Netflix goes truly global: arrives in whopping 130 new markets
posted by Victor H. / Jan 07, 2016, 5:48 AM
Netflix has just dropped some huge news: starting today, the streaming service is becoming truly global, by adding a whopping 130 countries to its reach for a total of 190 countries.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings called the expansion of the reach "the birth of a new global TV network. With this launch, consumers around the world – from Singapore to St. Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo – will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously – no more waiting."
With this expanded list of countries, where it's available, it's easier to point out the areas where Netflix will not be available: China is the biggest market where the service is not yet available, and others left in the entertainment darkness include Syria, the illegally annexed Crimea and the dictatorship of North Korea. For the vast majority of the world, though, January 7th, 2016 will be remembered as the date when you can finally apply the phrase "Netflix and chill" without feeling like a fraud.
In Europe and most of the world, Netflix is available in three options: the cheapest one offers SD definition videos that you can watch on 1 device for €8 a month, then there is the €10 HD package that allows you to watch on 2 screens, and finally, the €12 4K Ultra HD package brings highest resolution films on up to 4 devices.
If you are in one of the countries, where Netflix has just lit up its service, you will need to register providing payment details and you'll get to test the service for one month.
Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 07, 2014
This is somewhat a lie as there's still geo restriction of content. A truly global service would drop the geo block. What's the point of having the service if you can't watch the show you want to.
posted on Jan 07, 2016, 5:55 AM 3
Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015
Would you rather have nothing at all?
posted on Jan 07, 2016, 6:04 AM 2
Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014
This sh*t doesn't even have decent support for native languages of countries where it's available. Yes, it's bad at the moment. Greedy Yanks need to improve their product's localisation. Why should Europeans pay the same amount if a lotof content is limited and it's only in English; subtitles don't solve the issue.
posted on Jan 07, 2016, 7:04 AM 0
Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012
Not the point he is trying to make. The motto 'Something is better than Nothing' is true only if you are ready to compromise. If Netflix is charging and claiming that they are going to kick boredom in the a$$ then they should bring it ... BIG
posted on Jan 07, 2016, 7:34 AM 0
Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012
Really? Blame Netflix? For context, Netflix carries almost NO CBS content because CBS has its own streaming service in the US, but CBS shows are plenty available at anti-Netflix services at any country because CBS has deals with those providers to make it exclusive to their service at this specific country because that's how CBS works. Netflix can't do ANYTHING if CBS says no for this region and such, and that's the same story for the other providers (Disney/ABC, FOX, Viacom, et al.)
posted on Jan 07, 2016, 8:35 AM 0
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"illegally annexed Crimea" - So phone arena is now a bulls**t propaganda news site eh?
posted on Jan 07, 2016, 10:14 AM 3
Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013
Last time I checked Ukraine was an independent country and crimea was part of that country until Putin decided it wasn't. So I guess you have no idea whats propaganda and whats facts.
posted on Jan 07, 2016, 10:38 AM 0
Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 15, 2016
Thanks for the article. Good news for people who don't have Netflix in their country. However, the new regions of Netflix will have a maximum number of 500 unique titles which is very low compared to US Netflix (5000 titles). You can use geo unblocking services such as Unotelly like I do and access content from all regions of Netflix. I am using this method for more than one year and imo, it provides great value for the money I spend on my Netflix sub.
posted on Jan 15, 2016, 1:43 PM 0
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