Why is Canadian Netflix Different from Us Netflix?

Have you wondered why the content you see with Netflix in Canada different from American Netflix?

Netflix cites three main reasons as to why each country has its own content library:

1. Location

2. Popularity

3. Purchasing rights

Why are the Shows on Canadian Netflix Different from US Netflix?

“Programming on Netflix is different from region to region because of how TV shows and movies are licensed,” explains Joris Evers, Netflix’s director of corporate communications.. “Organizations that own the rights to those shows license the rights by geography. So this means that we have to acquire rights on a territory by territory basis. And that’s why what you watch on Netflix in Brazil is different from you see in Sweden or the US.”

For example… US and Canadian Netflix recently dropped slew of Viacom Kids shows like Sponge Bob, Dora and others. BUT my son still watched them on UK Netflix (using method here, Get US Netflix in Canada – How to Watch US Netflix in Canada – Set Up American Netflix in Canada )

Keep in mind also the Canada has strict regulation over what we Canadian can have access to over Canadian “air waves”.
You would think that in the internet age that CRTC and Canadian content laws would be going way of the dodo.. but think again. I still find it bizarre that Canadian produced shows are crammed down our throats in an effort to keep us “more Canadian”.

Popularity comes into play because, if a certain show or film is not being watched in a country, Netflix may drop it because it’s not profitable. But that show could still appear in other countries, where members in those regions watch that specific content often.

The video streaming company says all of its content decisions are based on “detailed research” that gives insight into what each country’s users are most interested in.

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