Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Content Update for Canada

Hello, Catherine Fisher here from communications with some great news for our Canadian members! Netflix has teamed up with Mongrel Media, one of Canada's leading film distribution companies specializing in art house, foreign and independent feature films and documentaries, to begin streaming select art-house films the same day as they launch in theatres. We are thrilled that our Canadian members will have access to this first-run content and we’ll kick it off with Tales from the Golden Age on October 14.

Other titles include:
• The Father of My Children – Dir: Mia Hansen-Love – November 4
• Vision – Dir: Margarethe von Trotta – November 24
• I, Don Giovanni – Dir: Carlos Saura – December 16
• London River – Dir: Rachid Bouchareb – January 13
• Birdwatchers – Dir: Marco Bechis – February 3
• Alamar – Dir: Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio – February 24
• La Nostra Vita –Dir: Daniele Luchetti – March 31
• Think Global, Act Rural – Dir: Coline Serreau – April 14

Enjoy!

338 comments:

  1. oh yay, movies nobody cares about.

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  2. Well, nothing I'm interested in per se, but it is nice to know you're working on new content.

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  3. I am disappointed in the content. My gosh even old Clint Eastwood movies are not available form the 70's!!! I really hope Netflix is working to improve the content as it is very lacking in Canada right now and is hard to even justify $7.99/month.

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  4. Coito interrompido, cheio.

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  5. Coito interrompido, cheio.

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  6. @Joel

    First, blame your government for the lack of titles in Canada. It's not Netflix's fault.

    Second, maybe you should start caring about movies other than the standard hollywood fare. Just sayin'.

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  7. Hi,Catherine Fisher! Thank you for the update. You seem to be more inteligent than many (or most) of your co-workers and bosses. Perhaps you would be willing to tell us where our extensive Lists went?

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  8. The selection of movies is not very good. I usually see the lock on most of the good movies I search for. Is this because it is a free trial?

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  9. Netflix -

    The UI for navigating movies is not the easiest to search for content and the most aggravating thing about this experience is the fact that you get to click on all the things you want to watch and it tells you that it is not available. Why have it listed. it's like a slap in the face.

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  10. Where are the Bond movies?
    Where are the Matrix movies?
    Where are the Blockbuster movies?
    Where are the NEW movies from 2010?

    At $7.99 its EXTREMELY expensive for such an old, limited selection of sub-par and unpopular movies.

    Cmon, this sucks.

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  11. Excellent. I very much appreciate that you are not focusing on Hollywood mind numbing trash films, but offering interesting films that are often hard to find. Keep up the good work, Netflix, and thank you!

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  13. I am afraid Netflix will have to contend with Blockbuster who announced unlimited movies for $9.99 a month. Their favorites include most movies that people are complaining that are not on Netflix. So Netflix......when are you going to make a response about the crappy selection and what the hell you intend to do about it?

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  14. I have been following these posts and have yet to see netflix to respond to any of the content issues people have. Cmon netflix, man up and outright state why the content is so limited in canada.

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  15. Who's decision has it been to list "Not Available" to such titles as: Supernatural, Goodfellas, Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, Family Guy, The Simpsons, American Dad, etc., in Canada. Is it the CRTC or the FCC deciding that "Netflix Canada" can not view such films as listed above?

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  16. There are about 30+ million people in Canada.

    There are also about 30+ million people in America who are hard-of-hearing. Currently, these people cannot enjoy Netflix Streaming because IT DOES NOT HAVE CLOSED CAPTIONING!

    If Netflix really wants to expand its market share and make more money quickly, wouldn't it be cheaper and more profitable to just slap on closed captioning for movies that already exist for its American customers before launching its service in Canada?

    Come on, Netflix, you guys are smarter than this...

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  17. HOW about some decent TV?
    Grey's Anatomy
    nature of Things
    the Tudors
    and so forth.

    NEed more movies both current titles as well as
    great oldies.
    YOu have LOTS Of room to grow to keep the market Netflix!

    Carry on. And keep updating us as you grow and improve!
    b

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  18. I've already cancelled my Netflix due to the lack of Closed Captioning for Netflix streaming.

    Netflix better get their act together soon, because President Obama just signed a new communications law on October 8th that requires Internet videos (such as Netflix) to be captioned.

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  19. Sounds like an awesome site with a very promising future...

    However, I searched for 5 tv shows that would make me sign up immediately & they were all unavailable.

    -Sons of Anarchy
    -Dexter
    -Supernatural
    -Battlestar Galactica
    -House

    all unavailable in Canada, but available in the US. What gives?

    If these titles & more become available, I will sign up. Until then, no thanks.

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  20. Thank you for posting new content =) I hope other Canadian distributors decide to play nicely as well. Do the Can companies like CBC and showcase try to hog all the goods?

    Anyways, thanks again. =)

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  21. Great but, where are we going to see an update of more popular stuff? Every month? Where can we find an update schedule? Is there such thing?

    Thanks in advance.

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  22. It's not just an issue about wanting Hollywood films (and for a company that's supposed to deliver movies to your wi-fi device, what's wrong with wanting to see those films?). The selection for foreign and independent films are just as bad. Every search I've done in those categories have come up as "not available". Ditto for the TV shows selection. Also, an option for subtitles should be available for the few foreign language films or even anime that are out for streaming. Every foreign movie fan knows that subs are the only way to truly get the feel of the film. Dubbing actors generally butcher the dialogue and film.

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  23. Netflix has to do deals with the content distributors who are different in Canada than the United States.

    Examples include Alliance who owns the catalogue to about 50% of the movies distributed in Canada (like Lord of the Rings), and the individual tv rights holders.

    These agreements take time.

    In the mean time there is a TONNE of great stuff on Netflix right now. Tons of Akira Kurosawa, lots of great flicks from last year (like Slumdog Millionaire), and a bunch of eye opening documentaries.

    Plus the first 3 seasons of Mad Men, and the original Battlestar Galactica and the amazing series Leverage.

    That alone will tide me over until the deals are in place.

    Oh, and all this for about the price of two rentals, and I don't have to leave my home? Sold.

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  24. Tiraram, a vagina.

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  25. Its really good to find someone whose offering interesting films that are often hard to find. Keep up the good work!

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  26. Keep up the good work netflix.

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  27. please netflix add more anime in your streaming and non-streaming section of your service.because right now the content is kind of lacking...thanks

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  28. @Richard
    Why you say we should blame our government?

    @Catherine
    Nice to have some new content.

    Any plans to have foreign movies, series in their original languages with subtitles?
    If so when?

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  29. 7:45 AM
    Many of these movies are $3.99 ondemand.

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  30. No closed captioning yet? Fail.

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  31. have to say pretty disapointed in the service so far. Been waiting for my Wii Disc since the date I signed up for the free trial! I now only have two weeks left (it was extended by a week due to late shipping) and still no Disc. I can view on the laptop but with kids and a wife not really all that practical! When I called customer service they said they could not extend the trail because of shipping. Pretty poor service.

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  32. when does it come to germany? here isn't anything compareable that is as good as netflix.

    :-(

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  33. Thank you for keeping us aprised of the updates to your great service. I'm glad to hear that the selection is improving, since these types of content agreements can take time and be quite complex to negotiate. As long as we see new content on a regular basis (like we have in the last few weeks), I'll gladly be paying $7.99 a month for your service!

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  34. I'm so disappointed in Netflix that you just can't believe it. Sure, bringing some thought-provoking independent films is cool, but why not bring some more popular movies as well? I'm very disappointed in what Netflix is offering me, and I plan on stopping my subscription before you guys charge me.

