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Netflix reaches 1 million members in Canada

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings

Back in September 2010, Netflix first launched streaming video service to Canadian customers; today, the company is proudly touting that it has signed up its one millionth streaming customer in Canada, Amanda Bell James of the delightfully named (and delightfully remote) mining town of Flin Flon, on the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border.

“We’re thrilled that Canadians have embraced Netflix so rapidly, and we’re equally proud to have welcomed one million members in such a short period,” said Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings, in a statement. “Our focus remains on building up the breadth and range of movies and TV shows to watch instantly, as well as constantly improving the experience, and we look forward to welcoming many more new members.”

Netflix’s streaming service in Canada operates much like the U.S. service, offering members unlimited access to an ever-shifting pool of streaming content using a variety of devices (computers, Internet TVs, game consoles, portable devices, and more), Netflix streaming service in Canada is priced at CAN$7.99 per month: slightly more expensive than the U.S. bare-bones streaming service, since the Canadian dollar is currently worth more than the U.S. dollar.

Netflix streaming service in Canada has not been without its hiccups: last March, the company admitted it had reduced the quality of video streams it sends to Canadian subscribers to help them stay under broadband usage caps.

Netflix does not offer a DVD-by-mail service in Canada, so Canadians don’t have to worry about Netflix’s newly-announced price hikes that will see some U.S. customers paying up to 60 percent more to have both streaming and DVD-by-mail service.

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