How do I access CBC News Network on Gem?
For $4.99 a month (with the first month free of charge for new subscribers), Canadians can upgrade their free CBC Gem accounts to Premium in order to enjoy these additional features:
- Watch current and past seasons of favourite shows on demand (ad free on-demand shows)
- Live stream CBC News Network 24/7
Please note that all live streams on Gem will still contain ads as they are essentially mirrors of what is being broadcast on television.
I already have access to CBC News Network through my television service provider. Can I access News Network on Gem using this account?
No. The CBC Gem streaming service is not affiliated with any cable or satellite content providers.
The fees you are paying for your cable subscription do not go towards the Gem service.
We are running our service independently so we can offer Canadians direct access to our content without having to go through third party companies.
Why do I have to pay extra to get access to CBC News Network? Don't my taxes pay for this channel?
CBC News Network was created on a paid broadcast model – it is supported financially through cable and satellite subscription fees and advertisements, and does not receive public funding.
There is consequently a streaming subscription fee on Gem which mirrors the broadcast subscription fee.
If you already have CBC News Network as part of a cable or satellite package, you can use your providers' digital sites and/or apps to access the channel at no additional cost through their on demand digital services. You will need to input your cable/satellite subscription number to do this.