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Netflix Canada | Price, features and content
Netflix took the world by storm by launching a subscription video-on-demand service that forever changed the way we consume entertainment.
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Netflix is no stranger to innovation. Available in Canada since 2010, the service single-handedly started the streaming revolution, allowing users to watch TV shows and movies on their own schedule, via the Internet. It made binge-watching popular and invested billions of dollars in original content, which varies from mass-appeal sitcoms to thrilling documentaries to acclaimed and award-winning period dramas.
Despite competition on the streaming market becoming fierce in recent years, Netflix manages to stay ahead of the curb by constantly experimenting with original productions and improving user experience along the way. Here’s everything you need to know about the service.
What is Netflix?
Netflix is a subscription video-on-demand platform that allows users to pay a monthly fee to watch as much content as they want, all via the Internet. The company was launched back in 1997, offering DVD sales and rentals by mail. Subscribers could view available DVDs online and order what they wanted. The DVD was then delivered to their mailbox – quick and convenient. Once they watched the DVD, subscribers would pop it back into a pre-paid envelope and send it back to Netflix.
The company expanded in 2007 by introducing streaming media into the mix. The rest, as the saying goes, is history. Netflix started creating original content in 2012 and have managed to grow an impressive library of original productions ever since, by investing in anything from series to comedy specials, movies, and documentaries. Currently, the platform offers a balanced mix of original and licensed content, with Netflix striving to build a truly global library in the near future.
When did Netflix launch in Canada?
Netflix launched with a splash in Canada back in September 2010, originally charging $7.99 for unlimited TV shows and movies per month. It was the first international launch for Netflix, a big step towards global expansion. Simultaneously with the launch, the platform announced Canadian license agreements with motion picture studios such as Lionsgate, MGM Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and Universal Pictures, as well as Canadian distributors like Maple Pictures, Alliance Films, eOne, and Mongrel.
Currently, Netflix is estimated to have over 6.5 million Canadian subscribers, a number that has been consistently growing in recent years. Netflix ordered its first original Canadian series, Between, back in 2014, a co-production with Citytv. The drama debuted in 2015 and ran for two seasons.
How much does Netflix Canada cost?
Netflix Canada comes with three subscription plans. Each one offers access to the service’s entire Canadian library of content, but comes with different features like video quality and numbers of simultaneous streams allowed. Additionally, there are no lock-in contracts, so users can cancel their subscription anytime.
The Netflix Basic plan offers SD video quality and only allows one user to stream content at a time. Netflix Standard offers HD titles and two simultaneous streams, while Netflix Premium comes with 4K streaming on four different devices at the same time. In October 2020 Netflix raised the prices of its Standard and Premium plans.
How much content does Netflix Canada offer?
Netflix Canada offers subscribers a generous content library. There’s something for everyone, regardless of what you fancy. Licensed content includes popular US series like This Is Us, Grey’s Anatomy, The Walking Dead, The Good Place and Riverdale. You can also binge older series like New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Bones or The Good Wife.
However, Netflix’s original productions should be reason enough to subscribe. The platform offers dramas like The Crown , Narcos, House of Cards and Daredevil as well as comedies like Grace and Frankie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Fuller House. Moreover, there’s a lot of choice available on the movie front, from blockbusters like Interstellar to original flicks like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. As a nice bonus, Netflix offers a great collection of kids content, reality TV, documentaries, and comedy specials as well.
The international expansion of Netflix
After launching in Canada, Netflix continued to expand internationally. It hit Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean in 2011 and the United Kingdom, Ireland and Scandinavia one year later. Other markets followed, including the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. Since 2015, Netflix has also been available in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
Next, Netflix decided to take things global. In January 2016, Netflix became available worldwide, in over 200 countries, with some notable exclusions like Mainland China, Crimea, Syria, and North Korea. However, Netflix’s library varies depending on location, so don’t expect to enjoy the same titles as in Canada if you’re traveling to Romania, for example. Still, the platform’s original productions should be within reach regardless of what country you’re watching from.
How much data will Netflix use?
The amount of data Netflix burns through during an hour depends on the quality you’re watching in. For instance, expect to use about 1GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video and up to 3GB per hour for each stream of HD video. If you’re watching in 4K, that number jumps up to 7GB/hour.
Netflix also enables subscribers to download TV shows and movies on their mobile devices to watch them later. This feature comes in handy when trying to save up mobile data. Simply download the episode you want to watch on your smartphone and tablet when on Wi-Fi and enjoy it when you’re on the go.
What devices are compatible with Netflix?
Thanks to its experience on the streaming market, Netflix now works with a wide variety of devices, from tablets to gaming consoles. Here’s a comprehensive list of gadgets you can use to binge Netflix:
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