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CBC Gem now available on Roku platform in Canada

CBC Gem is now available on the Roku platform in Canada.

The addition of the public broadcaster’s streaming service gives Roku users access to more than 6,500 hours of free live and on-demand programming, joining Radio-Canada’s ICI TOU.TV service on the platform.

Roku says with 76% of Canadians now fully streaming TV and 49% streaming live TV, the partnership underscores the ongoing shift in consumer viewer habits away from conventional television.

“CBC Gem is an important addition to the library of fantastic Canadian content on the Roku platform,” said Mary-Anne Taylor, Head of Content Distribution, Canada, at Roku. “Our Canadian customers have been asking for CBC Gem, and we are proud to now offer them access to the impressive programming lineup of home-grown and international programming.”

“As millions of consumers move to streaming and connected TV platforms, our partnership with Roku is key to ensuring that wider audiences in Canada are able to discover and enjoy CBC’s award-winning news and entertainment programming,” added Barbara Williams, Executive Vice-President, CBC. “With the launch of CBC Gem on Roku, we will be able to serve even more people on Canada’s top connected TV platform, and we look forward to working with Roku to reach new audiences.”

Starting today, Roku users can stream seasons of past and current CBC original series, including Baroness von Sketch Show, Kim’s Convenience, Schitt’s Creek, Workin’ Moms, Heartland, and Murdoch Mysteries, in addition to new titles premiering this fall like Black Life: Untold StoriesBlackBerry, and Bones of Crows

Roku users can also access programming from CBC’s free ad-supported streaming (FAST) channel CBC News Explore on The Roku Channel app (channel 105) and live stream 14 local newscasts from across the country. Users can add the CBC Gem app to their home screen directly from the Channel Store on the Roku platform. The streaming service is also available via Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Xbox

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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