Consumer Information

News For Echo Owners

Amazon and Apple have come to an agreement in regards to the streaming of Apple Music on Amazon’s Echo devices and Echo owners will be able to stream music from the service as of December 17th, 2019.

Last month Amazon had also agreed to carry official Apple products and accessories.

Netflix Canada Price Hike? Really?

Netflix has decided to raise their monthly subscription plan prices by three dollars, days before the departure of Disney, Pixar and Marvel films from their service.

Yes, I am as baffled as you are in regards to this timing. But apparently they think they have enough material to keep their current customers, which in my case is quite the risk.

I already have my favourite Disney, Pixar and Marvel films on blu-ray thanks to the Amazon and the Disney Movie Club. And Prime Video has just recently expanded their catalogue, although it needs to expand further to be compatible with Netflix, especially when it comes to concerts and music documentaries.

My previous relationship with Netflix was on and off due to their lack of material and they’re basically keeping me on with the odd film, stand up comedy program, concert and the American remake of The Office. And unfortunately for them I own quite a few films from their catalog on DVD and blu-ray already.

It would be nice to be able to just store these away and use the service to view them but they’re still not up to par with the American service and they don’t appear to be interested in foreign language films from Europe.

For example, where are the great French performances by Louis De Funes, Gerard Depardieu and Pierre Richard? Where’s the Gaumont film catalogue?

Netflix Canada need more films like “The Train To Busan”, on top of the mainstream classic Hollywood productions. And I suspect that if no major improvements are made that I will be leaving the service again, especially if they subject me to yet another $3 hike within two years.

It should also be noted that DC Universe is also starting its own streaming service in Canada shortly, which will likely cause additional material to disappear from Netflix Canada’s catalog. But I guess all we can do is wait and see what will happen in 2019.

Postal Strike Continues

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers have rejected mediation and a request by Canada Post for a cooling off period. Delays are to be expected for both domestic and international shipments handled by Canada Post. But options are being made available via several retailers, as previously mentioned on this blog.

Delays Likely For International Shipping

International shipments into Canada are backlogged due to the rotating strike and Canada Post have asked international shippers to stop bringing them mail. And this of course means international letters and parcels that are not handled by private couriers like Fedex, UPS, DHL and Purolator will be delayed.

eBay has requested an end to the rotating strike through legislation but it appears that those taking advantage of the foreign Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers will need to either wait for their parcels or use couriers.

In regards to domestic shipments, Amazon.ca, Best Buy Canada, chapters.indigo.ca , Hudson Bay, Newegg.ca, Oldnavy.ca and many other online retailers have opted to go with their own courier services and/or offer ship to store services.

Please consult your favourite retailer for shipping options.

Pre-Black Friday Specials

Pre-Black Friday discounts are up an running at Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, chapters.indigo.ca , GuitarCenter.com and Roxio.com.

Vinyl can also be purchased up to 50% off from Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.

Rotating Postal Strikes

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers have begun rotating strikes in Victoria (British Columbia), Edmonton (Alberta), Windsor (Ontario) and Halifax (Nova Scotia) until midnight, when other locations will be chosen. Please consult the union’s official site for information on the upcoming sites for this strike.

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