Published on December 22nd, 2014 | by Molly Montgomery3
Netflix in France…
For Americans, the name of the company is already synonymous with hours of marathon-viewing in front of a TV or computer screen for a monthly fee. But for the French, Netflix has only recently arrived on the scene. Available in l’Hexagone since September, Netflix’s streaming service joins several other subscription streaming services available in France, including Canal+ and Orange.
The most basic subscription to Netflix in France is 7.99 a month in Euros, and it includes all of its programs and films in standard-resolution. For 8.99 a month, subscribers will have access to videos in High Definition and will also be able to watch two different programs simultaneously on two screens. And if that’s not sufficient for your family, you can also
purchase a subscription for 11.99 euros a month that allows for four simultaneous viewings.
If you are considering signing up for Netflix, you should take a look at what Netflix in France has to offer. Netflix in France allows you to stream many popular television shows including the “Big Bang Theory” and “Breaking Bad,” but it only has episodes from previous seasons of TV shows, not from the current season. The only exception to this is for shows that are exclusively available on Netflix, such as “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards.” Also, shows from some networks, such as HBO, are not available at all on Netflix. You’re out of luck if you want to stream Game of Thrones.
However, if you want to discover some new shows, and you prefer to watch more than one episode a week, Netflix may be right for you.
Netflix also has the advantage of being an international service, available in many different countries including the United States, most of Europe, and all of Latin America. So if you travel between the U.S. and France, you can use your Netflix subscription in either country. It’s great for expatriates or students abroad.
Beware: the offerings on Netflix vary from country to country. For example, the NBC show Parks and Recreation is available on American Netflix, but not on French Netflix. This drawback can become an advantage, depending on your perspective, because certain shows and films are offered on French Netflix that are not available on Netflix in the United States, including the Big Bang Theory, a French series called Fais Pas Ci, Fais Pas Ça, and many French films.
It should be noted that the shows and films on French Netflix that are originally in another language can be watched in French or in their original language. This could be a boon for French people looking to practice their English by watching American or British shows in their original format. Equally, Americans who live abroad in France can practice their French by viewing the French versions of their favorite TV shows and films.
Netflix can help to foster a cross-cultural experience, but it should be noted that for the most part, Netflix opens the doors to Hollywood, not to Paris. Although French Netflix offers a significant number of French films, English-language TV shows from the United States and the UK dominate its offerings, and there are very few original French-language television shows available.