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Space Jam: A New Legacy, the 2021 sequel to the 1996 live-action/animated film, featuring LeBron James teaming up with the Looney Tunes (taking over from Michael Jordan from the first film), is being released in North America by Warner Bros. Pictures on Friday, July 16, 2021.
This web page is intended as a reference for adults, but has been written with possible co-reading in mind. If you are a kid who is trying to watch this movie, you should talk to your parents or guardians before doing anything else.
In Canada, Warner Bros. is releasing the film both in theatres (where open, which will include all provinces as of July 17, though subject to capacity and other restrictions in some provinces), and on premium video on demand (PVOD) digital rental. Although theatres have been starting to reopen across Canada, it looks like Warner Bros. had to make a decision several weeks in advance on whether to allow digital rentals as well. At that point, it wasn't clear what the situation would be on the movie's scheduled release date.
Based on how other Warner Bros. films have been offered in Canada this year, we expect that Space Jam 2 will be available to rent or buy through the following retailers / providers, initially offering a rental price of $24.99 for a 48-hour rental (direct links have been listed based on what's listed on the Warner Bros. Canada website).
Just to be very clear, only an adult should use the links below.
- Amazon Prime Video Store
- Apple TV / iTunes Store
- Cineplex Store
- Google Play Movies & TV
- Microsoft Movies & TV
- YouTube Movies
- Cable or fibre TV service provider video-on-demand services (on set-top boxes), with providers including Bell, Rogers, Cogeco, SaskTel, Shaw, Telus, and Vidéotron
Due to the closures of theatres (until recently) during the pandemic, premium VOD, also known by names like "premium rental" or "Home Premiere", has been offered as an alternative to allow people to watch new movies from home. However, because it's only possible to charge per household, the rental prices are set quite high to start during the premiere period – at a similar price to two adult movie tickets, or maybe one adult and two kids tickets. If you're able to be patient and wait a few months, the at-home rental prices will eventually come down.
I saw an ad or website saying it was available on a service named HBO Max. Can I watch it there?
It's possible you've seen ads from American TV channels or read articles on other websites referring to Space Jam: A New Legacy being available on HBO Max. Unfortunately the situation is different in Canada.
HBO Max is a subscription streaming service / app (similar to Netflix), which is part of the same business group as the Warner Bros. movie studio. For 2021 only, they are working together and releasing some of their new movies both in movie theatres and on the HBO Max app.
However, HBO Max is currently only available for residents of the United States. It is not currently possible to subscribe to the service in Canada. Even if you see ads somewhere claiming to have a way to make it work, most likely you will not get any help from the people who run HBO Max if you have trouble, and you or your family may end up paying for something you can't use.
You may be aware of Crave, a Canadian streaming app which carries programs from HBO like His Dark Materials, as well as movies like Scoob!. However, Crave is owned by a different company (Bell Media) and does not have exactly the same relationship with the Warner Bros. movie studio as HBO Max does. The same has been true of a number of other movies in recent months like Wonder Woman 1984. If you're a parent, you can refer to our previous article about that movie for further explanation about what's going on, because the main issue is the same for all of these.
Will "Space Jam: A New Legacy" be available on Netflix or Crave later?
As we mentioned above, the Crave app does have Warner Bros. movies that have recently been in theatres, but not until several months after they have left theatres. For example, Tom & Jerry, which came out in theatres earlier in 2021, will be available on Crave at the end of July 2021.
At this point, we're not sure how long it'll be until Space Jam 2 will be available on Crave, but it will almost certainly be at least five months – in other words, December 2021. In fact, it may be even longer. That's because, until the pandemic, there was usually a delay of 8 to 10 months before new movies would become available on apps like Crave. With most theatres now open (or reopening) across Canada, it's possible the delay may go back to normal as well.
If your family only subscribes to Netflix, not Crave, then you will probably still be able to watch the new Space Jam movie eventually, however you will need to wait longer. Our number-crunching suggests it will likely be available on Netflix in Canada at some point in 2023.
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