At CES 2016, Netflix announced the expansion of its video-streaming service in new languages, with new original content worldwide. However, China still seems farfetched.
Years after it was launched in the US, Netflix has finally crossed almost all borders in the world, reaching to more than 130 countries.
At the same time, the video-streaming service has also added support for Arabic, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese languages whereas it’s mostly available in English across the world.
“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” Reed Hastings, CEO and co-founder of the video-streaming company, said Wednesday. “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 new countries include South Korea, India, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Singapore. However, they could make it to China, but do have plans to expand to the country in the future. Moreover, it also won’t be available in Crimea, North Korea and Syria due to U.S. government restrictions on American companies.
“From today onwards, we will listen and we will learn, gradually adding more languages, more content and more ways for people to engage with Netflix,” said Hastings. “We’re looking forward to bringing great stories from all over the world to people all over the world.”
In statistics, Netflix now has over 70 million subscribers in over 190 countries. In addition, they streamed about 12 billion hours of content including original series, documentaries and feature films last year.