Netflix denies Spanish launch rumours

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 19 December 2014

Only hours after Toshiba's director for Spain and Portugal Noemí Rodrigo stated that Netflix would be landing in Spain in 2015 at a company event in Madrid, the over-the-top (OTT) platform contradicted him, saying this was not the case.

netflixBecause of its major European expansion planned for late 2015, many analysts have indicated that Netflix will launch in Spain next year, due to recent economic and legal changes.

Throughout 2014, while Spain has been slowly starting to leave the financial crisis behind, OTT, streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) platforms have seen growth, led by and Canal+'s Yomvi.

Also, the recent approval of a strict copyright law has driven pirate and unregulated streaming sites to closure, reducing piracy rates in Spain which was one the most important factors behind Netflix's reluctance to operate in the country.

But the US OTT platform isn't disclosing its intentions, and in an interview with Gizmodo, Jonathan Friedland, head of Netflix's communication department, was quick to publicly deny Rodrigo's announcement.

Netflix currently has 53 million subs worldwide, although less than 15 million are outside the US. The company has been operating in other large markets since it launched in Latin America in 2011, a region in which it currently has a third part of its international subs base.