America DOES NOT Have Twice As Much Netflix Content As The UK! [UPDATED]

I read an interesting article over at Digital Spy today that claims a new ‘tool‘ (actually an advert for a VPN provider) proves that the UK has half the content of our American friends. This is simply not true and is at best badly worded and at worst an outright lie.

Over the last couple of years the UK (and other regions) catalogue has been steadily growing and actually isn’t far off the US in terms of numbers. At the time of writing there are 5,638 titles on US Netflix (a ‘title’ being a single show or movie eg all 5 seasons of Breaking Bad is a single title) with the UK having 4,693 – nothing like the figures claimed in the ‘Notflix’ tool. They say the UK only has 2,967 titles – which is roughly what UK Netflix had in July 2016.

Netflix UK Content over the last year

Netflix UK Content over the last year

Their figures also differ wildly for Canada and Australia too. ‘Notflix’ claims there are only 2,044 titles in Australia when there are actually 4,196 and for Canada they say 3,591 when there are actually 5,179. Figures for other countries when compared to other trusted sources are also inaccurate.

I like to think the best of people so I will put forward a possible reason for this discrepancy and that it is just a badly-worded bit of marketing. Perhaps their figures show which American content is available in the UK without taking into account all the UK content that isn’t available in America. So, the UK might have half of the content that America has BUT it also has lots of other content – at the end of the day, they are selling access to a VPN so they want people to think they’re getting more for their money.

Regardless of the reason(s) for the incorrect figures, the truth is that US Netflix DOES NOT have twice as much content as UK Netflix.

As of 26th October 2017 the current numbers are:
UK Netflix: 4,693 titles
US Netflix: 5,638 titles
Canadian Netflix: 5,179 titles
Australian Netflix: 4,196 titles

 

UPDATE 28th October 2017

I’ve been doing a bit of number crunching – what better way to spend a Saturday morning?!

UK Netflix has 1,704 titles that USA Netflix doesn’t.
USA Netflix has 2,631 titles that UK Netflix doesn’t.

There are 2,998 titles that are available in both regions.

I have a feeling that the VPN Company’s “Notflix” marketing is using these figures – i.e. things in the US that are not available in the UK and completely ignoring the fact that there are 1,704 titles that the UK also has. It’s like they have assumed that the US catalogue is the full list of all available titles on Netflix…

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100 thoughts on “America DOES NOT Have Twice As Much Netflix Content As The UK! [UPDATED]

    1. Good for them. i’ve enjoyed a few korean, german, spanish films but thats not the point. It should be 80% english language. It should be quality ( in any language) not quantity.

    2. I signed up for English not Korean. Taking off good uk stuff and replacing it with some subtitled stuff from some far flung country int going to keep me subscribing. I’m not interested in dubbed or subtitled stuff

    3. But how many people moan saying everywhere should have the same content? That doesn’t just mean American content, it means other countries and continents too. And, hey, guess what? The US, Canadian and Australian services also get the Korean and Chinese stuff too!

    4. I think you’re exaggerating the percentage of foreign language content on UK Netflix. At least 75 to 80% is English language. And there is a dedicated sub category for foreign language. If you don’t like it then don’t watch it.

    5. But like most people i’ve watched the good stuff, attempted the awful films and rely on new additions. i must have gave up on 50 films think why didnt i just read the reviews first!

    6. But like most people i’ve watched the good stuff, attempted the awful films and rely on new additions. i must have gave up on 50 films think why didnt i just read the reviews first!

    7. But like most people i’ve watched the good stuff, attempted the awful films and rely on new additions. i must have gave up on 50 films think why didnt i just read the reviews first!

    8. Brian Walker

      UK titles with English as their 1st audio language: 2788 (59% of total)
      US titles with English as their 1st audio language: 3427 (60% of total)

      UK titles with English as an audio option: 3497 (75% of total)
      UK titles with English as an audio option: 4056 (72% of total)

      Again, roughly equal.

    9. Nice. That’s basically what I expected. Yes we get a lot of Bollywood films here, but there’s no reason they don’t get them in the US too plus there’s probably lots of Spanish titles etc over there too. At the end of the day Netflix probably licenses so many International titles for next to nothing compared to the like of Hollywood offerings.

    10. The sad thing is. People watch that bollywood trash. reviews are always awful. So netfliy will only get more and more.
      I’d like to see how many of the roughly say ‘top 500’ films of all time are on netflix.

