Today, Netflix simultaneously launched its video service in 130 new countries around the globe. This brings the total to more than 190. In other words, you can now use your Netflix account practically anywhere in the world — with the exception of China, Crimea, North Korea and Syria.
Netflix “switched on” its global service during its keynote address at this year’s CES expo. Explained Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: “With this launch, consumers around the world will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously — no more waiting. With the help of the Internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.”
As part of the global rollout, Netflix has added Arabic, Korean and Chinese (simplified and traditional) to its supported languages. This brings the total to 21, with more languages expected to be added in the coming months.
So how does this affect Aussies? Essentially, it means you can continue to access Netflix while travelling all over the world. It may also result in more variety in foreign programming, depending on how successful the new markets are.
Following today’s launch, China, Crimea, North Korea and Syria are the only countries where the service isn’t offered. (The US government places restrictions on American companies dealing in Crimea, North Korea and Syria. Netflix is currently in negotiations to bring the service to China, although nothing is greenlit yet.)
Netflix also announced plans to release 31 original series this year which will include new shows such as Baz Luhrmann’s The Getdown and Queen Elisabeth biopic The Crown. There will also be 24 original feature films and documentaries, 30 original kids series and new stand-up comedy specials.