    P.S. I ordered my Wii Netflix disc 2 weeks ago and I still haven't received it. I understand you've been having an overwhelming demand for the discs, but you guys said "3 shipping days" which does not equate to this length of time.

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  35. Good job, Netflix! Keep adding more content, and your service will continue to grow!

    Some people just don't realize that it takes time to set these agreements in place. They want closed captioning NOW, they want French titles NOW, they even take the time to post and get upset with people who claim they are happy with the service! Very strange. If I wasn't happy, I'd just go elsewhere instead of taking the time to post.

    Lots of complaining, but not enough kudos. Some of us are very glad you're in Canada, and will support you while you continue to add to the growing catalog of movies.

    I've noticed that you have been adding movies in a near-daily basis now, and it's great to see!

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  36. I am VERY happy to have Netlix here in Canada, it is a great service and the future on entertainment delivery. But, you do need better content. It doesn't all have to be new, just good. Most of this stuff is "bargain bin" tier stuff. It's not anything anyone would pay for really. I am enjoying it so far, but its getting thin. Also why is the PS3 interface so buggered, it barely shows anything in each category, like 8 shows in comedy? But if I do a search there is way more than that... silly.

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  37. Almost a month into my FREE period and I still have no Wii disc in Canada.
    I don't mind the absence of big Hollywood movies, most are junk anyway but updated indie would be nice. How about more classics.

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  38. To the anonymous poster who said "Some people just don't realize that it takes time to set these agreements in place. They want closed captioning NOW", I have this to say:

    All the Blockbuster stores in my area have went out of business, thanks to Netflix. And as a result, with very limited alternatives to watch movies, Netflix owes it to us to provide CLOSED CAPTIONING for its streaming contents. Thankfully, it literally took an act of Congress to pass a law earlier this month that will now FORCE Netflix to provide closed captioning, or to go out of business.

    So yes, if Congress had to get involved and it even received rare bipartisan support from Democrats and Republicans, it is THAT important. =)

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  39. Hey Catherine! I was interested in your service, but just checked out Rotten Tomatoes top 100 of all time. From the top 25 was very disappointed to only find 5 selections available. I know you're just starting up, but hopefully you'll add more top titles soon. Meanwhile I'll just wait....
    Allan

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  40. For those who don't know, Blockbuster is on the downhill slide. It won't be here much longer, so netflix is the best route for now. Also, anyone unhappy with the movies in canada should do themselves a favor and move to the United States.

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  41. My wish list is more devices wdtv live, rocu etc. Netflix needs a revenue stream to pay for licensing and may have started the service too soon. I hope they only raise the price for people who join up when the selection is better a year or so from now.

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  42. We have to say more content is wished for. This being said we’ve watched over 130 television episodes and movies since we joined. I sincerely doubt the DVD dollar bin would have all this for $8. We will be keeping the subscription to see how Netflix grows in Canada. I’m already paying Bell Expressvu $90/month for my programming. I just need to reduce a few channels to offset Netflix’s cost.
    We’ve even purchased a second Wii console to stream to the game room and the main living room. I have to agree CC is needed. It’s simply a question of respecting people with disabilities. As it’s implemented to comply with the new US laws, think about offering the movies in all the languages available on the DVDs. Many times French and Spanish are available on a DVD for the same price. Offering all available languages for streaming is again a question of respect for the customers, Netflix’s and the movie studios customers.

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  43. Netflix said my disc should have arrived a week ago and still have not received it.


    BTW Netflix, when is the netflix widget going to be available on Sony KDL Bravia TVs?

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  44. For the one talking about the CC and french/spanish, I can understand where you are coming from, seeing that Canada is french/english, but keep in mind that netflix would have to pay for CC and to get extra language options on streaming. The DVD in Canada, is once again, a question of profit. Assuming they would have to pay for international shipping (until they establish a netflix facility in Canada), which is once again, a question of cost. While I would say that they released it in Canada too soon, it is up to the consumer whether they want to join or not. They offer a 1 month free trial for anyone, and after that, you can continue to pay or not, that is up to you. Respect has nothing to do with it. yes, I'm sure we are nothing more than dollar signs, but they still didn't have to offer streaming to Canada or the U.S.. The only thing that can be said about that is, if blockbuster is still availible in Canada, that it might be wise to get the actual DVD that would have CC as well as french/english/spanish/portugese? choices. On a side note, My television has CC built in, and I use an Xbox for my movie viewing for DVDs as well as my streaming, and the CC shows up from the TV because it isn't offored on streaming. So that might be something to look into on current and furture tvs. (It works on my new flat screen as well as my 20 inch tube).

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  45. I would like to see the PS3 app update with new titles as well as the site. As it stands right now to see all the new things that are available I have to go to the site and then search for them on the app because they do not show up.

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  46. We are lovin' Netflix in Canada and appreciate all that you are doing to continue to add titles. Just a suggestion that would make this user VERY HAPPY: Can you develop a way for us to 'tag' movies that we are interested in as we browse so that we can develop a 'queue list' for ourselves? Muchos Gracias!

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  47. Marebare said `We are lovin' Netflix in Canada and appreciate all that you are doing to continue to add titles. Just a suggestion that would make this user VERY HAPPY: Can you develop a way for us to 'tag' movies that we are interested in as we browse so that we can develop a 'queue list' for ourselves? Muchos Gracias!'

    I second this! if I'm already appreciating and enjoying the `Flix, help me enjoy them better and more efficiently!

    Thanks!

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  48. Cancelled my account today because of the lack of email tech support.

    I'M FREE!!!!!!!!!!!

    It's a wonderful feeling.

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  49. To Marebare-

    I completely agree. I live in the states where we have tagging as well as a queue and this is a vital part of online movie viewing. Aslo, our system is designed to collect movies that interest you based on your views and how you rate other movies. I hope they add this for you very soon.




    To Anonymous talking about email support-

    Nexflix no longer has any kind of support other than phone, and this is because it makes them more 'personal' while this is very annoying to me as well, there is noithing that can be done at this point other than call and suggest email support, and will enough suggestions they might bring it back. Compared to some of the other problems nextlix has, I don't think this is a biggy.

    I personally am after them to update the iphone app to run video out support for the 3g and 3gs (they recently updated the iphone 4). The iphone 4 update was withint a week of me saying something to them, so who knows, maybe they read this after all?

    -B

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  50. what do you expect for 7.99/month ..its a good way to get caught up on older movies

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  51. No, B- the other option is to vote with my dollars!

    Netflix isn't getting any more of mine.

    If I can't email a company, I will not pay a company. End of story.

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  52. Have been satisfied until recently as your reservoir of movies has gradually become less and less current. We subscribed to 2 memberships per month and were generally happy with the available content until totally depleted as regards our expectations and interests. For us, your offerings are now too old and substandard, "B" and "C" movies. Your online cancellation form fields don't allow for subjective comments such as above. Let us know when you are able to refresh your Library. Thanks!

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  53. What I'd like is just some updates and information. I understand that these deals may take some time to work out... just tell us that. In the information age, it's all about "what's new?" With Netflix, it's next to impossible to know what's been added recently (New Releases doesn't seem to update), and we have no idea when to expect new stuff.
    Maybe a "Recently Added" section, and maybe a word to customers as to those deals, and when they might be made.

    I do a search every couple of days for Netflix Canada, and all I find are complaints about content. It seems that at least 90% of customers are displeased with the amount of content currently available, yet Netflix doesn't even try to address those issues.

    I expect a lot of cancellations after the free trial if we continue to receive absolutely zero information regarding the future of the service.

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  54. I understand, we're... from here, and we suck. Thanks for caring, though.

