US-based streaming service Netflix continues its aggressive global expansion spree with the addition of 130 new markets around the world, including Hong Kong.
With the new markets, the Internet TV service is now available in more than 190 countries; however, Netflix will not yet be available in China, while it “continues to explore options for providing the service”, said in a Netflix statement.
It also won’t be available in Crimea, North Korea and Syria due to U.S. government restrictions on American companies.
While largely available in English in most new countries, Netflix today added Arabic, Korean, simplified and traditional Chinese to the 17 languages the network already supports.
“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” said Netflix co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings during a keynote at Consumer Electronics Show 2016.
“With the help of the Internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.”
Since Netflix launched its streaming service in 2007, the service has expanded globally, first to Canada, then to Latin America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan to include 60 countries.
Netflix is available on devices that have Internet connection, including personal computers, tablets, smartphones, Smart TVs and game consoles, and automatically provides the best possible streaming quality based on available bandwidth.
For one monthly price, members around the world will be able to use Netflix original series including Marvel’s Daredevil and Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Narcos, Sense8, Grace and Frankie, and Marco Polo, as well as a catalog of licensed TV shows and movies.
In 2016, the company plans to release 31 new and returning original series, two dozen original feature films and documentaries, a range of stand-up comedy specials and 30 original kids series.