Netflix launches in nearly every country but China
NEW YORK — Netflix is now live in 130 more countries, offering its service to billions of new potential customers.
The streaming video service is now available in countries including Azerbaijan, India, Vietnam, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Saudia Arabia, South Korea, Singapore, Turkey and Indonesia.
“[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. Shares in Netflix were up 5% after the announcement.
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.
Several countries are off-limits for now. Netflix said its service “won’t be available in Crimea, North Korea and Syria due to U.S. government restrictions on American companies.”
Netflix reaffirmed in a press release that it “continues to explore options for providing the service” in China.
The company will likely find challenges in China, where media content remains heavily censored by the government and many websites including Google and Facebook are blocked.
It’s likely that all Netflix content would have to be vetted before it could be made available in the country. Plus, China already boasts successful homegrown streaming companies.