    I am going to maintain my subscription patiently waiting for some real content, old or new, but worth my $8/month + %12 tax.

    Joy!

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  55. A few ideas:

    Great Canada content to be had if Netflix did a deal with the National Film Board of Canada.

    As well, what about CBC shows? Many stream online anyway. Add to the mix.

    Work a deal with the CBC and stream Hockey Night in Canada games or stream yesterday's played games - the key is to do so in HD.

    Keep trying and break the Cable Content Cabal! Sick of Rogers anyone.

    p.s. Your PBS science doc offerings could be more up to date.

    All in all, I like the service, look forward to more content being added.

    Good value for $8 a month.

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  56. It would seem to be a good value for eight bucks a month, until you go visit netflix.com and see what real value is, for a dollor more, virtually unliimited selection and dvds as well.

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  57. The content available right now is not worth 7.95 a month, if I can't have the same movies and tv shows as the americans what is the f'ing point? I won't even bother keeping it after my month free with the crap that is currently available. And what really pisses me off is that there is no way to email netflix and when you rate movies you get to see all the movies that are available to the americans but that I can't watch because of i'm canadian.

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  58. Please give us some official word about Captions on streaming.

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  59. Dear Netflix,

    Here's what you need to improve if you want to succeed in Canada:

    1) Improve content significantly. This includes first run, Hollywood, tv, alternative, and indie works as well as Canadian content (Bon Cop, Bad Cop & Porky's aren't even available!?!).

    2) Improve the web interface to include language options, "not in the mood" buttons, additional recommendations instead of showing only movies that have already been watched & rated, revise the suggestion algorithm to base it on something other than the 5 stars (example: I may think Glory deserves 4-5 stars for being a quality movie, but I really don't want to watch more movies like it)

    3) Closed Captions, Subtitles, and distinguish between foreign language and dubbed films, and a wider variety of foreign films. Two examples: i) being a small video store in Picton Ontario - population under 5,000 - they had a selection of over 750 foreign films in a collection of about 10,000 movies and they were hugely popular. Canada is a multi-cultural and multi-language country with a wide variety of tastes. example ii) My gf loves Anime and was so excited when she saw the category only to be disappointed that it's all English dubbed. We would have kept the membership just for that if it was Japanese with English subs.

    4) FIX THE BUGS!!! Silverlight gets stuck and instead of dropping the frame jumps forward 500ms or so, it also crashes Firefox about an hour into most movies and Netflix + Morning Coffee addon == instant "No longer responding". Netflix on Wii constantly freezes up at the "Just a moment..." screen requiring a deletion of all save data (just about every time)

    You also need to realize that Canada has one of the highest broadband penetration rates in the world, we're savvy when it comes to what options are available to us. It's been claimed that we pirate more per capita than almost any other nation in the world (unverified claim by anti-piracy group) - That's your competition, not Zip.ca or similar sites, but pirate bay, watch new films, and demonoid. Right now they offer just about everything Netflix does and everything Netflix doesn't except some quality differences.

    Right now, you've only earned my disappointment not my $$$.

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  60. It's been a whole week now since you "claimed" you sent my wii netflix disk. Generally it takes 2-3 days for domestic mail to be delivered. I have a feeling you guys lied about the mailed out date so people wouldn't complain to get another week on top of their 2 week extension. Check the post date on your disk people to see if they really sent it out on that date!

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  61. I was thinking about trying Netflix but when I checked out the American site and saw how much more content is avalible; I changed my mind (for now). ie. Monty Phython,Star wars,Avatar etc.

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  62. Look, you guys need to tell us if you are serious about doing this in Canada? Are you going to offer movies and shows we actually WANT to see or are you going to continue with this BS?

    What's next, the cream of the crop from the eastern block movies made in 1958? Come on now, stop insulting people here.

    I love the concept and I signed up for movie nights with my 5 year old. However the selection sucks, he wasn't interested in Barney and company since he was 1.5...

    What about getting some Scooby Doo, Star Wars, etc?

    I am in the free trial period using my Wii, but I am seriously considering the cancellation of my account as I am not sure if I am willing to pay for this at all.

    At least communicate to us what your plans are in dealing with this. What is the time line we should expect for more selection? Or perhaps, it is just too expensive for you to get the rights for the right content in Canada.

    Talk to us please, AND tell us the truth. No BS!

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  63. Lark Rise to Candleford Season 3 please please please!!!

    The Boltons in Northern Virginia

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  64. As many have mentioned, closed caption for streaming would be really nice. Also, allowance for foreign languages. Let's face it, most people who watch foreign films (excluding a small subset of Kung Fu enthusiasts...) do not want to watch them with the low quality English dubs that accompany these movies. Let us watch these movies as they were intended in their native language with English subtitles.

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  65. YEAH I CAN'T USE MY PASSWORD ON ANOTHER PROFILE ON THE SAME FUCKING COMPUTER BUT THERE'S NO WHERE TO EMAIL YOU SINCE I'M PAYING AND THERE IS WAY TO CONTACT YOU PEOPLE COUL YOU FUCKING FIX THIS SHIT THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  66. Waht gives?
    You have got to be kidding, releasing this service in Canada with the lack of content offered. Perhaps you should do your homework, secure the content, then launch. This is looking like a blown opportunity for Netflix, you are just opening the door for someone else to execute better and take your market share. Terrible first impression.

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  67. Stop wasting your time (and our money) trying to get content for Streaming while it is in Theaters.

    We (Canadians) want SAME stuff to Watch Instantly as our US counterpart.

    Please negotiate Licensing Agreements so Canadian users get SAME content that US users get.

    We are NOT asking for MORE, we want SAME content.

    To see the content available for streaming for US users:

    http://instantwatcher.com/

    But you probably have this information in your database.

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  68. 1. My first language is English.

    2. I am not deaf.

    3. I watch all Movies & TV Shows with English Subtitles because:

    a. You simply cannot hear every word, so I often have to turn up the volume when I watch without subtitles.

    b. With subtitles I can concentrate more on the action and less on the spoken words (that sometimes might be whispers or God knows what).

    c. I'd rather focus on the action that on understanding every spoken word and because I got used to it.

    4. I can get subtitles for most of the "pirated" movies for free from http://www.podnapisi.net/ so now tell me why I should waste $$$ on Netflix since you Closed the Community Features (Friends)?

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  69. 1 Canadian dollar = 0.986972 U.S. dollars

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  70. Art-house films!!! Yay!! Now I really want to sign up for Netflix! (sarcastic). If you're not going to give us REAL content then just add Porn movies to the selection. I guarantee you'll get a record amount of members lol.

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  71. Tiraram, a vagina.

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  72. This is a promising announcement, and I'm hopeful of more deals coming soon. In the meantime, my whole family has been really enjoying Netflix and we will definitely remain on as customers after the free trial.

    There are already a lot of great movies & shows available -- enough to fill us up many months of viewing. Combine that with the convenience and $8 per month is a no-brainer.

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  73. I have a question

    Can I assume that if a video is labeled as "Not Available" that it will be available in Canada at some point and the licensing agreements are still being worked out. There are a lot of titles that are not available that would really make this worth while.

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  74. Hey, I'll whine and stomp my little feet along with the best of 'em when I think Netflix has messed up (no e-mail/no movie requests/no Friends/no lists/no blog responses EVER/etc...) but it seems kinda harsh for some folks here to be berating them when they're actually adding stuff as they gradually build their inventory! What are they supposed to do? Start at $2.50 and increase it every few months as they negotiate the licensing of new titles? And, though I can't speak for the Canadian set-up, all foreign movies streamed through my US-based blu-ray player are not only virtually DVD quality, but also now have subtitles. So be patient, dear cousins to our north, it'll knock your socks off when fully operational. Thanks, Catherine & co. Awesome job!

