We Get Netflix. Well, Some of It

Many people (okay, three) have asked me when Netflix is going to come to Canada. The answer appears to be “later this year.” But with a catch.

Netflix, Inc., the leading Internet movie subscription service, today announced it will expand into Canada this fall offering unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed instantly to TVs and computers for one low monthly fee. The Canadian launch will mark the first availability of Netflix outside the United States…

Canadians interested in Netflix can go to www.netflix.ca and sign up to receive an email from the company when the service launches in Canada this fall.

The press release says that this “will mark the first streaming-only service promoted by Netflix,” which is a very upbeat way of saying that we won’t be getting the DVD rental service, just the streaming service. Still, this is the first chance we’ll have to get one of the U.S. streaming behemoths — as you know, most of them have been blocked here due to licensing/rights issues. I guess we’ll have to find out just how much of the streamed content we have access to, or if some of it will be blocked based on those same issues.