• I 100% agree – same goes for Hulu and Google Voice. Innovative new services that are (and will remain) dark in Canada thanks to antiquated, crippling legislation.

  • I 100% agree – same goes for Hulu and Google Voice. Innovative new services that are (and will remain) dark in Canada thanks to antiquated, crippling legislation.

  • norm

    What exactly does the CRTC or legislation have to do with it? Since when does the CRTC regulate foreign internet sites?

    norm

  • norm

    What exactly does the CRTC or legislation have to do with it? Since when does the CRTC regulate foreign internet sites?

    norm

  • Well that’s a great question.

    Two things:

    1) The frustration stems from CRTC spending inordinate effort and fuss arbitrating like some overwhelmed flusterpated nanny the bickering or cable co’s and broadcasters over a previous century’s video distribution model. The world has moved on. If, instead, the CRTC was putting it’s energies into creating some mandate for itself that actually makes any sense in converged world of the unlimited scale and distribution potential of teh internet, I think that would be a better idea.

    Instead we’e subjected to this theatre of the absurd of parsing the wildly out of date regulatory frameworks of the 80-s era broadcast act to prop-up and preserve the dead business models and artificial content monopolies of “Canadian” broadcasters and cablecos.

    Then again the CRTC chair KVF himself has come out and begged Ottawa for any kind of national digital strategy, that might actually give the CRTC some kind of ability to foster production of and accessibility of Canadian culture and connectivity in general in a post-analog world.

    (fyi: Right now, the CRTC does regulate foreign content by regulating minimum cancon requirements – the futility of which in an internet-connected world is staggering)

    2. Ironically, I posted this the day before Rogers launched Rogers Online On Demand (aka. #rodo or rogers-hulu) which actually feels like a big step in the right direction. If only they had any content on it.

  • James

    I would like to recommend DVDLink.ca as the premier online DVD place in all of Canada. Their price range is the most affordable among all of the online businesses here. 19.99 per month and a two week free trial is a big plus. They have over 25000 titles of Movies plus 1500 Blurays and over 1500 Games.

    Best thing i like is you can get both Movies and Games at same time. Before this I was having two account with two different companies, One for Movies and One for Games, Now I enjoy both things with DVDLink.

    I have been a member of DVDLink for over one year and have been more than happy with their level of service to me personally. Most places just send out an email. The guys at DVDLink actually CALL you to see how things are. More importantly is the turn around time.
    Even though headquartered in Vancouver I recieve movies here in Halifax within 3 days at latest.

    If anyone wants to take a chance on a Canadian web-rental company. This is the one to take your chance on.

  • James

    I would like to recommend DVDLink.ca as the premier online DVD place in all of Canada. Their price range is the most affordable among all of the online businesses here. 19.99 per month and a two week free trial is a big plus. They have over 25000 titles of Movies plus 1500 Blurays and over 1500 Games.

    Best thing i like is you can get both Movies and Games at same time. Before this I was having two account with two different companies, One for Movies and One for Games, Now I enjoy both things with DVDLink.

    I have been a member of DVDLink for over one year and have been more than happy with their level of service to me personally. Most places just send out an email. The guys at DVDLink actually CALL you to see how things are. More importantly is the turn around time.
    Even though headquartered in Vancouver I recieve movies here in Halifax within 3 days at latest.

    If anyone wants to take a chance on a Canadian web-rental company. This is the one to take your chance on.

  • john dough

    I have a belly button hahaha

  • john dough

    I have a belly button hahaha

  • Alex

    I got fed up with paying $100 a month to watch a bunch of crap stuffed with 50% commercials anyway… looking at some different alternative ways to get some media on my ps3, the only thing I am really missing is some sports action any good ideas there?

  • Alex

    I got fed up with paying $100 a month to watch a bunch of crap stuffed with 50% commercials anyway… looking at some different alternative ways to get some media on my ps3, the only thing I am really missing is some sports action any good ideas there?

  • tantec
  • Markie

    Curious about the list of requirements. Does the streaming service know where you are via the location of the proxy server? So, for example, if I get a Netflix uSA account, but am in Montreal, will it work, or do I need a USA ISP too?

    I am so fed up with paying $60 in order to get the 2 channels I watch regularly.

  • Markie

    Curious about the list of requirements. Does the streaming service know where you are via the location of the proxy server? So, for example, if I get a Netflix uSA account, but am in Montreal, will it work, or do I need a USA ISP too?