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  75. It's too bad, but based on the very high dissatisfaction rate around the availability of content and stubborn Canadian Distributors, etc...it seems Netflix is doomed here in Canada unless a magic rabbit is pulled form a hat somewhere. I have tried the trial and as most others, finding that content is running very, very thin. I do not want to end up just keeping $8 a month subscription going "hoping" more content will come. Too bad, good idea, but too early of a launch.

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  76. I'm trying this service out for the first time, it's pretty cool so far but there is definitely a major lack of content. Not even sure what these titles in your content update are, never heard of them.

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  77. Should add that I'm fortunate to have a reasonably fast cable connection (around 10 Mb/s), which obviously helps. You can check yours at http://www.speedtest.net/

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  78. Nothing but old crappy movies and trying to watch them on your Netflix enabled TV is horrible. Freaking buffering every 2-3 minutes. Why can't you give us the ability to select the amount of movie that gets buffered before we play? I'm doing a trial month right now. Only on the second day, but I can tell you right now I will NOT be a regular member after this trial month.

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  79. Regarding all Netflix's film descriptions, why are screenwriters' credits not listed?

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  80. I do feel there an issue with Content. While I Don't think it has much to do with the government as it does with the companies that own content.

    I also don't like being talked to do for liking hollywood movies. There is a reason they make billions of dollars they are made for mass appeal. If you want a custom made movie just for you. Go to a Film Festival. By all means have an Indie or "non-commercialy viable" section for those that want to watch something different. However let me watch a movie with my 14 year old, my wife and myself that we can all enjoy. I watch movies to escape. Not to feel bad about msyelf, society, tree's or bee's. If I want to do that I watch the news, or go outside. So netflix let me escape into more options.

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  81. I am very offended by the vulgar and filthy language used in the TV series
    "Deadwood". There was no warning or indication the language would be so filthy. There is a difference between curse words, swearing, etc, and vulgarity and filthy language. I will tolerate some swear words and cursing, but when "every other" word is "filthy - vulgar" it is extremely offensive and looses it's entertainment factor. I was in the military in Vietnam, and I only hear those words when I was around war soldiers or gang-bangers. So I choose not to hang around "gang-bangers". I did not want a "R+X" rated movie. Please warn customers in some manner to the "language" they may expect if it is beyond PG13 language. Even "R" rated ,movies don't have this much vulgarity and filthy language. (every other word) I can't believe the FCC will allow this kind of language to be used in a civilized society, that isn't rated "X" ...Especially on TV....Our society moral values are going backwards and we are becoming less civilized and less moral.

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  82. I am very offended by the vulgar and filthy language used in the TV series
    "Deadwood". There was no warning or indication the language would be so filthy. There is a difference between curse words, swearing, etc, and vulgarity and filthy language. I will tolerate some swear words and cursing, but when "every other" word is "filthy - vulgar" it is extremely offensive and looses it's entertainment factor. I was in the military in Vietnam, and I only hear those words when I was around war soldiers or gang-bangers. So I choose not to hang around "gang-bangers". I did not want a "R+X" rated movie. Please warn customers in some manner to the "language" they may expect if it is beyond PG13 language. Even "R" rated ,movies don't have this much vulgarity and filthy language. (every other word) I can't believe the FCC will allow this kind of language to be used in a civilized society, that isn't rated "X" ...Especially on TV....Our society moral values are going backwards and we are becoming less civilized and less moral.

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  83. I am very offended by the vulgar and filthy language used in the TV series
    "Deadwood". There was no warning or indication the language would be so filthy. There is a difference between curse words, swearing, etc, and vulgarity and filthy language. I will tolerate some swear words and cursing, but when "every other" word is "filthy - vulgar" it is extremely offensive and looses it's entertainment factor. I was in the military in Vietnam, and I only hear those words when I was around war soldiers or gang-bangers. So I choose not to hang around "gang-bangers". I did not want a "R+X" rated movie. Please warn customers in some manner to the "language" they may expect if it is beyond PG13 language. Even "R" rated ,movies don't have this much vulgarity and filthy language. (every other word) I can't believe the FCC will allow this kind of language to be used in a civilized society, that isn't rated "X" ...Especially on TV....Our society moral values are going backwards and we are becoming less civilized and less moral.

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  84. Who gives a shit. Why don't you guys add more of those *thrilling* National Geographic docs that have been clogging up the new arrivals section. What a joke.

    Bring back the FRIENDS features!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  85. I am Canceling My Membership Because of This Disgusting CD.
    Netflix Should Have Been Responsible to Put a Warning on this Not Rated Movie!


    Sweetgrass
    2009NR101 minutes

    As much a work of cultural anthropology as it is a documentary, this unique film traces the path of a family of Montana sheepherders as they drive their flock down from the treacherous and beautiful Absaroka Beartooth mountain range. With no guiding narration, filmmakers Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor let the natural images speak for themselves, capturing the danger, pathos and humor in this haunting elegy to a bygone way of life.

    Director:
    Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
    Genres:
    Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries
    This movie is:
    Understated, Raunchy
    Format:
    DVD and streaming

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  86. Not sure where to post questions about Netflix Canada.

    I am wondering why we have no "profile" in Canada. I wanted to add a photo for my reviews, but don't see anywhere to do this.

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  87. @ Anon (Oct 16th 11.21 pm)

    I was curious how a doc about sheep herding could possibly be so unsettling to anyone, so I read the first few reviews. Suggest you do the same next time (see quotes below), especially for an unrated movie described as 'raunchy'!

    Jeff of the ring : "There is plenty of profanity -- embarassing, over-the-top, ear-burning, worse than the typical R-rated war movie profanity -- that sets in about halfway through."

    AfroPix Flix : ".....about an hour into the film, someone planted a microphone on a lone cowboy (sheepboy?) and the sheep-dip hit the fan. We witnessed more unmentionable profanities than we ever heard in any Joe Pesci flick."

    PTF : "The sheep punchers (it would be incorrect to call them cowboys) reveal themselves to be childish idiots who have difficulty expressing themselves unless they're indulging in one of their frequent profanity laced tirades."

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  88. This is totally unrelated...why isn't Lost on instant play anymore???

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  89. I'm glad to see Netflix is getting new contracts for Canada. For everyone wondering where all the "good" (ie. popular) movies are, familiarize yourself with the Canadian copyright laws to see how hard it is get content in Canada for a service like this. It's not the fault of Netflix - talk to your local MP and the CRTC.

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  90. Im disappointed with the selection, the american netflix has nearly ever single tv show and movie you can think of and we have 70 percent shit movies and tv shows and 30 percent of each kind you've probably seen several times already.

    im opting out of my $8 a month until i see all the same content as the americans do.

    thanks for nothing NETFLIX!!!

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  91. One other thing I've been noticing is that if you stick to looking through all the normal categories (i.e. Horror, Comedy, Drama, etc.) as opposed to the suggest categories (i.e. Movies You'll Love, Like "Film X", Like "Film Y"), you miss out on a lot.

    Last night I watched looked for Hitchcock's "The Birds", and looked through every movie in every film category. It wasn't there. I searched... there it was.

    The same held true for Psycho... how many more movies are hidden? It seems the main categories are very rarely updated (i.e. my New Arrivals section has had the same 4 movies showing at the beginning for 3 weeks now). Doesn't seem like it should be that hard... Every new movie should have a main category, and should be placed at the beginning of that category's list when added.

