Watching This Week #112
Listings for May 29 to June 4, 2023; Corus channels appear set to leave Eastlink.
Here's how to watch the acclaimed Jason Sudeikis sitcom in Canada.
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Ted Lasso, the multiple Emmy award-winning sitcom starring Jason Sudeikis as an American gridiron football coach who is hired to coach an English football (soccer) team, with co-stars including Hannah Waddingham, Brett Goldstein, and many others, premiered on August 14, 2020, with its second season running from July 23 to October 8, 2021, and a third season forthcoming.
As of this writing, the only authorized place to watch the series in Canada, and just about anywhere else in the world, is on Apple TV+ (pronounced "Apple TV Plus"), the streaming service offered by the technology company Apple Inc.
In Canada, Apple TV+ is available for $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year (all prices are before applicable sales taxes), with a seven-day free trial available to first-time subscribers, and longer trials available if you purchase a new Apple device (and occasionally other devices) and activate the trial promptly after purchase. Apple TV+ is streamed through the Apple TV app, which is available on Apple devices like the Apple TV 4K and iPad, as well as a wide variety of third-party streaming devices and smart TVs.
Even if you don't have a newer TV or set-top device that offers the Apple TV app directly, if you have one that supports Apple AirPlay, you can use any recent iPhone or iPad to cast Apple TV+ content to your bigger screen.
Currently there is no other service offering Ted Lasso in Canada. Although it appears the series is available to purchase in the U.S. through services like Google Play Movies & TV, there does not appear to be any similar option available to Canadian audiences.
While there is a small possibility that Ted Lasso could be made available in the future on a linear broadcast or cable TV channel (like CTV Comedy or Showcase here in Canada), you might have to wait a while, and even then some negotiations currently underway may affect that possibility. (To be abundantly clear, we do not expect it will be made available on a competing streaming service like Netflix for several more years, if ever.)
Apple does not directly produce Ted Lasso. Instead, the company commissioned (ordered) the series from Warner Bros. Television, which handles the actual production of the show, and co-owns the Ted Lasso intellectual property with Universal Television (which represents the format interests of NBC, which produced the original Ted Lasso shorts).
According to a September 2021 article in The Hollywood Reporter, as part of its original contract with Apple, Warner Bros. retained the rights to re-license the series to linear television channels "within a few years" after the third season ends. That means, assuming season 3 airs in summer or fall 2022, the earliest that Ted Lasso could show up on another channel would be late 2022 or sometime in 2023.
But according to the same article, Apple is currently negotiating with Warner Bros. to buy out those linear rights, and keep the series fully exclusive to Apple TV+ for many more years to come.
So for now, and most likely for a while yet, Apple TV+ is the only authorized way to watch Ted Lasso in Canada.
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