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Netflix is stepping up its expansion plans, with the news that it plans to be available in 200 countries within the next two years.

That's up from about 50 countries where you can currently sign up for the streaming service.

Neflix will also add controversial comedy 'The Interview' to its roster this weekend, though only in the US and Canada.

It's growth has been quick by anyone's measure, adding a whopping 4.33 million subscribers in the last three months of 2014. That's 260,000 more than in the same period in 2013.

But its growth is slowing in the US, its home country. The last three months of 2014 saw 1.9 million new customers join, compared to 2.3 million in the same period the year before.

CEO Reed Hastings said it would spend more on original programmes, the likes of which – 'Breaking Bad', 'Orange is the New Black', 'Marco Polo' – have won critical acclaim.

It will make 320 hours of original content this year, comprising new series and returning ones like 'House of Cards'.

It won't be short of competition. Amazon recently announced plans to branch out into films, releasing 12 movies a year and screening them within a month or two on its Prime Instant Video service.

But all this competition can only be good for us viewers.


The Guardian

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