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Netflix bringing its streaming goodness to more Europeans later this year

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Netflix is about to spread its wings and fly to several new European countries as part of a sizeable expansion plan later this year. Without being too specific on when, the streaming video service announced that Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg are the lucky six.

And that's about all there is to say about that right now. The new locations will be subject to the new, higher subscription pricing model – though Netflix hasn't confirmed how much yet – and there's of course a ridiculous number of devices upon which you can watch your content. Something you folks in those countries have been waiting on?

Source: Netflix

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Interestingly, if not surprisingly, Netflix's European operations are all based in Luxembourg already. Maybe they share the same dummy offices with Amazon and Google, so they can all avoid paying their taxes together.

For online content, Luxembourg is the Delaware of Europe. Similar to the US, in the EU you pay taxes in the state where you're incorporated. For brick and mortar it's a whole different story.

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Is it still the case that most Australian ISPs have really low data caps? Here in the UK unless you're on a super low end plan, data is uncapped and speeds are generally pretty high now. I get 120mbit at the moment and it generally rises by 25% or so every year.

Have Netflix in The Netherlands since the day they launched here. And I'm using a DNS proxy to get to the US content. I'm sure other Europeans will enjoy it too.

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Well, their already active competitors here in Germany all charge between 5 and 10 Euros per month, so I assume it will be at the upper end of that range. As long as the iPad and the Apple TV are supported (which is a pretty safe assumption), I am generally interested if the catalog is attractive. If they can do better than the current services when it comes to content remains to be seen. Not paying 120 Euros annually to watch the Waltons, Bill Cosby and the Prince of Bel Air (and I even like Bill Cosby).