Roku in Canada

Roku is now officially available in Canada, bringing over 100 channels of streaming goodness to the great white north. Canadian streamers can choose from the Roku 2 XD for CAD $89.99 and the Roku 2 XS for CAD $109.99, available now for online pre-order at Amazon.ca and LondonDrugs.com.

Here’s a taste of the entertainment channels you can expect to see at launch:

Movies and shows
Netflix, Crackle, Pub-D-Hub, Classic Westerns

Live and on-demand sports
UFC, MLS Live, NHL, MLB

Music
Rdio, TuneIn Radio

Photos and videos
Facebook, Flickr, Shutterfly

News and weather
CNBC, the Wall Street Journal

Local media support
Plex

Cooking videos and restaurant advice
Chow

Children’s programming
Ameba, BabyFirstTV

Casual games
Angry Birds, Wheel of Fortune, YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, Jeopardy

We will continue to add more major content channels at a steady pace—stay tuned, Canucks! 

 

 

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  • ChuckGG

    You do need to be careful about Roku or any streaming device when used in Canada. Very often the internet providers base their service on the amount of data you download each month and it can be very expensive. Here in the USA, unless you are downloading terabytes of data daily you usually pay a flat-rate per month regardless of the amount you use. Canada, with their limited competition, hasn’t jumped on that bandwagon yet, but it is coming. Often their cellphones can be had with unlimited data. Home connections shouldn’t be too far behind.

    One other problem with Roku in Canada is channel availability. Due to licensing restrictions and such it is hard to get all the channels. They have Netflix, but not all the movies we get. Amazon.com is very limited. It is very frustrating if you are an American and live there. If you are there for any length of time, I’d suggest a proxy server to the USA so you can bypass all the restrictions they have on everything.

    • Stefer09

      Wrong. We had unlimited internet, or as you say : a flat-rate per month.
      Providers got greedy, some have a limited amount, others don’t. Where i live, cable is limited, dsl and fibre is not.

      You are right on the limited channels… i’d love to get viaamerica and viaespana but there is no way to tell if you can get those channels or not yet unless i get a roku device… or if i call them but im expecting the probable : no but it’s coming “soon”.

      • ChuckGG

        I agree with you – It can be unlimited but not all cases. Here in the USA, there is very little brand-loyalty and there are so many vendors and options. It is very cut-throat. Verizon is dropping its unlimited data plan on its phones which I think is a stupid mistake. The cellphones need that unlimited data. I would suggest they call it “unlimited, but up to the point where it starts getting abused.” If someone is downloading 50 movies a day, then something is wrong. I suspect Verizon will have customers jumping ship very soon.

        With regard to Canada, I love the place. I have family there, but am I ever annoyed when I run into these restrictions, fees, taxes, etc. When Canadian Tire dropped their online mail order service, I thought they’d lost their minds. I buy so much stuff for myself and my elderly mother (in Maine) using Amazon.com and free Prime shipping, that I rarely go to a brick and mortar store any longer. I get better selection, better prices, and it is shipped to my door, sometimes overnight but certainly within 2 days. Why spend the gas and hassle to go to a store to be told, “we can have it in on Tuesday?” Amazon.com carries everything and Amazon.ca – not so much.

        They really ought to get this whole trade/licensing issue resolved. It is such a hassle to ship stuff to Canada. I wonder why people aren’t protesting outside of the Parliament building in Ottawa! You guys ought to be getting the same prices and services we have here. I’d talk to my MP and rattle his cage!

        There was talk years ago about dropping the whole border crossing stuff and adopt the European model where you drive to/from Canada/USA just as you drive from Germany to France – no passports, no stopping – like going from Ontario to Quebec – a sign in French, but that’s about it. Before 9/11, it was mostly a ho-hum crossing the border. Then, after 9/11, the chances of that went away. I still think they should reconsider and open up the border.

        That’s just my opinion. Of course, I am one of those who has waited at the border for 3 hours trying to cross back into the USA – my country! Ridiculous.

