Netflix comes to Canada for $7.99 per month, no mail serviceBy Emil Protalinski
Netflix has announced its expansion into Canada (English only for now, French is on its way), the first country to get the service outside of the United States. Netflix.ca is now live, offering unlimited streaming for $7.99 CAD per month. The price is so low because it only includes online streaming, meaning you cannot get DVD or Blu-Ray discs in the mail.
Online streaming equates to a huge library of titles, including thousands of TV shows and movies: feature films, popular TV series, independent cinema, documentaries, foreign language movies, and kids' programming. Still, the selection appears to be a slightly different than in the US. Netflix has Canadian license agreements with major motion picture studios such as Lionsgate, MGM Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, and Universal Pictures, as well as leading Canadian distributors Alliance Films, Maple Pictures, eOne, and Mongrel.
Canadians can now stream Netflix on their supported set-top box, HDTV, desktop, laptop, and Blu-ray player (from Samsung or Toshiba), iPhone/iPod/iPad, Playstation 3, and Nintendo Wii. Support for the Xbox 360, Internet TVs from Samsung, the Apple TV, and and Blu-ray players from Vizio and Insignia is coming later this fall. Netflix Canada is offering a one-month free trial of the service, so there really isn't much reason not to give it a shot.