Netflix Is Getting Some New Features In Canada

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Last week at E3, Netflix was showing off upcoming user profiles. Yahoo News spoke with a company exec, who demoed the feature, and indicated it would be available by the end of August in the U.S.

A few days later, news came out that U.K. users will also be getting user profiles sometime this year, along with a "watchlist" feature, which is apparently just like the queue we have here in the U.S. (the feature has not been available in other countries).

Now we learn, once again from Yahoo, that Canada is also set to get user profiles and the watchlist/queue feature. But that's not all Canada is getting. Yahoo Canada's Peter Nowak reports:

A third feature currently being tested is multi-device connectivity, where a phone or tablet can be used as a remote control for Netflix on the TV. Shows and movies could be paused or viewers could search and browse on their mobile device while watching content.

The company has also partnered with YouTube on the “Dial” protocol, which would be a function built in to new TVs that allows them to “listen” for a Netflix signal from a mobile device, then automatically stream. That would eliminate the need to install and launch apps on the television or connected device, such as a game console.

The timeframe for the release of these features is unclear, but based on what we've heard about the new features coming to the U.S. and the U.K., it seems likely that it will be sometime this year, and possibly even this summer.

Image: Yahoo News

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