updated 10:10 am EDT, Wed September 22, 2010
Streaming Netflix service arrives in Canada
Netflix on Wednesday launched its Canadian service that lets residents sign up for Watch Instantly streaming movies and TV shows. Like the US service, users can visit with their Internet-connected PCs, Macs, Samsung and Toshiba Blu-ray players, PS3s, Wiis or iOS devices to the service in order to receiver streaming content. Blu-ray and DVD aren't options due to the costs and licenses needed for physical discs.
The unveiling is Netflix's first venture outside of the US, and as such, the available content differs slightly. For example, Superbad and Mad Men will be available, which aren't in the US.
Internet-connected Samsung TVs, Vizio and Insignia Blu-ray players, and the Xbox 360 will be added to the list of compatible devices sometime this fall. Microsoft's console likely needs a Dashboard update to expose the feature already present in the US. Also, French language support for Quebec and francophones is coming soon.
A monthly subscription costs $8 CAD (about $7.82) and has the option of a one-month trial.