Netflix has officially expanded its business into Latin America: Brazil's the first country to receive the company's streaming movies and television shows, and Netflix plans to roll its service out to a total of 43 different countries in Latin American and the Caribbean over the next week.
Just looking at the numbers, Netflix will be able to bolster its current user count of around 23 million people –only consisting of American and Canadian viewers up until today – by the percentage of Latin America's roughly 205 million Internet users that could potentially tune in to their new streaming service. It's a big audience with potentially big rewards for Netflix, which is perhaps why the company spent so much time performing its due diligence to determine just how its Latin American audience views movies and TV shows.
"We've licensed thousands and thousands of hours of feature films, classic favorites, gripping telenovelas, documentaries and kids shows we know you'll enjoy," wrote Rochelle King, Netflix vice president of user experience and design, on the company's blog.
It’s hard to imagine that, with over 20 million members worldwide, that Xbox Live isn’t available in all Xbox 360 territories, but it’s true. However, we just got word that later this fall nine countries will be granted access to Microsoft’s online gaming community. Gamers in Brazil, Russia, Poland, Chile, Columbia, Greece, Hungary, South Africa, and Czech Republic will all be able to jump in. That potentially means there’ll be a lot of new people available to play against, and you just know that we’ll be seeing a marked increase in Zangief usage in Super Street Fighter IV. Better start prepping now.
Zeebo is a new gaming console from Tectoy that can maintain a constant connection via a 3G network. Meant for countries who cannot afford a pricier system, it will run on a BREW-based OS, with an ARM CPU (528MHz,) a Qualcomm Adreno 130 graphics core, 1GB NAND flash memory, 160MB RAM, 128MB DDR SDRAM and 32MB DDR SDRAM. Although the connection is a freebie the games will not be, with prices ranging from about $3.00 to $13.00. The first Zeebos come preloaded with Quake, Action Hero 3D and Evil Prey at a price in the mid $200.00 range and will be out in Brazil this July.
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The Zeebo from Tectoy is aiming to make its way into the very difficult video game market. The one advantage they have is they are using a 3G wireless network at no cost to the user. The Zeebo is launching in July of 2009 in Brazil and will then branch out to other markets in developing countries. The console will be always connected to a 3G network, allowing games and content download. The system comes with 3 games pre-loaded, Action Hero 3D, Evil Prey, and Quake. Although not the greatest titles of today, they obviously are not competing with the traditional market, but the $258 price tag certainly does. The games will cost between $10 and $30, but there is no note of supporting developers or any other titles in the works. The Zeebo features an ARM 528MHz CPU, Qualcomm Adreno 130 graphics, 1GB NAND flash memory, 160MB RAM, 128MB DDR SDRAM and 32MB stacked DDR SDRAM. The 3G wireless portion of the Zeebo would be a great concept to see in the U.S on the next generation of consoles if only the carriers would allow it, but we doubt it.
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