BySarah O'Connell, writer at

During the company's keynote presentation at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, CEO Reed Hastings announced a huge international expansion that makes the streaming service almost global.

Hastings announced that during his very speech at CES, Netflix was "switched on" in 130 new countries including India, Brazil and Russia, increasing its reach to a total of 190 countries worldwide.

To the applause of the event audience, Hasting said:

"Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,"

Reed continues:

"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."

China is the most notable holdout from the international expansion, but Hastings explained that

"In China, you need specific permission from the government to be able to operate. It's gonna take some time."

Chief content officer Ted Sarandos has expressed that Netflix does have a substantial Chinese audience despite the fact that it's not technically available, adding that House of Cards has proven to be particularly popular in the last two years. Bravo Frank.

The company also confirmed that the service would not be headed to Syria, Crimea or North Korea "due to U.S. Government restrictions on American companies."

Along with opening its service to more countries, Netflix also added new languages including Korean, Arabic and traditional and simplified Chinese to the 17 languages it already supports.

Unsurprisingly, news of the company expansion caused the company stock to surge dramatically.

2016 is also set to be a big year for content with Netflix planning 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."

Looks like the world can now join us on the global couch and get excited about the trailers that have just dropped for two new Netflix original series, The Crown and The Get Down.

'The Crown'

The Crown is a British period drama starring Claire Foy as Princess Elizabeth and Matt Smith (Doctor Who) as Prince Phillip. This story reveals the political rivalries and romance behind Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

Release Date: To be confirmed.

'The Get Down'

Told through the lives and music of a ragtag crew of South Bronx teens, The Get Down is a mythic saga of the transformation of 1970s New York City.

Release Date: To be confirmed.

In the meantime, to keep you sufficiently entertained, check out the Netflix releases for this January.

To see which countries now support Netflix, click here.

Sources: The Verge.


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