The world’s leading internet TV service, Netflix, is finally available in Oman, much to the delight of the Sultanate’s residents.
Oman was among 130 new countries worldwide to get access to the streaming service, which allows subscribers to view television shows and films. South Korea, Poland, India and Turkey were also given access to Netflix for the first time, with the service now reaching just about every nation on Earth.
For a starting price of RO3 a month, with the first month free, subscribers in Oman can enjoy some shows previously not shown here. However, some hit series such as House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, White Collar and Battlestar Galactica have not yet been made available for streaming, according to Netflix officials.
“With the help of the internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device,” said Netflix Co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings, during a keynote speech to launch the global service.
Excited residents were quick to sign up and start binge watching their favourite programmes as a local newspaper this week quoted some people voicing fears that authorities in Oman would pull the plug on the service.
There has been no official response from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) or other government body in Oman to the launch.
Netflix now delivers video in more than 60 countries and streams more than 125 million hours of content each day in the Americas, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.
Arabic, Korean and Simplified and Traditional Chinese have been added to the 17 languages it already supports.
Netflix is available on virtually any device that has an internet connection, including personal computers, tablets, smartphones, Smart TVs and game consoles, automatically providing the best possible streaming quality based on bandwidth.
Netflix has not yet launched China. It is also unavailable in Crimea, North Korea and Syria due to US government restrictions on American companies.