Watching This Week #112
Listings for May 29 to June 4, 2023; Corus channels appear set to leave Eastlink.
News and discussion of series including "Cruel Summer", "Tha God's Honest Truth", "The Unusual Suspects", and more.
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Welcome to the September 20, 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.
This week: updates on a bunch of series like The Unusual Suspects, The Pact, and plenty more. Plus, an attempt to figure out what's going on with Cruel Summer in Canada.
From Shane K.: "Would you be able to please do a post on Cruel Summer and how it is not available to stream at all in Canada and yet it is streaming nearly everywhere else in the world?"
The teen drama Cruel Summer did air in Canada on ABC Spark from April to June, in parallel with its run on Freeform in the U.S., with the premiere episode also airing on W Network. But as of this writing, the series is not available on demand to cable subscribers to ABC Spark, and it does not appear it was made available on StackTV either.
Naturally (with Freeform being a Disney property), the series is streaming on Hulu in the U.S., and internationally – specifically, everywhere except the U.S., Canada, and China – the series is available on Amazon Prime Video, under a deal with producing studio Entertainment One announced in January.
So where can Canadians stream Cruel Summer? As of this writing, the only option we can find is to purchase the season, on either the Apple TV / iTunes Store (currently priced at $19.99) and Google Play Movies & TV ($16.99).
But in terms of availability on a subscription service, there are two likely future possibilities. The first is that Disney held onto the long-term Canadian streaming rights as it did in the U.S., and will eventually make it available in Canada on Disney+ / Star. The second is that Prime Video has second-run rights in at least Canada, alongside its international first-run rights.
Either way, it may be a while before it shows up on streaming.
We've added new posts about Ted Lasso and Hacks in case there's any sudden new interest in those series, but otherwise no significant changes.
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