Good news for people over in the UK and Ireland, Netflix will launch in those countries early 2012. Now, the UK already has a streaming service called Lovefilm which is very similar to Netflix and owned by Amazon.com. Amazon is certainly a big player on the internet and Netflix will much difficulty competing with them in the UK. Lovefilm is a little more expensive than Netflix at a little over $11 a month so if Netflix can keep a lower price point than Lovefilm they might do quite well in the UK. Netflix will be available for many devices connected to TV’s however Netflix has not mentioned which ones yet. If the service will be similar to the US version streaming will likely be available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as well as the Wii. Full press release below for more details.
[spoiler]Netflix to Launch Service in the UK and Ireland for Streaming Movies and TV Shows in Early 2012
LOS GATOS, Calif., Oct. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), the leading global Internet movie subscription service, today announced it will expand to the United Kingdom andIreland in early 2012, offering unlimited TV shows and movies streaming instantly over the Internet to TVs and computers for one low monthly subscription price.
Upon launch, Netflix members from the UK and Ireland will be able to instantly watch a wide array of TV shows and movies right on their TVs via a range of consumer electronics devices capable of streaming from Netflix, as well as on PCs, Macs and mobile tablets and phones. Further details about the service, including pricing, content and supported devices, will be announced closer to launch.
Netflix has been streaming to U.S. members since 2007, adding Canada in 2010 and 43 countries in Latin America and theCaribbean in September 2011. Netflix has revolutionized entertainment across the Americas by giving its members a huge selection of movies and TV shows to enjoy when and where they want.
People interested in becoming members of Netflix in the UK or Ireland can go to www.netflix.com to sign up to receive an email alert letting them know when Netflix has launched in their country.[/spoiler]