In Canada, spring is generally an exciting time in the world of sports, with both the NHL and NBA entering the playoffs, and the baseball season gearing up. There is usually no shortage of games to watch. And if you’re into sports, there are plenty of options for you to get your sports fix! 

With sports subscriptions you can not only watch the games from your home country but also start following local sports teams as you integrate into Canadian culture. It might be a good idea to sign up during the spring compared to the rest of the year as this is generally when streaming services offer deals and free trials.

In this article, we will highlight some key sports streaming services in Canada that let you view on-demand and live games. 

List of sports streaming services in Canada

NBA League Pass

Subscription cost: $29.99 CAD per month for a League Pass, $36.99 CAD per month for League+Premium Pass which allows you to watch on two devices at the same time. 

Sure, you can watch the game highlights on YouTube, but who wants to see just the highlights when you can watch the entire game in all its glory. The NBA League Pass lets you watch games starting from the 2012-13 season and later. 

For all the Raptors fans, that means you can relive their 2019 NBA Championship win against the Golden State Warriors. This time though, you might find yourself a little more zen when watching, as opposed to when you were watching it live and sitting on the very edge of your seat.

DAZN

Subscription cost: $20 CAD per month or $150 CAD annually.

They’re the Canadian provider for NFL Game Pass, where you can watch NFL games from the 2013 season and later. Those residing in the U.S., can get the NFL Game Pass for free but in Canada, you’ll need DAZN. In addition to NFL games, you can also watch full Premier League games and other soccer leagues (Champions League, Europa League, and more), tennis, rugby, boxing, MMA, darts and cricket. They offer a one-month free trial for both their monthly and annual subscription plans. 

MLB.TV

Subscription cost: $24.99 USD for offseason package, $59.99 USD annually for everything (as of Jan 8, 2021). 

If you’re into baseball, you can give MLB.TV a shot! It lets you watch games on-demand going back to the 2018 season – a good way to brush up on all your baseball knowledge and argue about the best pickle in MLB history!

As of March 2020, MLB.TV has announced that fans can watch games from 2018 and 2019 for free. Just visit the MLB website, create an account and watch. 

NHL LIVE

Subscription cost: $159.99 CAD per season – Early bird pass. Keep checking for new packages on the NHL website.

Hockey makes everything better! With NHL Live, you can access thousands of games on-demand. This includes regular season games, playoffs games and even All-Star Games and outdoor games. Sure, it’s not live playoffs but as Canadians, we’ll take hockey any way we can get it. 

Sportsnet NOW

Subscription cost: 

  • SN NOW+ : $20.83 CAD per month for a 12-month commitment, $27.99 CAD per month, and $9.99 CAD for a 7-day pass.
  • SN Now : $12.50 CAD per month for a 12-month commitment, $19.99 CAD for a monthly pass.

An all-in-one similar to DAZN, with Sportsnet NOW, you can access full NHL games, NBA, MLB, CHL, WWE and other leagues. You can also watch curling. They have a variety of different pricing options so you can decide which one suits you best. Keep in mind that the different tiers have different offerings so check out their plan descriptions to know exactly what you’re getting.

TSN Direct

Subscription cost: $7.99 CAD for a day pass, $19.99 CAD per month, and $99.95 CAD for a 6-month pass.

TSN Direct offers live and on-demand programming. You can access TSN’s five feeds, and bonus exclusives for major sporting events. They also have CFL games available, which is a huge plus for fans of Canadian football teams.

The Athletic

Subscription cost: $71.88 CAD annually, $9.99 CAD per month. 

This can be a bonus sports subscription in case you’re more of a reader than a watcher. Or if you just miss live sports so much that you’ll take anything you can get. In addition to sports journalists writing articles about teams and games, you can listen to podcasts. 

 

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