Watching This Week #112
Listings for May 29 to June 4, 2023; Corus channels appear set to leave Eastlink.
"The Matrix Resurrections" will be available at home in Canada sooner than planned, plus updates on "SEAL Team", "Monarch", and more.
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Welcome to the January 10, 2022 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 SEAL Team and Monarch, plus new ways to watch some HBO Max programs on regular cable in Canada. But first, a recap of a few of the changes (and non-changes) affecting theatrical releases.
With the rise of the Omicron variant and the resulting closures of movie theatres in several provinces including Ontario and Quebec – we'll leave discussion of the wisdom of such closures to others – some studios have adjusted their theatrical or at-home release plans for their movies.
This past Monday, Sony announced that Morbius, the next film in its MCU-adjacent universe of Spider-Man characters, had been pushed back from January 28 to April 1, although indications are that this change was intended mainly to keep screens available for Spider-Man: No Way Home rather than as a direct reaction to Omicron cases.
Then on Friday, Warner Bros. announced that it would be accelerating the premium video-on-demand (PVOD) release of The Matrix Resurrections to this coming Friday, January 14 in Canada. As has been typical for recent WB PVOD titles here, it will have a suggested purchase price of $29.99, or $24.99 to rent, through digital retailers like Apple TV / iTunes and the Prime Video Store.
Later that day, Disney said that Turning Red, the upcoming Toronto-set Pixar film, would now premiere exclusively on Disney+ in all available markets, including Canada, on its previous theatrical release date of Friday, March 11.
On the other hand, Paramount is reportedly standing firm on January 14 as the release date for the next Scream film, even if that means audiences in the two biggest Canadian provinces will have to wait for cinemas to re-open to be able to see it.
It's hard to tell right now whether this will just be a short-term blip or the beginning of something that could extend a few more weeks or months. But clearly some studios are keeping their options open when it comes to how to best make these new movies available.
We've made some minor updates to our January streaming guide to add a few notable programs we missed during initial publication, which are summarized at the bottom of that page.
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