|Netflix to hit six European countries
US online entertainment powerhouse Netflix announced what it called significant expansion into Europe on Tuesday, promising viewers in six countries online video by the end of the year.
Already a fixture in parts of northern Europe, the digital television and film streaming star said it would offer monthly subscriptions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg.
It did not reveal prices, but a report in French daily Le Figaro indicated that Netflix would be in France by mid-September with a subscription plan of less than 10 euros per month.
"Upon launch, broadband users in these countries can subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a curated selection of Hollywood, local and global TV series and movies,'' Netflix said in a release.
Netflix also touted the availability of its growing selection of original programming such as prison comedy-drama "Orange is the New Black'' and political thriller "House of Cards.''
Such shows will be streamed to televisions, tablets, smartphones, video game consoles or computers.
Since it launched its streaming service in 2007, Netflix has become the world's leading Internet television network, boasting more than 48 million members in more than 40 countries. --AFP