Netflix Canada is about to suck a little less.
We here at The Globe and Mail have taken our shots at Netflix (as have our readers), mainly because the library of television shows and movies for Canadian viewers has been notoriously thin and anemic compared to the offering for U.S. customers.
But after a while, pointing out those limitations stopped being fun, and there was always a some variety of things to enjoy (and many people just spoofed their DNS to get American shows).
But in a just-announced deal with NBC Universal, Netflix Canada will bring one of the stars of the binge-watching TV universe: the addictive Downton Abbey will being streaming Dec. 1 on the $8 a month service.
And more televisions series will come online starting in 2014, including Bates Motel, Psych, Covert Affairs, Heroes and Friday Night Lights.
The new deal also includes some “terrific feature films,” according to Sean Carey, Vice President, Content Acquisition at Netflix. Some titles will arrive in December, others also in 2014, among them the comedy Bridesmaids, Fast Five of the Fast & Furious franchise and the first three Jason Bourne movies starring Matt Damon.
Some of that content isn’t the newest, but seeing as a lot of big network programming has been largely absent, it may be a sign of good things to come for Canadian subscribers. Perhaps they will get around to licencing old episodes of 30 Rock, or even some other shows that are still on broadcast TV?