Netflix Canada: An Honest Review

Netflix is now available in Canada! Instantly watch as many movies & TV episodes as you want. Cancel anytime

Thinking of joining Netflix Canada?

Don’t sign up until you have read this Netflix Canada review which details my experience with the service.

Netflix is an online subscription service which lets members instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed to their TVs and computers.

The company was founded in the U.S. in 1997. In September 2010, Netflix launched its on demand movie and TV streaming service in Canada.

I signed up with Netflix Canada in November 2011. I’m a huge fan of Netflix Canada, but having said this the service is not perfect and there are some things you need to be aware of.

Things I love about Netflix Canada

Here are some the great things about Netflix Canada:

  • Cheap. For only $7.99 a month you get unlimited movies & TV episodes.
  • Convenient. Internet streaming means you can select and watch a movie without leaving the house to go to your local video store.
  • Commercial free. There are no commercials on Netflix, and you can pause, rewind, fast forward or rewatch as often as you like.
  • Suggestions system. Netflix rates movies according to your own personal preferences and develops a sense of what you’ll like. It works pretty well.
  • Quality. Netflix Canada offers 3 video quality settings to help you manage your data usage: Good (up to 0.3GB/hour), Better (up to 0.7GB/hour) and Best (up to 2.3 GB/hour when streaming HD content – generally about 1.0 GB/Hour).
  • Free trial. Netflix Canada offers a 1 month free trial.
  • Cancel online anytime. You can easily cancel anytime, online, 24 hours a day. There are no cancellation fees (although there are no refunds for partial months).

Things to be aware of

While there is much to love about Netflix Canada, there are some things you should be aware of:

  • Selection. Don’t sign up with Netflix Canada expecting the same content as Netflix US. While there is a large selection of movies and TV shows (over 7,000), this is much less than Netflix US which reportedly has over 21,000 movies and shows. The reason Netflix Canada has less content is that licensing for many of the newer shows and movies is different in Canada than the US. Of particular note is the lack of new releases. 
  • Bandwidth limits. One thing to be careful of is that some Canadian Internet service providers have established bandwidth limits.  You should monitor your bandwidth useage to make sure you don’t get a large penalty on your bill.


As I wrote at the start of this Netflix Canada review I’m a big fan of the service. It’s missing some of my favorites, but the selection more than justifies the monthly fee of $7.99. Given they offer a 1 month free trial there really is no reason not to try the service and make up your own mind.

Click here to learn more about Netflix Canada and sign up for a 1 month free trial.

Netflix is now available in Canada! Instantly watch as many movies & TV episodes as you want. Cancel anytime