Netflix is available in Germany since yesterday. I tested the new service.
Netflix launched in Germany yesterday. I lived in the United States when Netflix started. Remember? They first mailed DVDs - the "good old days." When I moved back to Germany in 2004, I missed Netflix badly. Now, 10 years later, Netflix is here, but i don't need it anymore. Germany has with MaxDome, WatchEver and Amazon Prime already three major streaming services available. I signed up for Netflix yesterday just to see what they offer and it is very disappointing. The catalog of movies and TV series is very thin and outdated.
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I cross-checked with the latest releases available in the US version of Netflix and these titles are not available in the German Netflix. Eg.: Silver Lining Playbook and Age of Tomorrow.
I know I am a spoiled brat. I use iTunes to watch the latest releases of US TV shows and US home video releases here in Germany and Netflix cannot compete with that as they do not have the rights to new releases. For EUR 7.99/month you also cannot expect to get that. A single rent of a new Hollywood blockbuster on iTunes costs almost that amount.
The thing is that I don't want to watch old stuff. I don't have the time.
The highlights in the German Netflix offering are Fargo and House of Cards. Netflix though needs to very quickly expand the catalog to catch up the MaxDome the current #1. If it takes too long, the rather big Netflix brand value will vanish quickly in Germany.
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