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Sportsnet Now: Price, features and content

Is this Canada-centric streaming service worth a (slap)shot?

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When you absolutely positively need to get your sports fix immediately, not next week, tomorrow or in an hour’s time, you need Sportsnet Now. Or do you? In the competitive streaming market there’s no shortage of rival players out there. Heck, it’s a veritable stacks-on of sports providers and each of them is jostling to intercept your wallet. That being the case, let’s crunch the numbers and see if Sportsnet Now is a true contender or just full of pre-game talk.

How much does Sportsnet Now cost?

You’ve got one of two ways to go here. Sportsnet Now has a basic service called SN Now that will set you back $19.99 per month. Your other option gives you more content if you go with SN Now+, a $27.99 per month investment that gives you access to a considerable amount of extra programming (we’ll list all that in a minute or so).

If you’re a prospective subscriber with commitment issues, you have nothing to worry about. You’ll only be paying one month at a time for this service and can cancel anytime you like.

What content does Sportsnet Now offer?

We really hope you like NHL, because even the basic Sportsnet Now subscription is jam-packed with more hockey than you can poke a puck with a stick at. You’re staring down the barrel at over 300 total NHL games (depending on where you live), plus you can stream regional games for the Flames, Canucks, Leafs or Oilers. In addition to this you’ll get access to the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs , Hockey Night in Canada, Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey and Rogers Hometown Hockey.

Not into those sorts of icecapdes? Not a problem at all. The basic subscription also offers some hoop action with The Toronto Raptors and NBA match-ups. Likewise, baseball fans can track every game of the Toronto Blue Jays and over 150 MLB games simulcast from the US (including The World Series, The Home Run Derby and MLB All-Star games).

Last but not least, you’ll also get access to a range of other sports, including Grand Slam Curling, the Davis Cup, IndyCar, Tour de France, the English Premier League and a bit of WWE wrestling (Monday Night RAW, SmackDown Live, Aftermath and Main Event).

But wait, there’s more (if you put some extra money down for the Sportsnet Now+ package). Pay extra and your on-tap NHL access will almost double to 500+ games (blackout free). You’ll also find that you can now watch hundreds of additional FA Cup, Premier League, Gallagher Premiership and Bundesliga matches.

How does Sportsnet Now compare?

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Price p/month or equivalent Free trial? Service Simultaneous streams 4K/UHD?
Disney+
Disney+ [CA]
CA$8.99
7 Days
On-demand streaming
4
Yes
Prime Video
Prime Video [CA]
CA$5.99
1 month
On-demand streaming
3
Yes
Residents of Quebec aren't eligible for a free trial of Amazon Prime
hayu
hayu [CA]
CA$5.99
30 days
On-demand streaming
1
No
Fubo TV Canadian Basic
Fubo TV [CA]
CA$15.99
7 days
On-demand streaming
2
Yes
fuboTV offers sports streaming for Canadians as well as Cloud DVR recording for live events and options for additional packages.
Curiositystream
CuriosityStream [CA]
US$2.99
No
On-demand streaming
Yes
Yes
YouTube Premium
YouTube Premium [CA]
CA$11.99
1 month
On-demand streaming
1
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Crave + Movies + HBO package
Crave + HBO [CA]
CA$19.98
1-month
On-demand streaming
2
No
Includes hit movies and current HBO seasons, as well as six live streaming channels (Crave 1, Crave 2, Crave 3, Crave 4, HBO Canada, HBO Canada 2)
Crave
Crave [CA]
CA$9.99
1-month
On-demand streaming
2
No
Gives you access to Crave originals, past seasons of HBO shows, Showtime series, and a limited number of Family and Kids titles.
Acorn TV
Acorn TV [CA]
US$4.99
7 days
On-demand streaming
1
No
Acorn TV offers British TV shows on-demand.
CBS All Access
CBS All Access [CA]
US$5.99
1-month
On-demand streaming
2
No
Shudder
Shudder [CA]
US$4.99
7 days
On-demand streaming
1
No
Shudder is a screaming service dedicated totally to contemporary and classic horror flicks.
Netflix Basic
Netflix Basic [CA]
CA$9.99
No
On-demand streaming
1
No
Netflix Standard
Netflix Standard [CA]
CA$13.99
No
On-demand streaming
2
No
Netflix Premium
Netflix Premium [CA]
CA$16.99
No
On-demand streaming
4
Yes
SundanceNow
Sundance Now [CA]
US$6.99
7 days
On-demand streaming
1
No
Club Illico
Club Illico [CA]
CA$9.99
No
On-demand streaming
1
No
Club Illico offers French TV shows and movies for a French-Canadian audience.
YouTube Premium Family Plan
YouTube Premium Family Plan [CA]
CA$17.99
1 month
On-demand streaming
6
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Does Sportsnet Now offer a free trial?

Not typically, no. Occasionally you’ll see free trial promo codes floating around the Internet, but the Sportsnet Now service doesn’t have a built-in complimentary taste test.

Which devices are compatible with Sportsnet Now?

Sportsnet Now can be consumed on your desktop via your favourite browser, or you can go and download the Sportsnet App for Android mobile and tablet devices, or iPhone and iPad. The minimum for the aforementioned is as follows: Android OS 6.0 or above and iOS 10.3 or above.

How much data does Sportsnet Now use?

All content on Sportsnet Now automatically adjusts itself to your available Internet speed (and for a smooth experience you ought to have an Internet speed of no slower than 2 Mbps). As for how much data it’ll eat up, here are some rough estimates.

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