Netflix Canada has been under constant scrutiny since it first became available to people who live North of the border back in 2010. One of the biggest gripes that Canadians have is that there is an obvious difference in selection when compared to the US version of the Online streaming service.
So Much More Choice On Netflix Canada Now
This difference in selection is more than a mere annoyance; it can be downright deal-breaker for some.
Canadians are sick of being an afterthought to service providers. Back in the 1990′s and early 2000′s, ‘Canucks’ were forced to “illegally” import US satellite services, via expensive codes that allowed them to watch something that they felt should have been readily available to them in the first place. Of course, the powers that be have never seen it that way.
Regulation and Licensing Woes:
Most of the problem until now has been political. Political because of the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) and their antiquated regulatory tactics, and because of multi-million dollar licensing restrictions that make it hard for a service provider to purchase the rights to a specific movie, TV show, or entire network’s broadcasting rights – and still turn a profit when they present the programs to their customers.
Bright Lights on the Horizon for Netflix Canada Subscribers:
Even though Netflix US has a superior selection available to its viewers, it would be foolish to assume that it isn’t worthwhile to order the service in Canada. They’ve recently released a large selection of new US and other global television programming to Canadian subscribers:
• Arrested Development (Netflix original)
• House of Lies (Netflix original)
• Lie to Me
• The Nanny
• Top Gear
• Family Guy
• Facts of Life
• Inspector Morse
• Stargate SG 1
Granted, some of those shows are long past their final episode, but they’re merely a compliment to the great programming that’s already been available:
• How I Met Your Mother
• Breaking Bad
• Orange is Black
• The Walking Dead
• America’s Funniest Home Videos
• Sponge Bob Square Pants
The movie selection available on Netflix Canada isn’t anything to sneeze at either:
• Pulp Fiction
• Inglorious Basterds
• From Dusk Til Dawn
• Requiem For a Dream (watch at your own risk – some scenes may be disturbing as hell!)
• Donnie Darko
• Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (see Jim Carrey at arguably, his acting best in this one!)
• Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (as funny as it is disturbing!)
• Across the Universe
• The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (the final film of beloved Heath Ledger)
• Children of Men
• The Pursuit of Happyness
There is also a ton of international and of course, Canadian films available right now. Take a look at this list of recommended movies for Netflix Canada subscribers: IMDB Recommendations for Canadians.