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  92. It's also pretty pathetic that this is our only source of news from Netflix, and our only way to give back our opinions.

    Very large gap between the company and the consumers. I feel completely left in the dark, and plan on cancelling next week instead of paying $8 on a wish and a prayer.

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  93. Ok. I can understand if Netflix has to battle Canadian Laws and content owners to bring some decent movies into Canada, but to just release it without any indication of updates or any of this is a little ridiculous.

    Even now you do not publish anything that can give us hope....as you can clearly read from this blog, the arts and independent films really aren't helping....you just expect us to sit here, give you money, and enjoy such a terrible selection? Give us more credit than that. This is plain arrogance.

    How about we get a Netflix blog that updates more frequently on Canadian based programming. Why do we care about Netflix coming to Google TV? Seriously? By the damn time Google TV comes to Canada it would be really stupid of them to not offer Netflix.

    When Netflix first came I was the first person to defend them. All of my friends berated Netflix for the terrible selection. I told them they will soon update the content, soon. One month later what do we get? 3 weeks of silence, then bam,La Nostra Vita. Awesome.

    Stop wasting our money and our time.

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  94. Very disappointing list of movies so far. Will probably put my subscription on hold until i see some improvements.

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  95. Was all excited about Netflix coming to Canada and was about to sign up, but figured I'd search for a few well-known movie titles first just to get a sense of the selection. Not one of the movies I searched for (pulp fiction, iron man 2, top gun) was available, so I browsed by category and was utterly shocked by the tiny list!

    There is NO WAY I'm going to sign up for Netflix with the selection available today. I'll check back in 6-12 months to see if there's anything available that I want to watch.

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  98. Love to join for the free trial but so far everything I've searched for is not available so I don't want to bother.
    I personally can't understand why you launched before you had all your ducks in a row. Very disappointing.
    I am sorry, but I speak for many when I say that no one cares much about Canadian Content. I will check back again in six months to see if the selection has improved.

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  99. I live in the States but bought a Blu Ray with Netflix for my parents who live in Canada. I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED BY THE LACK OF CONTENT they have vs what we have. WTF ??????????? Please tell me within the next 30 days you will have some of the more popular TV shows like Lost, Damages, Dexter etc. COM'ON GUYS. This is really poor form. Why launch if you have no content?

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  100. I am starting to see an error almost daily with Netflix Apple TV. Unplugging and plugging Apple TV fixes issue but this is very annoying.

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  101. Is there an official user support forum for Canadian users????? There seems to be a lot of issues and it would be nice to discuss and possibly solve them outside of bitching under unrelated blog entries. A lot of the support tech writing seems to be taken directly off the US support or is it the same??? need some support here!

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  102. Andrew in VancouverOctober 18, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Why does the Canadian Netflix have to be the poor second-rate cousin to its American counterpart? My public library has more current movies than than Netflix.ca!!! Unless the Canadian Netflix movie selection improves dramatically, we will definitely NOT be subscribing after the 1st free month. And I am not alone with this assessment. Come on, Netflix, don't disappoint your Canadian customers!!!

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  103. Why aren't ALL the movies in a cetegory listed? If I go to "TV comedy" why aren't ALL the titles listed? On my PS# it's even worse, it lists 13 stand up titles, but there are over 20 if you search. Add in the fact that I haven't even heard of 90% of your obscure c-rated stuff and it is next to impossible to find anything. How do I search for something I don't know the name of. I need all the titles to display ON MY PS# or I will run out in a month...

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  104. I just saw the movie "Think Global, Act Rural" > It's excellent!

    From http://www.memento-films.com/www/films/mfi_upcoming_think-global.html:

    Explore the very concrete local solutions to the global ecological mess.
    What are the common points between the millions of landless workers of the plains of Brazil, a couple of microbiologists in France, the world's biggest organic plantation in Ukraine and Vandana Shina's experimental farms in India?
    Their struggle: a better soil quality and a wiser access to seeds.
    Their goals: agricultural self-sufficiency and a better use of limited resources.

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  105. Pretty much agree with most of the other comments - lack of anything remotely resembling a recent release is going to drive me to put my membership on hold. I'd pay an extra $2.00 if it gave me more options. In saying that, did enjoy watching Trancers - which I never would actually fork cash over to watch.

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  106. Still much of the content remains mediocre. Most of the movies in the current selection are either filmed in Canada or produced by a canadian studio. Major Hollywood studios are missing. We have been waiting for netflix for 10 years for some B movies.

    Given that this venture set to fail, I wonder whether the Canadian entry is to pump up the stock prices. Probably some executives sold stocks before Canadian entry?

    Why the recent deals do not include Canadian streaming rights?

    Investors going to get the bad news next quarter

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  107. Still much of the content remains mediocre. Most of the movies in the current selection are either filmed in Canada or produced by a canadian studio. Major Hollywood studios are missing. We have been waiting for netflix for 10 years for some B movies.

    Given that this venture set to fail, I wonder whether the Canadian entry is to pump up the stock prices. Probably some executives sold stocks before Canadian entry?

    Why the recent deals do not include Canadian streaming rights?

    Investors going to get the bad news next quarter

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  108. I love Netflix, but it is disappointing to see the limited content for Canada. Why is it we can rent the films in Canada but we can't stream it? It just doesn't make sense. Hoping to see the red tape holding back all the great movies in the US also work for us in Canada. Our money is just as good is it not.

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  109. Glad to see that you guys are working on the content issues. Gotta remember that Rome wasn't built in a day. Also, I love the foreign and documentary selection. Greta job there!

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  110. Please fix your categories for the PS3 app. I noticed recently that the "anime action" category has disappeared. Unless I know a specific show I'm looking for, I can't see what you guys have now. I don't want to have to run to the computer everytime I want to see what you guys have. I should be able to browse through the PS3 app.

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  111. Hi:

    Is there any sort of updates so the members gets which new DVD is coming right now the selection and movies are quite out dated and that is the complian I hear from everyone.

    thanks,
    Feroz

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  112. Wow. Great comments here. Hopefully they're listening. Canadians are more than willing to pay for the content.

    I like someone's arguement here ... if we can rent the content at Blockbuster, why can't we stream it?

    Seems petty for Rogers, Bell, and Shaw to control this however, Netflix is a threat to their bread and butter overpriced subscription based services.

    People today are more willing to pay for an unlimited on-demand service without having to deal with commercials and hundreds of channels with nothing good to watch 90% of the time.

    If the US can get that kind of content, I'm willing to pay for the same content in Canada at $10.00/month. It's still cheaper than cable and satellite.

    If Netflix can secure the rights for newer content without raising the price then all the power to them.

    One thing they should have done was secure rights for popular shows and movies before officially launching in Canada.

    Personally, I don't care about the indie crap they just brought on board.

    65% of the content there now, I'm enjoying and I'm willing to support them for a year just to see how quickly the service will improve.

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  113. One more week until I cancel before my trial expires. The selection is very disappointing and I'll just watch and wait before I put money down on this. Let me know when I have the Netflix USA selection available in Canada.

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  114. The content at the moment sucks really bad. Why the hell would I pay for this? Once my free month is up I'm cancelling and I'm guessing so will most people. This is ridiculous.
    Such a waste of money. I wonder if netflix is happy about all the people complaining that there is nothing in the service worth paying for. Hey I've got an idea. Why don't you let Canadians have access to the same content that Americans do. What a crazy idea right? Unless you can do that, don't even bother offering the crap you have now. I don't care if it's gonna grow over time, I don't have the money or patience to wait for something they should already be offering. The least they could do is put up a response to all the complaining about lack of content. Is it coming, is it not coming, soon, later, never? If you want to make money tell your customers what the f@ck is going on!

