Netflix launches in the UK and Ireland

Netflix finally has some good news to start 2012 after a rocky 2011. The streaming movie and TV show service is now available for residents of the UK and Ireland. Users in both countries can check out the streaming video service for free for one month. After that pricing in the UK will be 5.99 pounds per month and 6.99 euros in Ireland.

Netflix's streaming service has thousands of movies and TV shows available at launch for its new territories, including the BBC, All3Media, Channel 4's 4oD and various Hollywood movie studios. PC and Mac users can watch the service and Netflix apps should now be available for owners of the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii game consoles in those countries. Owners of iOS and Android-based smartphones and tablets can also download Netflix apps for the UK and Ireland.

While Netflix basically launched the streaming video business in the US several years ago, it will face some established competition in the UK and Ireland markets. Lovefilm, which is owned by Amazon, already offers its own streaming video service for 9.99 pounds a month. It also has signed a deal to show BBC programming on its service, along with shows from ITV. It will be interesting to see how Netflix deals with an already established company in such a big market.

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The selection is actually much better after registering! I don't know why they displayed such a lame list on the selection page, pre-registration.

I'm watching Kill Bill in apprent HD, but it's 720p at most and it's stereo only sound. I'd certainly wouldn't bother watching anything I hadn't seen before unless I had no other option. Sorry to be a snob, but I've just got used to having 1080p and 5.1 on most things I watch.

(Testing on PC, Firefox)

Edited by lunamonkey, Jan 9 2012, 6:11pm :

def agree about the after you login thing.. Once you put in your film preferences the recommendations seem to be pretty good

Got Netflix today. Pretty impressed so far. Tryed it on my iPhone - PS3 - PC (in google chrome browser) and on Asus Transformer Prime (Google Android Tab). Seems to be good on all of them. Quality depends on connection. On iphone for example had low 3g and quality was bit dodgy... moved to another part of building with good 3G and come out good quality.... Same with the tablet... Films come out very high quality. I think they are HD e.g. 720 but prob not encoded at quite as good bit rate as could be but obviously they are gonna be streamed - not saying they are bad quality by no means.. Really good thou IMO... and why not try it as its free for month. Think will prob end up keeping it.

Well I signed up to it but Netflix doesn't like my VPN Provider so I have to disconnect everytime I want to watch a movie. I'll setup rules on my Firewall to bypass it later but for now thats a major setback as my VPN is the only thing that stops Virgin Media from capping me.

Vegetunks said,
Well I signed up to it but Netflix doesn't like my VPN Provider so I have to disconnect everytime I want to watch a movie. I'll setup rules on my Firewall to bypass it later but for now thats a major setback as my VPN is the only thing that stops Virgin Media from capping me.

Are you not on XXL or 100mbit? No caps there

One thing Netflix has over Lovefilm already.
An iPhone app.
Seriously, it is totally stupid that Lovefilm do not have a player app for the iPhone. They do for the iPad, but not the iPhone.

Saw the Netflix icon appear on my Playstation yesterday but clicking it said 'not yet available in the UK', so this explains it... will check it out

you have to wonder why they don't target somewhere else... somewhere there's hardly any competition or establishment.

thealexweb said,
£5.99 = €7.27, why are we being asked to pay more? D:

No edit on mobile xD I suppose its not that much more but more of a principle thing.

Anybody else having issues actually finding the play button?
I had to link it to my Facebook account, great....

Netflix streaming selection sucks. Most movies are available on the DVD plan though.
I just canceled 2 weeks into my 1 month free trial. Think I watched 3 movies.

Sorry, they cant compete with my nearly 1 TB of movies on my HD.

FalsePositive said,
Netflix streaming selection sucks. Most movies are available on the DVD plan though.
I just canceled 2 weeks into my 1 month free trial. Think I watched 3 movies.

Sorry, they cant compete with my nearly 1 TB of movies on my HD.

1TB is nothing buddy

FalsePositive said,
Netflix streaming selection sucks. Most movies are available on the DVD plan though.
I just canceled 2 weeks into my 1 month free trial. Think I watched 3 movies.

Sorry, they cant compete with my nearly 1 TB of movies on my HD.

