report, still have no official plans of launching in Canada, these next few are bringing their content to new countries.
Launch Date: April 6, 2020
Price: $4.99 - $7.99/month
About/What It Will Offer: Quibi is perfect for on-the-go TV watchers. Content on the platform does not exceed fifteen minutes and is meant for the “in-between moments” according to an Entertainment Weekly interview with CEO Meg Whitman.
Entertainment Weekly reported that the platform will feature reality shows like Chrissy’s Court starring Chrissy Teigen, and Thanks a Million starring Jennifer Lopez and Kristen Bell. Other shows on the platform feature A-listers like Liam Hemsworth, Kiefer Sutherland, Darren Chris, Anna Kendrick, and Dwayne Johnson.
Launch Date: May 2020
About/What It Will Offer: HBO Max will become available to Canadians through the already established streaming service Crave. This was made possible through a deal established with Bell Media and Warner Bros. according to the Financial Post. Randy Lennox, President of Bell Media, told the Financial Post that “there will be Max content on CTV first, and then subsequently Crave. There will be other Max content that goes directly to Crave.”
HBO Max will include a library of Warner Bros. shows and films including hits like Friends and Big Bang Theory, as well as the platform’s original content.
Launch Date: N/A
Price: $4.99 - $9.99 USD/month
About/What It Will Offer: This streaming platform from NBC Universal will be launching across the United States on July 15 with an international date, including Canada, “down the road” according to CBC’s interview with a spokesperson for the platform. Hopefully, the platform launches in the Great White North sooner rather than later!
The lineup for the streaming service includes shows like Will & Grace and a reboot of Saved by the Bell.
Launch Date: 2020
Price: Estimated $5.00/month according to Cord Cutter News
About/What It Will Offer: This streaming platform is a collaboration between Discovery Inc. and BBC Studios. Entertainment Weekly reported that the service will bring BBC content involving history, animals, science, travel, and space outside of the UK to create a “global streaming subscription” according to Broadcasting + Cable.
The two companies will also work together in order to create original “factual” content with inspiration from both studios.