Back in July, Netflix promised it would launch its service in dozens of Latin American countries, and today the streaming video service made good on that promise, launching Netflix in Brazil and saying service would be available in 43 more Latin American and Caribbean countries by September 12.
“We are excited to be bringing Netflix to Latin America and the Caribbean,” Netflix CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings, in a statement. “People throughout the region are online in ever-greater numbers and they love movies and TV shows. We are proud to bring them the Netflix experience of instantly enjoying as many movies and TV shows as they want, when they want for one low price. ”
A Portuguese-language version of the subscription video service is live today in Brazil, where it’s priced at BR$14.99 per month. Customers can tap in from PCs, Macs, smart TVs, and game consoles (the PS2, PS3, and Wii for now), although there’s no mention of streaming service for other platforms like Apple’s iOS or Android. The service offers unlimited streaming of Netflix’s movie and television selections via the Internet.
In September 7, Netflix plans to light up Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay, with the latter two priced at US$7.99 per month and the former running 39 pesos a month. September 8 will see Chile and Bolivia come online, September 9 will see the “Andean region” including Columbia, Peru, Venezuela, and Ecuador. September 12 will be a big rollout, with Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean all coming on line at once: pricing in the Caribbean will be US$7.99 per month, while in Mexico Netflix streaming will run 99 pesos per month.
In the Caribbean, service will be available in both Spanish and English.
Netflix says it has been training customer support personnel in the new service regions to be able to offer the “excellent” customer support that Netflix offers in the U.S. and Canada.
- Reed Hastings