January 18, 2017

Netflix expanding to Latin America


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Netflix continues to expand.

The video rental and streaming service announced plans to launch its online subscription service “in 43 countries in South and Central America and the Caribbean later this year,” according to the L.A. Times, though the release didn’t clarify when Netflix plans to expand into those territories.

As of right now, Netflix only is available in North America (the U.S. and Canada). And initially, Latin American users only will have access to the company’s online streaming service. Only U.S. subscribers can take advantage of the actual DVDs, which still come by mail.

The next step beyond Latin America, one would assume, would be Europe. But the Times notes that Netflix would face stiff competition from Lovefilm, a similar service that “was acquired in January by Amazon.com.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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