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Netflix is now available in 130 more countries around the world.

The streaming service made the announcement during the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas.

It previously said it aimed to be in 200 countries by the end of 2016.

Netflix usually launches in a country or two at a time, with months between each. This gives it time to prepare the necessary marketing, dubbing and subtitling. Announcing 130 new territories at once is an unprecedented expansion for the firm.

The few countries in which Netflix isn't operating include China, North Korea, Syria and Crimea.

It now supports the Korean, Chinese and Arabic languages, bringing its total number of languages to 21.

However, there are limits to its expansion. In some developing countries, only those in urban areas will be able to receive the service because of limited internet access. Reed Hastings, Netflix's CEO, also said the firm would focus on expanding the reach of its existing content rather than commissioning locally made shows in these new territories.

Industry analysts also doubt it'll expand into China anytime soon, due to government restrictions and strong local services. Netflix is banned from operating in Crimea by US law.

Hastings also announced Netflix would offer HDR (High Dynamic Range) content later this year.

HDR tech allows for millions more colours and a wider dynamic range – the difference between light and dark – on-screen, making for a much more detailed picture.

Amazon Prime Instant Video, Netflix's arch rival, started offering some content in HDR last year. However, the tech is nascent, and few TVs currently support it.

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