How the Canadian Version of Netflix Compares to the U.S. Version

According to a new report from the Toronto Star, Canadian Netflix users only have access to half of the movies and television shows that are available to users in the United States.

Even though this seems like Netflix is leaving Canadian users out, it may not be as bad as it seems. The report notes that Canadians have access to more hit TV shows and movies. The total number of titles available in Canada is less because there is less filler content.

Canadian Netflix viewers have access to several movie titles that are unavailable in the U.S., including Blue Jasmine (2013), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 (2012), X-Men: First Class (2011), and Black Swan (2010).

Star columnist and researcher at the University of Ottawa Michael Geist said:

“The cynical view is that Netflix doesn’t need to create a larger library for Canada since many Canadians know how to access the U.S. service. That means Netflix pays for U.S. rights, but knows that others may find ways to access the content (and will subscribe on that basis).”

The data (shown above) was provided to the Toronto Star by Netflixable. Netflix continually refuses to release official information about the distribution of their content. Netflixable CEO Josh Loewen said:

“A lot of people who have never done this make the assumption that the United States Netflix is the best. Their number might be the highest, but the quality of the titles (matters). There is no best. Canada’s got some great stuff that’s exclusive to us.”

What do you think of Netflix’s Canadian content library? If you want to access Netflix USA, all you need is a VPN service like ExpressVPN or Unblock-Us to make it happen. Let us know in the comments below.