Cost of Living

Disney's competitors are preparing for the U.S. streaming wars — but maybe not in Canada

Does the wonderful world of Disney+ mean that Canadians can expect a whole new world of American services coming across the border? Short answer: no.

Should Canadians expect a whole new world of American services post-Disney+?

D23 expo in Anaheim, Calif. (Zulekha Nathoo/CBC)

Despite the early success of Disney+, big American studios may not be knocking down any doors along the 49th parallel to enter the Canadian market — even as they prepare to compete with the House of Mouse in the United States.

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Cost of Living producer and TV nerd Anis Heydari explains why the near-identical offerings of Disney+ in the United States and Canada aren't likely to be a business move matched by competitors like Warner Bros. or NBCUniversal.

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