Netflix May Launch In France, Germany NextBy: Chris Crum - December 5, 2013
Netflix is looking to expand its operations further into Europe as it has reportedly been talking to officials in France, Germany, and other European countries, seeking information on laws that could affect its operations. Reuters reports:
“Netflix wanted information about the legal conditions that would affect its potential arrival in France,” an official at the president’s office said, adding that the executives were also visiting Germany and other European countries.
French subscribers wouldn’t likely be able to enjoy much of what subscribers in other countries do when it comes to moves, as law prohibits films from appearing on monthly subscription services for three years after their cinematic release.
Still, that leaves plenty of room for television content, and of course Netflix’s own original content (not to mention older films).
Netflix just launched in the Netherlands less than three months ago, and is now available in 41 countries including the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland, Brazil and other Latin American and Nordic countries.
Netflix is even looking to expand its exclusive content at the region-specific level in some cases. It’s looking to launch more in Brazil, for example, as it grows its subscriber base in that country.