Netflix Launching Service in Italy and Portugal in October8 Jun, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Netflix is bowing service in Italy and Portugal this October the subscription streaming pioneer announced over the weekend from its European headquarters in Amsterdam. Pricing for the services was not disclosed.
Netflix, which previously announced it would also launch service in Spain in October, is on an accelerated schedule to be operational in 200 countries by 2017. Other launches this year included Australia and New Zealand, with a pending launch in Japan.
The company expects to add 1.9 million subscribers internationally in the current second quarter (ending June 30). Netflix ended the first quarter with more than 62 million subscribers globally, including 40 million in the United States.
In Italy and Portugal, Netflix will stream original series “Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Sense8,” “Bloodline,” “Grace and Frankie,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Marco Polo,” in addition to documentaries Virunga, Mission Blue and documentary series “Chef’s Table” as well as various stand-up comedy specials.
Content will be offered with optional Italian subtitles and dubbing.
New original shows slated for launch later this year are “Narcos,” a story of the drug trade and Pablo Escobar’s cartel, and “Club de Cuervos,” a comedy surrounding a family feud after the owner of a professional soccer team dies, as well as “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” the second of four Marvel series that will be available exclusively on Netflix, leading up to the mini-series event “The Defenders,” which reunites characters from the previous four.
Finally, the first Netflix Original feature films — Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, Beasts of No Nation, Jadotville and Adam Sandler's The Ridiculous 6 — will be available as well.