Netflix is looking to expand and this time that means bringing streaming service to both the UK and Ireland in early 2012. These two countries add to the 43 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean that Netflix expanded into last year.
Customers in the UK and Ireland will be able to stream movies and TV shows from Netflix although the exact catalog available in the regions hasn’t been announced. What also has yet to be confirmed is what devices will support the service or how much it will cost. What Netflix did confirm is the service will be available on computers, mobile devices, and devices that connect to TVs.
What this move really does is pit Netflix squarely against Amazon for video streaming in those two countries. Amazon recently acquired Lovefilm a company that provides movies, TV shows, and video games via streaming in a number of countries in Europe. Lovefilm currently services 1.7 million customers in all of those countries.
While Amazon doesn’t have as much content as Netflix does they are being proactive about making deals. Amazon has recently cut deals with both Fox and PBS to provide content for Amazon Instant Video. Europe will provide yet another battle group for the Netflix vs. Amazon streaming fight.
Are any of you folks excited to see Netflix streaming come to the UK and Ireland? What price would you be willing to pay and what devices would you like to see supported?