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Netflix Proclaims Global Domination At CES; Now Offered In Over 190 Countries

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | January 06, 2016

Netflix Proclaims Global Domination At CES; Now Offered In Over 190 Countries

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Netflix just announced at CES 2016 that it has attained world domination, sort of.

Through a press release, the entertainment streaming service announced that it was now available across the world—excluding a few obvious countries, which will be mentioned in time.

But first, we will give you the big news, which will allow travelers and video lovers around the world to access the service easier than they have in the past.

The release states: “Netflix launched its service globally, simultaneously bringing its Internet TV network to more than 130 new countries around the world.”

For the uninitiated, the following video introduces audiences to Netflix’s lineup of original programming while also announcing the big news:

As the release states, the service is now available in over 130 new countries, boasting service in more than 190 countries. However, there are still some exceptions. The most notable according to the report are: China, Crimea, North Korea and Syria.

As noted, the latter three will not be added due to governmental restrictions. However, there is hope for China in that Netflix is working to add some measure of its offerings for the region.

The announcement also comes with news that new languages have been added: “Arabic, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese to the 17 languages it already supports.”

For those traveling the world, using a VPN or unblocking tool was the norm, especially if you wanted to acquire American feeds while traipsing the globe.

This time last year, for example, Netflix was busy cracking down on those who were using VPN to access their selection of entertainment.

While the offerings are not yet inclusive of the entire world, Netflix is spreading its warm embrace of original and acquired content to far more countries than it had before.

Co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings made the announcement at CES 2016 and had this to say, via a press release: “Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet 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 the help of the Internet, we are putting power in consumers' hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.”

Of course, entertainment choices on your tablet or phone are hardly at the top of the list of concerns when traveling.

However, it is something that makes any trip more enjoyable, especially when relaxing after a long day of visiting landmarks and attractions.

Now you have the peace of mind that most countries will offer Netflix in some form. Now you just have to find that all-important Wi-Fi to make your binge watching session International. 


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