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Netflix to launch in UK and Ireland in early 2012

Will support a range of "consumer electronics devices," consoles yet to be confirmed

Online video streaming service Netflix will launch in the UK and Ireland early next year.

According to a statement released by the company, subscribers to the service will be able to access Netflix content through PCs, Macs, mobile phones, tablets, and, "on their TVs via a range of consumer electronics devices capable of streaming."

It is not known whether the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or Wii are among the consumer electronics devices mentioned, but Netflix is both available and very popular on all three consoles in the US.

In May, service provider Sandvine claimed that nearly 20 per cent of peak downstream traffic in North America is Netflix accessed though a games console.

Data released by Nielsen in July suggests that 50 per cent of US Netflix subscribers accessed the service through a console.

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Latest comments (2)

David Bachowski VP Business Development, Babaroga8 years ago
Finally - please allow me to get rid of Lovefilm and get access to Netflix. I haven't been in the states since they started getting a bad rap about price hikes and changes of service, but I can't imagine they can be any worse than Lovefilm.

The queuing system on netflix is better, the rating system, the turn-around time on DVD's (unless the problem is just the royal mail), the selection of instant-watch movies, the packaging that gives a summary of the movie you received...I honestly can't wait till Lovefilm has a competitor like Netflix to get its act together.
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Dave Herod Senior Programmer, Codemasters8 years ago
@David Bachowski - I recently swapped from Blockbuster to LoveFilm, because LoveFilm did games and streaming. As it turns out, LoveFilm's streaming service is completely useless (I wanted to use it to watch TV series and leave movies to Blu Ray through the post) as there's barely any decent content. Blockbuster started renting games the day I left them, and the very first movie I tried to add to my rent list on Blu Ray, LoveFilm don't even have it. That never once happened in about 6 or 7 years with Blockbuster. You're right, some new competition would be good.
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