Watching This Week #112
Listings for May 29 to June 4, 2023; Corus channels appear set to leave Eastlink.
Listings for Jan. 23-29; Crave partners with Nordic service Viaplay; the future of "Outlander" in Canada, and more.
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Hi! This is the January 23, 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.
It's been a light week for Canada-specific programming news (though there have been various items for U.S.-based services like Apple TV+ coming out of the ongoing TCA press tour), but we do have a bit on Crave's new partnership with Viaplay, the likely Canadian home of an upcoming Outlander spin-off, and we answer a question about when the most recent Jurassic World movie will hit Canadian streaming. That's after this week's listings.
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). Particularly notable premieres (in our rough estimation) are bolded. *An asterisk denotes programming added in past weeks that we've learned about (or has been rescheduled) since our last newsletter.
Here's a reader question we've received recently by email (email@example.com) or social media. 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.
James: Why is Jurassic World Dominion not streaming on Prime Video in Canada? Who’s got the rights for Canada?
WCIW: The third Jurassic World film, like the others in the wider Jurassic Park franchise, is distributed by Universal Pictures, which still has a deal in Canada with Crave for "pay-1" rights, or the first window to stream each of its films on a subscription TV or streaming service.
In the U.S., Universal announced a new pay-1 structure starting with its 2022 releases. Films first become available on Peacock on an accelerated schedule and remain available there for four months, then the streaming rights move to either Prime Video (for live-action films) or Netflix (for films from Universal's animated labels like DreamWorks or Illumination) for ten months.
For example, the 2022 Universal film The Bad Guys was released in North American theatres on April 22, became available on Peacock about two months later on July 1, then moved to Netflix in the U.S. on November 1.
However, as far as we can tell, Universal's deal with Crave remains in effect, and is based on traditional (i.e., pre-pandemic) timing for the pay-1 window, where films become available about eight to ten months after their theatrical releases. So, again using The Bad Guys as an example, that film didn't become available on Crave in Canada until January 1.
Extrapolating from the timelines above, we would expect Jurassic World Dominion to become available to stream in Canada on Crave in March or possibly April. It might stream on Prime Video in Canada eventually, but not within the next year (not counting separate digital rentals and purchases that are already possible through the Prime Video Store).
We've added a new post to explain what will be happening with Peacock series Poker Face, which as noted above will debut this week on Citytv+ in Canada.
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