Netflix is now live in the UK and Ireland, the massive internet film and TV subscription service launching on the back of months of launch speculation and bringing a huge library of on-demand content through internet TVs, consoles, tablets and phones.
We’ve tried it out for ourselves on the PS3 and it’s all there and ready to roll.
The prices seem pretty good as well, as you’ll be able to have your pick of films and TV programmes for the monthly price of 5.99 in the UK and 6.99 in Ireland. Not only this, but for those of you who are a little unsure of whether to splash the cash, Netflix is offering up a 1-month free trial for all.
“We are starting 2012 in the best possible way: by giving consumers in the UK and Ireland an amazing entertainment experience,” said Reed Hastings, co-founder and chief executive officer of Netflix. “Now, you can enjoy as many great films and TV programmes as you want, when you want, where you want, for one low monthly price with no contracts or commitments.”
Netflix has more than 20 million streaming members in 47 countries and territories, and will be a tough competitor in a market that sees it go up against the likes of Amazon-owned Lovefilm.
The launch will see Netflix offering films and TV programmes from All3Media, the BBC, CBS, Channel 4’s 4oD, Disney UK & Ireland, ITV, Lionsgate UK, MGM, Miramax, Momentum Pictures, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and Viacom International Media Networks.
There will also be some big screen titles at launch which will include: The Expendables and Paul Blart: Mall Cop; American programmes such as the excellent Breaking Bad, and 24 as well as previous full seasons of The Only Way is Essex, Top Gear and the The Inbetweeners.
Netflix is also fully integrated with Facebook, which should help you discover new titles, and if you really want to go all-in you can connect your Netflix account with Facebook in order to share what your watching with your buddies.
The Netflix service is now live in the UK.