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Netflix Arrives In The UK
US film rental giant visits these shores

09 January 2012  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Netflix Arrives In The UK

It's not precisely the sort of news we generally cover, but it's likely to have more impact on the way you watch films than who gets cast in Upcoming Film by Random Director, so we thought we'd share the news that Netflix is, as of today, launching in the UK. Yes, the US film distribution giant is now getting in on the UK act too.

The service here will be based on streaming video through internet-connected devices like Smart TVs, game consoles, Blu-ray players, tablets and mobile phones. The service already boasts 20m streaming users in 47 countries and "tens of thousands of hours" of entertainment, which should keep you busy.

"We are starting 2012 in the best possible way: by giving consumers in the UK and Ireland an amazing entertainment experience," said Reed Hastings, co-founder and chief executive officer of Netflix. "Now, you can enjoy as many great films and TV programmes as you want, when you want, where you want, for one low monthly price with no contracts or commitments.”

The service will obviously be in direct competition with the already-established likes of LoveFilm and iTunes, and the studios' newly-endorsed UltraViolet, which aims to offer a digital locker for your downloaded content. Which will emerge triumphant? Is there room for all of them in this on-demand age? And will our broadband connections be up to the challenge? Only time will tell.


James Arg Argent and Sam Faiers of The Only Way Is Essex fame join Netflix CEO Reed Hastings in front of a Basildon sign (Basildon. Hollywood. You see what they did there).


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Its kinda lots of old pants movies with the occassional goodie you have seen before thrown in. Very thin movie catalogue in all genre's if you remove the 'padding'. Wallander and Breaking Bad in the TV section will keep me on for my free month and my first subscription. Dont think I will be on after that though. My DVD collection is way better. More

Posted by Irish_Anorak at 11:36 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

Its kinda lots of old pants movies with the occassional goodie you have seen before thrown in. Very thin movie catalogue in all genre's if you remove the 'padding'. Wallander and Breaking Bad in the TV section will keep me on for my free month and my first subscription. Dont think I will be on after that though. My DVD collection is way better. More

Posted by Irish_Anorak at 11:32 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

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Its kinda lots of old pants movies with the occassional goodie you have seen before thrown in. Very thin movie catalogue in all genre's if you remove the 'padding'. Wallander and Breaking Bad in the TV section will keep me on for my free month and my first subscription. Dont think I will be on after that though. My DVD collection is way better. More

Posted by Irish_Anorak at 11:31 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

Netflix
Pants. Not one Kubrik movie. In fact I went through the entire catalogue and most of the decent content I have seen and so have you probably if you can remember the '90s. There is a large amount of padding with straight to video 'B' product in the movie selection - all genres - I would say that out of the stronger titles - most of the well known or acclaimed films would be 10+ years old. Halliwell will be no use here. Though perhaps a bright spark out there might come up with a Netflix Reviewer More

Posted by Irish_Anorak at 11:29 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

Netflix
Pants. Not one Kubrik movie. In fact I went through the entire catalogue and most of the decent content I have seen and so have you probably if you can remember the '90s. There is a large amount of padding with straight to video 'B' product in the movie selection - all genres - I would say that out of the stronger titles - most of the well known or acclaimed films would be 10+ years old. Halliwell will be no use here. Though perhaps a bright spark out there might come up with a Netflix Reviewer More

Posted by Irish_Anorak at 11:29 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

After being severely disappointed by Lovefilm. Dodgy business practices and crap streaming. I don't think i'll be jumping on the Netflix bangwagon. Once bitten..... More

Posted by mbeat32 at 19:37 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Was disappointed my bravia tv didnt seem to support it as I loved the platform in the USA but after having a brief look at their website....maybe you have to sign up to actually see whats available but it looked like there was very little on offer! Especially compaired to the range availbe in usa. More

Posted by nclowe at 22:11 on 09 January 2012 | Report This Post

Selection
I'm not sure the selection is worth £5.99 a month. Alot of the TV is from 4OD which is free anyway... More

Posted by CRGoode24 at 14:11 on 09 January 2012 | Report This Post

was very interested........
....until i saw their selection! unless its larger once you sign up. will give it a couple of months, wont be cancelling Sky Movies yet. More

Posted by Tosh at 13:29 on 09 January 2012 | Report This Post

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