Best Movie And TV Streaming Sites By Genre In Canada

Best Movie And TV Streaming Sites By Genre In Canada

Why shell out $50 to $150 per month just to watch cable television that doesn't fit your schedule and is half-filled with commercials?

Instead, you could pay roughly $10 per month to watch exactly what you want ‒ and when you want it.

Sure, there's Netflix, but there's also Amazon Prime, CraveTV, Crunchyroll, and more.

And because you have so many options, it can be hard to decide which one to go with. (Subscribing to them all is out of the budget.)

So, which one is worth your money?

Well, it depends on what type of television or movies you’re looking for...

Without further ado, welcome to our first streaming awards.

Here's a summary (spoiler warning)

Streaming Services in Canada Price Category Winner
Netflix $9.99 - $16.99 per month Best overall
Best original content
Best romance
Best action
Best for kids
Best sitcom (tied)
Best reality (tied)
Crave $9.99 - $19.98 per month Best drama
Best reality (tied)
Amazon Prime $7.99 per month, $79.99 per year Best sitcom (tied)
Britbox $8.99 per month, $89.99 per year Best British television (tied)
Acorn $4.99 per month Best British television (tied)
Crunchyroll $6.95 per month Best anime
Shudder $4.99 per month, $49.99 per year Best horror (tied)
Screambox $4.99 per month, $35.88 per year Best horror (tied)

Note: Winners are based on what shows were offered at the time of research. Available shows are always subject to change.

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Best overall – Netflix

Netflix is the most popular option here, so I don't think you'll need to be convinced.

It has the biggest library of all Canadian streaming services, which makes it hard to go up against.

And it's really covered all the bases. Need some drama in your life? Turn on an episode of Outlander or Grey’s Anatomy.

Need to occupy your kiddos while you make dinner? Hit play and mesmerize them with Paw Patrol or PJ Masks.

Need a good belly laugh? Join Rachel and Joey on Friends, or roll your eyes with Jim and Pam on The Office, or relive your glory days with That 70s Show.

The options are endless. Literally. Well...almost literally.

Some runners up

Crave also offers a large library of TV shows and movies, so you'll have plenty of options with them as well.

But to get the most out of your Crave subscription, you'll have to pay for the premium package which costs $19.98 per month – $6 more than Netflix, which comes out to $72 more a year.

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Best original content – Netflix

This was another easy one, simply because of the sheer number of Netflix originals there are.

Have you heard of:

  • Orange is the New Black,
  • House of Cards,
  • The Crown,
  • Narcos, and
  • Black Mirror?

Yeah, those are all Netflix originals. And there's a lot more where that came from.

Some runners up

No one can touch Netflix here.

Best drama – Crave

Okay this one is easy.

Crave wins hands down simply because of its HBO and Showtime shows.

Both Netflix and Prime have created some fantastic, killer original dramas, but they’re no Game of Thrones.

Nice and easy. Next!

Some runner ups

Okay Netflix has some pretty great drama content too, like Madmen, Breaking Bad, Suits, Grey's Anatomy…

Best romance – Netflix

To Netflix goes these honours because of the sheer amount of romantic content they offer. They have a great variety, like:

  • The Notebook,
  • Silver Linings Playbook,
  • He's Just Not That Into You, and
  • One Day.

Some runners up

Amazon Prime has some great classics, like:

  • Pride & Prejudice,
  • Mamma Mia,
  • Grease,
  • Ghost.

Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to give them the number 1 spot.

Once again, Crave gets some kudos for its new releases: Snatched, Girls Trip, and Pitch Perfect 3 are pretty great!

Not to mention Fifty Shades of Grey. Okay, it’s not the cleanest romantic movie, but it’s most definitely a chick flick.

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Best action – Netflix

My vote goes to…well, Netflix, again.

They have some real tried-and-true classics, like:

  • Star Wars,
  • Inglorious Basterds, and
  • Kill Bill.

Some runners up

This category isn't so cut and dry.

Prime has some great options like Robin Hood, Bad Boys, and The Mummy.

And Crave has several new release action movies, including Game Night (it’s not just a comedy!), American Made, Wonder Woman, and Justice League.

Best sitcom – Netflix and Prime

This one is more of a toss up.

Netflix and Prime both have awesome comedy options with very little overlap.

Netflix hosts a bunch of sitcoms, including:

  • Friends,
  • That 70s Show, and
  • The Office.

But Prime offers some more current sitcom gems, like:

  • Community,
  • Parks and Recreation, and
  • Married With Children.

So it's really up to you and your preferences.

But whichever streaming service you choose will undoubtedly keep you laughing.

Best for kids – Netflix

If it’s kids’ shows and movies you’re looking for, go with Netflix. It can’t be beat.

Its library includes some well-loved Disney movies (for now), so they pretty much own the family movie market.

And best of all, it has a Kids profile option that lets you limit their options to only kid shows, so you'll never have to worry about what they're watching.

Some runner ups

There are none. Netflix offers the best kid show options. Period.

Unless your kid likes anime. In that case, refer to our Best anime section.

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Best reality TV – Netflix and Crave

Again, this one will be a tie because it really depends what you're looking for out of reality TV.

Netflix offers great shows like:

  • Dragon's Den,
  • Jeopardy,
  • Storage Wars, and
  • Ultimate Beastmaster.

Crave, on the other hand, has its own collection of great reality TV, like:

  • MasterChef,
  • The Amazing Race Canada,
  • Jersey Shore, and
  • The $100,000 Pyramid.

So another tie. Us Canadians are too nice.