    • Dieseldust

      I have a sudo unlimited plan from Bell Fibe. The basic plan is $60 each gig over that is $1 but the max monthly bill will never top $80, so it’s capped at that price.

    • Gulian

      If you are dealing with Rogers, Bell or Shaws in Canada then you will have caps to deal with. Teksavvy gives you excellent service with higher/unlimited caps that are quite affordable. Especially if you are planning on cutting cable TV.

      • willesim

        You can get true unlimited high speed internet both upload and download, using the same DSL or Bell Fibe lines. For one flat rate too! Have you ever heard of ACN? If you want more info contact me.

  • Doug S Clapp

    And my favorite, the ocean network.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheStreamingBible TheStreaming Bible

    Does this mean we can now see channel sales outside the US? A lot of our site’s users are from Canada and now that they can get our channel it would be great. Is this the case?

  • Sylv11

    Very silly question. I have a HD PVR, can I use a ROKU? Do I connect it to the PVR or does it work independently?

  • http://d99928392780650253.typepad.com/blog/ MRSYS

    Your article is well written, I really like, thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Will Roku also offer channels for Canadian television stations? Like CTV, Global, CBC, etc…?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3O4TUV4CM5UUOGLVSX67XAIOIM nfldanchor

      I would also like to see some Canadian channels added as well!!!!

    • me me

      install Plex and you can get those things

      • genesdp

        How? Please explain. Plex only seems to be a function for adding individual videos.

    • Gulian

      I actually use Playon to access a lot of these channels (http://www.playon.tv/). It does a wonderful job. And for the channels like Space that doesn’t have a plugin, I use the Playmark functionality that allows me to stream it directly from my PC to my Roku.

  • Manuel_nando

    Any latam plans?

  • http://twitter.com/Nfldanchor G. FRANK POWER

    I want hulu plus !!! I’m getting a roku because it has more content than apple tv.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3O4TUV4CM5UUOGLVSX67XAIOIM nfldanchor

    I hope you have weather underground added as well. The weather is very important here in Canada . Also would like to see twitter added to your box.

    • KentAllard

      I can confirm that Weather Underground is indeed available now. Doesn’t look like a Twitter client’s been added though.

      • http://twitter.com/Nfldanchor G. FRANK POWER

        A twitter client has been added and is working great!!!!!

  • wills

    Is you tube available on Roku Canada?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3O4TUV4CM5UUOGLVSX67XAIOIM nfldanchor

      1080p is a private channel where you can get Youtube videos. Currently negotiating to bring youtube official channel back to roku !

      • http://twitter.com/Linds2476 Linds2476

        But you have to have a 1080p roku to get this channel…where is the love for the 720p devices. I am close to moving onto another device if I can’t get you tube.

  • PP

    I do see some new channels added since Roku came to Canada. However I don’t see netflix or Fox news as mentioned?

  • Twincreekshome

    is GBTV available?

    • KentAllard

      According to Roku Support, it hasn’t been added yet and I can confirm it isn’t listed in the Roku Channel Store. I haven’t been able to get a clear answer on whether there are plans to add it to the Canadian channel selection eventually. Maybe someone at corporate could clarify if it will be added.

      I just bought one from London Drugs for my parents, specifically so they could watch GBTV without having to hook up a laptop to their television. If it isn’t in the plans to add GBTV to the Canadian selection, I may return it as it isn’t very useful to them otherwise.

  • PatS

    No Netflix, no MLS Live, no NHL Center Ice, no Crackle. Great promise’s, no delivery.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3O4TUV4CM5UUOGLVSX67XAIOIM nfldanchor

      Gee you are not using the Roku box I purchased from Amazon for Canada ,lots of content here !!!
      Alot better than Apple tv ,I sold two of mine to switch to Rokus

  • Chuckal53

    A couple of questions come to mind:

    why are the Roku LT and Roku HD not available in Canada?
    why are the prices for the Roku 2 XD and Roku 2 XS $10 higher – especially when the Canadian $ is at par or better with the US$

    • phil

      The cost of distribution is probably higher in Canada. The United States have a muhc bigger population

      • derrick

        what a load of bull the difference is made up by government taxes and the high cost of doing business in Canada because of government regulations

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3O4TUV4CM5UUOGLVSX67XAIOIM nfldanchor

    Like the Roku so far here in Canada and have found a few private channels not already installed on box. Hope we get EPIX or Amazon for movie rentals soon!!! Hulu would be a great addition as well. Come on Roku get a deal to bring hulu to Canada even the basic version . I had to go to NHL site and manually add that channel and its has a much better interface than apple with more stats and content as well. Netflix also easier to see and read on Roku box. I will be getting a second one soon.

