Netflix coming to Canada, eh

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Netflix announced today that they will be expanding their online streaming movie and TV service to Canada.

The company confirmed it will only be expanding to Canada, but it's an expansion nevertheless. However, Canadian customers will be limited to only some of the services that Netflix currently offers. Netflix said they will only offer Canadian customers streaming web content and will not offer mail delivery DVD or Blu-Ray discs. This is the first time the company has offered streaming-only content.

Netflix is currently offered on a wide variety of devices in the United States, including set-top boxes, supported HDTVs, Xbox 360, Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii, Blu-Ray players and many more. Netflix is also available on handheld devices like the iPhone and iPad. Netflix offers over 100,000 titles in the U. S., offering home Internet streaming to your PC or Mac, including DVD and Blu-Ray rentals that delivered right to your door step in the mail.

Netflix said it will offer unlimited movies and TV episodes over the Internet, but did not mention any details like pricing, launch date or even if the entire catalogue will be available at launch.

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The real question is when is this (or any service like it) coming to UK/Europe ... I am dying for a service like this that can stream decent content to me

Lewism said,
The problem is very low bandwidth cap across Canada.

nice. it took 40ish comments for someone to come up with the same comment that I was about to post.

I juste can't afford to spend the majority of my 30gb cap @ 7mbit for tv.

Mouettus said,

nice. it took 40ish comments for someone to come up with the same comment that I was about to post.

Scroll back up to my previous post.

I guess Zip.ca wasn't fast enough. They were talking about doing streaming a while ago, but I guess they either didn't have the funds, get the licenses or support from the other companies.

WICKO said,
Is this service full of ads though? I wouldn't pay for it if it were, personally.

The Amemrican one isn't. Not sure if you've ever used Netflix before, but basically you have an "Instant Queue" that you add shows/movies to. You then use your netflix enabled device to view your Instant Queue and stream the shows/movies directly. No advertisements.

CoMMo said,

The Amemrican one isn't. Not sure if you've ever used Netflix before, but basically you have an "Instant Queue" that you add shows/movies to. You then use your netflix enabled device to view your Instant Queue and stream the shows/movies directly. No advertisements.

No I've never used it before, that is good to hear. I'm definitely more interested now, sounds like a great substitution for cable TV, for the right price.

Not sure if it makes more sense for them to wait until they have a customer base to start mail rentals, or if they're afraid of possibly better postal service... ;-)

In the US both NetFlix & BlockBuster have an off-the-books quota of sorts, they get away with in part because of normal postal delays. ;-)

eh?, I think its late for netflix to realease in canada, we got PSN store and Rogers on Demand. But still a supurb service to use.

sbdb said,
To be honest, I wouldn't care less as a Canadian.

Are you Canadian? If you were, you would understand how many times we get screwed out of awesome products and services, simply because of our stupid laws. Most companies could come to Canada, this is why netflix gets my vote, because they tried and it paid off, or it will pay off.

Many companies out there don't even bother releasing products in Canada, just to avoid a hassle of paper work and the chance to be shot down.

We currently operate with limited Internet, cell phone carriers, cable and phone companies up here, because it's a monopoly. There is only 1 cable company where I live, and unless I want to change to dial-up, i'm stuck paying what i'm forced to pay for Internet access.

Andrew Lyle said,

Are you Canadian? If you were, you would understand how many times we get screwed out of awesome products and services, simply because of our stupid laws. Most companies could come to Canada, this is why netflix gets my vote, because they tried and it paid off, or it will pay off.

Many companies out there don't even bother releasing products in Canada, just to avoid a hassle of paper work and the chance to be shot down.

We currently operate with limited Internet, cell phone carriers, cable and phone companies up here, because it's a monopoly. There is only 1 cable company where I live, and unless I want to change to dial-up, i'm stuck paying what i'm forced to pay for Internet access.

its ridic how we get screwed out of things like hulu in canada. but at least in the west we have competition for internet/tv services, and i pay almost nothing for internet because they want your business so bad.

kookyklam said,

its ridic how we get screwed out of things like hulu in canada. but at least in the west we have competition for internet/tv services, and i pay almost nothing for internet because they want your business so bad.


Who is your ISP?

