Netflix goes global, available nearly everywhere

Australia got a little lucky last year when Netflix decided to come to our shores, but now the rest of the world will be getting it, too.

There’s good news if you’re a Netflix subscriber and planning to take a trip to somewhere that doesn’t have the streaming service, because you won’t have to miss out on your favourite shows the next time you’re on a business trip or relaxing holiday.

This week, what is more than likely the world’s biggest and most popular television and movie streaming service just got a little bigger again, as Netflix has opened up its service to 130 more countries around the world.

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

“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.”


That means your subscription is valid in pretty much every major country around the world, and even some of the smaller ones, including Aruba, Brazil, Cambodia, France, Georgia, Hong Kong, Iraq, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, and Vietnam.

Hey, even Norfolk Island will get access, though the last time we were there, the 56K access was a little uninspiring.

Here’s hoping that the internet is a little faster on the island, otherwise Netflix is going to be a little sad for users there.


“From today onwards, we will listen and we will learn, gradually adding more languages, more content and more ways for people to engage with Netflix,” said Hastings, above.

“We’re looking forward to bringing great stories from all over the world to people all over the world.”

As to what you’ll get in every location, that hasn’t totally been confirmed yet, but Netflix has said that you can expect every nation that is getting Netflix to find the collection of Netflix original shows on the service, including “Narcos”, “Sense8”, “Marco Polo”, as well as the two Marvel TV shows that appeared last year, “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones”.

Other TV shows and movies that aren’t owned by Netflix will be included, too, but these will depend on the licensing agreements on a nation-by-nation basis.