Netflix Has Landed in the MENA and Ev­ery­where!

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Netflix now si­mul­ta­ne­ously brings its SVOD dig­i­tal of­fer­ing to vir­tu­ally the en­tire world (ex­cept­ing China, North Korea, Syria, and Crimea, due to re­stric­tions on US com­pa­nies). The in­ter­net tele­vi­sion net­work cur­rently has over 70 mil­lion sub­scribers world­wide, and is ex­pected to sur­pass the 100 mil­lion mark in 2018, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port re­leased by IHS Tech­nol­ogy. In ad­di­tion to be­ing largely avail­able in English in the MENA and in most new coun­tries, Netflix also added Ara­bic, Korean, and both sim­pli­fied and tra­di­tional Chi­nese to the 17 lan­guages it al­ready sup­ports. Pre­vi­ously, Netflix could be viewed in some parts of the MENA, in­clud­ing the UAE, but only with a Vir­tual Pri­vate Net­work ( VPN). The on­line com­mu­nity is al­ready dis­cussing likely sce­nar­ios where the chan­nel will have to obey cen­sor­ship rules in coun­tries where it is stream­ing, and propos­ing “le­git­i­mate” ways of go­ing around this, such as us­ing a VPN or DNS un­blocker. Netflix is not the first to ven­ture in the MENA. The pres­ence of other chan­nels such as Shahid, Icflix, Telly, and OSN Play in­di­cate that the mar­ket is ripe and ready. The two top sub­scrip­tion ser­vices in the re­gion are Starz Play and Icflix.

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