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kevinds
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Re: NetFlix International Subscribers

Netflix Canada vs Netflix US is the same monthly charge, but there is a lot less content in Canadian version...
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rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

My point wasn't necessarily what they are charging the customer. Rather, it was based on what NetFlix pays content creators/distributors in any given country. Didn't NetFlix's origins begin by partnering with Starz for the rights to stream the same content? At that time they were probably only concerned about the US market. As they grew and became a blip on the radar of incumbent competitors, additional content licensing is probably getting more difficult as their competitors twist the proverbial "screws of influence" with content creators.


kevinds
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But you said this,
However, if the monthly subscription cost in the US is a barrier for Netflix in another country due to a lower average income, then Netflix cannot afford to show that content there since they won't be able to charge the same customer rates as in the US.

Talking about the subscription cost, and lower average income (of the users?), when they are charing the same now, so you are confusing me a bit now.

I thought Netflix started as a DVD rental company that spun-off streaming as a bonus feature, that quickly took over.
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rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Sorry for the confusion. In my head, I was consistently thinking along the lines of it being natural for content creators to see the success of NetFlix's US operations as an opportunity. It's kind of like how lottery winners attract a lot of "flies".

I also wanted to acknowledged that even if opportunistic license fees don't occur, the same US rate may not work in economically disadvantaged countries. (If only 1% can afford the US monthly rate, regardless of merit, there's no significant growth for NetFlix. It's even worse if opportunistic license fees do occur. This results in even higher package prices or for the same price, a severely crippled package.)