Netflix launched its video streaming service to to well over 130 new countries, expanding its services globally and being available to 190 countries in HD.
Netflix has managed to become the talk of the town, after the recent launch of its services to more than 130 new countries worldwide. Of course, we all know Netflix and we are well aware of the quality and quantity of content that it streams. And now with its “smart stretch” to massive 130 new regions, there is no doubt Netflix is aiming at becoming global!
Now, Co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings revealed at CES 2016 the simultaneous launch of Netflix to countries, where such a video-on-demand service was out of reach. Does this sound amazing?
Well, it is a bold move of great risk and even greater possibilities of success for Netflix and the people responsible for its global expansion are determined to prevail in live streaming content everywhere in the world.
According to Reed Hastings: “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, it is needless to state that China is not among the countries where Netflix has launched. Although there are over a billion people to target in China, the government does not seem ready to offer the permit for Netflix to expand in the country.
However, Netflix is not willing to back down and instead will continue on its pressure to acquire the permission to eventually stream there. Besides China, new Netflix regions don’t include in Crimea, North Korea, and Syria – it hasn’t been launched in these locations either, due to restrictions applied for US companies.
A full list of the countries where Netflix is available to broadcast (with a first complimentary month and at an affordable price afterwards) can be found here. European countries such as Greece and Malta, Italy and France, Germany and Finland are all free to enjoy HD streaming on any device that is connected to the web.
Singapore, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Burundi, Cambodia, Malaysia and of course the great market of Russian Federation are all countries where you can access Netflix. The list goes on and on and on, with a network of 190 countries in the whole wide world.
Now is there a catch?
Apparently, the content of each region will be different for Netflix. This means that the US version of Netflix is quite different than the version of Netflix for UK viewers or for viewers in Singapore.
So, you may not be able to access the content of Netflix that you have anticipated. To overcome the barriers of geographical restrictions, you can change your IP address with the help of VPN or SmartDNS.
Just choose the method of your preference, mask your real IP address and appear to be located in the United States (for example), in order to access the original Netflix version. It works with your Netflix account, no matter which version you have signed up for!
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