Netflix is reporting through their official blog that they plan to start offering their streaming service in Latin America and the Caribbean later this year. The blog post doesn’t go into detail about the individual counties only stating that they will expand into 43 countries in the region. I take heart in the fact that Latin America and the Caribbean were separated as too often smaller English speaking counties like Trinidad, Jamaica and Barbados were labeled as Latin America incorrectly with services only provided in Spanish and Portuguese.
Caribbean Tech Explosion
Internet access and speeds have exploded in the Caribbean in recent years as well as tech-related consumer products such as smart-phones, HD TVs and Video Game consoles. It would be interesting to follow the deployment of Netflix in the region. Hopefully there will be little or no limitations on the content selection and this will be a catalyst that will get the wider Caribbean region properly recognized by the tech giants.
Netflix Inc. is an American provider of on-demand internet streaming video in the United States and Canada, and flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States. The company was established in 1997 and is headquartered in Los Gatos, California. It started its subscription service in 1999 and by 2009 it was offering a collection of 100,000 titles on DVD, surpassing 10 million subscribers.
Netflix offers Internet video streaming (“Watch Instantly”) of selected titles to computers running Windows or Mac OS X and to compatible devices. Internet video streaming comes at no additional charge with Netflix’s regular subscription service; however, only a portion of Netflix’s content is available via the “Watch Instantly” option. In its simplest form, video is streamed to the user using standard PC hardware, and requires Microsoft’s Silverlight software to be installed. Viewing is initiated by pressing a “Play Instantly” button, and played back on the PC monitor. Films can be paused or restarted at will. According to a 2011 report by Sandvine, Netflix is the biggest source of North American web traffic, accounting for 24.71 percent of aggregated traffic. – Wikipedia
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