Netflix goes global

Anthony Caruana
7 January, 2016
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Netflix, tv streaming, movies, macworld australiaOne of my pet hates, when I travel, is how I lose access to Netflix is some places. But Netflix has fixed that by simultaneously launching in over 130 new countries.  The company made the announcement — and the service went live — during a keynote by Co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings at CES 2016.

“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” said Hastings. “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 the help of the Internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.”

The one month free trial is still available from www.netflix.com and there are lots of longer free deals through some ISPs –  I received six months for free through Optus last year. And you can reduce the monthly fees (starting at $8.99) by paying through your iTunes account and using discounted iTunes gift cards.

In 2016, Netflix plans to release 31 new and returning original series, two dozen original feature films and documentaries, a wide range of stand-up comedy specials and 30 original kids series — available at the same time to members everywhere. Many titles, including Netflix original series and films, are available in high-definition with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound and some in Ultra HD 4K.

While largely available in English in most new countries, Netflix today added Arabic, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese to the 17 languages it already supports.

Netflix will not yet be available in China, though the company continues to explore options for providing the service. It also won’t be available in Crimea, North Korea and Syria due to U.S. government restrictions on American companies.

 

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