Netflix coming to Canada this fall

California based Netflix said today that it will be expanding its online subscription video-on-demand service to Canadians beginning this fall.

The company says English speaking customers in Canada will be able to watch a broad array of movies and TV episodes on their home computers or on their television via a range of consumer electronics devices capable of streaming from Netflix.

As of the end of March 2010, Netflix had more than 13 million members in the United States. For $8.99 a month, members can watch and unlimited TV episodes and movies streamed to their TVs and computers and can receive an unlimited number of DVDs (1 DVD out at a time) delivered to their homes. Netflix ships 2 million DVDs on a typical business day consisting of more than 56,000 unique titles.

Canada will be the first country outside of the United States where Netflix will offer its streaming-only service. 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.

A Canadian launch date and Canada pricing was not announced.

Device Support

In the U.S., the number of devices which support Netflix streaming is numerous and includes the: Apple iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone, Boxee, Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Popbox, Roko, Sony Playstation 3 as well as many models of HDTVs and Blu-Ray disc players from LG, Panasonic, Philips, Sony, Viewsonic and Vizio. A list of devices which would be supported in Canada was not released.

Discuss the arrival of Netflix in Digital Home’s Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extender forum.

Comments

12 Responses to “Netflix coming to Canada this fall”
  1. Ryan says:

    All I can say is, yay!

  2. soundoftheground says:

    i’m curious, did you get the device support list from netflix or your own research?

  3. Bonobo says:

    “For $8.99 a month, members can watch and unlimited TV episodes and movies streamed to their TVs and computers”

    Is that true? That sounds really, cheap for watching unlimited movies and TV…. do they not have a pay per movie/TV system as well on top of the 9 a month?

    • soundoftheground says:

      that is the pricing and model in the US. there is no pay per use option. keep in mind that is the cheapest option for unlimited streaming and only gets you one physical rental out at a time, but as many in a month as you can watch and return. there are other pricing tiers where you can have 2, 3, 4 etc physical discs out at a time and an unlimited amount per month.

  4. canadianmoose says:

    Great, now we just need some ISP’s in Canada who will be willing to give more than the painfully low 60GB per month that most subscribers on ‘standard’ packages get.

    • Olive says:

      Rogers just announced the opposite – reducing their usage thresholds, and increasing charges if you go over. I’ll be looking into OTA, even if it is only four stations in Ottawa.

  5. Don says:

    Well it’s about time. Don’t know why it took so long for an extremely successful company to expand. Now we just need to wait for pricing and what content they will make available. Hopefully it will include HD.

  6. 57Moose says:

    Good point CanadianMoose (nice name BTW).
    Has anybody calculated the bandwidth consumption if you watch 1 movie a night, 3 or 4 nights a week? How are these stream encoded?
    How many MB/GB is a typical 2 hour movie?
    Will they offer and HD package or is streaming HD not a reliable thing to do?
    I think I’d prefer a prefetch model over streaming with some non DRM record capabilities, but I’m sure Hollywood would cry foul.

    Not unlike when ISP’s added streaming internet radio (Iceberg) and we calculated that if you left it run all month, you’d exceed the AUP policies.

    ISP’s that advertise the high speed for uses like “rich multimedia content” and then cap usage so low really need a good spanking.

    Just like wireless packages, why in Canada is everybody afraid to off and ‘unlimited’ package.
    Since almost all ISP’s have some interests in video, it seems they will get our money one way or the other.

    I forecast a rise in open wireless theft and WEP cracking.

  7. discoveringuy says:

    Will the Mail Delivery Service be available in Canada as well?

  8. IceMan says:

    What about the GB limit from Rogers ?
    If you use Netflix a lot, you could (and probably would) impact your usage limit with your ISP, and then be subject to “overage” usage charges.

    So, basically, you pay for xGB for your internet plan, 8.99 for Netflix, and then ??extra for when you blow through your ISP usage plan.

    Sounds like we need a better combination of features/plans, etc to protect the consumer from being hit with even higher bills for their internet usage.

  9. Phillip says:

    @Iceman

    Seems your speculations have come true. Rogers just announced last night they are lowering monthly caps.

    • Olive says:

      We need more than just Rogers and Bell to chose from in this country!

      Is government getting kickbacks to maintain this monopoly?