Amazon Prime Video Channels to Launch in Canada with Hayu, STARZ, Corus and More
Last month, it was reported Amazon Prime Video Channels was set to launch in Canada, and now the online retailer has made it official.
Amazon announced this morning Prime Video Channels for Canada is launching “soon”, offering Canadians the option to subscribe to TV stations for a monthly fee, starting at $3.99.
The service will be available through the existing Prime Video app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Sticks, Amazon Fire TV, smart TVs and the web.
“We are excited to soon bring even more selection to our Prime members in Canada with the upcoming launch of Prime Video Channels,” said Greg Hart, Vice President of Amazon Prime Video, in a statement. “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.”
With Prime Video Channels, Amazon customers will have a single login account and billing method, with most channels offering live TV and on-demand content, including latest episodes the same-day or day-after broadcast.
One major Canadian broadcast partner at launch will be Corus and their STACKTV multi-channel TV package, which offers Global, Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada, W Network, History, Adult Swim, Slice, Showcase, National Geographic, Teletoon, Treehouse and YTV, for $12.99 per month.
Corus says their Nickelodeon channel will be available for $5.99 per month.
Here are all the other TV channels available within Prime Video Channels:
- Acorn TV – $7.49/month
- hayu – $5.99/month
- Hollywood Suite – $4.99/month
- Love Nature – $3.99/month
- MGM – $3.99/month
- OUTtv – $3.99/month
- Shudder – $5.99/month
- Smithsonian Channel – $3.99/month
- STARZ – 5.99/month
- Sundance Now – $6.99/month
- Super Channel – $9.99/month
Amazon says more subscriptions will be available in the coming months.
Notably absent from the launch are sports and news offerings, including CBC, Bell Media TV stations such as CTV, TSN, plus channels from Rogers such as Sportsnet and Citytv, for example. These broadcasters have their own streaming TV options, however their channels are available on Apple TV.
Greg Hart, vice president of Amazon Prime Video, told CBC News, “We’d love to have sports available… and we look forward to adding that,” emphasizing, “Sometimes those are a little more complicated to bring off.”