  • Vanpete

    Does Facebook work on Canadian Roku?

  • Some Canadian Roku user

    Where is NHL and Fox News?

    • me me

      NHL is on CBC which you can get through Plex Roku channel

  • Nalaka Nanayakkara

    Many non TV channels are not available in Canada… Seems like the publisher has to manually “OK” for Canada. Foran example channel9 is a website with Microsoft Videos that the whole world has access to; but Roku says that this provate channel is not available in Canada.
    And I cannot find a way to send an email (contact) the publisher either… to ask them to go check the box.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3O4TUV4CM5UUOGLVSX67XAIOIM nfldanchor

    Please add NHL channel to Canadian Rokus. I went in on NHL site and added it that way . But it should be in Canadian Channel store now!

    • Some Canadian Roku User

      How did you add it?

    • Some Canadian Roku User

      How did you add it?

  • Bann_c

    When will DramaFever be added to the list? … Crunchyroll is already on the list and it’s an American website.

  • Diane

    I am looking for the Trinity Broadcasting Network programs: TBN, Church Channel, Smile of a Child and JCTV. They are on ROKU US but I don’t see them here.

  • Bann_c

    Please add in DramaFever.com as soon as possible ..then I’ll be very happy !

  • http://www.facebook.com/joey.edwin.3 Joey Edwin

    Take Guitar Lessons from your Roku for only $1.99 per month. Affordable, Family Friendly and On Your Schedule! http://www.ProGuitarLessons.TV

  • Fer

    Kind of disappointed. Still no Youtube, no Amazon, no Hulu, no games (Galaga, Pacman, etc). Content is very limited in Canada.

  • Fer

    Kind of disappointed. Still no Youtube, no Amazon, no Hulu, no games (Galaga, Pacman, etc). Content is very limited in Canada.

  • Rudi

    is there a difference between canadian roku’s and american ones? Could you not just buy one from the states then stream american content?

  • BW

    Can we buy new releases in Canada? I don’t see a channel where this is possible.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3O4TUV4CM5UUOGLVSX67XAIOIM nfldanchor

    Nhl and fox news have to be added manually. You can find their codes online and put in to your Roku account via computer first . Fox news is a private channel labelled fox business but it contains news and a live feed as well.

  • SPLINDUSTRIAL

    IF I PURCHASE A ROKU UNIT IN USA, CAN I USE IT IN CANADA

    • Gulian

      Yes you can. I unfortunately got my Roku less than a month ago from Amazon.ca and paid a little over $200 for it (incl. shipping). I should have waited.

  • http://twitter.com/niagaradan Dan Haslam

    I would buy a Roku if I could stream an Acorn Online subscription (as they can in the USA) through it. Anyone have any idea if and when this will happen?

  • http://twitter.com/niagaradan Dan Haslam

    I would buy a Roku if I could stream an Acorn Online subscription (as they can in the USA) through it. Anyone have any idea if and when this will happen?

  • Faisal

    Is Netflix available in Canada on the Roku XD?

  • Faisal

    so I finally get connected to the new guy and tell him what I was trying to do and what I had done with the other guy. He then disconnects and bans me. ROKU LIVE CHAT IS UNPROFESSIONAL AND USELESS.

  • http://twitter.com/Nfldanchor G. FRANK POWER

    I have purchased two Roku boxes and they are awesome . I would recommend over apple tv due to more content and better streaming .

  • David Gray

    Installed roku 2XD. It works fine except that I can’t enter the Roku store. Any suggestions ?

