What’s red, white, and packed with thousands of your favourite “marathon-able” TV shows and movies? The one and only, Netflix
And lucky for you (and us), this shiny red box Worldline has obtained is one of only four Netflix Open Connect Appliances in the country and it’s a game-changer for those who are regular Netflix streamers.
Although Netflix is an American company, us Canadians dominate the majority of their customer base. How many of us are using it regularly? 40%! And currently 79% of Canadian households have either Cable, Satellite, or Fibre TV. In other words, Netflix is the Chuck Norris of TV, and those numbers are continually growing.
Netflix is less than five years old. Doesn’t it seem like it’s been around so much longer? That’s probably because 82% of Canadians say they typically stream something on Netflix weekly, and they spend about 6 hours a week logged in.
What happens when you take a Canadian away from their Netflix? We don’t want to know. What we do know is that us Canadians are ditching our TV providers, left, right and center, in favour of our beloved Netflix, and other similar streaming services. Up until 2013 the customer base for TV providers were on a steady increase. Then suddenly, for the first time, there was a decrease. And every year those “cutting the cable” have been on an increase.
Now, you may be asking, what does this pretty red box that we’re adding to our server mean for Canadians, and most importantly, our Worldline customers? Unlike most other providers, Netflix content will be served to our customers locally, from our all-Canadian network, instead of having the viewing content imported from the U.S.
And because of this crazy piece of machinery, the streaming quality will be better, the signal will be stronger and with less chance of latency issues during peak hours (yes – you heard that right). If you’re worried about the NSA – forget about it! Since it’s all in Canada, the NSA won’t know what you’re watching. In other words, you’ll no longer be judged on how many episodes of Orange Is The New Black you’ve watched today. Also, since our service is unlimited, they can also enjoy as much of this content as physically possible, with no worries of being dinged at the end of the month with a massive overage charge.
Technically speaking, it’s a super capacity hard drive that stores more than 8 years (!) worth of HD video content and is constantly receiving the latest available programming with a daily 7.5TB update. As you can see, this is not a home-use machine. Just imagine how long it would take for you to download 7.5TB a day?
So, thank you to Netflix for allowing us to make our customers even more happy by providing them with the very best this service has to offer. So get cozy, grab some popcorn and start streaming – all from Canada!