    I am so fed up with paying $60 in order to get the 2 channels I watch regularly.

  • Well that's a great question.

    Two things:

    1) The frustration stems from CRTC spending inordinate effort and fuss arbitrating like some overwhelmed flusterpated nanny the bickering or cable co's and broadcasters over a previous century's video distribution model. The world has moved on. If, instead, the CRTC was putting it's energies into creating some mandate for itself that actually makes any sense in converged world of the unlimited scale and distribution potential of teh internet, I think that would be a better idea.

    Instead we'e subjected to this theatre of the absurd of parsing the wildly out of date regulatory frameworks of the 80-s era broadcast act to prop-up and preserve the dead business models and artificial content monopolies of “Canadian” broadcasters and cablecos.

    Then again the CRTC chair KVF himself has come out and begged Ottawa for any kind of national digital strategy, that might actually give the CRTC some kind of ability to foster production of and accessibility of Canadian culture and connectivity in general in a post-analog world.

    (fyi: Right now, the CRTC does regulate foreign content by regulating minimum cancon requirements – the futility of which in an internet-connected world is staggering)

    2. Ironically, I posted this the day before Rogers launched Rogers Online On Demand (aka. #rodo or rogers-hulu) which actually feels like a big step in the right direction. If only they had any content on it.

  • karnthebetrayer

    Yes. Netflix does not allow Canadians to use their service. Only Americans can do so. As a result we usually stick to Torrents.

  • Chris

    for those that want to stream things like Hulu and the like here in canada I suggest
    hotspotshield.com so easy and you can stream till your heart's content!

  • dialtone

    CRTC are useless fawks and need to be dismantled

  • ROD

    What does the CRTC has to do with this???? Netflix only pays a license to broadcast the movies in the USA, so it limits its service to the USA. Don´t you just LOVE people who blame the Government for EVRYTHING??

  • I’m so glad someone like you have the time, efforts and dedication writing, for this kind of article…

    Term papers

  • JLT

    The CRTC is too busy forcing radio stations to play Anne Murray and Rush songs to actually solve any REAL license disputes among copyright holders. As for creating legislation for proper digital distribution of intellectual properties so companies like Netflix can distribute safely instead of making pirating legal? Forget it, but at least they force us to watch more episodes of 'Little Mosque on the Prairie' and 'Being Erica'. Don't completely blame the CRTC though, you, Canada say something to your representatives and stop using bit torrent, and we might get choice in our entertainment.

  • netflix_canada

    The only solution I know that is legitimate is to get a membership at the netflix canada zip.ca

    Instead of wasting your time downloading bootleg movies, get a membership at as low as 10box per month to get unlimited movies. I have to say that Netflix is really good but since we don't have it here, let's use some good whole canadian product especially that they are really good.

    Good luck

    p.s. you can try it for 2 week free of charge by going to there website. If you want to try for a whole month go to http://www.rentalservicesonline.com/netflix-in-… and you'll find a code to will get you a whole month free.

  • Btw its john DOE

    fag

  • ZibaLa

    Why whole hassle when Netflix is coming to Canada anyway?

    Just read on MWD
    http://www.mwd.com/2010/07/watch-netflix-in-can

  • Tharkhold

    To get working on a console outside the us, you need the above, plus a router flashed with ddwrt, or openwrt that supports configuration of the vpn connection in the device… Google a strong vpn provider, as they give info on how to configure certain routers, or you can even buy a particular router already configured with a “strong” vpn solution…

  • Tharkhold

    To get working on a console outside the us, you need the above, plus a router flashed with ddwrt, or openwrt that supports configuration of the vpn connection in the device… Google a strong vpn provider, as they give info on how to configure certain routers, or you can even buy a particular router already configured with a “strong” vpn solution…

  • Anonymous

    Netflix Canada offers very old movies and shows.
    US Netflix has 10 times more movies and there are plenty of new releases.

    I am using usvideo.ca to watch US Netflix from Canada. Works on my AppleTV too.

  • Fabergast

    how exactly do you go about it?

  • hotspotnot

    been trying HSS, installed well but cannot seem to use it for any website.

  • I think Netflix eventually opened in Canada, but if not you can just use a VPN. I use it to watch Hulu, and I’m not in the USA. Works for Netflix too. I’m not in Canada but VPN’s work everywhere

  • Well, as it turned out, the Netflix Canada selection is pretty bad. Luckily there is quite a lot of free TV content available for streaming even in Canada. Check out for example http://www.streaming-guide.com