News from early December 2022, including an update on "Pennyworth" on Showcase, and CBC's winter programming plans.
The Matrix Resurrections, the fourth live-action installment in the Matrix film franchise, starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen Ⅱ, and directed and co-written by franchise co-creator Lana Wachowski, was released in North American theatres by Warner Bros. on December 22, 2021.
In Canada, theatres were initially the only place to see Matrix 4 (as the film has sometimes been called), and in some provinces the movie remains available to see on the big screen.
However, in light of rising coronavirus cases, and the resulting closures of cinemas in several provinces including Ontario and Quebec, Warner Bros. Canada announced on January 7 that The Matrix Resurrections would be made available for premium video-on-demand (PVOD) digital purchase or rental starting on Friday, January 14, 2022.
The Matrix Resurrections is now available for digital purchase or rental in Canada through the following retailers:
- 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
Can I stream it on HBO Max or Crave in Canada?
In the United States, The Matrix Resurrections was the last movie under Warner Bros.' "Project Popcorn" day-and-date streaming release strategy, where its films were made available on the co-owned HBO Max streaming service for the first thirty days after theatrical release.
However, HBO Max is not yet available in Canada in a way that has been authorized by its parent company, and in any event, Warner Bros. declined to make these films available to stream on the same terms in countries outside the U.S., even in other regions where HBO Max has since launched.
Instead, Matrix 4 will be made available on Bell Media's Crave streaming service under an earlier "pay-one window" deal between Warner Bros. and Bell Media.
We are not surprised at the May release in light of the timelines for other recent Warner Bros. films. For example, Wonder Woman 1984, which was released in theatres in December 2020 under similar circumstances, became available on Crave in May 2021.
- May 1, 2022 – updated to reflect announced upcoming release on Crave
- January 14, 2022 – updated some links and other content to reflect availability