Watching This Week #112
Listings for May 29 to June 4, 2023; Corus channels appear set to leave Eastlink.
Find out how you can watch the new LeBron James and Bugs Bunny movie in Canada.
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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), was 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. released 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 had 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.
Space Jam 2 was, and remains, available to rent or buy through the following retailers / providers (direct links have been listed based on what's listed on the Warner Bros. Canada website). Initially offering a rental price of $24.99 for a 48-hour rental, the price has since come down significantly.
Just to be very clear, only an adult should use the links below.
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.
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.
Space Jam: A New Legacy eventually became available on the Crave streaming service on December 10, 2021, about five months after it came out in theatres. It will probably remain available there until early 2023.
Crave has a minimum monthly subscription price of $9.99 per month, plus applicable taxes.
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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