Netflix to offer streaming video to UK-Ireland in early 2012

Later today Netflix is scheduled to release its financial results from the last quarter. While investors are bracing for the worst, Netflix has decided to announce some major news ahead of time. It revealed today that the United Kingdom as well as Ireland will be the next big world territories to gain access to Netflix's streaming service.

Netflix will go live sometime in that part of the world in early 2012. So far there's no word yet on what kind of content will be available for UK and Ireland users to stream (we hope Doctor Who, Blake's 7 and Primeval are among the TV shows that make the cut). Netflix said the service will be available on PCs, Macs, mobile phones and tablets. There's no word if the service will be made available for any of the big game consoles.

As Engadget points out, Netflix will actually have a homegrown competitor in the UK and Ireland. Lovefilm, acquired by Amazon earlier this year, has been providing its own streaming video service to those countries and other parts of Europe for some time. It should be interesting to see these two services duke it out.

We will be watching for Netflix's earnings report later today. The company has seen its overall subscriber base go down by at least 1 million customers, and as a result its stock price has plummeted from some huge highs earlier this year. We suspect that today's subscriber numbers could show a even larger loss than Netflix predicted a few weeks ago. If that happens, the company's stock could take an even bigger nose dive.

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This'd appeal to me if the price were right (I use Screenclick at the moment, so getting Blu-rays in the post is preferable to immediate access), though were data allowance greatly increased I'd be interested for mobile viewing (Nothing Netflix can do about that though of course).

Out of interest, does anyone have any statistics about how much netflix uses for a typical tv programme or movie? For those of us with usage limits it would be nice to see typical stats before making the jump

I'm with LoveFilm, and frankly, their streaming service sucks. I can't watch it on my tablet, and most of the decent stuff you can stream is extra, on top of your monthly subscription.

Roll on Netflix!

LoveFilm streaming is laughable at best. Netflix will have a better competition from BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4OD to be quite honest.

Either way, if the subscription fee is reasonable and there's enough good content, then hell yeah. I'm way up for this. Come soon, Netflix!

The Teej said,
LoveFilm streaming is laughable at best. Netflix will have a better competition from BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4OD to be quite honest.

Either way, if the subscription fee is reasonable and there's enough good content, then hell yeah. I'm way up for this. Come soon, Netflix!

In recent emails that the CEO of Netflix has sent out to his customers, he has state that the current price points for streaming and DVD/Bluray rental are the ones that are going to last for at least a year or two.

The Teej said,
LoveFilm streaming is laughable at best. Netflix will have a better competition from BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4OD to be quite honest.

Either way, if the subscription fee is reasonable and there's enough good content, then hell yeah. I'm way up for this. Come soon, Netflix!

I don't get why everyone in the UK is compairing them to these on-demand providers. Netflix will need a subscription while the ones you've mentioned are all free anyway. You can't beat free, so where is the competition?

SCRISP said,

I don't get why everyone in the UK is compairing them to these on-demand providers. Netflix will need a subscription while the ones you've mentioned are all free anyway. You can't beat free, so where is the competition?

Obviously you don't know any of these services mentioned if you think they're all free.

Lovefilm is a subscription service also, a bad one.
They also charge for on demand movies on top of that subscription so not free.
blinkbox is a on demand streaming movie service also not free.
screenclick is also a subscription service without streaming media though also not free.

the fact is regardless of on demand streaming or subscription mail, they offer a movie service and amongst all of them, they are all crap and netflix could be fresh competition as a newcomer to the market.

However since the article mentions lovefilm, it's in error since they are not in Ireland.

As long as this hits the UK with a similar streaming only price point to the USA I will be very interested. Lovefilm is rubbish and charges per film (for the "premium" titles) to stream!

Yeah lovefilm is crap and serves UK only with their poor selection, you can't even signup without a UK address, their lovefilm site if used on a Ireland domain sends you to http://www.screenclick.com and they're just crap really.

So if netflix do come to Ireland, Lovefilm will not be their competition here since they're not here.

If they could secure shows and films that I can buy in iTunes (in the UK) then it'd be awesome. Hopefully the movie content is not as pathetic as Lovefilm's offerings. I also couldn't less if it turns out to be just a consolidated service for what's already available on services like iPlayer.

Manish said,
If they could secure shows and films that I can buy in iTunes (in the UK) then it'd be awesome. Hopefully the movie content is not as pathetic as Lovefilm's offerings. I also couldn't less if it turns out to be just a consolidated service for what's already available on services like iPlayer.

Absolutely. If the content is crap like Lovefilm then I'll be staaying clear. It's a shame as I'm sure there's lots of people who would embrace this. Hopefully it'll work with an Apple TV update? I could be tempted to get one then

lovefilm is crap and supplies the UK for delivery services, not Ireland,so its only a partial service, Being Irish i welcome Netflix and worth a try, but most companies usually get limited licenses here and content is minimal and usually die off, only company I've seen that caters half decent streaming content for the UK and Ireland is blinkbox who have good streaming services.

Netflix will be facing very different competition, here. They'll be competing more with the channel providers and their on demand services like BBC iPlayer and Sky Player.

Yesss !!!! so happy that Netflix is finally coming to the UK. Ive been waiting for so long so this service to hit the UK

will be good to have some real competition to lovefilm, blockbusters just doesnt cut it......and lovefilm clearly could do more, like tv shows etc, but why when there isnt an competition