If you live in Canada, you may not have as many streaming options as US but you still have plenty of exciting services and a great choice of hardware.
On this site, we explore all the legal options to watch content on your TV through internet and more.
What is TV Streaming
TV streaming is playing video content through the internet. The most familiar form of TV streaming is YouTube. In a similar way, many companies created TV streaming services that offer premium content on demand for a monthly fee.
Is TV Streaming Legal?
You may have heard of many TV streaming services that seem a little sketchy. It’s true, some of these services, also called IPTV can be offered illegally. On this website, we’ll show you only the legal options that you can subscribe to in Canada.
What are the Pros and Cons of Streaming versus classic cable TV?
One of the main advantages of streaming TV is that it offers a wide range of content that can be accessed anytime and anywhere. Streaming services, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu, offer a wide range of TV shows, movies, and other video content that can be watched on a variety of devices, including TVs, smartphones, and tablets. This allows users to watch the content they want, when they want, without being tied to a specific schedule or location.
Another advantage of streaming TV is that it is often more affordable than traditional cable or satellite TV services. Many streaming services offer a range of subscription plans that can be customized to the user’s preferences and budget. This allows users to pay only for the content they want to watch, without having to pay for a large bundle of channels that they may never watch.
However, one disadvantage of streaming TV is that it can require a stable and high-speed internet connection to work properly. If the internet connection is slow or unreliable, the streaming experience can be poor, with buffering and other issues.
One disadvantage of TV streaming is that compared with regular TV you won’t find many services that offer live coverage of main events like the Oscars, or the Emmys, as well as news and live sports. However, as you’ll see from the choices below, more options are coming that cover those segments as well.
How much does TV Streaming Cost?
With TV Streaming the cost is divided as follows:
- Hardware cost (could be already part of your TV or it could cost 50$-500$ depending on the hardware’s additional capabilities.)
- Internet Service – you need a reliable and strong connection, which could cost from 50$ to 150$ per month depending on where you live and what Internet providers you have in your area
- TV Streaming services – could be ranging from 5$ to 25$ per month and per service depending on the service, number of devices, streaming quality (SD, HD, 4K)
How do I get set up for TV Streaming?
Setting up a TV Streaming service is easy. It usually involves a subscription usually paid with a credit card, a login to the service on the hardware of your choice, and done. Very easy to set up by even the less technically inclined people.
Internet Service Requirements
Internet speed and reliability are very important. Depending on the service you choose and the TV you have, streaming can use a good 2-3 Megabytes/second and could take hundreds of Gigabytes of download in a month.
Let’s look at some numbers
Netflix recommends 3 Mb / second internet speed for a Standard Definition movie and up to 25 Mb / second for a 4K movie or TV show. For more details on how to check your speed, you can consult the Netflix Help Page
TV Streaming Services
Major Streaming Services
Netflix is an American streaming service and original programming production company. It streams a lot of the films and television series available from the major production companies and in the past years Netflix’s original programming was produced in-house. As of 2021, Netflix exceeded 200 million subscribers
In Canada, Netflix plans start at $9.99 CAD a month. You can download content on your devices to watch offline and you can create profiles and set parental controls based on TV and movie ratings.
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Disney+ is an American streaming service owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. The service primarily distributes films and television series produced by The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television, with dedicated content hubs for brands such as Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Star. Original films and television series are also distributed on Disney+.
They also release some of the new features at the same time as in the movie theaters for an additional fee of around 29 CAD (Disney Plus Premier Access). The movies are later included in the Disney Plus library at no additional cost. That usually happens in 2-3 months post-release.
Disney+ subscription is $11.99 CAD per month or $119.99 CAD per year. You can stream on 4 devices simultaneously and you can also download content to watch offline. You can create profiles and set parental controls for the content.
Apple TV+ is a streaming service from Apple. Apple TV+ is mostly Original content produced by Apple. It is priced at $5.99 CAD per month for 6 simultaneous streams. Other pricing options are available when you bundle it with other Apple products (Apple Music, News, Arcade or Games) into an Apple One subscription. Even if many of the Apple services are mostly offered on Apple hardware, Apple TV+ is an exception. It is available to subscribe on other hardware platforms like Amazon Fire TV or some Streaming devices embedded in some modern TVs.
On top of the original programming you get with an Apple TV+ subscription, you can also add independent channels that offer free and paid programming through the Apple TV app on Apple devices. These channels are usually independent channels that might offer the most recent programming (last episodes) for free with ads and charge for full access to their entire library.
