Netflix's Huge Expansion Just Made Traveling So Much Better
Sure, it may sound like the evil work of a power-crazed villain in a Netflix series, but the streaming content company itself is hatching a plan to take over the whole damn world. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Netflix announced that it's expanding into 130 additional countries, bringing the total to 190. Diabolical or not, the move could come with a major bonus for everyone.
As reported by TIME, travelers could benefit from having access to the service in significantly more places abroad. Basically, this could be great for frequent international business travelers and vacationers stuck inside with down time to waste on re-watching "Parks and Recreation." However, you might not have access to all of the same shows you're used to seeing here in the US, depending on where you are.
"You will be able to access the TV series and movies available on Netflix in that country," a Netflix spokesperson said via email (the italics is theirs).
Speaking on stage at CES, Netflix CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings said the expansion is "the birth of a global Internet TV network," per the report. Basically, you can access Netflix almost everywhere in the world, except for places like China, Syria, North Korea, and Crimea -- for some pretty obvious reasons -- although it did say it's looking into coming to China some day. Considering its new "global TV network" and Netflix's huge success with creating original shows and movies that leave you paralyzed in front of your screen for hours, it's hard not see, well, world domination.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and wonders if there's such thing as "Netflix and chill" all over the world. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.