Canada

Paramount Minus

So, I got a three month preview of Paramount+ from McDonald’s and thought i’d be able to watch the new seasons of Star Trek : Pickard and Star Trek : Discovery, and the extended versions of the Naked Gun films. But due to rights issues none of the above mentioned Paramount and CBS distributed content is available to Canadians.

Apparently all we get are crumbs though that $5.99/month service, mainly CBS television programs and less than three dozen films. And now my choices are CTV Sci-Fi for $7/month for the Star Trek series, or $19/month for Crave because the $9.99/month rate is for mobile devices.

I could try broadcasting Crave from my tablet but i’m presuming that the contents will be 720p or 1800p, so i’m probably going with CTV Sci Fi to get these programs at a higher resolution. But I think Paramount+ overestimated the demand for their current services in Canada.

Yes, there is a new version of Behind The Music and a Madonna concert on there. But unless you’re a big police drama and Rugrats fan you won’t find much to watch on that streaming service.

I bet I could watch everything I could possibly be interested in within a month so they’re going to need to make significantly more content available to keep me as a subscriber. After all, I already get most of the films they offer on Netflix and Prime Video. And I get the latter free with Amazon Prime

I’ll update you if I see any improvements but it looks like I won’t be keeping Paramount+ beyond mid January.

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Fall Conventions Cancelled

Record conventions in Ontario that were scheduled for the Fall are being cancelled due to COVID-19. These include:

  • The Guelph Record and Music Collectible show (09/20)
  • Newmarket Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show (10/20)
  • The St. Catherines Record Show (11/08)
  • Toronto West Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show (12/8)

Unfortunately, these events are dependant on crowds and safety could therefore not be guaranteed at these events.

I suspect events outside of Ontario will also be concerned over these concerns. Please contact the convention operators for details.

Record Shows This Weekend

There are two major record conventions this Sunday, in Toronto and Vancouver.

The Toronto/Mississauga Musical Collectables Record Show & Sale will be held at the Capital Banquet Centre at 6435 Dixie Road in Mississauga and the Vancouver Record and CD Convention will be hosted at the Croatian Cultural Centre at 3250 Commercial Drive in Vancouver.

The Lighter Side

This Weekend’s Events & Offers

If you’re in Toronto this weekend, you should probably consider dropping by at the Toronto East Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show, which will be held this Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm at the Heron Park Community Centre (at 292 Manse Rd) in Scarborough, Ontario.

This is one of Canada’s largest record and music memorabilia conventions and admission is only $5. But if you’re planning on simply relaxing and buying online, you should probably look at what Indigo Books and Music has to offer this weekend, especially if you’re an RBC credit cardholder.

In addition to the free shipping offer on orders over $25, they will offer ten times the Plum Rewards Points on orders over $30 this weekend. And some RBC credit card orders will get a $10 credit back on their card on purchases over $50, provided they load up this offer and use it by September 30, 2019.

Hopefully this information will help you find something you’ve been looking for this weekend.

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Disney+ Canada Update

Disney+ will be online in Canada on November 12th, 2019 according to their official site and according to several sources the monthly subscription rate for Canadian will be $8.99 (or $89.99 yearly).

According to Deadline, “Customers will be able to subscribe to Disney+ directly or via in-app purchases and will be available on a slew of platforms including Apple, Google, Microsoft’s Xbox One, Sony via its Android TVs and the Playstation 4 and Roku.

There’s no news on when Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic titles will be removed from Netflix’s catalog in Canada. But Reuters confirms that “Avengers: Endgame”, “Aladdin” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will stream exclusively on the new service.

Bloomberg has also reported that Apple TV will be available by November but no specific information about Canada has been made available.

OTA Television Changes Along The Border

Yesterday I received a notice from WPBS-TV, the PBS station based in Watertown NY that broadcasts to Eastern Ontario, that they will be changing over-the-air channels on July 29th, 2019. And apparently several American television stations have already begun transitioning to new channels to free up frequencies for wireless services.

People who use television antennas in southwestern Ontario area have already needed to rescan to find WMYD broadcasts from Detroit on June 1st, 2019 and a new wave of channel changes are expected in July, this transition eventually ending in the summer of 2020.

If you’re getting these stations from cable, satellite or online, you will not see any changes. But if you use a television antenna to get any American station you will need to pay attention to notices by your favourite stations, that will be posted on their official sites and social media feeds for information related to this transition.

Many channels will also start airing notices featuring known personalities from television programs like The Doctors, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, Dr.Phil, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy a month or so before their transition date. And monthly roundups of these transitions are also posted on the official TV Answers Blog, with occasional posts regarding individual channels appearing on TV Answer’s Facebook page.

I’m a bit too deep into Ontario to get American television stations via my antenna but thought people along the border would like to know.