If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past decade, chances are Netflix ranks high on your list of favourite after-work activities.
Up here in the Great White North, however, our selection is… limited… to put it nicely.
How is The Breakfast Club available, but not Pretty in Pink? I hate you Canadian Netflix. >:(
— Bertha Rochester (@CromartyHeather) July 10, 2016
Alternatives for Netflix and Chill: • Vimeo and relax • Hulu and hold up • Netflix Canada and…awe wait we couldn’t get the real Netflix — Sydney (@SydneyN_Swimmer) July 3, 2016
@JGoldsbie my feelings about Canadian Netflix rn pic.twitter.com/Ar5KeCcPCc
— Thierry (@tcote) July 3, 2016
It might seem like these people were just overreacting, but now we know the truth thanks to AllFlicks, which tallied up the number of titles in different international Netflix editions.
Canada ranks a miserable 48th, behind entertainment powerhouses like Guadeloupe and Haiti.
Yup, tiny islands in the Caribbean have more content than we do.
Some people theorize that our laughably small content library may be the result of big cable companies like Bell and Rogers owning tons of TV rights through their streaming services, Crave and Shomi, respectively. They have even bought the rights to HBO and Amazon shows, which include award-winning series like “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”
And of course we can’t get the good stuff like we used after Netflix’s no-chill policy on using VPNs.
It’s alright, though – who needs streaming anyway? If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to cry into my poutine and rewatch Corner Gas for the bajillionth time because Canada.