Andrew Lyle said,

Are you Canadian? If you were, you would understand how many times we get screwed out of awesome products and services, simply because of our stupid laws. Most companies could come to Canada, this is why netflix gets my vote, because they tried and it paid off, or it will pay off.

Many companies out there don't even bother releasing products in Canada, just to avoid a hassle of paper work and the chance to be shot down.

We currently operate with limited Internet, cell phone carriers, cable and phone companies up here, because it's a monopoly. There is only 1 cable company where I live, and unless I want to change to dial-up, i'm stuck paying what i'm forced to pay for Internet access.

I'll get excited once I see their price plans....most likely we'll get screwed

One of the few places we don't is iTunes for Music

Not that huge of a stretch of their service considering that 3/4 of Canadians live within 90 miles or so of the US border anyway.

roadwarrior said,
Not that huge of a stretch of their service considering that 3/4 of Canadians live within 90 miles or so of the US border anyway.

The issue is licensing, not proximity.

MSfanboy said,

The issue is licensing, not proximity.

I wish that large media companies would reform licensing laws vs pushing governments to reform copyright laws. Everyone in the world thats willing to pay for a service should be able to get it, and we should have one unified release date for all music/media. This would dramatically reduce piracy!

daz411 said,

I wish that large media companies would reform licensing laws vs pushing governments to reform copyright laws. Everyone in the world thats willing to pay for a service should be able to get it, and we should have one unified release date for all music/media. This would dramatically reduce piracy!

I couldn't agree with this more. I deployed to Iraq in 2008 and took my XBox 360. I managed to acquire some civilian satellite internet on the base and when I tried to download some patches for my games or watch Netflix movies I got, "This content is not available in your region". I wouldn't mind a slow download speed from a European server, but because of the country I was in I wasn't allowed to download american television shows to my XBox 360.

CoMMo said,

I couldn't agree with this more. I deployed to Iraq in 2008 and took my XBox 360. I managed to acquire some civilian satellite internet on the base and when I tried to download some patches for my games or watch Netflix movies I got, "This content is not available in your region". I wouldn't mind a slow download speed from a European server, but because of the country I was in I wasn't allowed to download american television shows to my XBox 360.

There's not much you can do beside gaming with Live in Canada.

Netflix avalaible here sound nice. But will i be able to pay to watch Supernatural that's another story. We may still get the not avalaible in your country **** message we always get.

That's stupid specially for web content not avalaible on TV anyway like those BSG web episodes that we canadians could not watch "legally"

watch it become incredibly successful here like other online consumer products and yet the media companies still cry about canadian digital piracy.

treemonster said,
watch it become incredibly successful here like other online consumer products and yet the media companies still cry about canadian digital piracy.

Just because one company is successful it doesn't mean piracy doesn't exist anymore. Do the police stop caring about murders as long as the crime rate is low enough?

giantpotato said,

Just because one company is successful it doesn't mean piracy doesn't exist anymore. Do the police stop caring about murders as long as the crime rate is low enough?


canada has a higher adoption rate of legal digital media than the US. we love to buy legal DRM FREE media. but there's a catch, we hate being nickled and dimed for new copies of stuff we've already purchased(ie how many times in the 90s did you purchase your favourite most played cd's because they got scratched lost or whatever despite taking very good care of them), we love taping shows form tv and watching them at friends houses, we love making mix tapes/cd's(since like the 80s dawg), and we hate DRM and will break it(which is why our mp3 players now get siezed at the border apparently). we also hate ads in our paid for dvd and blu ray movies and reserve the right to break the drm, remove the ads and make back ups we use for normal use while keeping our original media safe, usable and secure.
digital piracy is no where near the same as murder so the analogy does not apply. if we were to expand this anaology this would be like america giving switzerland a hard time about gun control and their murder rate by guns.
dgitial media purchase is highly profitable in canada, and we'd like to see more services like this come to our nation so we can PAY for it, at a fair price, without ads on paid for media, on any device we want.
teh music and movie complex should take a cue from valve's steam, which combines a healthy DRM with freedom of movement. if there was a movie or music service like steam in canada i would get all my auio and visual media from it, and feel great knowing i could back up my data, and use it on any device. sure there are few games on steams (like from ubisfot) with additional crippling CRm, but by and large, teh steam model could really modernize the way we watch movies. not sure if netflix is already similar, but it's something i'd like to find out more about.