Netflix sets Japan launch date


Michelle Clancy

| 05 August 2015

Netflix will launch its service in Japan on 2 September, its first foray into Asia to follow up on its recent entries in Europe and Australia/Oceania.

According to VentureBeat, the company plans to partner with Yoshimoto Kogyo to produce content for local audiences on top of its established stable of programming.

Other upcoming country launches include Italy, Portugal, Spain and Iceland, which are expected in the next couple of months, with the Czech Republic to follow in 2016. Netflix has previously revealed that it plans to be available globally, in more than 200 countries, by the end of 2016.

Netflix's future rests with the success of its international launches. In the latest quarter, it reported a rise of almost one million new subscribers in the US, and 2.4 million internationally meaning that its subscription base is now 66 million.