News from early October 2022, including "Yellowstone" moving to Paramount+ in Canada, and answers to questions about the Roku Channel and more.
[Update (October 2, 2022): Paramount+ recently announced that Yellowstone will stream exclusively on that service in Canada going forward, beginning with season 5 starting on November 13. It's not immediately clear if it will still be available in Canada on Paramount Network, which was recently dropped by Rogers but remains available on some other providers. For the moment, past seasons remain available on Prime Video in Canada. We are working on a fuller update to be posted in the near future.]
Yellowstone, a drama series created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson and starring Kevin Costner, about a large American cattle ranch that borders a Native American reservation and the namesake national park, premiered on the Paramount Network cable channel on June 20, 2018.
In Canada, the fourth season of Yellowstone premiered on Paramount Network on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET, with new episodes premiering weekly on subsequent Sundays at the same time until January 2022. The season is also available to stream in Canada on Amazon Prime Video, with new episodes becoming available around or shortly after their broadcasts on Paramount Network.
Prime Video is also the Canadian streaming home of all past seasons of Yellowstone, beginning with season 1. The service is only available in Canada as part of an Amazon Prime subscription for $9.99 per month or $99.00 per year (as of April 2022), though a one-month free trial is available for first-time subscribers in most areas. (All prices in this article are in Canadian dollars before applicable sales taxes.)
Is Paramount Network available in Canada?
Paramount Network – previously known as The Nashville Network (TNN), The National Network (also TNN), and Spike TV – is available in Canada as a permitted foreign channel (still listed under its previous "Spike TV" name), though in some cases it's harder to find than it used to be. For example, on Rogers Cable's classic digital TV service, Spike / Paramount remains a part of the legacy "Digital VIP" package, but was bumped from its previous two-digit channel positions to Rogers channel 279 (on Rogers' newer Ignite service, it's channel 322).
Other common channel positions include Bell Fibe channels 628 / 1628 (HD), Shaw Direct channel 434 (One National lineup), and Telus Optik channel 390. If you have a different TV provider and you can't figure out where to find Paramount Network, the best thing to do is call them and ask.
The channel's new programming is normally also available on demand through most providers, however when we checked Rogers on Demand shortly after the premiere, we saw several other programs under a Paramount Network folder but not Yellowstone. So unfortunately, if you miss the linear broadcast, you'll probably have to wait for a repeat on the channel to catch up, unless you also have Prime Video.
If you do not have a TV service that includes Paramount Network, the only over-the-top method to access the channel in Canada that we're currently aware of is via FuboTV, a sports-focused multichannel streaming service which is available in Canada for $14.99 per month, $29.99 per quarter (equivalent to $10.00 per month), or $99.99 per year (equivalent to $8.33 per month).
That said, with new episodes also being available on Prime Video in Canada as they air on Paramount Network, Prime Video is the more economical option for virtually all interested viewers.
One footnote: the current Paramount Network should not be confused with past operations like the United Paramount Network (UPN), a broadcast network that operated from 1995 to 2006, when it merged with The WB to form the present-day CW network.
Can I watch "Yellowstone" on Paramount+?
For those not familiar, Paramount+ (previously known as CBS All Access) is a streaming service owned by ViacomCBS – the same company that owns Paramount Network and Paramount Pictures, among other media properties – but it is not the same thing as Paramount Network, and many of the available programs differ between the two services.
While we feel it would have made a lot of sense for Paramount+ to have had streaming rights to Yellowstone, to date, ViacomCBS has been quite fickle about how it's handled these rights up to now, particularly in Canada. It sold Canadian streaming rights to Yellowstone and even a few so-called "Paramount+ original" series like The Stand to Amazon, while holding onto a few others like Infinite and certain South Park specials.
Even in the U.S., Paramount+ does not stream Yellowstone, because ViacomCBS had previously sold the streaming rights for that country to NBCUniversal's Peacock service.
However, Paramount+ does have the global streaming rights, including in Canada, to 1883, a spin-off prequel series that premiered on December 18, 2021, and should have rights to any similar spin-off programming going forward.