Best horror – Shudder and Screambox

If you're a true horror fan, then Netflix's relatively meager collection won't cut it for you.

There's not just 1, but 2 streaming services completely dedicated to horror.

Shudder, which wins for its variety of horror, and Screambox, which has the best indie horror films. Pick your poison, my friends.

Some runner ups

Netflix needs to be mentioned because of the sheer number of horror movies it has, which includes must-sees like:

  • Train To Busan,
  • The Grudge, and
  • The Babadook.

But Crave also has a small, yet powerful collection of popular horror movies, like:

  • Jigsaw,
  • Blair Witch,
  • Annabelle: Creation, and
  • It.

Best British television – Britbox and Acorn

Similar to streaming services that specialize in horror, there are also 2 services that specialize in British TV.

So if you're love for Coronation Street and Murdoch Mysteries knows no bounds, then you might want to consider either Britbox or Acorn (or both).

Britbox has access to the classic Dr. Who seasons, as well as Coronation Street, Keeping Up Appearances, and Fawlty Towers.

Acorn also has its own impressive British collection, including Miss Marple and Doc Marten – who I like to call the British Dr. House.

Some runners up

Both Netflix and Amazon Prime have significant British television content. Netflix has:

  • Broadchurch,
  • Call the Midwife, and
  • Sherlock (who doesn’t love Sherlock?!).

And Prime has a few as well:

  • Shameless (the British version, obviously) and
  • The Grand Tour.

But if you’re a true BBC lover, like myself, then the 2 exclusively-British-content streaming services are right up your alley.

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Best anime – Crunchyroll

After consulting my brothers, who are avid anime watchers, my original thought that Netflix has decent anime content was overruled…

According to my bros, the only place you can really stream good anime is from Crunchyroll. As a service that specializes in only anime content, this shouldn’t be a surprise.

Some runners up

That being said, Netflix does have some anime options, including some Netflix original anime adaptations, but their shows are not always up to date.

And there you have it

Our very first streaming services awards.

Did you agree with our rankings? Did you learn about some new services you might want to check out?

And, best of all, do you have some other services you recommend?

Let us know in the comments, chime in below.

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Comments

Murray 's picture

Perhaps Transponder TV should be on your list.
I have been using it for a couple of months.
It has a number of channels and has the option of recording shows on the website
Price is 6.50 Britsh pounds per month. (woks out to about $11,00 CAD)

December 18, 2018 @ 1:53 pm
Temur
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Deal Link: https://www.getstack.ca/amazon-prime

December 18, 2018 @ 3:26 pm
Jim
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I put it off for at least three years, but cut the cord this spring. Since I have Amazon Prime for delivery I also get their videos. I also have Netflix.

I watch Tucker Carlson on a guy's Youtube channel and get my nightly news from (BION) RT America.
Add Netflix to the pile and my monthly bill which used to be 180.00/month for cable/Internet/phone is now about 90.00 INCLUDING Netflix.

Shouda done it years ago.

Merry Christmas to you and yours Steve
Jim

December 18, 2018 @ 5:55 pm
HowToSaveMoney Team
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Hello Jim,

Great to hear you're saving so well. Honestly doesn't seem like there's much need to have cable nowadays, even with just Netflix and YouTube.

Merry Christmas to you and your family, too!

December 19, 2018 @ 12:02 pm
Lawrence
Lawrence's picture

I don't see live streaming of programs like CNN. Have updated internet, but still haven't solved this.

Open to suggestions.

December 19, 2018 @ 12:21 am
DJ
DJ's picture

Try watching some Real News sites for Free on YouTube! Much Better than (((CNN's Fake News!)))

December 19, 2018 @ 7:33 am
HowToSaveMoney Team
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Hello Lawrence,

CNN currently doesn't offer free live streaming of their channel, you have to sign in with your cable service provider in order to access it on their website. But they do have free streaming for many under-5-minute videos of "Today's Top News," if that interests you.

Global News and Bloomberg News also offers similar services on their sites.

Hope this helps! Thanks for commenting.

December 19, 2018 @ 12:05 pm
mike
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free cnn is available here @ livenewson.com/american/cnn-news-usa.html

January 23, 2019 @ 3:32 pm
Carmela Doctor
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Hi Stephen - good list but it's missing one crucial category: SPORTS! If I can figure out a way to watch Leaf Games, Raptors Games, Jays Games, and Sports Centre I would cancel my cable all together.

December 20, 2018 @ 9:16 am
HowToSaveMoney Team
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Hello Carmela,

Sports streaming is definitely a different can of worms. The best one I can find is Sportsnet NOW which is from $19.99 to $27.99 a month. It'll give you access to NHL, MLB, and NBA games, as well as the Premier League.

Americans have a couple other options, so hopefully we'll get those one of these days.

January 02, 2019 @ 12:10 pm
Marpy
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it is amazing how fewsteaming services are available to Canadians. Also sad that the cbc is not avaiable as a free streaming service to any Canadian with an internet conection. once someone makes sports available through a cheap streaming service, then its all covered. Perhaps they need to start with European sports or North American leagues not currently covered on TV as a means of getting the ball rolling. I think mainline media and North American sports in general are resisting the move.

December 22, 2018 @ 2:47 pm
HowToSaveMoney Team
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Hey Marpy,

America is definitely quite a few steps ahead when it comes to streaming services. I hope we can catch up soon! The only reliable streaming service I can find for Canada is Sportsnet NOW which is $19.99 to $27.99 – might want to check it out.

January 02, 2019 @ 12:11 pm

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