Netflix has announced that it’s now available in 130 new countries, including Kenya. Before today, Netflix was being enjoyed in just 60 countries. Now it’s in almost every country on earth.
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 70 million members enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
The arrival of Netflix in Kenya will mean bigger competition for TV providers like DSTV but many argue that it is good news to fiber and Zuku, though it’s too early to say how it will affect the market share.
The announcement came during the opening keynote at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. According to Harrison Weber of Venturebeat, Netflix’s massive expansion serves as a counter to its recent slow growth in the U.S.
Some of the other countries that will be able to access Netflix include Singapore, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and India. Countries like China, which holds about 20% of the world’s population, North Korea, Syria and Crimea still don’t have access to Netflix. This is due to some socio-political reason or the other.
Netflix has big plans for original content in 2016. The company says it is going to create “31 new and returning original series, two dozen original feature films and documentaries, a wide range of stand-up comedy specials, and 30 original kids’ series.” Onstage at CES, Hastings did note that Netflix would have to navigate the differing cultural standards of its new countries when deciding what programming to release in each one.