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CES 2012 Week Netflix goes live in the UK today, offering Brits streaming access to its collection of online content for £6 a month. The US company said it will also offer one-month trials for free. At launch, Netflix is offering films and TV programmes from All3Media, the BBC, CBS, Channel 4’s 4oD, Disney, ITV, Lionsgate, …

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Meh

Remember the discussion about Windows Phone ?

Here's what I mean :

"The company said it has playback client for Android and iOS phones ...."

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Big Brother

I was going to sign up but it looks like having a Facebook account is mandatory! wtf is up with that?

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There is a link under the facebook buttons for signing up with an email address...

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Anonymous Coward

I can't see any sign up option other than with Facebook?

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WTF?

Sign out of Facebook

Seems that if you're logged into Facebook, then you don't see the non-facebook option.

If you're not logged in, then you do see the non-Facebook option.

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FAIL

I see its available in Ireland as well. Unfortunately the selection is terrible! Even worse than Acetrax, which I didn't think was possible.

When these services finally get around to offering a decent catalogue, I'll bite, until then, what's the point in wasting a free trial on crap?

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No Lovefilm for Wii

....Not the last time I checked anyway.

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The Wii is listed in the devices page...

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lovefilm & silverlight?

Can you watch lovefilm on anything other than a computer, thought they moved to silverlight and there is no client?

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Nor android

The Android app doesn't do streaming, only searched and trailers.

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New Channel

Its available as a Wii "Channel" from the Wii shop channel. Downloaded and fired it up, but it just said "coming to UK soon".....

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Lovefilm works on my PS3 and my 360. It's just the webpage that uses Silverlight

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Anonymous Coward

Goodbye Sky

And Virgin, the Ripoff Britain Merchants !

They dont have a better selection, either!

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Content

Looking at what you can look at without signing up does not inspire me to give them my credit card details.

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re:Remember the discussion about Windows Phone

NewFlix uses Silverlight IIRC so maybe it will just work without a special app?

Also remember NF is not a new service, they've had iOS/Android clients a while now rather than building a new service and choosing not to support WP.

I used NF when in the US and it was great, but they also had a great variety of streaming titles... LoveFilm was crap when we tried it.

I also would prefer option to download (even with time-limited DRM) as well as stream.

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re: FACEBOOK

yes it seems you need FB for the free trial at least?! Yuck.

I was surprised to note that signing in with my US Netflix account (closed when we left the US) _seems_ to let me re-join as a UK member, and offers me a free month for coming back.

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You don't need facebook... I signed up for the trail without out linking to facebook.

However, I'm not very impressed so far. Ignoring the derth of content (Spotify was missing lots of stuff when it first started), the video quality is terrible, though that could be my connection. The android client is useless on my mobile, though that could just be the age of the device. And so far of the 3 items I tried to watch one wasn't available 'instantly'* and then crashed firefox (so now using it on IE). The the web interface is slow and clunky having to switch between browsing and watching feels like an unnecessary step that you don't get with iplayer et al.

*So this might suggest that there is a native Windows client for watching films 'non-instantly' though I can't find one anywhere so it probably refers to renting disks by post.

I was expecting something akin to the Spotify user experience (seamless, painless, fast) but this feels like a step backwards. The jury is out and I have a few weeks to make up my mind if I want to pay...

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Breaking Bad - Breaks Silverslight/Windows?

Well I watched 45 minutes of the pilot episode of Breaking Bad last night and then spent 45 minutes trying to figure out what the Nxxxx error code meant when Netflix refused to play the last 3 minutes. It wanted to play episode 2 instead.

Killing IE and trying again or trying another browser didn't fix it. In the end I rebooted the PC and Netflix started working again. I guess Sliverlight is well hooked into the OS then...

Anyway I was able to watch 3 episodes on projector and the video quality isn't too bad - about on par with a decent freeview channel. A way off HD but very watchable. I expect I could still have found a better quality torrent though...

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Wow - What a waste!

I just went to the netflix site and had a look though their available films.

I think the best way to describe the few options there is that they would be what you might expect to find left over at the bottom of the "bargain bin" at a garage, once all the good stuff had gone.

Why on Earth did they go to all the effort of setting up a website, and presumably some small amount of streaming capability, just to fill it with that crap?!

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btw author....

lovefilm is VERY restrictive on what you can watch online. i got the trial but it was very limited and nothing i fancied. the quality was also terrible. maybe its changed over a year but i assume netflix lets you watch modern stuff and not just old films.

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I just watched Dark Knight this weekend streamed to my Xbox through Lovefilm for free as part of my package, so there's certainly some newer stuff on there

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a film from 2008...

not exactly new ;)

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Try your local lirary

I abandoned Lovefilm because discs were getting cracked by the postie forcing then through my vertical letterbox with a top flap. Lovefilm did not respond to my request to ship the rental discs in a case.

Naturally I explored all online offerings as an overnight download service is what I really want - DVDs are so last century. As above posters say , online offerings are of a rubbish catalogue.

So having permanently cancelled Lovefilm, I now order online and physically collect from the local library. Rental is £1.50 to £3.00 for a full week.

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Happy

Local Library is the way!

We've been doing this for a couple of years now. £2 for a new title for a couple of nights.

10 minute walk to the library. Reservation is dead easy too.

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To those complaining about selection ...

