Netflix plans 2012 streaming in UK and Ireland, rest of Europe later

By Posted 24 Oct 2011, 12:00

Users in the US have been able to access the Netflix service since 2007, while users in Europe the service has so far been elusive. Now we can tell you that Netflix plans an early 2012 release of its streaming service in the UK and Ireland, with the rest of Europe maybe getting it later.

Netflix will be going up against a variety of other streaming services when it launches in the UK and Ireland though. In the UK residents already have Lovefilm and services from the BBC iPlayer and Channel 4’s 4oD service. ZDNet are reporting that Netflix have confirmed its unlimited TV and movie streaming services are incoming for a monthly subscription.

The company is not expected to bring its DVD and Blu-ray mail order services to the region though. Netflix had previously thought of bringing its services to Europe but put plans on ice as reaction to them was lukewarm.

Currently Netflix who are based in California, offers its streaming services in the US and Canada alongside forty other countries around the world. It is expected to eventually offer its services to other parts of Europe, with Spain thought to be a likely target.

For now there is no exact date or pricing available, but Netflix promised this will be announced closer to the launch date. There are a lot of on-demand services offered free in the UK except for the purchase of a TV license. But it will also go up against Apple’s iTunes and Lovefilm owned by Amazon. Subscribers of Sky TV also have access to the company’s Anytime+ service, and customers of Virgin Media also have an on demand service.

Will you be taking up a Netflix subscription when it is available?