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Netflix expands its service to 130 countries

Popular video streaming service Netflix has officially launched globally by expanding its offerings to 130 countries.

The company’s co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings made the announcement in Las Vegas during his keynote speech at tech show CES.

Netflix is now available in more than 190 countries but will still not be offered in China. It will also not be available in Crimea, North Korea and Syria “due to U.S. government restrictions on American companies.”

While Netflix is largely available in English around the world, the company announced today that it has added Arabic, Korean, and Chinese to the 17 languages it already offers.

The company is looking to hire a director of partner marketing in Asia and make other key hires as it continues to expand its presence in the region.

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Minda Smiley

Minda Smiley is a reporter at The Drum covering creativity and advertising. Based in Philadelphia, she oversees creativity coverage in North & South America and runs The Drum’s weekly “US Creative Works” roundup. During her time at The Drum, she has covered industry events including SXSW, ANA Masters of Marketing, 4A’s Transformation and C2 Montréal and has interviewed dozens of creatives for The Drum’s “What does it take to be a great creative?” video series.

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