US video giant Netflix, which has more than 23 million subscribers in the United States and Canada, today announced plans to expand to Latin America and the Caribbean. The Los Gatos, California-based company said it would begin streaming television shows and movies over the Internet to 43 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean later this year.

Netflix did not say how much it plans to charge for the service. In the United States and Canada, Netflix charges $7.99 a month for unlimited streaming of movies and television shows. Netflix said members in Latin America will be able to access the service in Spanish, Portuguese, or English.

Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings, speaking at the All Things Digital technology conference last month, said he was looking to grow the company internationally. “We’re national and trying to be a global Internet company,” Hastings said. “Across the globe, there’s about five billion people with mobile phones and essentially all of those five billion like video.”

July 5th, 2011 - 15:50 UTC
by A.Sennitt
(Source: AFP)