I’ve been a TV lover for as long as I can remember. Even in high school I was known as the walking TV Guide. Every week the guide would arrive, I’d read it and somehow remembered all the shows, their days, times and channels. I spent a lot of time in front of the television. It’s where I studied. It’s where I chatted on the phone with my friends. There were so many good (to me) shows on back then that I can now find on Netflix. Talk about blasts from the past. We just finished watching all five seasons of Sliders. Dove into Murder, She Wrote for a bit. On the agenda soon is Quantum Leap. Maybe even Fantasy Island. I might even finish watching Bewitched.
I love that most seasons of the shows I watch are on there. I can catch up on shows I’m watching or start a new obsession. The most recent obsession was Veronica Mars. We watched all three seasons of that in about a week. I lucked out with Witches of East End. Netflix had all of season one available. I was able to watch them all before season two even started. There’s been a lot of hype about Downton Abbey. I might give that a whirl.
There have been a few good movies on Netflix as well. But there are a lot that aren’t so good. A lot of older movies, though I think Sharknado is available on it now. I like Netflix for my guilty pleasure movies. Accepted. Armageddon. Movies I meant to watch when they were in theatres but didn’t get around to. Then there are those really bad, direct to DVD movies.
Not all Netflixs are created equal
It’s true that not all shows and movies available on the U.S. version of Netflix are available on the Canadian Netflix. Much to the frustration of many a Canadian TV viewer, we have Canadian content rules here. At last count the U.S. Netflix had 9551 movies/shows and the Canadian Netflix had 4232 movies/shows. I agree with the content rules in theory but they’re frustrating to someone who watches as much TV as I do. And I hate to admit it but U.S. and British shows are usually better. Canadian shows have improved since the 80s when there were really bad shows. The stories weren’t bad but the production value was horrible. You could tell at first sight that the show was produced here. But now we have great shows like Continuum (available only on U.S. Netflix), Flashpoint (available only on U.S. Netflix), Lost Girl (available only on U.S. Netflix), Bitten (available only on U.S. Netflix), Murdoch Mysteries – Seasons 1 – 3 (available only on U.S. Netflix). See why I think the Canadian content rule makes no sense? They want us to watch our own shows but they haven’t negotiated rights for Canadian shows to be shown on Canadian Netflix.
What’s a TV lover to do? Why, trick Netflix into thinking I’m in the U.S. of course. There are services available on a subscription basis that give you a U.S. IP address to use. We can also watch the UK Netflix if we want. We haven’t changed our IP address for that yet but maybe next month we’ll give it a look to see what’s available there. So for approximately $5 extra a month we more than double our choices.
Check out the shows available on each version here: http://netflixcanadavsusa.netflixable.com/
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