News about a few new and returning Canadian shows, plus some free previews underway this month.
American Horror Stories is a spin-off of the long-running FX horror anthology series American Horror Story, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The difference with this new series is that each episode is a self-contained story with different performers, rather than having a season-long arc.
In the United States, American Horror Stories (we'll be shortening to AHStories for brevity while making clear it's a distinct series from the original AHS) premiered on Hulu, as part of the "FX on Hulu" hub, on Thursday, July 15.
In Canada, the series has been available to stream on Disney+, under the Star hub, since Wednesday, August 25, 2021, with episodes released weekly (so as of this writing in mid-October, the full season is now available). Disney is, of course, the parent company of FX and Hulu, as well as of 20th Television, the main production company behind both AHS and AHStories.
Disney+, including Star, currently costs $11.99 per month or $119.99 per year in Canada (prices are before applicable sales taxes).
Up to this point, FX Canada, which is operated under licence by Rogers, has aired other FX on Hulu series like Devs and Mrs. America. However, on its official / verified Twitter account, FX Canada made clear that it would not be airing AHStories, though it will carry future installments of the main AHS series:
This was followed by the announcement by Disney+ / Star that it would be carrying the series in Canada instead.
As another alternative, all episodes of AHStories released in the U.S. to date are also available to purchase on digital retailers like the Apple TV / iTunes Store and the Google Play Store for $2.99 to $3.49 per episode, or $14.99 to $19.99 for a season pass (including upcoming episodes in the current season).
Since the launch of Star on Disney+ in Canada (and several other countries) earlier in 2021, many new Disney-produced Hulu original programs, like Love, Victor and M.O.D.O.K., have been added to Disney+ in Canada and elsewhere as "Star Originals". And Disney+ / Star had already said it would be adding AHStories to the service in other countries like the United Kingdom. However, it seems it took a bit longer for the Canadian plans for AHStories to be firmed up.
- October 13, 2021 – updated throughout, including adding a direct link to the series on Disney+
- July 29, 2021 – noted that episodes are also available to purchase on iTunes and Google Play
- July 25, 2021 – updated to reflect the confirmation the series will air on Disney+ in Canada
Thanks to reader Doug L. for their question that originally prompted this post.