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  115. @Anonymous

    What are you complaining about? Of the shows you listed (Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, House) only the first two seasons of Dexter and all of Battlestar Galactica are available for streaming.

    Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural, and House are not, so I don't know where you're getting your info from....

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  116. You guys are offering an excellent service but your content needs A LOT of work. Maybe you're running into CRTC blocks or something...if that is the case, you should let your potential subscribers know. My free trial is about to run out, and I'm thinking of cancelling... unless you can tell me there are real plans to expand content availability. It's wonderful that you offer indie-style films (most are really good) but for the cost, we should be able to watch at least a 1/4 of what you offer your American subscribers.

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  117. Anyone see a common thread on this blog? Content, content.... hmmm...Content!

    OK, now what to do about it?

    Netflix apparently is not the problem, it's Canadian laws/red tape, call it whatever you want.

    Can someone start a petition somewhere so people sign up? Facebook or whatever. With enough momentum hopefully we can get some decision makers with real power to change things, cause it's not looking clear things are changing anytime soon.

    I'm thinking people in Ottawa right now are looking at Netflix as as a potential threat to new and/or existing Canadian media providers. So they're slowing them down as much as possible.

    Why prolong the inevetable? Rogers had been treated all this time with kid gloves. How come the Conservatives are not embracing free trade?

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  118. I want DVDs by Mail in Canada. Please?

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  119. This already exists in Canada. Goto Zip.ca
    Netflix is hoping to just do streaming which id the best.

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  120. This already exists in Canada. Goto Zip.ca
    Netflix is hoping to just do streaming which would be best.

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  121. Wow, fail.
    Still pirating till you can deliver a decent service netflix its just as easy and way more selection

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  122. Loving the BBC content. I've been discovering some wonderful new brit-coms, dramas and BBC docs, as well as enjoying the ones I am familiar with, like As Time Goes By and Ballykissangel.

    Looking forward to more additions!

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  123. Why show all the content thats not available to Canadians when searching for film titles? It's really annoying to see all the titles 'not available- but you might enjoy...' when searching for titles.

    Stop reminding us of all the titles US users get and focus on the titles available now.

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  124. Bring back Friends & Community features now or get DDoS.

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  125. Hello, is anyone at Netflix listening??.

    We Canadians are EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED by the horrible selection of movies and tv shows you're providing!!

    I've seen many, many, MANY comments about it on your blog posts and elsewhere, yet nobody with the company seems to be addressing it at all.

    Why is this service SO MUCH WORSE than the US version, and when can we expect the selection to improve? I just bought Apple TV, and discovered that you can only stream iTunes movies with it (not tv shows), so now I'm dependent entirely on Netflix for tv content... and your tv content is pretty wretched.

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  126. i'm on the 30 day trial and so far i'm not to impressed. To tell you the truth netflix is garbage. I will not continue after my 30 days. Where are the movies? I think netflix is going down.

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  127. I searched for roughly 30 films and TV shoes I would like to watch and got 1 single hit back and it was a 13 year old film. THIS SUCKS NETFLIX!! 8 bucks for this trash?

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  128. "First, blame your government for the lack of titles in Canada. It's not Netflix's fault."

    It's not our government's fault. It's the copyright laws. CBC, CTV, and Global are all jerks and refuse to let the US shows they air be shown by anyone but them because they pay for the rights to broadcast them here.

    What doesn't make sense is why syndicated shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy aren't available. They might not be able to show new episodes, but they sure as hell can show the older episodes. Any network is allowed buying the syndicated episodes and broadcasting them. At one point all 3 major networks in Canada had the rights to syndicated Simpsons.

    When it comes to movies, it's Netflix fault. I don't see why they have Saw and Saw 2, but not Saw 3-5. I recently watched The Howling 3, but apparently there's 6 other movies in the series, but Netflix only has 1. And then we have Return of the Living Dead. Netflix has 1, 4 and 5, but where's 2 and 3?

    If you want better shows on Netflix, stop watching them on Canadian network TV.

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  129. I'm not cancelling my subscription--yet. I agree that Netflix has a serious lack of quality content issue in Canada. We get a fraction of the shows available to American Netflix customers. It would be great if you folks could throw us a bone and let us know what you're doing about it, instead of leaving your Canadian customers wondering if they have any better content to look forward to. Be honest with us. It was your approach when you admitted hiring all those actors for the launch, and Canadians like me were forgiving about it, because you told the truth about what you were up to. We just want to know what you're doing to bring us more current/popular/relevant programs. Don't leave us in the dark.
    Right now there's a whole heck of a lot of dollar bin movies, with a few gems thrown in. Eight bucks a month is a great deal, but not if the pickins' are slim. I'll hang in there for a bit, but unless there's a major jump in program quality, Netflix is doomed in Canada.

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  130. It would be nice if they would give us some honest information as to how long it might be until they think Canadian programming gets better.

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  131. @Netflix PR

    1. You are an internet based business. The majority of your subscribers are familiar enough with the internet to access this blog. KEEP IT UP TO DATE. The last entry was over a week ago. Very unprofessional.

    2. Candadian content. Let subscribers (some of us are also shareholders) know what YOU are doing as a company to address this.

    If communication does not improve I'm taking my subscription and shares and investing elsewhere.

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  132. i realize this way off the subject, but please make the streaming work on power pc for mac. come on... there's millions of people out there who have power pcs and you haven't developed a stream enabling driver or program that will work with it.

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  133. CTV owns the Canadian distribution rights for most of the american TV shows that people are asking for. ITS NOT THE FAULT of the GOVERNMENT.

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  134. Stop all your complaining. It's $7.99 a month. There are some excellent movies and television series. One season of Mad Men would set you back $35 on iTunes. What a bunch of whiners. Content will improve over time and picture quality is excellent.

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  135. I am pleased with NetFlix. I am finding stuff on here that is quality, not like the garbage that turns up in theaters.

    To all who are upset about lack of content, patience is a virture. These deals take time.

    I have one suggestion. Netflix should look at pairing up to offer NHL content in Canada..My two cents.

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  136. wow, movies i never heard of! suhweet.

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  137. Mhmmm... If the Government was smart they would realize that allot of people download movies through avenues such as torrents off sites such as pirate bay. If Netflix had premium content at $7.99 a month this would cut down on allot of downloading...

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  138. Just signed up today for the free trial... wow this sucks. In Canada, every category is filled with old movies or b-listers that I've never heard of.

    As well, it doesn't work with windows media centre. Again, apparently this is a canada only issue.

    Unsubscribe time, but I'll watch a few documentaries on my pc first.

    Overall F+

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  139. Please reply to us Canadian subscribers!!! We are willing to pay even more for your service just include better content and JUST REPLY TO US!!! Or you will lose a lot of subscribers once their one month is over!! Im sure you are working hard to make this service better but please keep us updated!

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  140. I just signed up and all I find are "old" movies and TV shows I cannot watch ... need to improve the content before I renew ......

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  141. I was really excited around the first week or so. After all the hired actors and fake hype the company shot at us I was hesitant to give them a try. In any case, If I wanted to watch movies from 1975 or terrible B-movies for months on end, Id go to the library.

    Terrible content for a promising service. We waited a while, but watching "Aliens" without searching hours on end to get "This isn't available, but you might like Babe or Babe II instead!!"k ust doesn't cut it. It's 2010.

    Hell, they don't even havet Shrek. And most of this content is foreign.

