Netflix Streaming To Canada This Fall; Other Countries To Come?

This announcement is bigger than it seems. On the surface, just about 33 million people would care that Netflix is coming to Canada. But think of the larger implications. As of right now, Netflix streaming is only available to consumers within the United States, but starting in the Fall, that same service will be available in Canada. And given that this marks the first entry for Netflix into another country, the rest of the world can't be far behind, right?

That is definitely the hope of those in Europe, Asia and beyond, who have to live with just hearing about Netflix from their friends in the U.S. When Netflix streaming hits Canada, it will offer users unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed instantly to TVs and computers for one monthly fee, but as you may have guessed, Canadians will only be treated to the "streaming" aspect of Netflix. The by-mail service is still U.S. only.

But this brings up another question. Does Netflix plan on creating more "stream-only" nations? It seems a lot easier to do this than to bother with entirely new mail systems and PAL/NTSC conflicts. The world can certainly hope, and those in Canada who want to be kept up to date with the launch can sign up to be notified.

Netflix To Launch Canadian Service for Streaming Movies and TV Episodes Later This Year
Expansion Beyond U.S. Marks First International Venture for Internet's Leading Movie Subscription Service

LOS GATOS, Calif., July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), the leading Internet movie subscription service, today announced it will expand into Canada this fall offering unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed instantly to TVs and computers for one low monthly fee.  The Canadian launch will mark the first availability of Netflix outside the United States.

Canadian Netflix members will be able to instantly watch a broad array of movies and TV episodes right on their TVs via a range of consumer electronics devices capable of streaming from Netflix, as well as watching on PCs and Macs.

In addition to representing its inaugural international market, Canada will also mark the first streaming-only service promoted by Netflix.  

At the time of launch, the Netflix Canadian service will be available in English only, but the company said it expects to add French language capability over time.

Canadians interested in Netflix can go to and sign up to receive an email from the company when the service launches in Canada this fall.
Via:  Netflix
AKwyn 4 years ago

Well it's a start. When Canada and other countries do get the by-mail service, it will be a huge step forward for companies like Netflix.

acarzt 4 years ago

Congrats canada! Enjoy the netflix... I know i've been enjoying my netflix!

Also, I hope this means more content sooner :-D

Chainzsaw 4 years ago

Sweet i've been wanting to try out netflix for a while. The content on my xbox 360 live account is somewhat tame after using it so long. Not to mention they take a while to update all of their content.

The only crappy thing is...I can't really stream movies. I would have to download it, then watch it. If I streamed the movie it would look like a pre-VHS movie (and it does, i've already tried it)

acarzt 4 years ago

lol if you have a quick internet connection... Netflix looks pretty great most of the time.

animatortom 4 years ago

Canada and Russia already have Netflix....Its called a Torrent:P

Like they are really going to pay for something they get for free.

AKwyn 4 years ago

Russia probably but Canada, I don't think they're the ones to use torrents.

animatortom 4 years ago
So they dont use them? They just Post them!
acarzt 4 years ago

I use torrents AND pay for netflix....

Chainzsaw 4 years ago

Hmm I would use torrents, except my bandwidth is limited to 5 GB a month.

And netflix requires streaming? I can't download it and then watch it? That's what I like about Xbox live, I can download the movie first, then watch it. No need to stream since I have a crappy connection.

acarzt 4 years ago

yea, it's all streaming... It detects your connection speed and automatically select a quality lever your connection can handle.

Sooooo with a slow connection it might look pretty awful.. or it wont play at all and it will tell you your connection is too slow.

crowTrobot 4 years ago

Good news for us Canadians, hopefully this takes off and changes some things...

...Stop the big monopoly ISPs from continually reducing the monthly bandwdith cap. The average right now is 25GB per month and you pay extra per gig.  It's ridiculous in the face of ever increasing availability of HD streaming media online.

In my city specifically, all the cable is owned by Rogers cable and all the telephone/DSL is owned by Bell. All the telecom companies agreed to split up the province into territories that they will own so they have a choke hold on how much they can charge and the bandwidth they can provide monthly and the CRTC doesn't allow foreign companies to just come in and playball in the market so that there is competition.

I am on Bell DSL and I don't download or upload any torrents at all yet even my bandwidth is throttled whenever I watch YouTube.  On peak hours, if one computer is downloading something, the other computer in the house cannot connect to the internet at all.

If you think you Americans are behind other countries in your high speed internet (oh how I envy Europe and Asia), just look at us up north and see how the government and the internet monopolies up here are frogmarching as back into the stone age.

Optix 4 years ago

The cap is specifically why I don't go with Rogers...that and they are a bunch of idiots who can't get anything right.  Bell Aliant may be slower but there's no cap and they don't trip at you if you download a torrent that they think is copyrighted when it isn't.

acarzt 4 years ago

[quote user="crowTrobot"]

 All the telecom companies agreed to split up the province into territories that they will own so they have a choke hold on how much they can charge and the bandwidth they can provide monthly


That type of business practice is illegal in the US. Don't you guys have any laws to protect against this type of thing?

If not, man you guys are really getting screwed.

slugbug 4 years ago

Well that's why we have the CRTC. But it appears they let the cable, phone, and internet giants do whatever the hell they want.

acarzt 4 years ago

You guys should ban together and rally against your government :-D

Go on a nationwide strike until you get better treatment lol

Chainzsaw 4 years ago


It really is stupid up here in the true north. It is Canadian law that any company has to be at least something like 51% (or some stupid number like that) Canadian owned...and if not they won't allow them to compete. Our goverment is too slow to react to the changes being made daily in the world.

I really wish I had a cap of 25GB a month, that would be super sweet. But alas, until someone else comes around laying fiber optics around my area, 5GB is my monthly cap.

Everybody else in the world is getting faster and faster networks and we are stuck in the stone age of the internet.

acarzt 4 years ago

Man, that really sucks. I can understand pride in your own product.... but seriously that is only going to hurt you.

Lack of competition is good for no one but the person selling the product.

animatortom 4 years ago

That is actually a really good policy for a country...Just like here, The only problem with that is that it doesnt say anything aboot production!

Even if a company is 100 percent Canadian owned, they could still outsource 100% production to Taiwan. Which means the 300 Canadians who would have had jobs, now wonder why a buch of Taiwaneese are the ones who are drawing "the new adventures of Bob and Doug!"  Eh?!

acarzt 4 years ago

Yea it has the potential to create jobs but so would a foreign company setting up shop and selling their product there.

And like you said, they can choose to outsource and then the whole point goes out the window.

Plus from the sounds of it, there is little to no competition, and the competition is working together so they don't have to compete with each other and they can pull whatever shenanigans they want because no one can take there place and who is gonna stop them?

Just sounds like a bad situation, they should put some regulations in place to force competition.

AKwyn 4 years ago

Well at least Rogers is increasing their bandwidth cap but they may be doing this to create their own streaming service to compete with Netflix.

acarzt 4 years ago

Netflix has a stranglehold on that market and a huge head start. It would be VERY difficult to compete with netflix.

You would have to launch with a HUGE amount of content to begin with. Netflix has had an abundance of time to build their library.

AustinKU 4 years ago

Barries to entry into a market is a ***. My friend was telling me the other day that he was member when Netflix just launched and it was free. Imagine the capital required for something like that.

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