Popular video streaming service Netflix has boosted its global presence today, going live in 60 more countries, including Russia, India, Turkey, Vietnam and Poland.
This means Netflix is now available in 190 countries overall (you can view a full list here), with one notable exception being China. However, this hasn’t stopped Netflix from also adding Chinese as one of its new language options, along with Korean and Arabic bringing its subtitle options up to 21.
“Today, you are witnessing the birth of a global TV network,” declared Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO, making the announcement at CES tech show in Las Vegas.
New shows revealed
Best known for shows like House of Cards, Breaking Bad and Daredevil, Netflix also promised that they would add 160 hours of original content to their service this year. This will include The Crown, a royal drama following the life of the young Queen Elizabeth II in the 1950s, with Her Majesty played by Claire Foy and her husband Prince Philip played by ex-Time Lord Matt Smith.
Acclaimed director Baz Luhrman will also direct The Get Down, a musical drama about disco and hiphop culture in 1970s New York – we dare you not to thrust to the beat of the trailer below!
Watch in HDR
As well as revealing new programming, Netflix said it is also planning to make movies and TV show available in High Dynamic Range (HDR) later this year. This new format only works with compatible televisions, but is considered to be a significant upgrade on 4K, showing millions more colours allowing for more detailed images. Reed Hastings described HDR as a “visceral sensation that’s pretty amazing”.
#NetflixEverywhere, but not every show
However, just because Netflix is now available worldwide it doesn’t mean that all the same content will be available in every region. In some places, there are existing deals with TV networks and other legal restrictions that mean Netflix can’t show certain series and movies. However, there are ways to access this content – follow our step-by-step to using Unblock-US to watch 1,000’s of Netflix shows.