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Hey all,

Netflix has just launched in France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Austria and they say they will spend $3 billion to produce unique European content.

Do you think these new regions will have unique movies/tv shows not available in Canada?

 

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Wish there were more shows available. For example, I would love to watch One foot in the grave but it isn't available on any Netflix.
 

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Wish there were more shows available. For example, I would love to watch One foot in the grave but it isn't available on any Netflix.
There's always the option of installing an application that unlocks geo-restricted channels so you can watch all your favorite shows online through a variety of streaming channels.
 

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@Dr Dave: I never thought of checking Youtube. I thought this kind of programming would be reserved for BBC website or Hulu.

@Unotelly: I don't always want to watch stuff on my computer. I like to have it on my big screen using what ever device that might be connected other than a PC.
 

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It's easy to watch things on your screen if you connect your television to your PC/laptop as an external monitor. You can even use an HDMI cable to stream online in HD and watch it on your television
 

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I know but I am already pushing it with my better half as is....I have 15 computers....:eek:
 

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I wonder how many of these other countries require Netflix to disclose subscriber numbers, local-content percentages, pay into the local country's TV fund, etc??? I'm guessing zero!

I hope Netflix responds to the CRTC on Monday with a "take a hike"!
 

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Maybe they should start creating some Canadian shows!
Why?

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I hope Netflix responds to the CRTC on Monday with a "take a hike"!
Indeed. Like I've said before, unless Canada implements something equivalent to China's firewall, they're not in a technical position where regulating Internet content is even an option.

If the CRTC showed the determination that they were going to try and regulate the Internet, that would be a hugely unpopular move - and they'd get shut down by the government. If the government isn't going to enforce piracy laws (due to it being a political hot potato), I can only imagine the uproar if the CRTC blocked YouTube and Netflix. The end result would be politicians scoring points by cutting off the CRTC by the knees.
 

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I don't see the addition of these countries as a huge benefit for Canadians but it may add some new programming from those countries. Canadians that region hop may see something different that is worth watching, maybe even something in their native language. Let's face it, the US and the UK are the major producers of English language TV, movies and entertainment.

Maybe they should start creating some Canadian shows!
US companies spend huge amounts of money producing shows in Canada. A large percentage of prime time and cable TV shows are shot in Canada with Canadian actors and crews. Many of the shows are mostly Canadian but don't count as Cancon under CRTC rules. Simple things like using one or more non-Canadian producers, lead actors, writers or directors disqualify them as Cancon.
 

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...Like I've said before, unless Canada implements something equivalent to China's firewall, they're not in a technical position where regulating Internet content is even an option.

If the CRTC showed the determination that they were going to try and regulate the Internet, that would be a hugely unpopular move - and they'd get shut down by the government. If the government isn't going to enforce piracy laws (due to it being a political hot potato), I can only imagine the uproar if the CRTC blocked YouTube and Netflix. The end result would be politicians scoring points by cutting off the CRTC by the knees.
I agree.

As has been discussed on this forum before, what would constitute netflix as a "broadcaster" (and hence be under CRTC regulation) any more than say iTunes. The only difference I see really is the billing model. Netflix is flat rate while iTunes is pay per view. Ditto for Google Play.

Yet I don't see the CRTC going after Apple or Google????

If the argument is the billing model then I bet there are thousands of online streaming sites working with exactly the same monthly billing model as Netflix, just in the "adult" genre. Do they have to produce 30% of their "adult" content in Canada!

Does Indigo-Chapters have to stock 30% of their books from Canadian authors? I really don't know that for certain but I'm reasonably sure that they don't. What about Amazon.ca?

My belief is that the industry should have to support itself on its own merit. And there is certain Canadian content that I would pay for. But it should be a true consumer demand model. And if the CRTC does impose any sanctions on Netflix I for one will be writing my MP asap!

Back to the OP topic: I can't see the WSJ link on what they're doing in France. But out of these 15 countries that Netflix now operates in I doubt many apart from Canada and France have had any culture-ism protection.
 

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15!? Why??

I only have like, 7
Every time I get a new motherboard or addons, I relegate the other pieces into a new computer. For example, in the computer room, I have 4 which all do something (either part of my displays or server.) Then I have 3 in the game room which makes up the hearts of 1; my arcade AKA my TARDIS, 2; my pinball machine, 3; my video poker touch screen machine, 4; my slot machine. Then we have the bar area that has one as a jukebox, then the theatre that has one streaming from my server, then the server itself, backup of the server, 3 laptops, 1 tablet, and the one in the woodshop and finally, the new nano pc in the bedroom. I also have 2 WD Pluses, and 2 Android TV boxes.

With all these, my network is stretched thin and the Actiontec is slow as hell. I don't like throwing computers away.

I forgot to mention I also have two that are note connected to anything at the moment.... :eek:
 

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Lincoln, New runswick. Nebraskas is NE...;)
 
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