Netflix launches in Canada, $7.99 a month for unlimited streaming

Netflix is a pretty big deal in the United States, so it's no wonder that its expansion into Canada would also generate a lot of attention.

Today, Netflix.ca finally opened for business, after revealing that they will be coming to Canada back in July. The website's curtains have finally been lifted and a price has been revealed, only $7.99 a month for unlimited streaming. Unfortunately, this only includes online streaming and does not include DVD or Blu-Ray discs in the mail.

Although the price is a whole dollar cheaper in Canada, it only includes online streaming of what appears to be their entire library of titles, including TV shows and movies. Users can stream Netflix on their supported set-top box, supported HDTV, Xbox 360 (coming soon), Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and desktop or laptop computer. Netflix also allows for mobile viewing on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Netflix Canada allows for a one-month free trial of the service. Xbox 360 users can expect to see an update coming later this fall that supports Netflix in Canada.

Thanks to SaucE for the news tip

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As a canadian i have to say that i love this service. This will save me a lot of money that would have been spent on VOD and PPV's. do i wish i could watch certain shows, sure. But i blame licensing and the CRTC for that.

Seriously, no recent movies? No Weeds? No Big Bang Theory? Slightly deceived here. I might just go for the free month and then drop.

I was really excited for this and then i looked at there library, its crap, so until they offer the shows i watch ill pass thanks.

3dfxman said,
I was really excited for this and then i looked at there library, its crap, so until they offer the shows i watch ill pass thanks.

Yeah, the library is terrible.

The streaming-only makes this a pass for me. Netflix can't add much streaming in terms of US programming - the rights have been obtained by the Canadian boys and in some cases, like Top Chef, they are broadcasting over a year later from US broadcast date.

Netflix can't do anything about this; but the price of $7.99 for old movies and a limited blah TV catalog doesn't work. At $2.99 it doesn't work. Maybe at $0.49 - but the reason I wanted to see Netflix was for its delivery service.

Oh, on the bandwidth caps, things will be shaking out; apparently the Rogers online VOD does not count for bandwidth limits; so they are allowing you to buy their service without bandwidth implications but not use others' services? I hear that this is already getting the CRT's attention. Maybe this time they might do something!

rick_to said,
I hear that this is already getting the CRT's attention. Maybe this time they might do something!

CRTC: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
http://www.crtc.gc.ca

for those who want to read through why it is so difficult to bring new content to canada over unregulated mediums like the internet.

Wow. They don't even have a 10+ year old show like Seinfeld. Don't even know why they bothered launching in Canada when their newest movie is Good Luck Chuck. At least get a decent library of movies/tv shows before launching.

ienhz said,
Wow. They don't even have a 10+ year old show like Seinfeld. Don't even know why they bothered launching in Canada when their newest movie is Good Luck Chuck. At least get a decent library of movies/tv shows before launching.

The initial effort is to gauge demand for the service to see if it would be profitable to acquire the licenses to distribute newer/popular content to the region.

Thinking of signing up for the trial. Do you need to supply a credit card detail or anything at signup as I don't have one.

technikal said,
Thinking of signing up for the trial. Do you need to supply a credit card detail or anything at signup as I don't have one.

It requires a credit card.

sneeze said,
Nothing in french.
Too bad !

I'd be surprised if it's even offered in Quebec.
They seem to get excluded from all contests, deals, etc that are on the web.

dotf said,

I'd be surprised if it's even offered in Quebec.
They seem to get excluded from all contests, deals, etc that are on the web.

the reason why we are always excluded of contests over the web is because la société des alcools, jeux etc takes a % of the overall winning price. That is why everybody exclude Quebec. The reason why netflix doesn't show french movies isnt for that reason, it's because we aren't enough ppl in here.

Pink Floyd said,
the reason why we are always excluded of contests over the web is because la société des alcools, jeux etc takes a % of the overall winning price. That is why everybody exclude Quebec. The reason why netflix doesn't show french movies isnt for that reason, it's because we aren't enough ppl in here.

It's just a matter of time. Quebecois spend a lot of money on movies. A good movie can make up to 8 millions in theater for Quebec only. That's a lot. The Dark Knight (Le Chevalier Noir) made almost 8 millions in theater here.

The catologue they have isn't that good. All of the newer movies and TV shows aren't available. I will try it out for a month, but unless they get some newer content I'm sorry but it's not worth it.

Lexcyn said,
The catologue they have isn't that good. All of the newer movies and TV shows aren't available. I will try it out for a month, but unless they get some newer content I'm sorry but it's not worth it.

Ye, same here. If after the trail month nothing will change i will cancel it.

Looks like I'll be dropping zip.ca for this. Sounds quite nice. Hopefully it works on my AppleTV like it will in the US.

Larry David said,
Too bad Rogers has caps on their bandwith

Yeah, that really sucks. The caps here in Canada suck. I had to pay an extra $10 to get another 80GB on top of the only 25 you get with Bell for their performance(I think that's the name) package. It's 6Mbps down 600Kbps up and 25 GB per month for $35.

dogmai said,

Yeah, that really sucks. The caps here in Canada suck. I had to pay an extra $10 to get another 80GB on top of the only 25 you get with Bell for their performance(I think that's the name) package. It's 6Mbps down 600Kbps up and 25 GB per month for $35.

On that package too but we only get about 4.5mbit download. Our cap is 60GB though unless the print out of our package details from Bell is wrong...

dogmai said,

Yeah, that really sucks. The caps here in Canada suck. I had to pay an extra $10 to get another 80GB on top of the only 25 you get with Bell for their performance(I think that's the name) package. It's 6Mbps down 600Kbps up and 25 GB per month for $35.

