Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Winter TV 2016 ~ Where to Watch TV Shows Online In Canada


Welcome to 2016 Everyone!

With a new year comes new TV, and that means a new TV Listing here at Planet Shannon for where to watch shows online in Canada.

I've changed up the format of the listing to hopefully make it easier for you to to find the shows you are looking for. The biggest change is separating out new series, the returning series with winter premieres and the show that are continuing from the fall season.

New Series
are now front and centre at the top. This way, if you are aching for something new to try you have a short list of options to look through and hopefully find a new fave. Winter Premieres are listed next, and this will include any show that starts a new season this January or February. All shows that started in the fall and still going are under Continuing Series, and they have a wide range of return dates from winter hiatus so if you click through and there isn't a new episode listed yet, often the return date will be indicated. New Series and Winter Premieres listings will be updated as the shows become available online.

Each of these lists are alphabetical, which should make it quick and easy to find the show you are looking for. The super easiest way is Ctrl+F gives you pop up box, type title of show, hit enter...you're set!

To give you a sense of what I'm excited for, the shows that are catching my eye this winter are The Shannara Chronicles, Teen Wolf, Face Off (Season 10!!), The Magicians, Vikings, Bitten, X Company, Mr. D, Second Chance and of course the return on The X-Files. I'm on a bit of YouTube hiatus, but I hope to start sharing my thoughts on TV again soon, so keep an eye on the TV Musings section on my YouTube Channel for my own return from hiatus there.

This list will be updated as new shows become available at their legitimate Canadian Broadcasters websites including CBC, CTV and CTV2, Global, CityTV, Space, Showcase, Slice, HGTV Canada, MTV Canada, Food Network, Discovery and History.

New Series
Winter Premieres
Continuing Series

Can't find what you are looking for? Try the individual Canadian TV broadcasters websites video pages:

The mileage can vary on how many episodes and for how long they are available to watch online. A lot of stations only have one episode available for one week after broadcast, and other stations have up to 3 weeks of episodes available. There is often an exceptions for Canadian series (or co-pros) which may have their full season (or series) available. We have better transparency here, with both CTV and Global now indicate when new episodes will be available online and how long it will be available for, and CityTV has a red banner indicating if it is expiring soon. This is a huge help for us who watch shows online.

I love that so much TV is available to watch online or via apps, but not ever show is. When this happens, the I suggest looking for it in in iTunes, Google Play Store, the Playstation Store (if you have a Playstation) to see if you can buy it. Although it's not free, the big pay off when you buy is that there are no commercials, no expiry dates and you can re-watch to your heart's desire. Occasionally, a show will also air weekly episodes on Netflix, such as the new series Shadowhunters and returning series The 100.

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* 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.