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Netflix brings streaming-only service to Canada

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.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Geoduck

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2010


    I took a look

    I wanted to see if they had Barney Miller.
    They did not but they suggested Barney the Dinosaur as an alternative.

    Gotta' work on that.

  1. bdmarsh

    Junior Member

    Joined: Feb 2006


    missing many titles

    compared with the US NetFlix, many movies & TV shows are not available yet on the Canadian one. Hopefully this changes soon, because at least for now, I won't be subscribing. My first 20 searches all resulted in "Not Available Yet"

  1. PRoth

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2008


    Yeah, what's up with that?!

    You go on the Canadian iTunes too, and they're really trying to make it seem like it's full of stuff, but really, the selection's c***.

    Must be the CRTC, somehow, but what exactly is the problem?

  1. makemineamac

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2008


    Distribution Deals are the problem here....

    From what I understand, here in Canada the networks have some control over distribution rights for the American shows, and must agree to allow them to be available on another platform like Netflix. I think these deals are going to eventually be gone, but for now it's kind of the way most of these shows get released elsewhere.

    It will change if there is a good uptake on a $7.99 per month service, which there should be. That price is hard to beat even if everything you want isn't there yet.

    And the additional potential money the networks can make from a service like this would be a great addition to their coffers.

    So far though I'm impressed with what they do have, not what they don't, and they have executed well on the iPhone and iPad with a pretty smooth experience. ANxious to see how this will all evolve over time though.

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