Here are some of the channels listed in the Apple TV app:
- AMC+ – $8.99 / month
- Starz – $5.99 CAD / month
- Smithsonian Channel
- Sundance Now
- Aptn Lumi
- BBC Select
- IFCFilms unlimited
- Moonbug Kids
- Love Nature
- ErosNow Select
- The Great Courses
- more channels are added all the time
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is an added advantage to Amazon Prime Membership. The Prime Membership comes with many other advantages and services (like free shipping on amazon purchases, Amazon Music subscription, and others). It is priced at $7.99 CAD per month and you can have 3 simultaneous streams.
Amazon Prime Video Add-Ons
Amazon launched a series of channel collections called Channels. These channels are add-ons to the Amazon Prime Video subscription. You can’t subscribe to these add-ons without having an Amazon Prime Video active membership.
All of the channels listed above as add-ons to the Apple TV+ are available on Amazon Prime as add-ons as well. One notable exception is StackTV, a collection of channels.
Amazon Prime Video Add-On : StackTV
Additional to the content available on Amazon Prime Video, you can subscribe to StackTV, a collection of channels priced at $12.99 CAD per month. This collection includes on-demand content from Global, History, Teletoon, Adult Swim, Slice, Showcase, HGTV Canada, W, Treehouse, Food Network Canada, National Geographic and YTV
Other Amazon Prime Video Add-Ons
- Starz – $5.99 CAD / month
- AMC+ – $8.99 CAD / month
- Hayu – $5.99 CAD / month
- Super Channel – $9.99 CAD / month
- PBS Masterpiece -$6.99 CAD / month
- Nick+ – $5.99 CAD / month
- BritBox – $8.99 CAD / month
- Shudder – $5.99 CAD / month
- MGM – $3.99 CAD / month
- Hollywood Suite – $4.99 CAD / month
- Acorn TV – $7.49 CAD / month
- Out TV – $3.99 CAD / month
- UMC – $5.99 CAD / month
- IFC Films Unlimited – $5.99 CAD / month
- The Great Courses – $7.99 CAD / month
- Stingray All Good Vibes – $9.99 CAD / month
- Sundance Now – $6.99 CAD / month
- BBC Select – $6.99 CAD / month
- Smithsonian Channel – $3.99 CAD / month
- Love Nature – $3.99 CAD / month
Keep in mind that you can take all these channels for a free 30 day trial before you decide to commit. Also, you can cancel anytime.
Crave is a Canadian subscription video-on-demand service owned by Bell Media. The service features Bell Media’s original programming, exclusive Canadian access to programming acquired from several U.S. television and streaming services, and various theatrically-released films. Crave’s major programming suppliers include WarnerMedia (HBO / HBO Max and Warner Bros. films) and ViacomCBS (Showtime, Comedy Central, and the Star Trek franchise). Starz, offered in partnership with Lionsgate, is available as an add-on.
Crave starts at $9.99 CAD per month for mobile devices and web view (1 stream, 1 device).
For $19.99 CAD per month, you can upgrade to 4 streams, and 5 devices and you can watch on all available devices (Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, etc). You can also add Starz content for an additional $5.99 CAD per month
You probably noticed a lot of ads on YouTube lately. If you want to get rid of them YouTube added YouTube Premium service for $11.99 CAD per month.
With YouTube Premium you get:
• Ad-free videos: Watch millions of videos uninterrupted by ads.
• Download videos to watch offline: Save videos and playlists on mobile devices and play them offline
• Play in the background: Keep videos playing when using other apps or when your screen is off
• Easily explore the world of music with the new and improved YouTube Music app
• Ad-free music: Listen to millions of songs uninterrupted by ads
• Download music to listen offline: Save music and playlists in the YouTube Music app and listen offline
• Play in the background: Keep music playing when using other apps or when your screen is off
• Ad-free and offline play in the YouTube Kids app
Launched in the fall of 2021, Discovery+ brings a ton of content from the following channels, all on demand.
- Food Network
- DIY Network
- Animal Planet
- Discovery+ Originals
- Magnolia Network
- TRVL Channel
They have an add-supported version for $4.99 CAD/month and an ad-free version for $6.99 CAD/month.
