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Netflix alternatives in Quebec: Which services to choose?

What streaming services are available in Quebec? What are their offers? How much do these subscriptions cost? 

We’ve done the research for you. The popularity of streaming platforms has been confirmed in Quebec homes for several years now. People are increasingly cancelling their cable subscriptions to watch TV exclusively online. 

Netflix is the most popular streaming service in Canada. More than one third of Canadians are Netflix subscribers.The number of subscribers has grown steadily over the years, thanks in part to original productions such as House of Cards, Stranger Things and Orange is the new black

However, Netflix has increased its rates for all of its plans since 2018. For example, the premium plan has gone from $13.99 to $16.99 per month. In addition, Netflix has been collecting the QST from consumers for over a year now. If you would like to cut the cable and discover other Netflix alternatives, we have selected for you a few options available in Canada that are compatible with several types of devices.

Streaming services

Disney+

The Disney company launched its new Disney+ streaming platform on November 12th at a cost of $8.99 per month or $89.99 per year. The platform has the following four subsidiaries:  Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm and National Geographic. Some original productions are already available since its release, including The Mandalorian and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

Apple TV+

Apple launched its own streaming service, Apple TV +, on November 1st. It offers a free 7-day trial and is available for $5.99 per month. Some productions such as original movies and series are already available on the platform, including The Morning Show, See, and For All Mankind

Amazon Prime Video

Prime Video offers a wide range of films and series at a cost of $7.99 per month.  This platform offers several original contents, including series such as Carnival Row, Grand Tour, American Gods and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

In addition, you have the option to subscribe to the following premium channels: StackTV, Acorn TV, Hayu, Nickelodeon, Hollywood Suite, Love Nature, MGM, OUTtv, Shudder, Super Channel, Starz, Smithsonian Channel, Sundance Now.

With this subscription, you also have access to several services at no extra cost. Among other things, you get free and fast delivery on several items with Amazon Prime and you also have the option to listen to over a million songs without commercials with Amazon Music. In addition, you can also download a wide selection of digital books for free and receive free content and games with Twitch Prime. 

YouTube Premium 

Although YouTube Premium is better known as a video-sharing platform,  this service is available for $11.99 per month and also offers films and series. Some of which are original productions such as Cobra Kai, Impulse, Mind field and Origin. This subscription also includes access to commercial-free songs and videos. 

Acorn TV 

For British TV shows fans, this service is for you. This platform offers content focused on drama, thrillers and comedy. Available for $7.49 per month, Acorn. TV also has original content such as Manhunt, London Kills and Blood

BritBox

BritBox is a subscription service created by the BBC. Offered at $8.99 per month or $89.99 per year with a 7-day free trial, their content consists mainly of popular British shows and movies such as Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who and Downtown Abbey. This platform is only available in English.

Crave TV 

Crave TV is a Canadian video-on-demand service. It offers several packages: the basic plan is offered at $9.99 per month with limited access to movies, series, exclusive Crave content, past seasons of HBO and Showtime. 

Crave TV also offers a package for $19.98 per month and offers a much more varied number of movies and series, six live TV channels and access to current HBO seasons. In addition, since January 2020, Crave now offers more than 6,000 hours of French-language content on their platform.

Crunchyroll Premium

Crunchyroll Premium is an American distributor that owns a wide manga and anime titles. This platform simultaneously airs their content one hour after Japanese Broadcast with no ads. This service costs $7.99 per month and also offers a free 14-day trial. 

Shudder 

Shudder is a platform owned by AMC, an American TV channel. It is specially made for horror, suspense and thriller films.  This service is offered at $5.99 US per month or $56.99 US per year. It includes some original content such as Wolf Creek show and exclusive films and series. 

Club Illico 

Club illico is a Quebec streaming service offered at $9.99 per month. This platform has many French-language films and series, including original productions such as Les Honorables, Blue Moon, Victor Lessard and La dérape

Tou.TV Extra

Tou.Tv Extra is a service owned by ICI Radio-Canada that offers a wide variety of exclusive French-language films, series, Quebec and foreign short films. This service is offered at $6.99 per month and the first month is free.  Tou.TV Extra also offers a few original productions including Féminin/Féminin, La règle de (3) and Bébéatrice.

Mubi

Mubi is the streaming website for cinephiles. This service broadcasts foreign and independent films. Available for $9.99 per month, with a free 7-day trial, the platform rotates 30 movies every month. There is also the option to rent movies at a cost between $5.49 and $8.49

Sundance Now

Available in Canada since 2015, Sundance Now aims to present independent films and series. Available for $59.99 US per year or $6.99 US per month, this platform also produces some original series including: A Discovery of Witches, Riviera and The Bureau

À la carte

If you don’t want to pay for a monthly or annual subscription, some platforms are available to rent and/or buy movies or series on a pay-per-view basis. Here are a few possibilities: 

 

Apple TV and Google Play (Rent/buy)

Apple TV and Google Play also allow you to rent or buy a movie on demand. The rental price varies between $4.99 and $6.99 for a movie. The purchase price for the latest releases is usually around $24.99

Also, many TV channels offer free content on their websites, such as Noovo.ca and Tou.TV

We hope we have shed more light on the streaming services available on the web in Canada for cord cutters. It can be difficult to find a service that really suits your tastes and needs. Good viewing!