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It took long enough, but Netflix has finally decided to roll out their popular streaming service in the United Kingdom and Ireland. They will be going head to head with popular services such as Amazon-owned Lovefilm, and with the slew of problems Netflix has had recently, getting a foothold there may not be so easy. However, Netflix needs a new market, and the UK and Ireland is the perfect place.

Netflix will roll out with some popular local favorites such as Top Gear, The Only Way is Essex, The Inbetweeners and Torchwood. They will also bring with them a massive library of movies, TV shows and documentaries. This roll-out could be exactly what Netflix needs to break out of their slump.

Streaming users in the UK will be looking at £5.99 per month. The UK will also feature a Facebook recommendation tie-in that has some users concerned that their viewing habits will be shared.

Users will be able to watch their streaming Netflix content on supported Blu-Ray players, their computers, certain televisions, smartphones and tablets. There will also be support for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii for users in these regions.

If you are in the UK and Ireland, you can sign up for a one month trial of Netflix to decide if it is right for you.

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Source: Mashable

  1. joa janua
    January 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Netflix is a very good video streaming service and I, for one, am super excited that as of recently it is available in the UK as well.

  2. JohnD
    January 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Shame they removed the Netflix App from Windows 7 (in the UK) last year.. will we get it back now that they are here??? hmmm  

    • Dave LeClair
      January 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      I don't know about the app, but will be able to use the browser based player.

  3. Kwee
    January 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    €6.99 per month in Ireland and Lovefilm (or any other competitor) isn't available here.

  4. Joel Lee
    January 10, 2012 at 1:39 am

    This is good news. As an American, I hope Netflix gains a lot of ground, both in terms of market share and technology, because the current Nielsen system of gauging television performance is antiquated. It would be pretty awesome to see Netflix change that reality.

    Online streaming for the win!

  5. Froshea
    January 9, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    That 5.99 per month cost is quite misleading. Internet service providers classify live streaming as downloading and charge accordingly. Depending on your service's allocated monthly limit, customers of this 'new' service are in for a rude awaking when they get their download bill.

    • Dave LeClair
      January 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Well I don't think it's misleading, Netflix is charging 5.99, it's not their fault if the ISPs charge additional.

    • Aibek
      January 11, 2012 at 6:17 am

      I second that

    • James Bruce
      January 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      If you're on a metered internet connection, that's your choice and not the fault of Netflix. They certainly aren't misleading anyone. Both Virgin and Sky offer "true" unlimited internet deals, so maybe you should consider switching ISP. 

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