Netflix just announced near-global availability of their service during a keynote presentation by CEO Reed Hastings, announcing the birth of a new “global TV network”.
The streaming video service is now available in 130 new countries, with a commitment from the company to add more in-language content to address the needs of consumers in these new markets. In addition to the existing 17 languages supported by the service, today Arabic, Korean, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese were added to the slate.
On adding new content and new languages, Hastings said that the company will listen and learn and gradually add more content and languages in the future.
There are a few exceptions to the Netflix’s newfound global reach – the service isn’t yet available in China (though they say they’re still “exploring options”), and US government restrictions prevent them doing business in Crimea, North Korea and Syria.
Netflix’s content production is stronger than ever in 2016, with the company planning to release new seasons of 31 shows (some new and some returning), 30 original kids’ series, 24 films and documentaries, and comedy specials.