Posted December 5, 2020 • Last updated December 31, 2020

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 of this typing, rental prices on these providers are starting at about $4.99.

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

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.

Based on a quick review of the films distributed by PNP in the recent past – including Seberg, Canadian Strain, and Endings, Beginnings, all of which have eventually ended up on Crave – we currently expect that Sound of Metal will turn up at some point on Crave with the Movies + HBO tier (total direct subscription price: $19.98/month).

In this case, 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 it might hit streaming in Canada within a matter of weeks, rather than months. That said, Sound of Metal is not listed in the December releases for Crave, nor have we come across it being listed for any similar service.

If 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 or through the on-demand rental / purchase platforms listed above.

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

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