12 Best Streaming Services in Canada

In this day and age, many households prefer streaming platforms like Netflix over cable TV because of the vast price difference. Most cable TV services are priced at $60-$80 per month, while streaming subscriptions are priced at only $70-$90 per year

Not only is there a notable difference in costs, but most streaming services also offer multi-platform streaming, meaning you can access content from your laptop, TV, phone, and other common devices. You can also share your subscription with certain services through a family plan. 

The only downside to streamers is you don't immediately know whether they cover your region or not. Title availability also varies per region—what could have a packed library in one country could be lacking elsewhere. To keep you updated, we've compiled a list of the best streamers in your area. These have been selected as among the most affordable, prolific, and entertaining in Canada today.

Our recommended five best streaming services in canada:
Disney+ $7.99 Watch
Fubo $79.99 Watch
Apple TV+ $9.99 Watch
Netflix $6.99 Watch
Paramount+ Essential $5.99 Watch

Disney Plus is a streaming on-demand service owned by the Walt Disney Company available in 59 countries at the time of writing. 

Pricing starts at $8 a month in the US, while plans differ from region to region. New theatrical releases cost up to $30 in addition to the subscription fee.  

Disney Plus can be accessed via a full range of services including Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One and is compatible across Apple and PC computers, and Android and Apple phones and tablets. 

Features: 4k-compatible, ad-supported option, annual subscription, Dolby Atmos, kid profiles, likely to work with a VPN, multiple profiles, offline downloads, parental controls, picture in picture, spatial audio, up to four concurrent streams, up to two concurrent streams

Fubo is branded as the leading streaming service for soccer in Canada. In addition to exclusive rights to the Premiere League and Italian Series A, Fubo TV offers a variety of sports channels including BeIn Sports, Big Ten Network, and MLB Network; as well as entertainement channels such as HGTV, Food Network, Paramount Network, and others.

Features: 10 device log-ins, 4k-compatible, ad-supported option, DVR, likely to work with a VPN, multiple profiles, on-demand content, picture in picture, up to ten concurrent streams, up to two concurrent streams

Apple TV+ is an ad-free on-demand stream from Apple that costs $9.99 per month and is accessible in about 150 countries. The Apple TV+ app is accessible via Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or Mac) and Apple TV. While Android phones and tablets are not supported, you can access Apple TV+ via Android-powered TV devices like Chromecast. It can be accessed via web browser and supported by PC, as well as Roku devices, Amazon Fire TV devices, PlayStation, and Xbox.

Features: annual subscription, Dolby Atmos, likely to work with a VPN, offline downloads, on-demand content, parental controls, picture in picture, up to 6 concurrent streams

Netflix is an ad-free streaming platform that operates on a monthly, or annual, subscription. There are three pricing plans – Basic, Standard and Premium – and the one you choose will determine the number of devices that you can simultaneously use to watch Netflix, in case you want to share the account with someone else. There are three plans, though pricing differs from region to region. First up is the Basic plan, which allows you to watch on one device at a time. Upgrading to the Standard plan allows you to watch shows and movies, and download them for offline viewing, on up to 2 different devices at a time. The top-tier Premium plan lets you watch and download on up to 4 different devices, and comes with the options to watch videos in HD and Ultra HD. Once subscribed, you can watch movies and TV shows directly on your browser via Netflix.com. You also have the option of downloading the app on pretty much any mobile device, including iOS, Android, or Windows. The app also works on computers using Windows XP or later and Macs with OS X Tiger or later.

Features: 2 device log-ins, 4k-compatible, 6 device log-ins, ad-supported option, annual subscription, Dolby Atmos, extra member slots, kid profiles, likely to work with a VPN, multiple profiles, offline downloads, on-demand content, picture in picture, spatial audio, up to four concurrent streams, up to two concurrent streams

Live sports, news, and CBS round out the Paramount+ Premium package. But don’t fear — the vast Paramount streaming library of on-demand content is included as well. For the reasonable price of $9.99 a month, it’s a deal that doesn’t demand any compromises.

Features: 4k-compatible, ad-supported option, annual subscription, Dolby Atmos, kid profiles, likely to work with a VPN, multiple profiles, on-demand content, parental controls, up to three concurrent streams

FXNow is an on-demand app available in the US and Canada, featuring content from the FX, FXX and FXM channels. You can also access it via web browser (fxnow.fxnetworks.com). 

It’s free if you're a subscriber of FX or a participating TV provider, but it is supported by ads. 

You can also use it as an add-on to other on-demand subscriptions including Paramount Plus, HBO Max and Disney Plus, at varying prices depending on the platform.

The FXNow app is also available on all major platforms, mobile devices including Android and iOS, and media streaming devices including Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV Chromecast, and Android TV.

 

Features: ad-supported option, on-demand content

Shudder is an on-demand streaming service dedicated to niche horror movies. 

In the US, a monthly subscription currently runs at $5.99 per month, or  $56.99 per year. In 2020, Shudder extended its operations to Australia and New Zealand, where pricing differs. You can also sign up to Shudder via your Amazon Prime account. 

Shudder can be accessed via a full range of services including Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One and is compatible across Apple and PC computers, and Android and iOS phones and tablets. 

Features: annual subscription, likely to work with a VPN, on-demand content, trial

Pluto TV is a modern take on traditional cable: it has hundreds of channels streaming live, a huge library of on demand content, and it’s supported by ads. But the key difference from the competition? It’s totally free.

Features: ad-supported option, free, kid profiles, on-demand content, parental controls

Britbox is a streaming service born out of an alliance between two British broadcasters: BBC and iTV. If you like British humour, British detective shows, or anything British TV, it's the place for you. You won't be the only one, by October 2020, the platform had 1.5 million subscribers, a number that's growing.

Features: 4k-compatible, 5 device log-ins, annual subscription, likely to work with a VPN, on-demand content, parental controls, up to four concurrent streams

Film Movement Plus is a video on-demand platform dedicated to independent and foreign films, and is currently available in the US and Canada.

In the US, it costs $5.99 a month (after a 14-day free trial) and can be accessed via any device, including IOS and Android mobile devices, Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku.

Features: annual subscription, on-demand content, trial

CuriosityStream is an American streaming services that focuses on documentary movies and shows and is available in more than 175 countries.

In the US, pricing starts at $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year for the basic plan, with an upgrade to the 4K Monthly plan available for $9.99 per month or $69.99 per year. 

CuriosityStream can be accessed via web browser as well as Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, and has a mobile app that is compatible across Apple and PC computers, and Android and iOS phones and tablets. 

Features: 4k-compatible, annual subscription, likely to work with a VPN, offline downloads, on-demand content, parental controls, up to five concurrent streams

Criterion Channel is a curated movie-streaming service that offers ad-free and on-demand access to films from The Criterion Collection in HD. It is currently only available in the US and Canada. The subscription costs $10.99 per month or $99.99 per year. Like Netflix, the Criterion Channel also offers a physical rental service. The number of movies you can rent each month, for a flat monthly rate, depends on how quickly you can return them. You don't need to subscribe to The Criterion Channel to buy or rent physical media on DVD and Blu-ray, but subscribers may get discounts.

Features: annual subscription, likely to work with a VPN, on-demand content, up to three concurrent streams

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The streaming services on this page were chosen by our editors. If you choose to subscribe to a streaming service we recommend as a result of our research, analysis, and curation, our work is sometimes (but not always) supported by an affiliate commission from the streaming service when you make a purchase.

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