Netflix Canada prices up again: What are the cheaper alternatives?
Canada's most popular streaming service is going to empty your pocket even more.
In October 2020, Netflix upped the prices on both its Standard and Premium plans. There is no change to the cost of Basic plans which will remain at $9.99.
Prices will increase by a dollar per month on Standard plans moving from $13.99 to $14.99. The Premium plan is jumping up from $16.99 to $18.99, so you’ll be up for an extra two bucks per month. This is the first Netflix price rise in Canada since 2018 when it increased the cost of all plans.
It’s a very bold move from Netflix given that there has never been more competition in the Canadian streaming market. What it also tells us is that Netflix doesn’t feel threatened by the competition.
It was only last year that Netflix binned its one-month free trial in Canada. The timing from Netflix is even more interesting from Netflix given the backlash it’s currently receiving for the Cuties debacle and for cancelling several popular shows including GLOW.
We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.
— Netflix (@netflix) August 20, 2020
Netflix must simply be of the belief that its customer base is loyal and its content is superior. And with its monster share price, it’s not like you can say it doesn’t know what it’s doing.
Is this price rise the straw that breaks the camel’s back for you? Well, no worries, cancelling Netflix is easy. Best of all there’s an abundance of streaming free trials available, allowing you to get over your Netflix break-up quicker than you can find a rebound on Tinder.
Some of the most noteworthy free trials include:
- Amazon Prime Video 30-day free trial
- hayu 30-day free trial
- CBS All Access 30-day free trial
- fuboTV 7-day free trial
- DAZN 30-day free trial
While free trials are certainly handy, price is the all important factor here. So what’s on offer in Canada?
One of the biggest streaming services in Canada is Crave thanks to its strong content that boasts the likes of HBO, STARZ and Showtime. Like Netflix its base package starts at $9.99 and comes with Showtime. However if you want HBO or STARZ content you’ll need to opt for the the more expensive packs which cost $19.98 or $25.97. It’s worth noting all of Crave’s subscriptions also charge tax on top.
If you’re looking to cut even more costs from your monthly streaming bill, Amazon Prime Video, CBS All Access and hayu are just $5.99 a month. Of those, Prime Video is the only one that offers 4K streaming. There are also added benefits like free shipping and Amazon Music.
Speaking of added benefits, in September Apple announced the launch of Apple One subscriptions. Its own streaming service Apple TV+ alone is $5.99 a month, but you can now bundle it with Apple Music, Apple Arcade, iCloud storage and more, so it’s somewhat similar to Amazon.
The beauty of streaming is that it also has dedicated niche services. For horror fans there’s Shudder which is just $4.99 a month, Funimation is for anime lovers and starts at just $5.99, if you’re more into docos then check out CuriosityStream which is only $2.99 a month or if you like British TV there’s BritBox and Acorn TV.
The other way you can cut down on your streaming cost is to get over your commitment issues and lock yourself in to an annual deal. Prime Video, Disney+, Funimation and Crave have annual packages so that you can save anywhere from 10–20% across your annual bill. You can see our guide of Netflix alternatives here.