Netflix and Crave subscribers beware. There is another subscription service coming on top of your Prime TV membership that comes standard with Amazon Prime account.
Soon you will have a choice of 13 ondemand and live TV services that can be added on top of your Amazon Prime TV account. It’s not confirmed when this will be launched , but Amazon said that it will be very soon.
Several popular channels will include Nickelodeon and Slack TV.
Unfortunately you will not be able to get HBO or Showtime through Amazon. For that you would need to go through Crave TV in Canada.
Greg Hart, vice president of Amazon Prime Video, said not to worry about lack of many choices for now. He mentioned that when they launched in US they started with 25 channels and now grew all the way to 150.
But things might not take off as nicely in a very reserved Canadian environment where Amazon is being demonized by media companies afraid of losing their dominance.
Mary Ann Turcke, Bell Media’s president at the time, said that it will be impossible for Canadian TV providers to acquire content if behemoth of a company like Amazon will get into a bidding war;
Helene Laurendeau, deputy minister of Canadian Heritage, said that Amazon will force Canadian TV providers out of business.
Toronto users rejoice! No need to pay for Netflix if you want to watch quality movies. Toronto Library has got you covered. All you need is a library card and few minutes to setup your account.
Toronto Library have introduced the free video streaming service to over 30,000 streaming videos with their partner company Kanopy, based in San Francisco. In comparison, Netflix offers a total of around 13,300 titles worldwide.
We’re adding 30,000 new streaming videos to our collection! The selection of films is outstanding. It includes titles from producers including the Great Courses and PBS, as well as award-winning indie, documentary and Canadian films. Hundreds of new titles are added each month.
How much it will cost you ask? Absolutely nothing. Free. Zilch!
The interface is unbelievable and it feels like you are browsing Netflix. Almost feels like stealing.
So how does Toronto Library Movie Streaming works?
You can access Kanopy films with your smartphone, tablet, PC or Smart TV
Kanopy is compatible with Roku, Android, iOS and Apple TV
You have three days to watch each film
You can access up to eight films a month
All films are fully accessible, with captions and transcripts, and are compatible with screen reader software such as JAWS
Toronto, this is a free streaming service with an amazing selection so please get yourself a library card if you don't have one
You have access to over 30,000 streaming videos. Films like Maudie, Brooklyn, Ingrid Goes West, Paterson and I am Not Your Negro, the Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, are available for you to start watching right away.
Who Gets It?
You have to be a proper city Toronto resident to obtain a FREE library card unless you are a non-resident who works, goes to school, or owns property in Toronto.
If you reside outside of the City of Toronto – you might consider the option of paying a fee to obtain a card that is valid for either 3 months or 12 months at a time. The fee for non-residents is $30.00 for 3 months or $120.00 for 12 months.
Ottawa Library also uses Kanopy so you can use that library card to get connected as well. Also if you are going to university or college – you will be able to get access through that as well.
Last but not least, there is competing service called Hoopla where you can borrow digital music, video and comics to stream, and it covers roughly 7,000 libraries in the United States and Canada; a full list is available here. If you live in Oakville for example, you can access it here.