A few news items and site updates for mid-September 2021.
Welcome to the August 23, 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.
Read on for news about Reservation Dogs, the Paralympics, and more. But we're going to start off by answering a couple of recent questions from our mailbag.
Here's some of the reader email we've received recently at email@example.com. We welcome questions of general interest, and publish a few of them from time to time; messages may be edited for brevity and clarity.
Question from Rion: I was wondering where I will be able to watch the Days of Our Lives limited series spin-off Beyond Salem, which is a Peacock original in the US. Global airs Days of Our Lives in Canada but I haven’t heard anything about this special event.
Answer: Rion ended up finding the answer to this question very soon after – the website for Global's ET Canada published an article nothing that the Beyond Salem limited series will debut in Canada on the Global TV app (likely only for TV provider-authenticated customers) and StackTV on September 6, and will also air on a to-be-determined date on W Network. A representative for Corus also confirmed the same details to WCIW.
Question from Tish: Any idea when or where we can watch season 3 of Titans? It's currently on HBO Max but no sign of it coming to Crave.
Answer: As far as we can tell, despite new seasons shifting to HBO Max in the U.S., Netflix still has the exclusive international rights to Titans – the live-action series based on the DC Comics superhero team – which they acquired back in 2018. They will most likely wait for the full season to be fully released before releasing the new season internationally, which is what they did for the first two seasons.
So in short, Titans season 3 will probably be available in Canada, on Netflix, in late November or in December.
- As noted by David Friend for The Canadian Press, there seems to be some confusion about the Canadian whereabouts of Paw Patrol: The Movie, which was released this past Friday. The short answer is that in Canada, it's only in theatres for now, because the Canadian distributor is Elevation Pictures, not Paramount, which is distributing the film in the U.S. and elsewhere. Thus, no availability on Paramount+ Canada.
Most likely, the Paw Patrol movie will come to Canadian subscription streaming in a few months via Prime Video, which is Elevation's current pay-1 rightsholder for most of its films. That is, of course, in addition to digital rentals and purchases, which will most likely come a bit sooner.
- Disney+ has announced its new September programming for Canadian audiences, including Taika Waititi's FX on Hulu series Reservation Dogs, which will be available September 1. Also coming in September: season 12 of Criminal Minds, seasons 31 and 32 of The Simpsons, season 4 of FXX's Cake, and the full run of The Golden Girls (which will evidently be moving from Prime).
That said, Rogers has confirmed that FX Canada will still be airing the previously-announced FX on Hulu series Y: The Last Man when it finally debuts on September 13.
- The (rescheduled) 2020 Summer Paralympic Games begin this Tuesday in Tokyo, with the opening ceremony airing live that morning at 7:00 a.m. ET on CBC Television. CBC will also air coverage most days from 2-4 p.m., 7-8 p.m., and 12:30-2:30 a.m. local times (the usual rules apply for those in the Newfoundland Time Zone; times may vary on weekends).
Additional coverage, coordinated by the Canadian Paralympic Committee, will be available on CBC Gem, Sportsnet One (re-airing CBC's late night shows the next morning), Ici Radio-Canada Télé, AMI-tv / AMI-audio, and the committee's social media accounts. A full broadcast schedule is available here; the games run until September 5.
- It looks like there will be a joint Comcast/ViacomCBS streaming service after all, but only in some smaller European markets, where the companies have decided that Peacock and Paramount+ will not be individually sustainable, at least for now. Instead, at some point next year, the companies will jointly launch SkyShowtime, which will combine programming from both services as well as other programs the companies jointly hold rights to.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg News is reporting that Comcast is planning to launch Peacock as a standalone service in several other markets it hadn't yet announced, including Latin America, Australia, Asia, and France. In Australia, domestic streaming service Stan only announced a "multiple year" deal for Peacock programming last year, so this may be just early planning, but we'd imagine Corus' deal would probably be up around the same time.
Recent updates on WCIW
Apart from a few minor updates to pages like Godzilla vs. Kong to reflect recent updates in availability (that film is now streaming on Crave), we've slowly been continuing to fill out data in our Canadian film streaming rights database (still in beta) for paid subscribers.
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