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Netflix Launches in Canada Without DVDs, Smaller Streaming Catalog

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In July, Netflix said it would expand into Canada this fall, and the company made good on that promise as it made the announcement today. This marks the first international expansion of the company. 

Canadians might not be too excited, however, as the launch does not include Netflix’s DVD rental service, but only its online streaming service. In the U.S., customers pay for the DVD service and get the online streaming service for free as an added bonus. Canadians get to pay $7.99 (Canadian) for the streaming service only. 

Update: WebProNews asked Netflix VP, Corporate Communications Steve Swasey if the company has plans to offer DVD service in Canada in the future. He simply replied, "Pure streaming in Canada."  He also notes that the Canadian catalog features different titles and is based on different licenses. 

"Netflix members in Canada can instantly watch movies and popular shows – such as ‘Superbad,’ ‘A Beautiful Mind’ and ‘Mad Men’ – right on their TVs via Nintendo’s Wii, Sony’s PS3 game console, and coming later this fall, Microsoft’s Xbox 360, as well as models from Sharp, VIZIO, Haier and Best Buy’s Insignia brand. Plus, they can instantly watch via Apple’s iPhone or iPad and on PCs and Macs," says Netflix’s Jessie Becker. 

Netflix Streaming Comes to Canada

There is no question that Netflix has made a lot of moves and will continue to do so to bolster its streaming catalog. However, as a standalone service (without the DVDs), it might be harder to find anywhere close to the substantial customer base it has acquired over the years in the U.S. 

The streaming catalog is better, but it’s still not great. However, in the U.S. we are used to having Netflix with DVDs. As Canada has not had this from the company at all, perhaps they won’t miss it as much.  Update: It’s worth noting that the Canadian catalog is different than the U.S. catalog. Update 2: Swasey says the catalog in Canada is "slightly smaller".

Would you pay for Netflix’s online streaming service only? Let us know

Netflix Launches in Canada Without DVDs, Smaller Streaming Catalog
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  • MSB2

    No DVD access, no subscription from me.

  • Kers2

    I just signed up for the Canadian netflix… I really don’t care that I have to stream. I mind the DVD-less option.

    What I do mind is how small the catalog is. It’s ridiculous. I’m trying to find some information on how often it is updated- but there doesn’t some to be much info out there..

  • Guest

    I would like to have the dvd option as when I lived in USA… No dvds by mail, then no subscription from me… sorry netflix

  • John

    When I heard Netflix was coming to Canada I figured it would be the same deal as the US, $9.99 for 1 DVD and unlimited streaming. The only problem I had was trying to figure out what I was going to do with the DVD that was going to be sitting on my counter collecting dust while I streamed everything I wanted. Now that they’ve actually started their service here and it’s cheaper than I was expecting, AND I don’t have to deal with a “queue” or a random DVD sitting around my house looking to get lost, I’m thrilled.

    For anyone who doesn’t have a game console, or Blu-Ray player, or HTPC hooked up to their TV, there is always ZIP.

  • Guest

    well i got netflix, there is not enough movies / tv shows, unable tol watch starwars, platoon, top gear, sopranos, etc etc just a bunch of b rated shows i called today they say its because of copyright laws in canada.

  • Adam R

    Just about all my friends have nothing but complaints about Netflix streaming…movies freeze, downloading sucks because Bell and Rogers throttle the network. I was actually thinking about joining with Netflix but I will be sticking with the local Block Buster Video Rental store unless Netflix Canada offers DVD’s in the mail. I know that won’t be happening because Post Canada is owned by the Government and they will not be responsible for lost or stolen DVD’s if a postal worker decides to steal DVD’s and or if there is ever a strike.

  • Guest

    Zip.ca is still the best service in Canada for delivered DVD rentals.