Is Netflix Content Different in Each Country it Serves?
Netflix began in the US but has, over the years, extended its service to Canada, the UK and several other countries. The content on offer in each country does differ quite a lot though.
Because it is the oldest (and maybe because the Americans have more TV channels than anyone else) US Netflix has a lot more titles available for its subscribers to choose from than Canadian Netflix does.
Why is the Content on Canadian Netflix so Limited?
There are several reasons why there is so little content available on Canadian Netflix when compared to US Netflix. According to the guy who is the CEO of Netflix the fact that the service is so much younger in Canada than it is the US is a big factor, as is negotiating the Canadian rights to some of the US shows, although that is something that is improving, the company says. Netflix in Canada is growing, just not at the rate that most Canadians would like.
Cost is an issue too. Licensing rights cost money and as Canadian Netflix only has a million + subscribers versus the 20 million + in the US there is just a lot more money in US Netflix right now for the company than there is in the Canadian version.
Just How Big is the Difference We are Talking about Here?
In a word, huge. Canadian Netflix currently carries around 1,400 titles available, US Netflix has 10 times that amount. US Netflix subscribers also tend to get access to the latest movies much faster and the choice of TV shows available is much larger.
Can I Choose to Watch US Netflix in Canada Instead?
Not as far as Netflix is concerned. They filter the content available to each subscriber based on their IP address which reveals their geographical location. If you have a Canadian IP address you will receive Canadian Netflix. If you happened to grab you mobile device and head south into the US all of a sudden your Canadian Netflix account would start showing you US Netflix. But driving a couple of hundred miles just to watch US Netflix is a little bit like overkill don’t you think?
There is an alternative. A service called Blockless can also give you access to US Netflix, but in the comfort of your own living room and you can switch back to Canadian Netflix whenever you like.
So I Don’t Need to Have a US Netflix Account to Watch it in Canada?
Not with a service like Blockless you don’t. You do need a Netflix account, this is not about getting Netflix for free, but your regular old Canadian Netflix account, when used with Blockless, will show you the US content without you having to do another thing. Its not actually magic, but it comes close.
I’m Not Very Tech Savvy. How Hard is Blockless to Set Up?
Its not. Setting up Blockless will take you less than five minutes and you don’t need to be a computer geek to figure out how to do it. They give you easy step by step instructions and really, anyone can do it, even if you are the kind of person who never did figure out how to programme your VCR.
My Kids Watch Netflix on their PS3. Would They be Able to Watch US Netflix Too?
Any device that can currently stream Canadian Netflix can stream US Netflix with a little help from Blockless. A PS3, an Xbox 360, a Wii, Apple TV, the list goes on and on. And the set up is easy on any device.
But this Blockless Thing Costs a Lot of Money Right?
No, not at all. about half the cost of your Canadian Netflix subscription. What’e even better is that you can also use Blockless to access all kinds of streaming services that are not even available in Canada at all, like Pandora and Hulu (and if you like Netflix you are really going to like Hulu.) They even throw in a free 7 day trial so that you can try Blockless for yourself without spending a dime.
Is All of This Actually Legal?
As far as we know there is no law that would prevent anyone from watching US Netflix in Canada and Blockless is a 100% legal service. Basically it is like a VPN , but better, because it uses something called Smart DNS, which is, in very simple terms, like VPN on steroids. In addition the people behind Blockless are real business people with real offices and everything, not a bunch of hackers sitting in a basement and their customer support service is great.