Netflix expands to 130 new regions, including Russia, India and South Korea

Patrick O'Rourke

January 6, 2016 6:43pm

With its latest massive expansion, Netflix has truly gone global.

At CES 2016, Netflix announced the expansion of its popular streaming platform to a 130 new countries, including India, Russia and South Korea, giving the company a presence in almost every major region. China remains one of the few eligible countries Netflix hasn’t yet entered, although Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO, said that the company still has plans to eventually expand into the highly-coveted market.

The company also announced a partnership with LG that gives people prepaid access to the service in some emerging markets.

Canada was Netflix’s first international expansion back in 2010. All new markets will have Netflix’s first-party titles, most of which will be aired in 4K, including House of Cards, Jessica Jones, and Orange is the New Black. The company also previewed upcoming shows, such as The Crown, a dramatic serialized biopic of Queen Elizabeth; and The Get Down, a stylized retelling of the late disco and early hip-hop era from Baz Luhrmann and Shawn Ryan.

  • Do Do

    Dear Netflix, when you give me the same selections Americans get, give me a call.

    • KiwiBri

      They cant and never will be able to due to the copyright holders licencing.

    • Roger

      That’s exactly why I would never pay a cent to Netflix with their mediocre selection… that said, there is a way to get around that… I just prefer other means to consume content than Netflix.

  • KiwiBri

    wow.. impressive.

  • Maxzz

    Good news for people that don’t have local Netflix because streaming content online is much more convenient than watching DVDs etc. However, the new regions of Netflix will have a maximum number of 500 unique titles which is very low compared to US Netflix (5000 titles). If you want to get a good value for your money, you can use services like Unotelly and access all regions of Netflix. You get about 1000% more content with a minimum cost.