Netflix, the TV and movie online streaming service, has started rolling out in Latin America. The company announced that it will be covering all of Latin America in one fell swoop and, now, the service will be available in 43 countries in the region by September 12.
It will be going live in some countries starting today. Visitors from Brazil can already sign up for a free trial and subscribe to the service. Other countries will follow in the coming days.
"Netflix... is arriving in Latin America and the Caribbean, providing instant and unlimited movies and TV shows streamed from Netflix to computers, game consoles and other Internet connected devices for a single low monthly price," Netflix announced.
"Today, the Portuguese-language version of Netflix launched in Brazil, where thousands of hours of movies and TV shows can now be watched instantly, anytime and anywhere via PC, Mac, PS2, PS3 and Wii for a monthly subscription price of BR$14.99," it said.
It seems that Brazilians have to pay the most, BR$14.99 is about $9.35, but pricing elsewhere varies from the standard $7.99 to a little over $9.
Needless to say, it's Neflix's biggest move to date. The streaming service has been available in the US for a few years and launched in Canada last year.
These were the only two countries where it was available, until today. In less than a week, it will be available in 45 countries.
But Netflix has no plans of stopping here, rumors say that it's coming to Europe early next year
, though there have been no official announcement. Spain will be one of the first European countries to get Netflix along with the biggest markets on the old continent.
"People throughout the region are online in ever-greater numbers and they love movies and TV shows," Netflix CEO Red Hastings said of Latin America.
"We are proud to bring them the Netflix experience of instantly enjoying as many movies and TV shows as they want, when they want for one low price," he added.