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Welcome to the July 19, 2021 edition of This Week in WCIW, the weekly newsletter from Where Can I Watch – covering the latest news on where TV shows and movies will be available in Canada.
Not too much news this week, though there are a couple of reader questions we answer below. But first...
So where's that movie?
We've been working for a couple of weeks on a new resource to help provide extra value for those of you who've chosen to pay for a subscription to WCIW. While work is still in progress, at this point the idea is clear enough for us to outline it here.
Basically, it's a table that collects the data we know about the streaming windows for recent movies in Canada. It'll allow you to quickly find where a movie is (or will be) available on streaming, and – to the extent we know or can estimate – when and how long it'll be available there.
Here's a screenshot of the sort of data you'll be able to find there (using a couple of slightly older films):
From that, you should be able to figure out where (if anywhere) a recent movie is currently available to stream, or where it'll be available next. (For most movies released prior to 2018, it's almost certainly past the point where things like pay windows would apply, and your best bet is likely still searching something like JustWatch.)
In a few cases, based on past data, we will be able to make projections about when movies will arrive or depart from streaming services, unless / until there are final announcements from the services in question about availability.
Again, we're still working on this, but current paid subscribers will get more information in the next couple of days about how to try this out. For everyone else, we'll keep you posted once this data is in a more complete state.
- We received a email from reader Grant asking about the Canadian availability of upcoming HBO documentary Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage, as well as a limited series that recently debuted on AMC+ in the U.S. titled The North Water.
Crave has indeed confirmed it will be carrying Woodstock 99 starting this coming Friday, July 23. It should be available at about 9:00 p.m. ET, both on streaming and on the HBO Canada linear channel. HBO Canada's listings initially allotted only a 30-minute timeslot for the documentary (using the title of the anthology it's part of, Music Box), but it's now been updated on Crave's website to reflect the actual running time of just under two hours.
As for The North Water, which stars Jack O'Connor and Colin Farrell, while some AMC+ series have aired later on AMC linear, this particular series is listed on producer Rhombus Media's website as being a co-production with both CBC and Super Channel, which would presumably be sharing the initial Canadian rights. However, a search revealed a page that had been apparently previously placed on the Super Channel website only to be removed. Perhaps Super Channel jumped the gun, or perhaps there has been some other change in the Canadian rights. We reached out to Super Channel for clarification over the weekend, and will update the web version of this newsletter if we hear anything back.
Update (July 21): CBC and Super Channel have now issued a press release indicating that The North Water will air on Super Channel Fuse starting on Sunday, September 19, and on CBC / Gem in fall 2022.
- Last Monday, we noted that there was uncertainty about the Canadian availability of American Horror Stories, the spinoff of FX's American Horror Story which premiered on Hulu in the U.S. this past week, but had not been scheduled on FX Canada. It turns out that FX Canada had already confirmed in a reply on Twitter that it would not be airing the spinoff, making it very likely that AHStories will instead stream on Disney+ / Star in Canada. However, Disney has not yet announced anything in this regard, nor have they responded yet to a request for clarification from WCIW.
- ViacomCBS has announced that Madame X, a film based on the 2019 Madonna tour of the same name, will debut on Paramount+ in multiple countries, including Canada, on October 8. (Outside countries where Par+ is available, the film will air on local MTV channels.)
Recent updates on WCIW
We've added new posts about American Horror Stories (as noted above), Space Jam: A New Legacy (now in theatres and on PVOD in Canada), and the Tokyo Olympics, which are (for now) scheduled to start this Friday.
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