Netflix is continuing its expansion across Asia with plans to bring its services to Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore by ‘early next year’.
The US-based streaming media company hopes to be available in 200 countries by the end of 2016, according to Reuters. Japan became the first Asian country to launch services by the provider earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Netflix is still “continuing to explore options” when it comes to entering mainland China, where it will go up against domestic rivals including Tencent, Sohu and Baidu’s iQiyi streaming site.
Alibaba’s new video streaming platform Tmall Box Office (TBO) also just became available in China. When announcing its launch earlier this summer, Alibaba’s Patrick Liu said that the goal of the service was “to become like HBO in the United States, to become like Netflix in the United States”.
Just like Netflix, TBO will charge users a monthly subscription, and 10 percent of its content will be free.