Today during a keynote speech at CES 2016 (watch live here), we learned that Netflix is working with LG to extend its streaming service throughout the Middle East, Asia and Europe. In a press release, LG said the two will "combine efforts" to provide prepaid access. Last year Netflix mentioned that it was working with partners to make it easier to tune in to streaming, and it appears that LG is an ideal teammate with its newly upgraded webOS 3.0, which puts streaming video on par with other sources. At the keynote today, before previewing trailers from upcoming series The Crown and Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down, content exec Ted Sarandos said Netflix will offer 600 hours of original programming in 2016.
CEO Reed Hastings closed the speech with one big update: As he was talking, the company flipped the switch in 130 countries, and he said the service is available "around the world." The company also added support for Arabic, Korean, and simplified and traditional Chinese to supplement the 17 languages in which Netflix was already available. The press release reveals the last holdouts are China -- where Reed says he hopes to provide service soon -- as well as North Korea, Syria and Crimea.
Netflix will not yet be available in China, though the company continues to explore options for providing the service. It also won't be available in Crimea, North Korea and Syria, due to U.S. government restrictions on American companies.
Netflix content boss, Ted Sarandos, is on stage! He's got a big job: 600 hours of original content coming to you in 2016. #NetflixCES— Netflix US (@netflix) January 6, 2016