Sports Streaming Services
If you are a fan of Formula One this streaming service is for you. F1TV Streaming Service is available for $9.99 CAD per month if you want to see the races live or $3.99 per month if you want to see all the content but only on demand. Not only do you see the races but you get to see live or on-demand footage from the driver onboard cameras. The subscription covers all the F1, F2, F3 and Porche Supercup races
If you live in Canada and love sports, TSN does not need any introduction. The Sports Network (TSN) is a Canadian English-language sports specialty channel. TSN is the largest specialty channel in Canada in terms of gross revenue. TSN’s networks focus on sports-related programming, including live and recorded event telecasts, sports talk shows, and original programming. TSN was the first national cable broadcaster of the National Hockey League in Canada.
To get access to TSN you have a 24-hour Day pass for $ 7.99 CAD, a monthly pass for $19.99 CAD, and an annual pass for $199 CAD
APT Tennis TV
APT Tennis TV streaming service gives you access to all the Tennis matches, all tournaments, live and on demand. You can access all this for a monthly plan of $19.99 CAD or an annual plan of $199 CAD
If you are into fighting sports, FITE is the streaming channel for you. Fite is an American digital video streaming service dedicated to combat sports-related programming (including boxing, mixed martial arts, and professional wrestling). The network distributes free-to-air content, pay-per-view events, and VOD (Video On Demand) packages.
You have multiple options to subscribe. You can purchase PPV (Pay-per-View) passes for specific fights or you can go for a plan depending on your preferences. Plans start at $2.99 CAD per month
DAZN is a global over-the-top sports subscription video streaming service. The service carries live and on-demand streaming of events from various properties as well as original programming.
You can Subscribe to DAZN for $20 CAD per month or $150 CAD per year.
With UFC Streaming service you get access to live prelims and early prelims for all UFC events, exclusive live main cards for 8 UFC Fight Nights, all other Fight Night main cards available directly after airing.
Over 1,000 hours of live combat sports action from around the globe.
You can subscribe for $9.99 CAD per month or $95.99 CAD per year
Red Bull TV brings you beyond the ordinary live events and videos featuring inspirational stories covering sports, music, and lifestyle entertainment. Anytime, anywhere.
Red Bull TV allows you to enjoy unrivaled access to sports events, esports, music festivals, films, videos, documentaries, and shows from locations that span the globe. Now supporting AR, Red Bull TV takes you beyond the ordinary with high-quality on-demand movies and live streams.
You can play Redbull content for free.
MLB.TV is a streaming package that enables subscribers to view out-of-market MLB games live and on-demand online on computers and supported mobile and connected devices.
You can Stream MLB TV through DAZN or Sportsnet NOW or you can stream content at MLB TV
Sportsnet is a Canadian English-language sports specialty channel owned by Rogers Sports & Media. There are four 24-hour programming services. Sportsnet Now is an on-demand streaming service.
You can subscribe to the Standard Package for $14.99 CAD or to Premium Package for $34.99 CAD. Annual Plans are available
NBA Streaming service is dedicated to Basketball. The plans start at $ 2.99 / month for 3 live games every month and go all the way to $36.99 CAD per month for access to all games in the entire season.
NHL LIVE gives you access to over 1,000 national & out-of-market games for the NHL Season, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Plans start at $29.99 CAD per month
Bleacher report live
RDS is the French version of TSN. Réseau des sports (RDS), is a Canadian specialty channel oriented towards sports and sport-related shows. Its full name (usually prefaced in speech by the French article “le”) translates as “The Sports Network”, the name of its English-language sister network, TSN.
To get access to RDS you have a 24-hour Day pass for $ 7.99 CAD, a monthly pass for $19.99 CAD and an annual pass for $199 CAD
TV Stations Streaming Channels
CBS All Access – now Paramount+
CBS All Access (now Paramount+) can be viewed for $5.99 CAD per month.
CBC Gem offers streaming of CBC programming for free, ad-supported. If you want to subscribe for the ad-free version plus some other features, it is going to be only $4.99 CAD per month
Watch free CTV shows and movies (with ads) on the CTV website and through the apps on streaming devices
Watch free City TV shows and movies (with ads) on the City TV website and through the apps on streaming devices.
Other Streaming Channels
- Sundance Now
- The Criterion Channel
- acorn tv
TV Streaming Hardware
- Integrated with your TV
- Streaming boxes
- Apple TV
- Mobile Devices – phones, tablets
- Gaming Consoles – XBOX, PlayStation
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android boxes
- Home Media Center PC
Other TV Service Options
Over The Air (OTA) TV
- Virgin Plus
- Satellite TV
- Bell Satellite