Now I wonder how they are going to get around bandwidth caps that Canadian ISPs love to cling to.
Rogers offers 10 by 1Mbps cable for $60 a month with a 95GB (I assume 95,000,000,000 bytes, not 102,005,473,280 bytes). Bell has it's Fibe 25 which is 25 by 7Mbps but with a bandwidth cap of 75GB only for $53.
I assume netflix streams HD in 720P or 1080i video to save bandwidth, so if you want decent HD at 4GB per movie you end up at 23 movies or 18 movies a month depending on who you choose. That assuming you do nothing else with your connection.
I have been saying that I'd stop downloading movies/TV shows if a good, reasonably cheap service was available in Canada. I'm going to have to try this out. To be as good as torrenting it has to offer movies the day they are released in stores (ok torrents are usually out at least a few weeks before that) and TV shows need to be available as soon as they air. Hopefully they have a full library of TV shows too, including many older off air shows and earlier seasons of currently running shows.
[citation][nom]Traciatim[/nom]Now I wonder how they are going to get around bandwidth caps that Canadian ISPs love to cling to.Rogers offers 10 by 1Mbps cable for $60 a month with a 95GB (I assume 95,000,000,000 bytes, not 102,005,473,280 bytes). Bell has it's Fibe 25 which is 25 by 7Mbps but with a bandwidth cap of 75GB only for $53.I assume netflix streams HD in 720P or 1080i video to save bandwidth, so if you want decent HD at 4GB per movie you end up at 23 movies or 18 movies a month depending on who you choose. That assuming you do nothing else with your connection.I wish the CRTC would step up and do something.[/citation]
Shaw offers a 15/1 service with a 125GB cap here on the west coast. I've used 200GB+ many times and I'd say that I go over the cap most months. They've never contacted me or added extra charges though.
I just checked out some of their selection. They don't have many older movies and they don't have any of the latest releases. For TV shows they don't seem to allow you to watch individual episodes as they come out (from what I can tell). You have to wait until the season is released on DVD and they wait a while for it to show up on netflix.
So basically Netflix is useless to me. I can't get new stuff (for a while) and I can't view a lot of old stuff. I'm left with being able to watch movies and TV shows that a 6 months to a few years old. Wow, underwhelmed to say the least. Usually I want to watch the latest shows/movies or just watch some classics.
I recently watched most of the early Star Trek movies again, none of which are available. I also watched all of the Buffy / Angel series and none of those are available either. These are very easy to torrent. Netflix FTL. At least its cheap, I guess.
I'm in NB and we don't have bandwidth caps here on Aliant/Bell (Rogers does from what my friends say) Fibre connection is about 21/5 for the bottom tier. Not entirely sure what the price is as all services are bundled TV/phone/internet. May give Netflix a try if the quality and selection is good, and at least as convenient as torrents.
You have to remember it just came out in Canada and they probably don't have redistribution rights for ALL the newest tv shows and movies. It will take some times to catch up to the US version but i'm sure it will.
There is still a decent selection (don't just look at what they offer on the home page, the member section is still pretty full.) there is about 50 pages of movies at 20ish movies per page. For a starting day it's pretty decent.
I didn't look at the TV section since I never watch TV.
Its true that the service has just come out here. I'll have to wait and see how much better things get before I jump on the bandwagon. I'd like to legally watch all of my media, but it just isn't an good option the way things are now.
Lets hope that the distribution is better than with books. There are just so many books (especially e-books) that you can buy in the US that you can't get in Canada. Its pretty ridiculous.