Amazon Prime members in Canada will soon be able to add a range of live and on-demand TV and streaming entertainment channels to Prime Video, including hayu, STARZ, Nickelodeon, Super Channel, and the STACKTV multi-channel package, which includes 12 TV networks from Corus Entertainment, and more.
Prime Video Channels will be available as paid monthly subscriptions, from $3.99/mo. with no long-term contracts and anytime cancellation. And customers will have access to the channels through a single login and user experience.
All channels will be available via the Prime Video app, where customers can access them just as they do Prime Video content. They can also watch from anywhere, and on different kinds of devices, including smart TVs, iOS and Android mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and more.
"We are excited to soon bring even more selection to our Prime members in Canada with the upcoming launch of Prime Video Channels," says Greg Hart, Vice President of Amazon Prime Video. "By simplifying our customers' entertainment experience all within the Prime Video app, we can make it even easier to select, subscribe and enjoy TV shows and movies from our channel providers, like STARZ, hayu and Nickelodeon. Prime Video Channels also allows us to team up with Canadian content producers and broadcasters like Corus Entertainment to build unique products like STACKTV for our Canadian Prime members."
"Corus is committed to providing best in class content to our audiences wherever and whenever they want it, and STACKTV delivers exactly that," adds Doug Murphy, President and CEO, Corus Entertainment. "Working with Amazon to provide top tier TV brands through Prime Video Channels allows us to reach new audiences, while offering consumers ease of access, choice, and must-see content."
On the new STACKTV group of channels from Corus, viewers will be able to access a variety of content, like hit series Top Chef Canada from Food Network Canada; home improvement programming like Island of Bryan and Property Brothers from HGTV Canada; series like Vikings from HISTORY; kids programming like Max & Ruby from Treehouse; and fan-favourite hits like Big Brother Canada from Global.
In addition to Canadian programming, Prime members will be able to stream popular series including buzzworthy dramas like The Act, a STARZ exclusive in Canada, and STARZ's upcoming supernatural, spy thriller The Rook, that will debut June 30, hit reality TV shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians and its spin-offs, and both The Real Housewives and Million Dollar Listing franchises on hayu, and the reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race, alongside other diverse and inclusive programming for customers in Canada on OUTtv. Prime members will also be able to subscribe to the Nickelodeon channel, the best of Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Nick Retro to watch shows like SpongeBob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer instantly or downloaded to watch on the go.
Additional subscriptions will be added in the coming months. Prime Video Channels subscriptions, along with monthly pricing, that will be available at launch for Canada include:
Acorn TV - Exclusive originals, addictive dramas, arresting mysteries and more from Britain and beyond, including fan favorites such as Doc Martin, A Place to Call Home, and Line of Duty for $7.49.
hayu - From NBCUniversal International, has loads of shows the same day as TV and thousands of episodes of binge-worthy reality series right from the beginning; hayu is Canada's home of reality programming for $5.99.
Hollywood Suite - Unlimited access to the movies that shaped the '70s, '80s, '90s, and 2000s , plus essential Hollywood classics from the Golden Age, all for $4.99.
Love Nature - Discover nature through original series, shorts and documentaries for the whole family, presented in 4K and HD for $3.99.
MGM - Offering hit television series, as well as popular and classic films from MGM Studios for $3.99. Titles include Get Shorty, Teen Wolf, the ROCKY collection, Legally Blonde 1&2, Overboard (1987), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999 and 1968), Silence of the Lambs, Hoosiers and Barbershop 1&2.
Nickelodeon - Popular kids TV programming targeted to pre-schoolers and young adults, including favourites Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, iCarly, and more for $5.99.
OUTtv - Canada's national LGBTQ+ television network that offers hits like RuPaul's Drag Race along with a compelling mix of drama, comedy, talk, documentaries and award-winning movies for $3.99.
Shudder - The largest selection of high-quality, handpicked classics and original horror, thrillers, and supernatural for $5.99.
Smithsonian Channel - Award-winning programming that shines new light on popular genres such as air and space, history, science and pop culture for $3.99.
STACKTV - Offering the latest episodes of hit shows from 12 of Corus' great networks. This all-in, entertainment multi-pack from Corus includes popular shows like NCIS, Big Brother and Survivor for $12.99. Customers can enjoy both live and on-demand programming, including content from Adult Swim, Food Network, Global, HGTV, History, National Geographic, Slice, Showcase, Teletoon, Treehouse, W Network and YTV.
STARZ - STARZ is the home in Canada for all new STARZ Original series, full seasons of hit television series, and a vast library of all-time favourite Hollywood movies. Available for $5.99.
Sundance Now - Offers a gripping and rich selection of true crime, fiercely intelligent thrillers, and heart-stopping dramatic series from around the world for $6.99.
Super Channel - Four diverse linear channels plus on demand, with access to hits including Harlots, Mr. Mercedes, Pure,and When Calls the Heart as well as access to library films and e-sports, all for $9.99.
Could this be the future of television subscriptions, with streaming services as the anchor replacing a cable or satellite subscription followed by piecemeal channel add-ons? Consider that if you added every last one of these n ew channel options to the standard $79 annual fee for an Amazon Prime subscription, it would be $161.37, or $13/mo., which is still significantly less than one might pay for a cable/satellite subscription. Even if you factor in upgrades for Internet at home to allow for more streaming, it's still a significant savings. Plus, customers have the flexibility of adding or eliminating channels on-the-fly, without being tied into paying for a package for an entire year which means adding a channel when your favourite show is airing, then canceling it when the season is over.
But will Canadians cord-cutters or cord-nevers bite? We'll have to wait and see.