    No thanks. I'll be waiting for what Zip get a streaming service as I really don't care about physical dvds.

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  142. This Canadian just dodged a very boring bullet. I was about to punch in my credit card number when I checked the selection. Listen up, Netflix -- your selection is pitiful. Heartbreaking.

    Your subscriptions would skyrocket if even half the American content was available to Canadians.

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  143. A Canadian Review: I gotta say the programming and layout is very interesting, not perfect, but navigable. So good job there. I like the suggestion feature, although it's currently rendered a tad useless due to my next point.

    I'm to agree with many other Canadians that the content here is... severely lacking. I didn't even expect new releases but there are movies over 10 years old blatantly missing. No Fifth Element? no Disney Classics? No Airplane! or Naked Guns? Heck, there's no Studio Gibli, Rush Hour 1 or 2, there's no Rocky Horror Picture Show!'

    Seriously Netflix? There's no excuse for missing some of these movies at all. These movies are not on TV and you'd be hard-pressed to find surviving physical copies even. How do you not have them?

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  144. your content doesn't have anything even close to new and anything that is even half way decent is made unavailable to us

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  145. Ugh, I certainly HOPE that by the end of the month, there will be a big update with much better selections, because the current selection is BRUTAL!

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  146. New subscriber from Canada. Almost any title I can think of is listed as "unavailable"-- what does "the freedom to watch unlimited movies & TV episodes" mean, in that light. This blog seems to be the only means on asking or complaining.This is bullshit.

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  147. I'm a new subscriber fro Canada--almost any title I can think of is listed as "unavailable." What could "the freedom to watch unlimited movies & TV episodes" mean--this situation needs to improve soon or I'm gone. Can't watch Chinatown!No Sweet Smell of Success, Dee Hunter, Tunes of Glory, any film by Ozu, Renoir, and numerous others. No forum to complain except this blog.

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  148. Is Netflix Canada ever going to be worth the monthly fee? I am getting no enjoyment from my free trial.

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  149. More new content is great! Hopefully we'll get to see some of the unavailable titles in the near future.

    Keep up the good work! 3+weeks in Canada and things are looking great!

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  150. Ok, I like the way it works and its value. However, you don't have the movie I'm looking for??
    You have options but unless I can find at least 1 out of 5 movies I looked for not sure if in the long-run it's worth it. Not really a fan of paying a monthly fee to see documentaries...Thanks.

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  151. Well I've got to say, the service in Canada is awesome...

    Technologically it's really well done... Great picture... Good sound... etc...

    However, as everyone is griping... The selection is somewhat lacking... It's still worth $7.99 / month...

    I strongly suspect that selection will slowly improve as the studio's realize that it's this or nothing for distributing their stuff... Right now it's the content creators and the middlemen who are probably holding out...

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  152. Netflix, clearly you are having major issues with getting your Canadian business model to equal the US one!
    It is clear that Canadian's don't want to be the poor brother to the US, and suffer with "old" titles, while you go ahead and start charging monthly fees.

    I cannot justify the fee per month for the content I am receiving here in Canada. I also doubt whether there will be any loyalty in those that stay and wait..., so for me at least I will exit the free month, and come back when you have your act together, and allow at least an equal service to that of the US.

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  153. Netflix, you won't have competition at monthly rate that is even a dollar or two more than current. But right now unless you improve your content, the loss of customers will far outweigh the gain of more "new" titles.

    I believe your cost is excellent, the service is easy and straight forward, your interface can be improved to make it easier to navigate and find things, but your content is really really lacking...

    Without content there is no real revenue stream, and hence no real business model moving forward...

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  154. Regardless of the good intention from netflix I am not sure if I will stay. Maybe an extra month but I have been reading comments that are pretty much in line with what I think.

    1) Poor content in general.
    2) User Interface is poor for research (both PC and my Samsung BRay)
    3) One movie out of 4 has streaming issues. (I am in Montreal and HiSpeed).
    4) This is a must to get in Quebec, add the language feature. Please let people chose from ENglish or French. Even the French movies with English sub-titles (e.g. Nikita) sucks.

    Still 7.99 is cheap to get some Foreign, indie movies but when you really want a good old american action pack movie (not a b-movie), the product is not there.

    Thanks

    Francois

    P.S. Anime ????

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  155. I forgot,

    Unless you are too much entengled in negotiation with movie houses. You do not really communicate with your customers.

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  156. Dear Netflix,

    Bye and thanks for all the fish !!!!

    From the latest movie you DON'T CARRY!!!

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  157. I just watch a movie from the list. Loved it. Downloaded fast through my Wii Console and watched without a flaw. Next thing to a DVD. What I am concerned is with the bandwidth it uses and the download. Remember that each file downloaded is MB or GB added to your Internet bill. Not sure what format these files use but if .AVi, then each time you decide to watch a movie, whether you choose to watch it or not, it will add about 700MB to that quota.
    That is one thing. The other thing I'm thinking is, once they have their 'loyal' base hooked and by that I mean the so many people that, even after having complained of the tremendous lack of content, will stick around after the 1 month trial in hope of better content in the near future. 8 bucks a month is great. But if they jack up the prices I may not be able to keep up with the price increase. I do like movies but I also pay for cable for the obvious reasons including the ones mentioned here over and over.
    Bottom line, I like it but CONTENT NEEDS to be improved before at least my subscription starts kicking in or it wouldn't be an option for me.
    I've actually made it a task to watch a movie once a day so when the time my free trial expires I'd have seen all the movies or titles I like so the rest is pointless to keep on paying for something I don't need. You get my drift right?
    LOL, Thanks!!!!!

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  158. Really??? this u announce? my dog is blind and I still would no force him to sit through the pathetic content.

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  159. OK i don't blam netfix for the immidiat lack of content, but they should at least demenstrate to us that they are trying to get more populare content (new or old), so that poeple dont start canceling subscriptions left and right. maybe put out a monthly list of movies, so that we cna se whats coming and when, and judje if its getting any better

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  160. Are you kidding me "Great news" tell us you will be offerring some newer movies and that will be great news. Why launch this in Canada if you cant offer any better movies. Sorry i will not spend money on Movies i seen when i was a kid.

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  161. GET SOME CONTENT!!!

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  162. it has been nice for my son because there are a few TV shows and movies he likes to watch, but the content is very dated or strange. For instance, you can watch Blade 3, but not Blade 1 or 2. None, and I mean none of the really popular movies are available and neither are the TV shows. People are saying only the old shows are online, but none of the good ones. for instance, the Cosby show isn't available and neither is the old Transformers TV show. I don't understand why they are bothering with the shows nobody likes and for God sakes, don't concentrate on Canadian programing...Who cares about that. I want to see the X-Men movies and TV shows, Gladiator, the new Spartacus, Smallville and more. What is online, first is not that great and there really isn't that much yet. This is all for the Canadian service. I know the US service rocks.

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  163. I have a Blackberry and I live in the US. What I'd like to know is why can't I access Netflix US from my Blackberry? Your site thinks I'm in Canada, even though I have a US area code and phone number. I know that the Blackberry server is in Canada, what I don't get is why your system can't recognize my American phone?

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  164. Well, looks like I'm not the only one who thinks the selection is sub par on Netflix.ca I would love to know what Netflix is going to do about it's selection in Canada. Now that Blockbuster announced it's "monthly" fee, I may be tempted to cancel my account until Netflix decides to implement better movies. Netflix has a chance to make it big in Canada... Get your act together.

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  165. Does netflix not read their own blogs? I've yet to see a note from netflix about caring what their customers concerns are...

