So. Netflix has with much (hired) fanfare arrived in Canada, and the other day on Twitter I noted follower after follower signing up for the free one-month trial. The Tech Guy asked whether I'd like to give it a whirl.
I had a think about it. I'm already signed up with Zip.ca, and have been for over a year now, and am rather happy with the service, even if the selection on Netflix's U.S. site has often left me salivating. And you know, all the movies you can watch in a month is...tempting.
So I decided to go and do a little poking around in Netflix Canada's selections, just to get an idea. And they do have some newer Indian films, that's true.
But it's kind of disappointing to search for, say, My Name is Khan, to be told it's not available, and then have Water and Swades recommended, both of which I've seen. And that was true for pretty much every film I searched on.
It gets worse, though. One last search pointed out a striking difference between Netflix Canada and Zip.ca. First up, Netflix Canada:
(Okay, maybe I can argue that Diego bears an uncanny, if animated, resemblance to ChiChi, but...really...)
Okay -- it's a little fuzzy, but please note: 19 titles. Yes, a drop in the bucket when you think about the actual size of Govinda's filmography, but that's 19 more films than Netflix Canada.
Lest you think I'm just totally biased, I also searched for Johnnie To's films, because I'd seen Exiled on the weekend and thought maybe it was time to explore To's films a little further. Not to belabour the point, but I just put The Mission on hold at Zip.ca. That's right. Not available on Netflix Canada.