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Netflix vs. Shomi vs. CraveTV: Who Wins?

Updated on January 9, 2016

The three streaming services available in Canada

About Netflix

Netflix is an American-based Internet streaming service that launched in 1997 as an online competitor to the Blockbuster video store franchise where they would mail DVD movies to customers' homes for a monthly fee. It would eventually begin online streaming of movies, and later, TV shows including original productions like House of Cards, and Orange Is The New Black. Netflix would enter the Canada market in the late 2000s and currently has over 2 million Canadian subscribers. Pricing for Netflix starts at $8.99 per month and customers can pay for the service via credit card, PayPal or pre-paid gift card available at participating retailers.

About shomi

shomi is a joint venture by Rogers Communications and Shaw Media that was launched in 2014 as a direct Canadian competitor to Netflix. Pricing starts at $8.99 per month and is the home for exclusive TV shows and movies not found on Netflix like Amazon's Transparent, Modern Family, Sons of Anarchy, and Mr. Robot. It is currently free to select Rogers Internet customers but people with any Internet provider in Canada can subscribe via credit card or iTunes.

About CraveTV

CraveTV is a streaming service by Bell Canada that is currently only available to TV subscribers for a low price of $4 per month; however, Bell has promised to open this service to all Canadians with an Internet subscription in January 2016 but no pricing details have been released. CraveTV is the home of HBO TV shows and movies, Seinfeld, South Park, among other titles not found on Netflix and shomi. It currently has over 500,000 subscribers.

One of the Original Netflix TV Shows Orange Is The New Black

More Bang for Your Buck

Since I do not, and will never again, subscribe to traditional TV, I have not tried CraveTV but I have looked at the content they offer. I feel all CraveTV has that is worth the money is their collection of HBO series like The Sopranos, and popular shows like Everybody Loves Raymond, and Corner Gas. However, these are shows I have watched countless times and/or own on DVD already. shomi, however, has titles that I have never seen so it is nice to watch them for the first time. Netflix will always have a special place in my life because of its original programming and releases of movies I wanted to watch but didn't want to pay to see them in theatres.

CraveTV's First Original Series Letterkenny Problems

So Who Wins?

CraveTV's first original series Letterkenny Problems, which is an interesting title by the way, might be the deciding factor for Canadians on whether or not to drop Netflix and go to CraveTV. I highly doubt this because Netflix has more to offer and will continue to produce more original content in the future. CraveTV has a lot of catching up to do. shomi will be successful if Rogers continues to offer it free to their Internet customers so I feel Netflix and shomi will win the streaming service battle against CraveTV but Netflix will reign supreme in the end.

Now YOU decide.

Which service do you feel will reign supreme?

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Let me know what you think

Please provide your comments about these three Canadian streaming services in the comments below and why Netflix, shomi, and/or CraveTV will or will not survive in the Canadian market. Thank you for taking the time to read this article and have yourself a very nice day!

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      Mark Sammut 20 months ago from Malta

      Has to be Netflix.