In response to the spread of the coronavirus causing COVID-19, several Canadian companies have rolled out free TV channel and sports offers to customers.
Meant to help parents keep kids entertained, or to help people entertain themselves while quarantining or self-isolating, here’s a roundup of all the offers available.
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Rogers Ignite TV and Digital TV customers have free access to a rotating selection of channels for kids and parents.
Family-friendly channels include Disney, Disney Jr., Family Channel, Family Jr., YTV, Treehouse, Teletoon and ABC Spark.
Additionally, customers have access to news channels including FX, CP24, CTV News Channel and CBC News Network.
The channels with be available until April 30th and Ignite TV customers can say “free preview” to their Ignite TV remote to see what’s new.
As of March 1st, all Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct customers have free preview access to select channels to entertain kids.
Channels include Family, Family Jr. and Family CHRGD.
You can learn more about the free channels here.
Cogeco has informed customers via email that it’s offering free previews to customers for the following channels: LCN, RDI, CBC News Network and CTV News Network.
Until March 31st, SaskTel will provide maxTV and maxTV Stream customers with access to the following channels: CTV News Channel (16/316), CBC News Network (15/315), LCN (266), Family (130/430), Family Jr (133/433), and Family CHRGD (97).
A full list of available channels from SaskTel can be viewed here.
Sportsnet is offering free access to its NHL Live streaming service until April 30th, allowing users to stream all hockey games from the current season.
You can learn more here.
Bell has put a selection of its news, entertainment, family and lifestyle channels on free preview to help Canadians during the COVID-19 outbreak. Some of the channels include CTV News, Hollywood Suite, Disney Channel and HGTV Canada. The full list of free channels is available on Bell’s website.
Telus says it now offers CTV News as a free preview for all Optik TV customers to help keep them informed during the COVID-19 outbreak. CTV joins CBC News Network, which is already included in every Optik package.
Along with the news channels, Telus says it’s offering family and educational channels as free channel previews through Optik. This includes Family, Family Jr., BBC Earth and National Geographic. You can view a full list of free channels here.
Update 23/03/20: Updated the list to include Bell’s TV offerings.
Update 25/03/20: Added Telus’ offerings to the article.