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Canadian Netflix Impressions

Netflix is an online movies/TV shows store, which allows you to watch instantly (it’s their slogan) movies via online streaming. For a ridiculous monthly fee, you can watch as many movies you want, without any restriction, as long as you stay a registered member. When you register, you get the first month free (a trial), and after it’s $7.99 (CAN)/month to stay registered. My local video store rents movies for $5.99 each! As long as I watch at least 2 movies a month, I save money using Netflix over my local video store!

Netflix is available since last Wednesday in Canada. It is supported natively on the PS3, along with a few other devices: PC, X360, Wii, iPod/iPhone and iPad!

I’ve already watched 3 movies this week and I’m impressed by how fast the movie starts; buffering is, at most, 5 seconds.  The image quality is good on a HD television. I guess it’s somewhat a little better than a DVD, but it’s not as good as a BR-disk.

Also, when you rate movies, the service will know what you like/dislike and will get smarter when suggesting movies to you: It’s really cool! However, I wish we could see movie previews, this does not seem included — at least for now –.

The movie selection for now is okay. There are around 250 movies available and a few TV-shows. I don’t know at which rate new content will be added, but for now, it is a little deceiving.

All in all, it’s a great service and it will get better and better!

EDIT: HD streams looks like 720p, way better than a regular DVD.