Netflix is expanding. What started off as a simple concept in the U.S. is now becoming international. And who can blame them? The market for accessing movies and television series instantly isn’t just an American demand. It’s a global one.
So it comes as no surprise that Netflix announced its plans to expand to Latin America this past week. Netflix announced last year that it would be expanding to the U.K. and I don’t think it will be long before Netflix tries expanding to other parts of the globe.
While I think the idea of Netflix is great, I still can’t help wonder what will happen to traditional broadcasting globally. How will networks deal with the idea that people can access what they want, whenever they want for a lot less money? Will people stop watching television in general? I’m not the only one who is contemplating these questions. The television networks in Canada are thinking the same way.
The question that I’m dancing around here is with a global expansion of Netflix; will this change the way that people watch television and movies? I’m not an expert, but I think that the change we will see will not be huge. I think that networks from around the globe are going to work to still make more traditional methods of watching television acceptable and worthwhile. I mean, I have Netflix and I still find myself drawn to cable television. But, then I could also be very wrong.
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