This is HUGE. It might be the best news to come out of CES this year. Scratch that. It is the best news to come out of CES this year. Not just because it affects the way millions of people could potentially enjoy and experience TV and movies, but because it proves that when a company has enough clout and will, it can make licensing arrangements globally instead of tiptoeing around each country's policies and agencies.

Netflix, the internet TV service, has expanded its availability from 87 countries and territories, to a total of 242. Yes, that's 157 new countries and islands and small territories that can stream all the TV and movies they want for a fixed monthly fee. Impressive. The only 4 locations where Netflix is not available right now are China (though the company says it's exploring options to provide its service there), and Syria, North Korea, and Crimea (because of restrictions on American companies).

Here's the full list of new countries added, including some of the most populated nations in the world like India, Indonesia, and Pakistan, and some very small countries who are usually shunned by other companies (like my beloved Lebanon).

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Angola
  5. Armenia
  6. Australian Antarctica
  7. Azerbaijan
  8. Bahrain
  9. Bangladesh
  10. Belarus
  11. Benin (Dahomey)
  12. Bhutan
  13. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  14. Botswana
  15. British Indian Ocean Territory
  16. Brunei Darussalam
  17. Bulgaria
  18. Burkina Faso (Upper Volta)
  19. Burundi
  20. Cambodia (Kampuchea)
  21. Cameroon
  22. Cape Verde Islands (Cabo Verde)
  23. Central African Republic
  24. Chad
  25. Christmas Island
  26. Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  27. Comoros
  28. Cook Islands
  29. Croatia
  30. Cyprus
  31. Czech Republic
  32. Democratic Republic of Congo
  33. Djibouti Republic
  34. East Timor (Timor-Leste)
  35. Egypt
  36. Equatorial Guinea
  37. Eritrea
  38. Estonia
  39. Ethiopia
  40. Falkland Islands
  41. Fijian Islands
  42. French Polynesia
  43. Gabon
  44. Gambia
  45. Georgia
  46. Ghana
  47. Gibraltar
  48. Greece
  49. Guinea
  50. Guinea-Bissau
  51. Heard Island and McDonald Islands
  52. Hong Kong
  53. Hungary
  54. Iceland
  55. India
  56. Indonesia
  57. Iran
  58. Iraq
  59. Israel
  60. Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire)
  61. Jordan
  62. Kazakhstan
  63. Kenya
  64. Kiribati
  65. Kuwait
  66. Kyrgyzstan
  67. Lao People's Democratic Republic
  68. Latvia
  69. Lebanon
  70. Lesotho
  71. Liberia
  72. Libya
  73. Liechtenstein
  74. Lithuania
  75. Macao
  76. Macedonia
  77. Madagascar
  78. Malawi
  79. Malaysia
  80. Maldives
  81. Mali
  82. Malta
  83. Mauritania
  84. Mauritius
  85. Mayotte
  86. Moldova
  87. Monaco
  88. Mongolia
  89. Montenegro
  90. Morocco
  91. Mozambique
  92. Myanmar (Burma)
  93. Namibia
  94. Nauru
  95. Nepal
  96. Netherlands Antilles
  97. New Caledonia
  98. Niger
  99. Nigeria
  100. Niue
  101. Norfolk Island
  102. Oman
  103. Pakistan
  104. Palestine
  105. Papua New Guinea
  106. Philippines
  107. Pitcairn Islands
  108. Poland
  109. Qatar
  110. Republic of the Congo
  111. Réunion
  112. Romania
  113. Russian Federation
  114. Rwanda
  115. Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  116. Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  117. Samoa
  118. Sao Tome and Principe
  119. Saudi Arabia
  120. Senegal
  121. Seychelles
  122. Sierra Leone
  123. Singapore
  124. Slovakia
  125. Slovenia
  126. Solomon Islands
  127. Somalia
  128. South Africa
  129. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  130. South Korea (Republic of Korea)
  131. South Sudan
  132. Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
  133. Sudan
  134. Swaziland
  135. Taiwan
  136. Tajikistan
  137. Tanzania
  138. Thailand
  139. Togo
  140. Tokelau Islands
  141. Tonga
  142. Tunisia
  143. Turkey
  144. Turkmenistan
  145. Tuvalu
  146. Uganda
  147. Ukraine
  148. United Arab Emirates
  149. United States Minor Outlying Islands (Baker Island, Midway Atoll, Wake Island)
  150. Uzbekistan
  151. Vanuatu (New Hebrides)
  152. Vietnam
  153. Wallis and Futuna
  154. Western Sahara
  155. Yemen
  156. Zambia
  157. Zimbabwe

If you live anywhere in these 157 countries, congrats! Netflix will now work for you, the app will be available to download on Android (and other platforms), and you'll get a free month to test everything before you have to pick one of the three different monthly plans. The service has also been localized in Arabic, Korean, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese, in addition to the 17 languages it already supported.

For the full list, which includes every country where Netflix is now available, see this. We counted 242 countries in that list in case you're wondering.

From the looks of it, it seems that much of the service's original catalog will be available worldwide, and the company plans to add even more original content (series, kids series, feature films, documentaries, and more) in 2016.

Now if we could get better, faster, and more ubiquitous internet to make this kind of service viable everywhere without too much buffering, it'd be perfect. Cough. Google, can we get like a worldwide satellite-based internet thingamajig? Cough. And while you're at it, can you get your ducks in a row and release Play Movies, TV, Music, and Books everywhere? I mean, if Netflix can do it, so can you. Cough.

The previous version of this story incorrectly concluded that all of Netflix's catalog would be available worldwide. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Reed Hastings, Netflix's CEO, said the following during the CES keynote earlier today:

"As we build our library and renew existing deals we're getting to the state where over the next five or 10 years everything will be consistent around Netflix and everything will be available globally," he said in a Q&A session following the keynote address.

"We're moving as quickly as we can ... [but] we're still somewhat a prisoner of the current distribution architecture.

"We want the citizens of the world to have the same content."

Mr Hastings said that as a private company Netflix could work quicker to break down legacy global distribution arrangements than governments could.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said content distribution no longer needed to be fragmented.

"It's going to be a patchwork for a while but all that regional availability is going to narrow over time," he said.

"The technology is there; it's the business models that now stand in the way.

"The constraints of linear television are falling away one by one."

The fragmented nature of global film and television distribution rights was a factor in the company's decision to invest in original content such as House of Cards, Mr Sarandos said. While Netflix has sold local distribution rights to some of its original shows in the past to offset risk, most Netflix original productions would be available worldwide in the future, he said.

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