Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Winter TV 2014 ~ Where to Watch TV Shows Online in Canada


Welcome to 2014! With the new year we have a whole new set of TV shows coming to us enjoy. TV times have really changed and we have lots of shows that normally air in the Winter, as well as some that are coming to Winter timeslots for the first time. There are so many shows out there, and so many from the Fall that got picked up that it's pretty overwhelming. I may not be watching as much but I will still keep this list up to date.

This list will be updated throughout the winter as new shows become available at their legitimate Canadian Broadcasters websites including CBC, CTV, Global, CityTV, Space, Showcase, Slice and Food Network.

For online-only viewers, you may have noticed the trend and change in online viewing from TV station sites from open access to log in if you are a cable subscriber. It's quite an adjustment as less episodes tend to be available and the window to watch them is smaller; they still tend to be up the day after airing on TV but now often only last a week and with 1 episode available to watch at a time. This appears to be the new norm for CTV, Global and CityTV. Thankfully CBC still has seasons and seasons of shows to enjoy without restrictions, and Showcase still has full seasons of Canadian and Canadian co-pro's available to watch online.

The shows included here are the ones I am interested in checking out, and FYI my TV tastes include science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and the occasional straight-up drama. I strongly prefer long-arc centric series that feature good-spirited characters, but there a few exceptions. In terms of non-fiction/reality shows many competition series based in the arts or sport way find it's way here along a few food shows and paranormal investigations. And of course Canadian TV always catches my eye. To get a sampling of the shows I'm looking forward to, check out my vlogs for New and Returning TV. For shows which season is Fall/Winter I will also include it on this list in addition to the Fall 2013 List.

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Can't find what you are looking for? Try the individual Canadian TV broadcasters websites video pages:
If there is a Canadian channel that streams TV shows you'd like added, just leave a comment below and I'll update the list. There are a few shows that aren't available online in Canada like Supernatural , The Originals, Reign and The Walking Dead . Remember now the new norm for a lot of shows is to be only available for 1 week starting the day after they air, unless you have a cable subscription and can log into the TV station website. Plan your viewing accordingly :) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
* A few online viewing options do not have a specific page for watching a singular show, but rather a video player for watching any of their offerings. In those cases I've put the link to the broadcasters website, as opposed to the show. Then either select the show if it's displayed prominently, or click their video library, select your show, the season and then the episode.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

My Year in Books: 2013



Looking back at 2013 is different than any other year for me. I usually love to do reflections, but looking back at anything in 2013 I see everything in the context of that it was the year my Mom passed away. This feels particularly strong when it comes to books as we talked about them a lot and we would swap books and share recommendations, especially in the past several years. We didn't always agree on what we thought happened, who we were rooting for or eer what books we liked, but from Twilight to Uglies to Vampire Academy to Strange Angels we went through many a series.

Mom was a huge fan of the Women of the Otherworld series, and I am very happy that I finally read Bitten by Kelley Armstrong so we could talk about the book and chat all about the casting for the upcoming TV series. Another book I know she would have loved was The Giver by Lois Lowry, and I wish I had read it earlier as I know she would have loved it. The concepts in it were very much like the ones we had discussed and both had thought about when we each of us were kids but never knew.

Although I read quite a few books last year, those are the only two that really matter to me because they will always remind me of my Mom.

Photo Cred: Jamie Ridler