Posted December 5, 2020 • Last updated March 16, 2021

Where can I watch "Sound of Metal" in Canada?

The movie starring Riz Ahmed is not currently available on Prime Video in Canada. We'll explain why.

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Sound of Metal, the critically-acclaimed movie starring Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke about a drummer who loses his hearing, was released in late 2020 in North America.

Although Sound of Metal is being promoted in the United States as an "Amazon Original Movie" and was released on Prime Video on December 4 in that country, Amazon Studios only purchased American distribution rights to the film, and only did so after its premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Thus, Prime Video does not currently have Canadian streaming rights to the film.

In Canada, distribution rights to Sound of Metal were acquired separately by Pacific Northwest Pictures (PNP), a Toronto-based film distributor focused on independent films. The movie debuted in select cinemas, and on TIFF Bell Lightbox's digital platform, on Friday, November 27, 2020. One week later, on December 4, it became available in additional venues, including digital rental / purchase services like the iTunes / Apple TV Store, the Google Play Store, and the Cineplex Store, as well as cable / IPTV provider on-demand services (like Bell, Rogers, Shaw, and Telus). A full list of venues is available here.

As early March 2021, rental prices on these providers are starting at about $4.99. The film is also available for digital purchase for around $14.99. We're aware of one instance of Sound of Metal being offered as a deal-of-the-week rental for 99¢ in late February; while we can't guarantee it'll happen again, it may be worth shopping around to make sure you're getting the best deal.

Additionally, we've been made aware (by The Canadian Press' David Friend) that Sound of Metal may be available to borrow for free through Hoopla, a digital media service that has partnerships with many public libraries. As of March 16, the film remains available via Hoopla to Toronto Public Library cardholders and likely others (if you have not done so already, you'll have to create a separate Hoopla account first and associate it with your library card).

Can I watch "Sound of Metal" on a streaming service in Canada?

Apart from Hoopla (see above), if you would prefer to be able to stream Sound of Metal without an extra rental charge in Canada, you will have to wait, though how long is currently unclear.

Bell Media confirmed on March 16 that Sound of Metal would be available on Crave with the Movies + HBO tier later in 2021. This is consistent with other films distributed by PNP in the recent past – including Seberg, Canadian Strain, and Endings, Beginnings, all of which have eventually ended up on Crave. As a reminder, the total direct subscription price for Crave + Movies + HBO is currently $19.98/month.

As a result, we would not expect Sound of Metal to be available on Prime Video in Canada anytime soon.

Traditionally it's taken several months after a theatrical or on-demand release for a film like this to reach the pay/streaming window. However, as some other recent releases have shown, the theatrical exclusivity window has been getting shorter and shorter during the pandemic, especially for movies that have gotten streaming releases in other countries. So it's possible the wait could end up being shorter than usual. As of March 2021, there has been no announcement suggesting that Sound of Metal could be added imminently to Crave – it is not in Crave's list of March new releases – but the sales mentioned above suggest it might happen relatively soon.

As we become aware of any updates, we'll strive to post them here. In the meantime, the only authorized ways to access the film in Canada are in theatres, through the on-demand rental / purchase platforms listed above, or through Hoopla.

Thanks to reader Jon E. for his Twitter question prompting this post.

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