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The Little Things, a crime thriller starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto, was released by Warner Bros. Pictures in theatres in the United States and Canada on Friday, January 29, 2021.
In Canada, The Little Things was released both in theatres (where open), and on premium video on demand (PVOD) digital rental, the latter for an initial suggested retail price of $24.99.
As of late May, the rental price had come down to around $6.99, while $24.99 is now the digital purchase price. The movie is also now available on Crave (with Movies + HBO) as of Friday, June 18, 2021.
As per this Warner Bros. Canada webpage, The Little Things should be available to rent or purchase on the following providers; we've added direct links where possible:
- Amazon Prime Video Store
- Apple TV / iTunes Store
- Cineplex Store
- Google Play Movies & TV
- Microsoft Movies & TV
- Sony PlayStation Video
- YouTube Movies
- TV service provider video-on-demand services (on your set-top box), via providers including Bell, Rogers, Cogeco, SaskTel, Shaw, Telus, and Vidéotron
I saw ads promoting it on HBO Max. Can't I watch it there?
In the U.S., the film will be part of Warner Bros.' "hybrid distribution model" for late 2020 and 2021 releases which began with Wonder Woman 1984, whereby its theatrical films will have a day-and-date release on co-owned streaming service HBO Max, and be available for streaming for no extra charge to subscribers on that service for 31 days after release (i.e., until March 1, 2021).
However, this early streaming release did not apply in Canada (or in most of the rest of the world for that matter), where HBO Max is not available. To be abundantly clear, international services that are otherwise closely related to HBO Max, like Crave in Canada, have not been given any similar access to these films either, as discussed at length in our recent post about Wonder Woman 1984.
Will "The Little Things" be available on a subscription streaming service in Canada?
The Little Things will be available on Crave (with Movies + HBO) beginning Friday, June 18, 2021, as confirmed in Crave's June 2021 programming release. This is the version of Crave that costs $19.98 per month when subscribed to directly.
Even though Crave did not have early streaming access to the film, as a Warner Bros. release, The Little Things is covered by a "pay-1" output deal that sends the studio's first-run films to Crave. These films are typically made available to Crave about 8-10 months after theatrical release (i.e., likely in October or November 2021). However, as was the case with WW84, it seems that Warner Bros. has decided to speed up the release schedule, making it available in the pay-1 window about five months after theatrical release.
Under a similar secondary output deal, the film will likely move to Netflix Canada after about 16 months of availability on Crave, i.e. in October 2022.
We've provided more detailed explanations on how this process – sometimes called "windowing" – works, on some of our other recent articles like our piece on The Witches.
- May 31, 2021 – Noting updated VOD rental pricing and confirmed upcoming streaming release on Crave.
- April 18, 2021 – Noted possibility of an earlier streaming release on Crave, based on the scheduling for WW84.
- January 29, 2021 – added retailer links