I suspect you'll find it's not Netflix fault, it's the film companies restricting what's available - probably to try and maximise revenue from the sales of physical media. Old dog, new tricks etc ....

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@JimmyPage

I think we all know why the online selections for the services are crap, and you're absolutely correct about the publishers. Unfortunately that doesn't help Netflix get access to my hard-earned. And I have to say, the titles on Netflix are particularly bad, (Acetrax and Lovefilm have better selections, and Blinkbox is almost decent).

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nail - head !!!!

*I* wouldn't pay for it

*You* wouldn't pay for it

which means the film companies have (YET AGAIN) driven people towards "other sources"

Which I find ironic, given the story last week, in El Reg

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2012/01/04/study_piracy_legal_alternative/

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Netflix DVD rental

We used this for a while - but they pulled out of the UK after a short trial

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I use Lovefilm and am happy with the discs in the post delivery method. I've tried streaming from them and found it rubbish due to a lack of interesting content and low image quality. My connection also drops now and then and the Lovefilm player (I used the PS3 one) couldn't cope with it. If it had just paused until reconnecting and then carried on, I'd be ok with it. Instead it just died and that was that.

My broadband has a 40GB limit anyway, so what's the point? Sigh.

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Is that it?

Are the titles in the "browser selection" section honestly all there is? That's even worse than Lovefilm, who's too poor to pay for. It's worse that than the shittiest of abandoned torrent sites.

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£1 more than LoveFlim then..

which does a streaming only service for £4.99 a month...

Personally, I prefer the Blu-Ray by post AND streaming option from LoveFlim for £9.99, as streaming (even HD) is quite horrible due to extreme compression.

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i signed up to this early this morning and watched a few episodes of a series id never seen before - the quality is fantastic and the choice of films and tv shows isnt to bad.

Im taking advantage of the free trial at the moment, if Netflix can update the content on a regular basis they can happily have my £6 a month.

Oh, I didnt need to sign in using Facebook either, just an email address

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Which series is it that you are watching? I'm curious to see if the low quality I'm getting is down to my connection or the stuff I'm choosing to watch.

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Settings?

In the account settings there's a bandwidth option, Good, Better or Best - along with a guideline of exactly how much bandwidth I'll be weeing up the wall to watch something.

Good says 300mb per hour.

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HD

I'd already cranked that up to max but it didn't make any difference.

It works nicely at home, but it seems to struggle with the marginally faster connection at work. (And I checked the usage of the work connection - it wasn't being used much at the time).

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No good for those on slow broadband

While I do sometimes get annoyed with Lovefilm, we are stuck in the sticks with broadband that grinds to a halt in the evening. A streaming service is pointless until BT get around to laying fibre or someone does something updated in the exchange

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FAIL

Initially was interested, looked at selection and was, quite frankly, appalled.

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Since Lovefilm appeared on the XBox and I should be getting a faster internet connection next week, I was considering rejoining LoveFilm, but I will have a look into this as well.

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Quality

The quality of the catalogue can be seen in the "Popular Picks" section. I wouldn't pick any of these if I had a choice.

https://signup.netflix.com/BrowseGenres/Popular-Picks/PP

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Farcebook

It looks like Netflix have changed their signup page as there appears to be no eMail signup link any more. Even selecting the links from the many "you don't need Facebook to sign up" pages (e.g.:- https://signup.netflix.com/?locale=en-GB#useemail) still land you on the Facebook signup page.

Quite interested in NetFlix, but not by signing up for Facebook. They'd have to pay ME £6 a month for *that*!!!

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As has already been stated several times

The email signup link appears if you sign out of your Facebook account first.

Clearly a UI fail, but not as big a fail as those who are wailing in outrage whilst still poking their friends in another tab.

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FAIL

Sign out of my non existent Facebook account?

Fail yourself!

I don't have a Facebook account. I don't want a Facebook account. If you could have been arsed to read my post you would know that I don't have a Facebook account and, therefore, could not have been signed into my Facebook account (on the account of me not having an account).

It turns out the problem was browser related. When I tried in IE8, I got the sign in. In Firefox it seems to think you are signed into Farcebook, even if you aren't.

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Works fine for me in Firefox

...so sadly we shall have to settle on a site fail.

Unless you fancy pistols at dawn?

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Me too...

FF worked for me too.

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Firefox Broken

It seems that the sign up page is broken in Firefox (6.0.2). You *do* get the eMail option in IE8.

Fail, because someone should have tested it.

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lovefilm = junk mail galore

Have never seen a firm so junk mail happy. even cancelling the service did nothing to stem the tide, nor did phoning them up and asking to be removed from their mailing list. I have since moved house but I bet they're still sending it through to the old address.

I also never once got sent the top choice from my list.

Wow that initial selection on Netflix is hilariously bad!

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WTF?

stop complaining about range of titles available for streaming...

Until the film studios get their collective act together, realise that they need to evolve their business models and allow companies like lovefilm and netflix to stream their content, no one is going to get access to recent/interesting/worthwhile titles for streaming. The hurdles the studios put in front everyone trying to distribute titles via streaming makes it nigh impossible to innovate/disrupt the market - for obvious reasons. Is it any wonder everyone pirates the content? They simply need to make it too easy to stream (i.e. too much effort to pirate) and things will begin looking up. Until then, those of us who prefer to remain on the right side of the law will continue to have access to a less than stellar catalogue.

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Mushroom

Yes ! Give the studios a chance

They've only had 15 years.

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