By Evan DeSimone
Months after announcing an expansion of its global territories Netflix has finally set launch dates for Spain, Italy and Portugal.
Spain will enter the Netflix fold first on Oct. 20, followed by Portugal on the 21 and Italy on the 22. Netflix has been teasing its roll-out in the region for months, but only set dates today.
With a regional price fixed at 7.99 Euros, Netflix will be available on desktop and smart TVs, mobile devices and most connected gaming consoles, as well as internet enabled set-top boxes, AppleTV and Google Chromecast. In Spain, Netflix will also be available to consumers through Vodafone TV and in Italy through both Vodafone and Telecom Italia.
Netflix is already available in most parts of northern Europe, and has begun a gradual global expansion in both South America and Asia-Pacific. The service recently launched in Japan and has been slowly stomping out local competition in Australia. It is also rumored to be in talks with media partners who could facilitate an entry into China.
The new Netflix regions will have access to the most, but not all, of the streamer’s catalog of original and licensed content. Due to preexisting licensing deals with Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Paybox, Italian viewers won’t be able to enjoy Netflix original “House of Cards,” nor will they be able to catch “Orange Is The New Black,” which the streamer has already licensed to former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset Premium OTT service.