Netflix goes truly global: arrives in whopping 130 new markets


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 2016, Netflix is planning to bring 24 feature films, 31 new and returning TV shows, 30 original kids’ series and stand-up comedy specials.

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.

source: Netflix

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19 Comments

1. rubertus

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.

3. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Would you rather have nothing at all?

6. Neros

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.

11. tibikee

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 07, 2016

I completely agree with you. They dont have even the subtitles, which is sad thing.

7. PhenomFaz

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

9. Odeira

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.)

2. w1000i

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

In the middle of the world Syria with gray color. Oh :( When the dictatorship interests intersect with the West

4. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Good, China doesn't need anymore "netflix and chill".

5. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I wonder if the content will ever be balanced to price - ie. US Netflix having twice the number of shows available that the UK has yet UK paying the same... (actually slightly more!)

8. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

does that basic level package have at least 720p or not?i know that standard have 1080p

10. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Don't even have family guy here in Taiwan:(

12. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

"illegally annexed Crimea" - So phone arena is now a bulls**t propaganda news site eh?

13. Martin_Cooper

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.

16. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Until Crimea residents decided it wasn't. There I fixed it for ya.

17. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Crimean residences voted in favor of annexation.

15. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Stop watching TOO MUCH RT.

14. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

illegally annexed Crimea and the dictatorship of North Korea? ha. Business based on politics? next time pick different race, and gender.

18. RajRicardo

Posts: 490; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Oh just shut up and piratebay. :|

19. johnbro

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.

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