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SPILLED DATA: Amazon heading to Canada?

By Sean Fitzgerald, 24 Hrs

Wagner Moura stars in Netflix's popular Narcos. Time for downloading? NETFLIX

Wagner Moura stars in Netflix's popular Narcos. Time for downloading? NETFLIX

“I don’t want to get my Instagram back. Instagram is for the devil. Hell is Instagram. I’m like 90 percent sure. We get sent to hell, we get like locked in the Instagram server."

 --Justin Bieber should try Twitter

BIG RUMOUR: Amazon coming to Canada?

As you read this column, there’s a chance that Amazon Prime’s video streaming service is now available to Canadians.

On Tuesday, Bell Media president Mary Ann Turcke made comments at a CRTC hearing that implied the imminent arrival of Amazon in Canada.

“A new global OTT competitor — Amazon Prime — is entering the Canadian market in two days,” she said, referring to over-the-top (“OTT”) content that is delivered via the Internet, as opposed to traditional TV.

If you’re a fan of Amazon Studios shows like Transparent, this news comes at the perfect time, since shomi shuttered its collection – which included a number of Amazon titles – on Wednesday.

 THE UPLOAD: Netflix lets users download titles!

Have you ever been on an airplane or at a cottage with no wifi, cursing the world because you can’t finish your binge of Stranger Things, Narcos or House of Cards? Well, Netflix seems to have been inspired by the download options offered by Amazon Prime and Spotify, because the streaming giant is now giving users the ability to download titles to watch later.

According to a statement written by Eddy Wu, Netflix’s director of production innovation, users can click the download button on the details page for a title that they’re interesting in watching later on – when they might not have access to an Internet connection.

The new feature is free and available on all plans. You can use it on phones and tablets on both Android and iOS. If you’ve updated your app, you should see two new sections: ‘Available for download’ and ‘My downloads.’

As you might expect, the streaming giant isn’t allowing its entire catalogue for download, likely because of content deals. Count on most of the Netflix originals – like The Crown and Narcos – to be available, with more titles to come.

 MOST SEARCHABLE: Yahoo Canada looks back at 2016

Yahoo Canada has released its list of top searches for 2016, and here’s what made the list: Canadian Dollar, NHL, Toronto Blue Jays, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Rio 2016, Game of Thrones, Euro 2016, Hillary Clinton and Céline Dion.

Yes, the economy was on our minds, which means that the somewhat unsexy ‘Canadian Dollar’ is the most-searched term of the year.

Interestingly, in the celebrity categories, this is the first time in five years that a Kardashian didn’t make the list (although Kanye West is in the ‘top male celebrities’ group, so that sort of counts, right?).

In terms of athletes, 50% of the top-searched people are tennis players: Eugenie Bouchard, Milos Raonic, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic.

 Netflix for the blind?

A Netflix-like service for visually impaired people launched in Canada this week, and the service was founded by Toronto-based accessibility advocate Kevin Shaw. The movies, TV shows and documentaries on TellMe TV will be 100% fully described, which helps to shrink the accessibility gap for the 1.4 million visually impaired people in Canada.