Eastlink doesn't have caps on their 15 Mbps, but on their new 30 and 100 they will.

This is great news and i created an account right away, connected my PS3 to netflix as well AND THEN i was disappointed!

The shows and movies there are very old and the library is very small. I dont know how it is in the US but if they are not going to change the library i doubt it will be as big of a deal as in the US.

As a Canadian at first I was like ! Then I was . All the shows I want to watch are not available. Top chef, top gear, house, Seinfeld, through the wormhole, big bang theory...

There is really no point in me signing up. Is netflix an exclusively for movies? What do members watch in the US?

There are lots of TV shows available, but it depends on the networks working with Netflix on licensing. Some networks simply don't give them permission for certain shows. Top Gear does seem to be available for streaming though (didn't notice if it was only certain seasons).

roadwarrior said,
There are lots of TV shows available, but it depends on the networks working with Netflix on licensing. Some networks simply don't give them permission for certain shows.

It is just to bad, because every show I would want to watch is not available. Same with most movies, The Matrix, Blade Runner, Shawshank Redemption,300. Superbad was there. I have to say I am pretty unimpressed with there selection. There selection of boxart is quite extensive though.

I think I will have to take a pass on Netflix for now.

roadwarrior said,
There are lots of TV shows available, but it depends on the networks working with Netflix on licensing. Some networks simply don't give them permission for certain shows. Top Gear does seem to be available for streaming though (didn't notice if it was only certain seasons).

The streaming library available to Canada != the streaming library available to the US. Right now it looks really bare-bones. There is nothing really good in it. go to netflix.ca and see for yourself.

giantpotato said,

The streaming library available to Canada != the streaming library available to the US.

Sorry, I was going by some of the things I've read elsewhere that said that the Canadian library was the same as the US one. That still leaves the networks to blame, not Netflix though. I'm sure they would love to have even more available if they could, and eventually will. Hey, when they started streaming in the US, the library was pretty skimpy as well, but now it is very good.

Kainenable said,
As a Canadian at first I was like ! Then I was . All the shows I want to watch are not available. Top chef, top gear, house, Seinfeld, through the wormhole, big bang theory...

There is really no point in me signing up. Is netflix an exclusively for movies? What do members watch in the US?

+1, I just went through their "collection" and it wouldn't be worth it for me

Rudy said,
+1, I just went through their "collection" and it wouldn't be worth it for me


YET.

Remember they have to negotiate rights to the titles for distribution in Canada.
The number of titles will grow.

The number of titles available at launch are minimal, but don't expect it to stay that way.

I wonder if the online promo codes from various podcast sites will work once the introductory offer is over.

I guess there is not that much french content... so for the province of Québec there won't be the same success ratio as elsewhere.

Rhialto said,
I guess there is not that much french content... so for the province of Québec there won't be the same success ratio as elsewhere.

What do you expect? They are an American company, and there really arn't that many French speakers here. Since they appear to be using the same library in Canada as they use in the US, it makes sense that they wouldn't start out with a lot of French content. Perhaps if they see poor sales in Quebec, they will change that there.

I guess that's one of the problems that comes along with Canada having two official national languages (and I REALLY hope that Spanish never becomes an offical language here in the US, even though I speak a little bit of it).

What's with your vigorous defence of Netflix?

And you talk about ignroance being bliss - Having two official languages here is a benefit, not a problem. Thanks to Zip.ca (Rogers Video Direct - DVD rental by mail) I've discovered lots of great French movies. Perhaps if Netflix wants to succeed in this country as a whole (yes, we have French speaking citizens in all provinces) they will get their act together.

Rhialto said,
I guess there is not that much french content... so for the province of Québec there won't be the same success ratio as elsewhere.

Like we didn't understand english at all................

Sparty, "Entire library" can be misleading considering right now they seem to have very little movies, and VERY old ones at best.

Farchord said,
Sparty, "Entire library" can be misleading considering right now they seem to have very little movies, and VERY old ones at best.

Ignorance is bliss, isn't it? Their streaming library is MUCH better now than it used to be, and even has some movies that were just released on DVD.

Not as blissful as being knowledgeable. I was about to sign up until I browsed through the collection and realized that they have nothing available that I actually want. Everything I searched (new and old) turned up in their library but marked 'unavailable'. Perhaps if they get their act together more Canadians will consider signing up.

Its good they are expanding. No DVDs though? I wonder how much extra it will be to get DVDs in the mail. I wish they would hurry up and get out an android app so I can watch movies on my EVO.

netwokz said,
Its good they are expanding. No DVDs though? I wonder how much extra it will be to get DVDs in the mail. I wish they would hurry up and get out an android app so I can watch movies on my EVO.

Presently there is no plans for physical media rentals. We have a much different model here in Canada when it comes to rental media.

It wouldn't be economically feasible to build fulfillment centers just yet.

Perhaps once blockbuster stores are for lease, Netflix might consider using those retail spaces.

Entire library? So jealous if that is true. The streaming library is good here, but I wish it was everything that Netflix has. That would be awesome!

spartyjohnson said,
Entire library? So jealous if that is true. The streaming library is good here, but I wish it was everything that Netflix has. That would be awesome!

I think that's a case of poor writing in the article. I would seem like they mean that the $7.99 plan only includes streaming of the entire streaming library (the same as in the US), but doesn't include DVD rentals.

If that's the entire Netflix library that's not a lot.
most of the TV (if not all) I would have listen to is not there.

can't wait to see what google will do with youtube rental services

It's not the whole library, it is simply the library available for streaming. There is no way they could get the licensing requirements. Many movies are simply not available due to licensing restrictions. It is doubtful that this will change anytime in the near future (i.e. decade or so).