The CBC Gem app is now available to download on Roku devices in Canada. With the release of the new app, Canadians now have another option for streaming CBC news and entertainment programming for free.
CBC Gem is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s digital video streaming service and offers access to a range of content and popular titles, including Sort Of, Son of a Critch, and The Great Canadian Baking Show.
With the addition of CBC Gem, Roku users in Canada now have access to more than 6,500 hours of live and on-demand programming for free on their Roku player or Roku TV. The same announcement also confirmed that Radio-Canada streaming service ICI TOU.TV has launched on Roku devices in Canada as well.
“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.”
The CBC Gem app can now be added to any compatible Roku TV or Roku player through the Roku Channel Store. Those with an existing CBC Gem account can also sign in through the Roku app using their existing login credentials.
For those already using the CBC TV app on Roku, they may have noticed that the app has now changed. Following the release of the CBC Gem app on Roku, the CBC TV Roku app has been upgraded to CBC Gem, so no additional download is required.
If new to CBC Gem in general, and now considering giving the new Roku app a try, this is one of those services that offers multiple tiers.
At the entry level, CBC Gem can be accessed for free, and without the need to create an account. These users typically get access to a limited selection of full on-demand and ad-supported episodes, while those in Ottawa can also watch a live stream of CBC TV.
The next tier is a free Gem membership. Once signed up and logged in, registered users get access to current and past seasons of ad-supported shows on demand, a watch list, and access to a live stream of CBC TV.
For those wanting the richest experience possible, a $4.99 a month CBC Gem Premium subscription unlocks ad-free access to current and past seasons of shows, a live stream of CBC News Network 24/7, and early access to exclusive content.
Regardless of which tier a home considers, all three options include ad-free children’s programming.
In a separate announcement today, CBC confirmed streaming and broadcast premiere dates for its fall 2023 slate of new and returning CBC Gem and CBC TV programming, including more than 20 original series and specials.