Netflix vows to end regional delays with its programs
NETFLIX has vowed to end its controversial regional differences model which leaves Australian viewers well behind those in the US.
Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings said the US-based streaming service had now switched on in 130 new countries.
Before Wednesday, Netflix was available in 60 countries and 17 languages.
Mr Hastings said territorial licensing restrictions - which cause the difference in content across Netflix regions that has been highlighted as a key complaint by Australian users - would be eliminated over the next decade, Fairfax reported.
"As we build our library and renew existing deals we're getting to the state where over the next five or 10 years everything will be consistent around Netflix and everything will be available globally," he said.
"We're moving as quickly as we can ... [but] we're still somewhat a prisoner of the current distribution architecture.
"We want the citizens of the world to have the same content."
In a statement, Netflix echoed the sentiment.
"Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network," said 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."
Netflix original series include Marvel's Daredevil and Marvel's Jessica Jones, Narcos, Sense8, Grace and Frankie, and Marco Polo, as well as a catalogue of licensed TV shows and movies.
Disney owned content, including the Star Wars franchise, will also be available in 2016.
In 2016, the company plans to release 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 -- available at the same time to members everywhere.
While largely available in English in most new countries, Netflix has added Arabic, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese to the 17 languages it already supports.
Netflix will not yet be available in China, though the company continues to explore options for providing the service. It also won't be available in Crimea, North Korea and Syria due to U.S. government restrictions on American companies.
Since Netflix launched its streaming service in 2007, the service has expanded globally, first to Canada, then to Latin America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.