By Diyyinah Jamora
Canadians took notice when in early August, Netflix announced a subscription price increase of one to two dollars, effective immediately. The standard plan will now cost you $10.99 per month.
For those frugal at heart, rest assured that there are free alternatives to getting your motion picture entertainment fix from the comfort of your own home and around the city. Here’s how!
From the comfort of your own home:
“The Ottawa Public Library launched Hoopla back in 2015, giving customers an enormous selection of streaming films, television shows, chart topping albums, and classics, too,” says Nadine Bernard of OPL communications. “Hoopla complements OPL’s plentiful and diverse digital offerings, all of which continue to grow in popularity. It offers flexibility, variety, and the technology that customers can expect from their public library. Easy to use with your library card, and no late fees either!”
You can browse the available movie and TV show titles on Hoopla and borrow them for up to 72 hours. This is not for the binge-watching lover, but if you plan on watching a movie a few nights per month, this is a great free alternative!
With only eight streams per month, I would recommend saving your free Hoopla access for movies. There are other places online to watch TV shows for free including CBC’s website which has Canadian content like Kim’s Convenience available or CTV’s which has shows available the day after they are broadcasted.
Around the city:
For those of you who enjoy spending time outdoors with crowds, there are several free public movie screenings happening this summer in Ottawa. I have been to a few and they’ve all had a fun atmosphere with the crowd saying iconic lines along with the actor. Be sure to arrive early to get a good view and bring snacks!
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Some upcoming screenings:
- The Secret Life of Pets – Friday, August 25 @ Dundonald Park
- The Lego Batman Movie – Friday, August 25 @ Queenswood Park
- Bon Cop, Bad Cop – Saturday, August 26 @ Dundonald Park
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Saturday, August 26 @ Suzy Q Doughnuts
- The Wizard of Oz – Wednesday, August 30 @ Greystone Village
- Night of the Living Dead – Saturday, September 2 @ Sparks Street
- Despicable Me – Sunday, September 3 @ Greystone Village
- ET the Extra Terrestrial – Wednesday, September 13 @ Greystone Village
- Matilda – Friday, September 29 @ Eardley Elementary School