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This American noticed – I think I will drop my NetFlix subscription

September 23, 2010

Netflix is now in Canada, offering local subscribers an online movie and TV streaming service for $7.99 a month. The move marks the first international foray for the California-based online streaming/DVD-by-mail giant. Etan Vlessing caught up with Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings in Toronto as he reaches beyond his 15 million American subscribers to start rolling out his online subscription service around the world.


THR: Are you concerned that American Netflix subscribers will look north and ask for the same discount Canadians get at $7.99?

Hastings: How much has it been your experience that Americans follow what happens in the world? It’s something we’ll monitor, but Americans are somewhat self-absorbed.

Tell your friends.

(I’m not actually that mad about the price discrepancy – it’s his Americans are shit attitude that bothers me)

6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2010 11:38 pm

    I just got a Roku and a Netflix subscription. Wow, the stuff I never would have rented that I’ve seen now…

    I get your reaction. But really, perhaps we should be charitable. After all, Canada is not a first-tier country like the USA. The citizenry is poorer, more dispersed. I don’t think they could afford what Americans pay for NF.

  2. xbradtc permalink
    September 26, 2010 12:01 am

    I dumped Netflix a long, long time ago.

  3. October 4, 2010 3:30 pm

    Are you actually disputing the claim that Americans don’t know much about the non-American world and are self-absorbed?

  4. October 9, 2010 9:34 pm

    Shooter, I’ve traveled a lot of the world, there are ignorant idiots everywhere.

    Canadians know a lot about America — through the television’s eye. They don’t know much more. And, most others base their feelings about America on misconceptions.

    Two. Way. Street.

    • October 9, 2010 9:41 pm

      Thanks for addressing that mesa. I think shooter would be surprised how much the ordinary American knows about the outside world. It’s just that most of them are concentrated on places like Mexico, or China / India which have an actual impact on their daily lives.

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