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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sean Kelly

Early Thoughts on Netflix Canada

The popular online rental service Netflix recently expanded to Canada and yesterday I decided to check out out.

Unlike the American service (which includes having rental DVDs shipped to you), the Canadian Netflix is limited to being a streaming OnDemand-type service.


For a pretty decent monthly fee ($7.99 a month), I can have access to streaming a fairly decent sized library of films and TV shows, with the selection tailored to meet my personal preferences.

I can either watch the films sitting at my computer (not preferred) or I can set up Netflix to stream to a compatible device.  One of the conditions, which helped with my decision to sign up with the service, was that I was able to watch the films via my Blu-Ray player (which is a little odd if you think about it).

I've watched one complete film via Netflix so far and I have to say that I am quite impressed with the quality.  I can see an entire film in high definition with no signs that it is being streamed over the internet (other than a brief loading period at that start).

If there is one complaint I have about Netflix is that, while the film selection is pretty big, it is mostly made up of older films with the newest films being a year old or more.  Then again, the same can be said for cable OnDemand services and I have to say that Netflix has a much larger selection.

Since I have the first month free, I have until December decide whether I will keep the service.  However, with the cheap price and the large selection, I think that Netflix is something to stay with.

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).