Country of Distribution: Canada
Method of Access: Free

CBC, Canada's national public broadcaster, offers most of its programs for free, streaming on its website and in apps, under the "Gem" label. Some content is behind a free 'wall' that requires you to create a CBC account with some basic personal information. There is also a premium version of Gem available for $4.99/month, which adds commercial-free streaming and live streaming of CBC News Network.

Network’s Shows

War of the Worlds  PeakTV Score: 68
Premiere Date:  125349 

Set in contemporary France, this Anglo-French re-imagining of H. G. Wells’ classic follows pockets of survivors forced to team up after an apocalyptic extra-terrestrial strike. Debuts Oct 7, 2020 on CBC Gem.


White House Farm  PeakTV Score: 80
Premiere Date: January 8, 2020 112582 

Revolves around the true story of a fateful night in August 1985 when five members of the same family are murdered at an Essex farmhouse, and the ensuing police investigation and court case that follows.


Normal People  PeakTV Score: 87
Premiere Date: April 29, 2020 97545 

Follows Marianne and Connell, from different backgrounds but the same small town in Ireland, as they weave in and out of each other’s romantic lives. A must-see from critics and users, it debuts May 27, 2020.


I Ship It  PeakTV Score: 68
Premiere Date: June 22, 2016 52610 

Ella and Tim are roommates, co-workers, and best friends who start a band that makes music inspired by fandom culture. Along with interns Sasha and Denver they unite their talents to compete in a local Battle of the Bands competition.


PEN15  PeakTV Score: 84
Premiere Date: February 8, 2019 17683 

The comedic story of middle school seen through the eyes of two 7th grade girls. Season 2 is coming to Hulu in the U.S. Sept 16, 2020. It debuts one month later on CBC Gem on Oct 16, 2020.


Britannia  PeakTV Score: 68
Premiere Date: January 18, 2018 12789 

In 43 AD, the Roman Army returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia.


Schitt’s Creek  PeakTV Score: 69
Premiere Date: January 13, 2015 5170 

Winner of 9 awards at the 2020 Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. All seasons are available to watch on CBC Gem.



Takeuchi Yuko, Japanese Actress, Dies at 40

Japanese actress Takeuchi Yuko was found dead by her husband, actor Nakabayashi Taiki, in their Tokyo apartment early Sunday morning. Forty years old at the time of her death, she was the mother of two, including an infant boy who was born in …

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José Feliciano, Kwanza Jones Buy $20 Million Palisades Mansion

Despite COVID-19 woes, the appeal of L.A.’s posh Pacific Palisades neighborhood to the exceptionally well-heeled has not been dimmed. The area saw one of its biggest sales of the year close earlier this month, when a sumptuous estate in the Rivie …

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Dennis Quaid, CeCe Winans Claim Coronavirus Interviews Are ‘Not Political at All’

In response to a report by Politico, Dennis Quaid and CeCe Winans said that their interviews about COVID-19 were not political or being used as part of a Trump administration ad campaign. On Friday, Politico reported that the interviews, featuring Dr. …

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Los Angeles County Coronavirus Update: Public Health Confirms 18 New Deaths And 1,236 Positive Cases Of COVID-19

Los Angeles Public Health confirmed Saturday an additional 1,236 positive cases of COVID-19. Officials also confirmed 18 new deaths and a total of 715 current hospitalizations. The latest COVID-19 counts come as health officials have been anticipating …

SZA to Perform ‘Drew Barrymore’ on ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’

In a near-perfect twist of fate, SZA will perform her hit track “Drew Barrymore” on the actor’s new daytime talk show on Oct. 1. Following the performance, the artist will sit down with the host for an interview on “The Drew Bar …

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Industry Worries as Amy Coney Barrett Nominated for Supreme Court

Hollywood insiders expressed deep concerns on Saturday as President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death this month of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. As a federal judge and as a legal scholar, Barrett h …

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Donald Trump Nominates Amy Coney Barrett To Fill Supreme Court Vacancy

President Donald Trump formally announced Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a move that will solidify the high court’s turn to the right. An appellate judge since 2017, …