Netflix is now live in 130 more countries and has the potential to deliver its streaming services to billions of new customers.
From Azerbaijan, India, Vietnam, and Nigeria, to Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Singapore, Turkey, and Indonesia, the service has become what CEO Reed Hastings now calls a “Global TV network.”
“[We are now in] nearly every country of the world but China,” CEO Reed Hastings said at CES on Wednesday.
“You are witnessing the birth of a global TV network,” he said.
Netflix had been live in about 60 countries and debuted in Asia in September. At the time, Hastings said he was working on plans to be in every country in the region by the end of 2016.
Netflix is in every “legal” country outside of China. The company “won’t be available in Crimea, North Korea and Syria due to U.S. government restrictions on American companies,” a spokesperson admits.
In a press release, Netflix says it “continues to explore options for providing the service” in China.
Media in China is highly regulated by the country’s communist regime. Google, Facebook, and other US companies are blocked in the country because of heavy censorship laws.
If Netflix makes its way into the country, it is likely that all content would be carefully vetted by a governing body before it was allowed to air. Netflix would also face steep competition from already established streaming services in the country.
Netflix has already started producing original series’ in languages other than English, which should help with its growth. 16 languages other than English are now supported by Netflix, including Arabic, Korean and simplified and traditional Chinese.
“We are in a unique position to bring the world’s stories to the world’s people,” Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said at CES.