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The CEO Of Netflix Thinks We Have An Inferiority Complex About Netflix Canada

He thinks we should appreciate what we've got.

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Every Canadian is born with the inalienable right to complain about the second-rate service we get from some American companies. Near the top of the list for our griping is Canadian Netflix, which makes our nation pine for the U.S. version.

But Netflix CEO Reed Hastings thinks we don't appreciate what we've got. In a major Wired feature about his company, he says Canadians "harbor constant insecurities" about our version of the service.

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"Canadians, says Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, harbor constant insecurities about the depth of the streaming catalog in their country, despite having access to several titles—Star Wars: The Force Awakens soon among them—unavailable to its southerly neighbors."

Now, some Americans find our insecurities pretty funny. This is because they have never found the perfect item online, only to discover that shipping will cost USD $74 and take 6 weeks.

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In fairness, it's true we're the only country where Netflix will stream the new Star Wars movie. It's because Netflix signed a deal with Disney to stream all of its 2015 releases in Canada.

And we do get the new season of Trailer Park Boys.

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But our insecurities related to the U.S. are not just a core part of Canadian identity — they are based in Netflix reality.

Overall we have far fewer titles available in Canada than in the U.S.

In the course of making fun of us, Business Insider reported that there are 3,349 selections on Canadian Netflix, compared to 5,598 in the U.S.

Craig Silverman is Media Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.

Contact Craig Silverman at craig.silverman@buzzfeed.com.

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