Netflix Has Landed in the MENA and Everywhere!
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.