One of the original cord-cutting apps, Netflix moved to shore up its subscription-based dominance by expanding to an additional 130 countries. Essentially tripling its reach, Netflix is now available in more than 190 countries. Additionally, with an ever-growing list of 4K resolution content, the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV is the perfect device to experience all that Netflix has to offer.
A few of the new countries being welcomed into the Netflix family are Russia, India, Singapore, Poland, Vietnam, Nigeria,Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, and Indonesia. In addition to adding new countries, Netflix also added service in a variety of different languages including Arabic, Korean, and several Chinese dialects. Prior to these additions Netflix was available in 17 languages.
The elephant in the room is still China where Netflix remains unavailable, as it’s being forced to compete with other local, streaming services. Seeing as China is such a huge market, the company is convinced that eventually it will be able to launch there. The service is also unavailable in North Korea and Syria.
The expansion is part of a larger push by Netflix to grow its audience in the developing world as growth in the States has slowed down. That said, many in the developing world don’t benefit from the same types of bandwidth that users in the developed world can, so experiences may vary.
Additionally, while the expansion makes access to Netflix original series like "Jessica Jones," "Narcos" and "Daredevil" ubiquitous, many movies and TV shows created by other production houses and studios are subject to distribution rules set forth by the individual studios and countries. In other words, while folks in the States can "Netflix and chill," with the company’s entire offering, users in other countries may be limited in how much of the catalog is available to them.
While Netflix does have global rights to some shows like Fox’s "Gotham," AMC’s "Breaking Bad" and ABC’s "How to Get Away with Murder," it’s still competing with other services to secure the rights to many other networks and shows. It is for this reason that many cord-cutters find themselves subscribing to other services like Hulu, Sling TV, and HBO as well as more pure cord-cutting apps like Plex and Kodi in an attempt to fill in any gaps.
In 2015 Netflix expanded its services to Japan, Australia and Spain, just to name a few and plans are currently underway to bring the service to South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan later this year.
Not merely content to expand its reach, with its latest update to the Android TV version of the Netflix app, users can now benefit from Android's Smart Lock feature. Simply put, if you have Smart Lock enabled on your Android phone it acts like a password manager for apps that support the feature. In other words, no more having to clumsily type in those usernames and passwords.