Expats in Cuba Welcome Netflix
Posted by Dannielle Noonan
Aside from familiar foods, people living abroad often cite their favourite TV shows as the things they miss the most overseas and while Netflix makes it easy for people all over the world to tune into their favourite TV series, expats in Cuba have been missing out on entertainment from home – until now.
The Cuban government exercises tight control on entertainment sources, and Cuban state television is the only sanctioned TV in the country, making it difficult for expats to partake in the hysteria surrounding shows like Orange is the New Black. In addition to this, only a tiny percentage of people in Cuba have unfiltered access to the Internet.
However, Cubans and expats on the island will now be able to access Netflix’s video streaming service, as the improved relationship between Cuba and the U.S means better internet access in Cuba. Improved telecommunications and increased trade with the U.S is likely to enhance life in Cuba for expats, and Netflix is one of the first U.S companies to take advantage of the U.S. government’s decision to relax the trade restrictions that have been imposed on Cuba since 1962.
"We are delighted to finally be able to offer Netflix to the people of Cuba, connecting them with stories they will love from all over the world," said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. "Cuba has great filmmakers and a robust arts culture and one day we hope to be able to bring their work to our global audience of over 57 million members."
Expats are likely to be the first to subscribe to Netflix in Cuba for a glimpse of home. Whether it’s House of Cards or Breaking Bad that has people reaching for the popcorn, we’re sure the streets of Cuba will be quiet this week as expats binge watch the programmes they love – and discover new ones.
Netflix began offering its service in Latin America in 2011 and now counts over 5 million members, enjoying millions of hours of films and TV series for a low monthly price. Expats in Japan are likely to be the next to welcome access to Netflix.
So, what will you watch first?
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