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Netflix now available worldwide, Cyprus too

Netflix has become available in nearly every country in the world, the firm announced on Wednesday at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.

The firm announced it had switched on its service in 130 additional countries, but was still not able to stream video in China.

Cyprus seems to be among the countries that have gained Netflix support, with users able to create accounts and start watching the website’s collection of movies and television programmes, from SigmaLive's findings.

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

He also confirmed that Netflix would begin offering HDR (high dynamic range) content later this year.

The company's shares jumped to about 6 per cent above their opening price following the announcements.

"We were expecting Netflix to go everywhere, but this has happened more quickly than we thought," commented Fernando Elizalde from the tech consultancy Gartner.

"Until now the firm had been doing it in phased stages because of the costs of marketing and dubbing or subtitling the content.

"But it's worth remembering that in some of the emerging economies it will only be people in urban areas that will be able to use it because of limited internet availability."

He added that Hasting's stated ambition to eventually expand to China would be a challenge.

"China is very restrictive when it comes to foreign-based media firms, so it won't be easy," he said.

As part of the move, Netflix has added support for Korean, Chinese and Arabic to its list of supported languages.

That brings the total number - in which the firm provides subtitles, captions and alternative audio - to 21 languages.

At a follow-up press conference, Hastings added that Netflix would initially focus on expanding the reach of its existing content rather than commissioning lots of extra locally-made shows.

Source: BBC