Amazon Prime Video Channels eyes launch in Canada

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The launch in Canada follows Amazon Channels’ 2017 arrival in the U.K. and Germany. (Amazon)

Amazon Prime Video Channels is planning to add another international market soon when it launches its a la carte subscription video service platform in Canada.

Prime Video subscribers (who pay $7.99 per month) in Canada will get access to the service. Amazon Channels, which didn’t provide a firm launch date for Canada, will arrive in the country offering NBCUniversal’s reality TV SVOD hayu, Starz, Nickelodeon, as well as STACKTV, a multi-channel package from Corus Entertainment.

"We are excited to soon bring even more selection to our Prime members in Canada with the upcoming launch of Prime Video Channels," said Greg Hart, vice president of Amazon Prime Video, in a statement. "Prime Video Channels also allows us to team up with Canadian content producers and broadcasters like Corus Entertainment to build unique products like STACKTV for our Canadian Prime members."


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STACKTV includes channels like Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada, History, Treehouse and Global.

RELATED: Amazon Channels expands into the U.K. and Germany

Hart spoke with CBC ahead of the launch and said that Amazon is hoping to fill in Amazon Channels in Canada with more streaming services (including live sports) over time.

The launch in Canada follows Amazon Channels’ 2017 arrival in the U.K. and Germany.

As Amazon Channels continues to expand globally, it’s facing more competition in the U.S. from similar streaming aggregation platform services. The Roku Channel has been offering a similar service for more than a year. More recently, Apple launched a channels service within its TV app and Comcast introduced Xfinity Flex, a $5-per-month service for its broadband subscribers that includes a streaming box with voice remote.

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