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Queer as Folk is the 2022 New Orleans-set "reimagining" of the 1999 British Channel 4 series created by Russell T Davies, which was also adapted for a Canadian-filmed U.S. version in the early 2000s. This version, showrun by Newfoundland-born writer and director Stephen Dunn, stars Devin Way, Fin Argus, and Kim Cattrall, and premiered on the Peacock streaming service in the United States on June 9, 2022.
In Canada, where Peacock is not available in an authorized manner, the new version of Queer as Folk will instead air on the Showcase cable channel Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time starting June 26. Soon after each broadcast, episodes should be available to stream for cable subscribers that have Showcase in their package, through the Global TV app and website.
If you do not have a TV service subscription that includes Showcase, the easiest way to access Queer as Folk on streaming in Canada would be through StackTV, which includes a live streaming feed of the Showcase linear channel, and on-demand access to its first-run programming within a day of broadcast.
StackTV is a streaming add-on available most commonly subscribed to through Prime Video for $12.99 per month – on top of the $9.99 per month, or $99.00 per year, subscription price of Amazon Prime itself; a 30-day free trial is available to first-time subscribers of either service. (All prices in this article are in Canadian dollars before applicable sales taxes, and are current as of May 2022.)
It's also possible to subscribe to StackTV for the same $12.99 per month price through Rogers SmartStream, though this currently requires the use of specific Rogers-distributed streaming devices that ordinarily require a rental fee of $4.99 per month. VMedia's over-the-top multichannel service RiverTV, which costs $16.99 per month, also includes access to Showcase programming.
How did this version of "Queer as Folk" end up on Showcase in Canada?
Showcase and StackTV are owned by Corus Entertainment, which has a long-term deal with NBCUniversal for English-language Canadian broadcast rights to Peacock original programming produced by NBCU-owned studios, which includes Queer as Folk.
By coincidence, Showcase was also involved as a co-producer of the previous adaptation that aired on Showtime in the U.S. – but its current rights seem to be solely due to its partnership with NBCU, not because of the earlier series. Most of the other companies involved in producing the previous American series – including Temple Street and Warner Bros. – do not seem to have any relationship to the new series either.
Why is there a delay in the Canadian release compared to the U.S.?
You may notice above that there will be a two-week gap between the American and Canadian premieres of this reboot series, and potentially longer gaps for subsequent episodes.
While we don't have an exact answer as to why, we have noticed that this has been a pattern for Corus, which has frequently delayed the Canadian releases of Peacock programming, presumably to better suit its own scheduling needs. Similar delays have occurred with other Peacock series including Girls5eva.