Netflix Japan Launching This Fall4 Feb, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Greg Peters promoted to GM of Netflix Japan
Netflix Feb. 4 announced it would launch operations in Japan — the world’s second-largest home video market with 36 million broadband homes – this fall.
In addition to a strong selection of Japanese TV series and films, Netflix will offer original series “Marco Polo,” thriller “Sense8,” Marvel’s “Daredevil,” and Academy Award-nominated documentary Virunga.
“With its rich culture and celebrated creative traditions, Japan is a critical component of our plan to connect people around the world to stories they love,” CEO Reed Hastings said in a statement.
To help facilitate partnerships with consumer electronics makers and work with Japanese film and TV creators, Netflix plans to open a regional office in Tokyo. Gregory Peters, chief streaming and partnerships officer at Netflix, has been promoted to GM of Japanese operations. Fluent in Japanese, Peters holds a degree in physics and astronomy from Yale University. He joined Netflix in 2008.
Netflix, which previously announced plans to launch service next month in Australia and New Zealand, is slated to operate in 200 countries by 2017.