Netflix now available in the UAE
What do you mean you haven’t seen Making a Murderer yet? What about Beasts of no Nation? No? Surely, you’re up-to-date with House of Cards, yeah? Well, now you have no excuse as Netflix has confirmed the launch of its UAE and Middle East operations.
That’s right, the wait is over! The US, web TV giant has included our region as part of its same day 130-country simultaneous expansion. The streaming, on-demand service will be available for free for a one-month period and can be accessed via Netflix.com, before charging for subsequent months.
“Today [January 6, 2016] you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix co-founder and chief executive, while announcing service’s globe expansion at the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vegas. “With this launch, consumers around the world 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.”
Netflix is available on any device with an internet connection, including game consoles, and automatically provides the ‘best possible streaming quality based on available bandwidth’. Many titles are available in high-definition with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound and some in Ultra HD 4K.
The company also confirmed the addition of Arabic to the languages it will support:
“From today onwards, we will listen and we will learn, gradually adding more languages, more content and more ways for people to engage with Netflix,” said Hastings. “We’re looking forward to bringing great stories from all over the world to people all over the world.”
The company’s entry into the regional market is not expected to be all conquering, with there already being stiff competition from regional web TV operators, including OSN and BeIn.