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Netflix Canada

When Netflix announced their expansion into Canada, I along with many, were so excited {in fact, I jumped onto Twitter and joined int he celebration that day}. Finally we Canadians had choices in viewing movies and programming! The buzz on the web was huge this past Fall, as Canadians flocked to try out this new service. At the time, I didn’t immediately sign up and test it out, as I had no idea how to get the service in my home and was waiting to hear opinions from others first. Then one day while procrastinating on doing what I was supposed to be doing, I started browsing the Netflix Canada website and then stumbled a how-to article on how to set up Netflix Canada through the Nintendo Wii. Next thing I know {literally, within minutes}, I had connected my Wii to my wireless internet, signed up for the free month trial and was browsing through titles! I could believe how easy it was – and now I question why I didn’t do it sooner!

In the US, there is a choice of streaming Netflix via the web, or ‘renting’ discs {DVD’s} delivered to your home. In Canada, we only have the streaming option, and once streaming was introduced to Canada, the US got a taste of it too. It should be noted that those in the US may as well get used to the streaming of Netflix as the disc option will soon be obsolete.

Now, US residents do have a lot more titles available to them compared to us in Canada. Netflix is working on getting more and more permissions from studios to stream titles in Canada. So, while I find the selection right now to be ample, some may see it as not quite enough to fully commit to the service. Yet, there are titles constantly being added to Netflix Canada, and with any new service, it has to start somewhere.

The selection as I see it?
We may be newbies to the service – but we honestly haven’t watched much of our satellite programming since we got Netflix. My daughter just loves choosing her own movies and shows – there are some of her favorites and titles which she hasn’t seen yet. As well, it’s nice when the Twins scream that they want to watch some Barney – to just select a episode for them to watch. Besides tuning in to our favorite Christmas specials on TV in the evenings, we have browsed the Netflix selection before checking out the ‘ol TV guide. For myself, I haven’t seen a lot of the movies that have came out in the last 6 years, since having the kids. And, since having the twins, popping into my local video store is not an enjoyable time. So, Netflix Canada has been wonderful for me – to catch up on the last 6 years {and before}, whenever I have some spare time – even when it’s spontaneous time. I never have a hard time choosing something to watch! I can see us keeping this service, it’s under $8 per month and in our eyes – well worth it!

You can stream Netflix through the Wii, PS3 or XBox {full instructions for each are on the website}. As well, I can also watch it on my PC with my membership. For those without these devices, there is the option of getting the Apple TV receiver box as well.

Anyone can sign up for a free 1 month trial of Netflix– so I urge you to do so and test it out for yourself. After all, it’s a free trial and you need some fresh programming to watch! {who doesn’t like to catch new programs and movies?! Plus, it’s nice to have some new shows for the kids to watch while on Christmas break!}. I have a feeling this will change the way Canadians catch up on flicks and shows!

Disclosure: I was provided with product to facilitate this post, opinions are my own.

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  1. I’ve been telling my husband to get this one after seeing Netflix in advertisement! For only $7.99 / month — it’s all worth it. Plus the fact the we have a PS3 which we can use to see movies… I really want this!

  2. I learned the stream comes instavtly through your Wii console, cool

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  4. I learned that although they don’t have a lot of newer movie selections yet, they have lots of older movies I’ve never seen! Also, they have some TV shows I’ve yet to watch like Weeds or MadMen.

  5. I learned that although they don’t have a lot of newer movie selections yet, they have lots of older movies I’ve never seen! Also, they have some TV shows I’ve yet to watch like Weeds or MadMen or Drop Dead Diva.

  6. I learned that Netflix really is unlimited, you can watch as often as you want, anytime you want!

  7. I learned that you can set it up on your Wii? Thats crazy! I have a Wii and I had no idea you could use your gaming console for this! Thats really cool!!!

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  9. I love the fact that it has foreign films–I’ve recently gotten into the whole subtitle thing!
    And I’m glad to see that they have quite a few TV series, including Mad Men (which I haven’t seen the first season of).
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  10. I learned you don’t have to pay anything extra to stream Netflix on your Wii or PS3 but you have to pay an additional $60 for a one year XBOX Live Gold membership to watch it on your XBOX.

  11. I like how you can tailor the choices to your favourite movie/tv show categories

  12. I visited Netflix, and learned that they have “an app for that”, and I could watch videos on my iPad too!

  13. When I checked out Netflix Canada I was happy to see they had some of my grandchildren’s favorites like Barney, Bob The Builder, and Dora. This would be a great thing to have on those days it is too cold to go out.

  14. I learned that Netflix can be connected through my gaming system

  15. I learned that you can get a one month free trial. Cool! I am very intriegued

  16. I learned that you can download the free Netflix application from the Apple App store and connect your iPad or iPhone over the Internet to your Netflix account

  17. I was excited to learn you can get a free 1 month subscription
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  18. We’ve actually been thinking about subscribing to Netflix because we spend so much money renting awful movies. We wanted to be able to watch movies on our TV, so I’ve learned that we should buy a Samsung or Toshiba Blu-Ray player with wifi on Boxing Day.

  19. It costs only $7.99 after the first month free trial for unlimited streaming – Great price.

  20. I learned that I can connect through my Pc and watch great movies! I will sign up for the free trial and give it a try.
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  25. to watch on your Wii, you need to order a free streaming disc, which takes about 3 business days

  26. My son loves Bob the Builder, and it looks like there are quite a few episodes on there.

  27. I learned that I could use my husband’s PS3 to connect!
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  29. I went ahead and signed up for a free trial. I love how I can use it with my Wii, my iPod, my iPhone and now my new iPad. I also love that if i started watching it on one device, I can still resume from the spot I stopped watching when I reconnect on another device.

  30. I learned that watching netflix for 1 hour uses 1 GB of bandwidth or 2GB on HD. So I need to see how much of my bandwidth I already use to see if I would have to pay more on my internet first.

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  31. I learned -you can also watch instantly via some Internet connected Blu-ray players- and I’m hoping to get one soon 🙂

  32. I learned that they don’t accept pay-as-you-go credit cards as payment and therefore I can’t sign up! That actually was really disappointing to me since I REALLY wanted to sign up for the free trial! But I refuse to get a credit card simply for this purpose. I wish they had more payment options.

  33. I liked that they have sport and fitness titles, it’s always good to try a new workout!

  34. I have your buttonn but I just realized I don’t have it on my Canadian blogroll, I’ll move it over soon!

  35. I learned the stream comes instantly through your game console, or computer.

  36. I learned that I can connect to Netflix through my Wii.

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  37. I learned that you can stream Netflix through your Wii, PS3 or XBOX360. Very convenient!

  38. I learned that I can stream it right from my computer which works for me since I don’t have a TV or gaming console 🙂

  39. I was happy to learn I can just use my computer to watch content from Netflix (since we don’t yet have a Wii, X-Box or internet connected blu-ray).

  40. I started my free trial almost a month ago. I love that you can instantly watch movies on the computer.

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