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Netflix Gets Northern Exposure with Canadian Launch

Subscription rental giant offering its streaming service in first stab at capturing foreign business

Netflix is exporting its popular subscription service to our neighbors to the North.

So far, the rental company has concentrated solely on expanding its domestic footprint, but now its venturing abroad for the first time and offering its streaming service in Canada. It won’t, however, be sending any DVDs by mail.

Though they won’t get the modest thrill of having a red envelope routinely arrive in their mail boxes, the good news for Canadians is that the service is actually cheaper. The lowest subscription level of $7.99 a month includes unlimited streaming and is a dollar less than it costs in the United States. For a limited time, Netflix is offering a one-month free trial.

As part of its Canadian expansion, Netflix inked licensing agreements with such studios as Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, and NBC Universal.