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Saturday 14 December 2019

Netflix announces it will launch service in 130 new countries from today

Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Netflix, which is estimated to have over 200,000 Irish subscribers, has launched its service globally with 130 new countries.

“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO. “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.”

However, licensing restrictions will continue to mean that audiences in different countries will see different shows, with the exception of Netflix’s own productsion, such as House Of Cards or Orange Is The New Black.

Mr Hastings said that the company plans to release 31 new and returning original series, two dozen original feature films and documentaries, as well as stand-up comedy specials and 30 kids series.

Since Netflix launched its streaming service in 2007, the service has expanded globally to include 60 countries.

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