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CES 2016: Netflix launches in 130 new countries

Netflix has launched its service globally in 130 new countries.

The announcement was made by the company's chief executive Reed Hastings during keynote speech at the CES 2016 tech show in Las Vegas.

"Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network," said Hastings.

"With this launch, consumers around the world -- from Singapore to St. Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo -- will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously. No more waiting.

"With the help of the Internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device."

Hastings said the streaming service is still trying to expand to China.

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"It's a very large country, you know a billion Chinese that we want to give access to the Netflix content," he said.

"In China you need specific permission from the government to operate, so we are continuing to work on that and we are very patient."

The service is banned by US law from operating in North Korea, Syria and Crimea.

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