For those of us who like to consume their media legally, then I'm sure it's a perfectly viable option.

Chicane-UK said,

For those of us who like to consume their media legally, then I'm sure it's a perfectly viable option.

Who says he hasn't bought them? On most BluRays now you get a digital copy for iTunes etc. Can then use apple tv to watch them

AdamLC said,

Who says he hasn't bought them? On most BluRays now you get a digital copy for iTunes etc. Can then use apple tv to watch them

He can clarify if he likes. I'm willing to bet they are illegal copies however People don't generally boast about the quantity of legal media they have.

Chicane-UK said,

He can clarify if he likes. I'm willing to bet they are illegal copies however People don't generally boast about the quantity of legal media they have.

I have 6000 tracks in iTunes, all purchased directly from the iTunes Store.

Vegetunks said,
I have 6000 tracks in iTunes, all purchased directly from the iTunes Store.

And? Shall I now boast about how all my clothes are store bought?

His point was that those who boast straight off about having a terabyte of films on a harddrive are not really likely to have bought them. (Most people would talk about the *number* of films in that case). It's pretty hard to argue a point about the worth of a Netflix or Lovefilm subscription with someone who doesn't pay anything at all.

I convert all my blu-rays to 16mpbs video bitrate and drop them in my raid 5 12tb hdd computer setup. My don't like the little ones messing with the discs. We stream via Windows Media Center to 3 xboxes in the house. I have over 600 blu-rays on the computer averaging 12-15gb per movie up to 25gb for 3-4 hour movies. Just saying

And those complaining about the movies on there, the selection just from the front page looks a LOT better than the movies available on the Lovefilm streaming site - so I'm definitely going to give it a go.

Chicane-UK said,
And those complaining about the movies on there, the selection just from the front page looks a LOT better than the movies available on the Lovefilm streaming site - so I'm definitely going to give it a go.

Hmmmm, been waiting for Netflix to come to the UK for ages, but like th comment above, the selection of movies on the front page looks dire, if those are the "headline" titles I hate to think what is in the full collection ...

Doesn't look like it is worth it yet Shame, I really want it to be good!

bushbrother said,
Hmmmm, been waiting for Netflix to come to the UK for ages, but like th comment above, the selection of movies on the front page looks dire, if those are the "headline" titles I hate to think what is in the full collection ...

Doesn't look like it is worth it yet Shame, I really want it to be good!

I guess that's the point of the 1 month free trial. It's a fair time to assess if it's 'worth' it. I've been watching a lot of older movies lately so it's actually quite welcome

Why is the selection all rubbish movies? I only recognise about 3 from the first page and 1 from each other page.

Please tell me the choice is actually from a lot more known movies!!


Also,

LOVEFiLM Instant - Unlimited Streaming (no discs) no discs 0 No Unlimited hours per month £4.99

Edited by lunamonkey, Jan 9 2012, 10:26am :


LOVEFiLM Instant - Unlimited Streaming (no discs) no discs 0 No Unlimited hours per month £4.99

Can you link me to this, I've never been able to find the streaming only package.

mad_onion said,

Can you link me to this, I've never been able to find the streaming only package.

I went to the home page and then clicked on prices and packages. Can't link as on mobile at the moment. Sorry.

lunamonkey said,
Anyone know what resolution it streams at (off the top of their head)?

Not sure but in my settings i chose "best quality" which it says means 1Gb/hour for SD and 'up to' 2.3Gb/hour for HD

I'd love to see this in Australia but our crappy capped broadband is just not upto it. However, if they were able to do deals with Australian ISPs to make Netflix usage unmetered then it would be really tempting (and not impossible since Foxtel already do this with Telstra, as Telstra BigPond customers can watch Foxtel's streaming service without impacting their download quota).

Xerxes said,
I'd love to see this in Australia but our crappy capped broadband is just not upto it. However, if they were able to do deals with Australian ISPs to make Netflix usage unmetered then it would be really tempting (and not impossible since Foxtel already do this with Telstra, as Telstra BigPond customers can watch Foxtel's streaming service without impacting their download quota).

I'd put Net Neutrality first!

GS:ios