Watching This Week #104
An abbreviated newsletter with updated listings for March 20-26, 2023.
Listings for February 20-27, 2023; "To Leslie" arrives on Canadian pay TV in March; where to watch the XFL in Canada.
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A very happy Family Day (or Islander Day, or Nova Scotia Heritage Day, or solemn and commemorative Louis Riel Day, or regular workday) to those who celebrate. This is the February 20, 2023, edition of Watching This Week, the weekly newsletter from Where Can I Watch – covering the latest news on where TV shows and movies will be available in Canada.
Read on after the week's listings for news on where you'll be able to watch, Jurassic World: Dominion, Andrea Riseborough's Oscar-nominated performance in To Leslie, and the latest season of Portrait Artist of the Year in Canada. Plus, we answer questions about the XFL and Leave It to Beaver.
Compiled from our monthly listings and/or any subsequent updates we've come across. We strive for accuracy but schedules may change without notice. Some series/seasons may have weekly rollouts; we won't list new episodes every week (though we may note significant episodes such as series finales). *An asterisk denotes programming added in past weeks that we've learned about (or has been rescheduled) since our last newsletter.
Here's some of the reader questions we've received recently by email (email@example.com). We welcome questions of general interest, and publish a few of them (and our answers) from time to time; messages may be edited for brevity and clarity.
Ryan: Is there anywhere to watch the 1950s sitcom Leave It to Beaver? It holds a sentimental place for me, and I can never find it anywhere – despite being fooled the odd time in my guide by [Canadian reality series] Leave It to Bryan. Has it been lost in rights limbo?
WCIW: It looks like NBCUniversal owns the copyrights to the series and have made it available on Peacock in the U.S., and for digital sales in Canada on services like the iTunes Store. We don't think Netflix or Prime Video would have much interest to pick it up a series of that vintage in Canada, but assuming Peacock doesn’t eventually come here, it’s the kind of series that might eventually turn up on one of the free ad-supported services like Tubi or Pluto TV.
Christine: How can I watch the XFL in Canada? I know a few games will be streamed on the major networks, but most aren’t. I’d like to follow the league – what do I need to buy now?
WCIW: The XFL – the American football spring league which launched for a third time this past weekend, this time overseen by a collection of investors including Dwayne Johnson – sold global broadcast rights to its games to Disney / ESPN. TSN has Canadian rights to those broadcasts through its relationship with ESPN.
However, at this point it looks like all XFL games will be available on the new TSN+ streaming service, and not the regular TSN cable channels.
For the moment, TSN+ is available in an indefinite free preview on the TSN website and app, even if you don’t have a regular TSN subscription, but at some point Bell Media will start charging for it separately. You can check the schedule of upcoming games here.
A handful of games, including two this past weekend, will also air on the ABC broadcast network and will be available to those who have access to that network on cable in Canada. But all other games seem destined to be exclusive to TSN+. And to be abundantly clear, while Disney-owned FX U.S. will air some games, Rogers’ licensed FX Canada channel will not air any coverage.
We've added a new post about Major League Soccer, in advance of the start of the new MLS season – and some new media rights deals – this coming weekend.
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