    1. When people say better they mean the likes of Indian jones , Bourne Identity quality films available. Even for instance Line of Duty season 3 is available in Netflix Philippines but still not NF UK.

      Its not a knock on Netflix UK but people want more quality back catalogue i think.

      Netflix uk is worth the money saying all that lol

    2. remember that it’s the content owners who determine what we get. If Bourne Identity is currently a Sky or Amazon exclusive or something, then we won’t see it on Netflix.
      All Disney, Pixar and Lucasfilm stuff will go soon (if not already) because of the new Disney streaming service.
      Unfortunately TV is becoming very fragmented.

    1. My misses is thai and I sware thai TV could be used to torture people … got an isis fighter that won’t talk … sit him in frount of a TV with a thai sitcom on . . It’s fucking awful

    1. I don’t have a president. I have a prime minister, I think the same one that you have. I said I live their, didn’t say I was American, Finding out the facts really helps when commenting on Social Media i find

    2. You implied living in America with your response.

      Regardless, America doesn’t have twice as many titles on Netflix as the UK.

      You can ignore those facts if you like, but that doesn’t stop them being facts.

      Ta-ta.

  1. No we just get all the shite from British terrestrial stations, which is what I subscribe to Netflix to get as far away from as possible. As soon as I see the BBC / ITV / Channel 4 logos i keep scrolling (unless I happen to know the programme was made by BBC Canada).

    1. I am American currently living in UK and just back from visiting home. Will say they had a ton more way better movies by far then we do here! No clue what Americans would know what is actually on uk Netflix and or be messaging. Lol

    2. Got ya……they apprently have no clue the random no name stuff Netflix is full here on UK to say that then. They have several Disney movies and a just a ton more better films not bunch of indie film crap no name stuff. Only thing better here are a few tv programs. But then again they air on tv over there so do not need them updated weekly like we do here. Seriously US netflix just better with content in general. Sad but true!

    3. From a TV perspective, there has always been for me, much more viable content on the US Netflix. I’d definitely say there is twice as much content that I would consider watching so the statement rings true for me.

  2. Boo hoo, in Australia Murdoch killed our National Broadband Network , lobbied hard and turned it into a multi billion dollar joke just so Foxtel could buy the exclusive rights to the biggest shows like game of thrones and the walking dead.

    1. That’s more the distributors and studios with their archaic licensing. In a nutshell they will have been telling Netflix if they kept allowing it they’d pull the content. Obviously Netflix need to keep on their good side so had to act on proxies/VPNs etc.

      Content IS, however, slowly becoming more universal.

  3. Presumably the discrepancy is more about what regional rights are available when Netflix buys stuff, and balancing budgets with what they know about demand. Also, if they want to target a region for growth they’re going to spend enough cash to get a few blockbusters that they can then advertise. It’s a bit pointless complaining about it, and if you really want to it’s easy enough to trick Netflix to show you films for a different region with VPNs, third party browser plug-ins and so on.

    1. Because the distributors and studios are still in the past and restrict licenses on a per-country basis. They also have a habit of giving exclusive rights to the highest bidder (often Sky/NowTV on the UK) on a per-country basis too. Hence different content in different regions. This isn’t Netflix’s doing most of the time!

  4. It’s a case of the grass always being greener. No one is forcing anyone to subscribe to Netflix. If people don’t like it, leave.

    This thread is worse than one about Brexit!

    I always find something to watch and sometimes the ‘trash’ is good mindless nonsense for when you don’t want to think too hard.

  5. I’ve been doing a bit of number crunching – what better way to spend a Saturday morning?!

    UK Netflix has 1,704 titles that USA Netflix doesn’t.
    USA Netflix has 2,631 titles that UK Netflix doesn’t.

    There are 2,998 titles that are available in both regions.

    I have a feeling that the VPN Company’s marketing is using these figures – i.e. things in the US that are not available in the UK and completely ignoring the fact that there are 1,704 titles that the UK also has. It’s like they have assumed that the US catalogue is the full list of all available titles on Netflix…

    I’ll update the original post with these figures.

    1. The more I look at their figures the more I think they’re just being misleading. “The UK can only watch half of US content” is, technically, true. BUT that is very different from saying “the UK has half the content that the USA has”. Likewise, it would be correct for me to say that “the US can only watch 70% of UK content” BUT that doesn’t mean the UK has 30% more.

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