Netflix says the move will help fund upcoming TV series and films as well as overall improvements to the Netflix platform.
But the company also faces intense competition next year as the number of streaming platforms in the Canadian marketplace with attractive offerings grows.
Earlier this month, Bell Media introduced a higher tier of its Crave streaming service that includes a selection of recent Hollywood movies and new HBO programs. The package, dubbed Crave+, costs about $20 per month.
Next year, Disney jumps into the market with its own streaming platform. Disney+ is expected to be stocked with movies and original series like a prequel to "Star Wars: Rogue One" and a Marvel superhero show based on the character Loki from "Thor" and "The Avengers."
Other platforms could make headway too, including a new service operated by Criterion that specializes in classic films, and CBS All Access, which is beefing up its library of original shows that include "Tell Me A Story" and "Strange Angel."
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