Netflix has officially arrived in Turkey, opening up a wealth of popular programming to bring you back into the loop when it comes to the boobtube.

Widely popular in the United States and the past envy of expats in Turkey, the Netflix video streaming phenomenon has now become available in our adopted homeland. So, it’s time to get up-to-date with what the world has been watching. Netflix is an on-demand Internet-streaming provider of films, television and even their own original content, some of which are the highest-rated shows out there, such as the widely revered “House of Cards.”

As of 2015, Netflix served 60 countries and had more than 70 million subscribers; however, this number increased dramatically after the announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, by CEO Reed Hastings last Wednesday that Netflix opened up to an additional 130 countries, including Turkey. This truly makes this new development, as he said during the keynote speech, “the birth of a global TV network.”

Netflix works with a monthly subscription in which members can select between three different packages, with a free trial month to boot. The basic membership package starts out at TL 26.90 ($8.91) and includes access to all films and TV shows in 720p resolution. At TL 33.99, the standard package is high-definition (HD) and allows viewers to watch two screens simultaneously, while the premium package for TL 40.99 includes ultra-HD and allows viewings on four different screens. Subscribers can upgrade and downgrade as they please, and watch shows and films from their phone or computer screen. There will not be Turkish subtitles or programming dubbed in Turkish at the moment, but it is expected this may come in time. Netflix also included Arabic, Korean and Chinese among the 21 language options it currently offers. Moreover, the only countries and regions that will not be able to access Netflix are China, North Korea, Syria and Crimea.

But now in Turkey, we too can be in on what all those Netflixers are talking about. While this platform hosts hundreds of thousands of films, its original programming and popular television series have been making waves, changing the way Americans watch TV. With entire seasons released simultaneously and no commercials, Netflix’s popular series’ paved the way for marathon sessions of binge-watching television.



Source:  Daily Sabah

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