In September 2010, Netflix launched its instant movie and TV streaming service in Canada. Having purchased a shiny new Sony PS3 on Boxing Day, I decided it was the perfect time to give Netflix Canada a try. In this article, I provide a review of my initial experiences with Netflix Canada.
Caveat: Please be aware that this is a review of Netflix Canada only and not a review of any of the Netflix services offered in the United States. Please also note that this review was written in January 2011. As such, by the time you read this review, some parts it may not be accurate. For example, from talking to a Netflix support person recently, it is my understanding that the Netflix Canada content library is currently in a state of rapid flux, with new titles being added every week.
Background – About Netflix USA
If you live in the United States, you have undoubtedly heard of Netflix and perhaps even subscribed to it. Since 1999, Netflix USA has been offering a flat-rate DVD video rental service where the discs are delivered via traditional snail mail. In 2007, Netflix USA also began offering instant video streaming delivered over the internet. Then in 2008, Netflix USA started offering Blu-ray disc rentals via snail mail. For the full history of Netflix, see the Netflix page at Wikipedia.
Introducing Netflix Canada
After a long run in the United States, Netflix expanded into Canada in September 2010, offering instant video streaming of movies and TV shows from its Canadian website, netflix.ca. Canadians can watch unlimited movies and TV shows streamed from Netflix to TVs, computers and other devices. However, unlike its American counterpart, Netflix Canada does not offer DVD or Blu-ray disc rental.