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  166. Americans must really think we are stupid....Even canadians know that canadian productions suck, the only people that like them are the ones that make them, and thats like what..the eastern side of Toronto, C'mon netflix...get the contracts signed! get the blockbusters here!

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  167. And by the way, Anon. above this post, its "SO LONG, and thanks for all the fish", if your going to quote a great piece of literature, do it right!

    Netflix should at least respond to all this.

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  168. What a bunch of whiney whiners.!!!

    Nothing wrong with saying the truth that the selection is very limited ... but we don't have to degrade the conversation to constant whining. I didn't see us all having a fit when it took Apple (through iTunes) almost 5 years to bring us good content.

    Netflix are to blame a little because they should let Canadians understand that the real culprits are the license holders and the CRTC.

    Firstly CRTC demands Netflix to carry X% of Canadian content since Netflix falls under the same rules as other Cable Providers so we will never have the same quantity of US content (that we so enjoy) like US subscribers which will be always above 90+% US content. Plus it is likely that acquiring Canadian content might be even more expensive (per unit) than US content.

    Secondly the license holders already have locked up exclusive TV rights with *local* TV affiliates (like CTV, Global etc) and other large distributers like Rogers On Demand, Bell Entertainment Services and Apple.

    Netflix just has to slog it out till it gets better deals for its subscribers. You can't blame a guy for trying.

    I welcome the service because I know it can only get better. Its the same thing that Apple had to go through so I understand it. Instead we should welcome the service and encourage Netflix to improve because in the end it presents more choice for us and definite price pressure for the other providers.

    - Just a regular dude in Toronto

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  169. If the movies you have listed online for Canada are everything you are offering, then it's a very very poor, weak and meager selection. I'm never going to sign up for this.

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  170. For those who are hesitant to sign-up I don't understand why the hesitation. 1st month is free and I spoke to someone in customer service last week and they say if you cancel your account and then a year passes, if you re-activate after that you will get 1st month free again.

    You should really try it out for yourselves and then you can give your true feedback.

    That said. You guys are proof that Netflix needs to better manage its messaging to its customers because right now its all silent treatment. Although I guess if they are really working on some "sweet content deals" they really can't say anything in public about it ... its just the way how these negotiations work. (hush hush hush).

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  171. I was excited to hear about Netflix streaming in Canada. But, every single Movie and TV show I searched for was "unavailable" to me. What's the point? Is it even worth a free trial?

    Disappointed at best.

    I'll check back in 6 months.

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  172. We really, really need a queue. It's kind of imperative to remembering all the amazing movies on here that I want to watch.

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  173. As a member I can understand that you cannot provide current or even top rated movies for $7.99/mo.

    I would however like the opportunity to pay for and view current and titles which are "LISTED" but "UNAVAILABLE"

    Based upon the comments in the blog, I feel it is a marketing mistake to even list product that you have no intention of delivering.

    If you ever consider "RENTING' this product please let me know as I will continue my membership for now in hope of something more.

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  174. Just signed up. wish i read reviews prior to. I hope things get better. At least i get a month for free. However I wish this service was what it could or better yet should be. Keep trying netflix.

    Cheers

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  175. While it's nice to see Netflix expanding into Canada, it's certainly a slap in the face to U.S. customers to see the price difference... and the comment by CEO Reed Hastings re the difference is most insulting!

    "THR: Are you concerned that American Netflix subscribers will look north and ask for the same discount Canadians get at $7.99? Hastings: How much has it been your experience that Americans follow what happens in the world? It's something we'll monitor, but Americans are somewhat self-absorbed."

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/what-netflix-ceo-hopes-us-28218

    Remarks like this make me want to cancel my subscription... Come on Hastings, give us a break!

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  176. What about an RSS feed for new content in Canada? the US site has an RSS feed. Can we get one too?

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  177. Re: Anonymous

    "While it's nice to see Netflix expanding into Canada, it's certainly a slap in the face to U.S. customers to see the price difference... and the comment by CEO Reed Hastings re the difference is most insulting!"

    I think those comments were meant to be a joke... also remember that the selection in the US is ridiculously better than it is here in Canada. You guys also get DVD deliveries. I would gladly pay the American price converted to Canadian dollars with an extra 20% on top even to get your selection. At least 9/10 movies/shows that I search for are listed but unavailable.

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  178. "While it's nice to see Netflix expanding into Canada, it's certainly a slap in the face to U.S. customers to see the price difference... and the comment by CEO Reed Hastings re the difference is most insulting!"

    hahaha are you serious? Do you know what kind of selection Canadians have? Pick a movie, any movie. I can absolutely guarantee we don't have access to it.

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  179. Why isn't Lark Rise to Candleford, Season 3 available? It's out on DVD.

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  180. Wow more stuff that doesn't appeal to me whatsoever. When will Netflix Canada have any content worth watching? I had my subscription for one month, I watched everything I could possibly want to watch. Sadly, that wasn't alot of content. Most of what is available on Netflix Canada is a joke. I pay $5 a month for a proxy in the US. With that I can watch tons and tons of content for free. What is Netflix doing to make me want to be a paying customer again? As it is now I wouldn't support or recommend Netflix Canada to anyone. Although I love its ease of use, the ability to use it on my Wii, the layout of the software and the webpage is also fantastic. Its just there is no content worth watching. Hopefully someone at Netflix Canada will see this plea for worthwhile content. I'll check back every few weeks to see whats been added. Maybe one day I will be a happy netflix viewer.

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  181. Ms. Fisher,

    This is not good news. Available on the US Netfix there are new release movies available. When will that happen in Canada? Please let us know.

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  182. Im liking it so far, but I watched almost all of your anime titles and several movies.
    I was surprised that Halloween II was available but not Halloween. Oh well.
    Works amazing on the PS3 and on my PC.
    When I go to the option to rate movies, many of the ones it shows me arent available. I would prefer to just not be shown all the movies i'd like to watch, and only shown movies that are available to watch.
    Still.. Im seeing new content slowly sneak in, 8$/month isnt anything id ever miss. However the 30$+ overage charges im not paying every month for internet usage is frustrating, not not exactly netflixs fault. (Damn Cogeco)
    I'll stick with it, im curious to see how netflix canada grows

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  183. I don't know how long I will keep my subscription unless the selection of British and Canadian television improves dramatically.

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  184. Netflix.ca is off to a decent start. But here's a list of improvements I suggest, based on my use of netflix for about 3 days now:

    1. Many (if not most!) Canadians have a first language other than English (including myself) so we prefer having the option to watch movies in their original language. I think we have a higher immigrant ratio than most countries in the world.

    2. The option to create playlists for ourselves.

    3. Some of the movies don't size themselves automatically to look good on my laptop screen. "Mad Men" comes in at a good proportion, but for example, "Rachel Getting Married" looks condensed on my screen, so I have to fiddle with my screen resolution to get it right.

    4. A database format option which lists only the titles without pictures would be great. I find the current navigation cumbersome, scrolling across to see more titles is too much work.

    5. I would like to see the extras from the DVDs offered as well, but I'm probably dreaming. When I watch a good movie, I sometimes want to see the director's comments and all the extras and deleted scenes. That is totally missing from netflix.

    6. Please bring in more Canadian and foreign content and art house films and documentaries. I am into those, not the latest action flicks. But as long as you offer a wide variety of movies for different tastes, the Hollywood action-fan 18-35 male crowd gets their fill, and I get my art-and-culture-fan 35-45 urban female fill of the best of what Iranian or Czech or German cinema has to offer. Haha!

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  185. I'm canceling my account until Netflix adds some decent content.
    Dude, where's my car under new titles???

    Great service, AWFUL library.

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