  • research

    what are the channels available in canada? I have searched and it doesn’t say anywhere! can I watch abc? ctv?cbc? global? city tv?……

    • Johnny Canucklehead

      Exactly! Why all the non-information? My best guess is Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast (in Canada and in the US) don’t let you stream CTV, CBC, Global, CityTV and the 4 major US networks at all. Sorry, but that’s what I want. I mean, Netflix may be $8/mth but there’s zip on it. Then why would I want to watch YouTube videos on a big screen. They’re still YouTube videos.

      Anyway, yeah, someone out there tell us what sort of network TV we can get with these devices or may as well go with an antenna, methinks.

  • http://twitter.com/Nfldanchor G. FRANK POWER

    Hockeystreams.com available as private channel on Roku Canada now !!! Its pretty good with AHL,OHL,QMJHL,WHL and even some KHL. I guess NHL will be included as well if they get back to work and no blackouts. 99.00 for a full year. World juniors ,draft etc.. included.

  • http://twitter.com/Nfldanchor G. FRANK POWER

    ustvnow is another great channel as well available to Canadians.

  • Seajay

    Disney channel please

  • Bert

    when can canada have NBA gametime channel?

  • charlie2010

    Where is the CBC, CTV and Global? Is it true Roku users in the USA get CBC?
    I’ve had roku for a few months now, Netflix is good for a couple months but is limitted, pales in comparision to the USA version and not much better than free Crackle

  • Schulte

    If I buy a US Roku — can I use it in Canada? I specifically want to get it to view EWTN. Is EWTN available thru Roku in Canada? I see I can get one for under $50 in the US. My wife is going there shortly.

    • Gulian

      I am currently using a US Roku in Canada and it works like a charm. I’m not sure what the differences are with the Canadian version though. I know you can’t change the VPN on the Roku but that doesn’t prevent you from changing the VPN on your router so that you can access content beyond Canadian borders.

      • Jim Muir

        Hey Gulian-I am having problems using in Canada=could you set up a reply whereby I could contact you privately to see how you can do this=thanks

  • Breck

    This is a joke: “We will continue to add more major content channels at a steady pace”… nothing new since April 2012

  • Mark

    Amazon instant video, its available in Canada, lets get this added. Just got a Roku 3 thinking this would work in Canada by changing the DNS which does work for pretty much every other device out there except for roku for some reason, works on my ps3, xbox, apple tv, sony google tv(setup for a friend), WD live tv (setup for grandparents), on a panasonic smart TV (setup for my mom)

    I dont know what Roku did differently so that changing DNS or using proxies does not work but its something they need to change,

    Ill be switching back to my apple TV because this Roku 3 just plain sucks without being able to access American content.

    And user interface could have been better

    • Gulian

      Have you tried to change the DNS on your router instead? This tends to work for my Roku.

  • Shaun G

    Why was the game “You don’t know jack” removed recently from the Canadian channels list? I bought the Roku partly because I was looking forward to purchasing that channel.

  • Flanz

    Piece of junk, had it 6 months and it stopped working
    And all they said was oh well to bad, what a horrible product and a crappy company

  • dcfull

    i recently brought a roku in the states, i set it up in the states with a lap top , now have unblocked all the US content, picture is excellent hd, much better than the cogeco tv i had,
    one thing iv noticed it eats the internet, you need 300gb or unlimited, i think its the future,
    and an end to satellite and cable , you need to unblock the US as canadian sucks, internet is
    full of ways to do this, as time goes by it will get better,

    • JBM

      can you please elaborate; i have a Roku from the uS and I am also on Cogeco. i have not taken it out of the box yet as i am hoping to set it up so that i can get Us content. i work in the US and have a us credit card. your help is much appreciated. Jbm

  • joanie

    hi What US channels can I access? I just installed the roku . can I get fox , orprah anything like that?

  • al

    I just hooked my US bought Roku, however I’m seeing a screen pop up I dictating I have to hook to internet. In the states, I just plugged it in and voila, there it was. HELP!!! What do I do?

  • jack

    can I get PBS on Canadian roku?