Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy.
I couldn’t be happier at this news. Seriously, I have been waiting for Netflix to come to Canada even before Apple had the iPhone. I’ve formerly been a Zip.ca Member but was so disappointed in the fact that they did not offer downloadable content that I cancelled, in favor of easier (and less legitimate) methods of obtaining on-demand tv shows and movies. I’ve been pretty vocal about wanting a streaming TV/movie App on the iPhone, but honestly never thought that Netflix would jump into the game this late – I guess they finally got past all the CRTC regulations.
With the announcement that Netflix is bringing Streaming services (at this time, it appears they will not be doing Mail-DVD option) to Canada begs the question, How Long Before we get an iPad App. Hopefully, not long. However we will still have to wait until the service is launched here later this year. Here’s some info from the Press Release:
Netflix Inc. will make its international debut this fall when the rapidly growing movie subscription service offers video over the Internet in Canada.
The question of how much the Canadian service will cost remains unanswered. Netflix’s most popular packages in the U.S. cost $9 to $17 per month. The company, which is based in Los Gatos, Calif., could provide more details Wednesday when it’s scheduled to release its second-quarter earnings.
This will mark the first time that Netflix has offered a service confined to delivering video over high-speed Internet connections. All its U.S. subscription packages combine Internet streaming with DVDs delivered through the mail.
The Canadian service initially will be available in English only, with a French version expected to come later.
If Internet streaming catches on in Canada, many analysts expect Netflix to enter other countries, with Britain considered to be the next logical candidate for expansion.
If you’re as excited about this news as I am, you should sign up for email updates directly from Netflix Canada at Netflix.ca
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