After years of being green with envy over our American friends ability to utter the phrase, “Dude, I’m totally going to catch up with that on Netflix,” Canada’s time has finally arrived. is here. But is it worth the price of admission? We’ve spent the better part of the last month taking the service out for a test drive and come to the following conclusion.

What Works: In short, virtually everything. As advertised allows users to “instantly watch unlimited movies and TV shows over the internet” for a ridiculously low price of $7.99 per month. What’s more, thanks to the services’ ridiculously easy to navigate website and clever (albeit not perfect) recommendation engine, you’ll never run out of entertainment options that you can watch quite literally anywhere and everywhere courtesy of the system’s compatibility with the PS3, Wii, xBox 260, iPad and iPhone. The latter of which plays surprisingly stellar after testing it both over Wi-Fi and 3G.

What Doesn’t: Despite some really cool Canadian exclusives like AMC’s MAD MEN, FOX’s RUNNING WILDE, and FX’s JUSTIFIED to name a few, Netflix Canada’s selection is sorely lacking in contrast to our friends south of the 49th parallel. Also of concern is the dreaded issue of bandwidth use. And while this isn’t technically a Netflix problem, “unlimited use of movies and TV shows over the internet” may be slightly less so when you factor in the penalties one may incur by streaming all four seasons of HEROES, or our current obsession, AVATAR: THE LAST AIR BENDER over our very pricey Rogers internet.

Bottom Line: While we found more than enough content available to justify the $7.99 price tag, results — based one ones personal entertainment preferences — may vary. That said, considering Netflix is offering a no strings attached one month free trial there is virtually no downside to at the very least taking the service out for a spin.

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  • I had netflix for a very long time, and just recently gave it. I could not justify keeping it when I have more then enough sitting on my DVR from live showings that need my attention. I never had time to really utilize it so it was just going to waste.

  • Nadia

    You should switch to TekSavvy. Small company that is making big strides in the GTA. You’ll never hit your bandwidth limit with them, and their prices are really reasonable.

    ….I sound like I work for them, ha! (I don’t.)

  • mohammad

    i checked it out and i really don’t think i’ll be signing up any time soon…not until they add more content. i searched for a bunch of shows (gilmore girls, veronica mars, the oc, etc) and they didn’t have any of them…not to mention the movies they have are all low budget ones nobody’s really heard of.

    i think what they don’t realize is if they pay the extra money to get the content, people would be more likely to sign up. hell, i’d even pay 15-20 bucks monthly instead of 8 if it meant having access to all the content americans do (which is pretty much everything) it’s just like how itunes canada didn’t have anything besides ctv shows a couple of years ago

  • While I understand the purpose of an instant queue when you’re getting DVD’s mailed, not sure why I need one online. That said, it might be cool to be able to favorite shows, which I suppose would be nice.