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The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that Amazon plans to expand its video streaming service to about 200 countries and territories, "taking direct aim at rival Netflix." According to the story, "Amazon Prime Video is only available now in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan, with a planned launch in India."

According to the story, "A global expansion of Amazon’s video service would introduce a formidable competitor to Netflix around the world. Netflix is already available world-wide except for a few countries with stringent regulations such as China or authoritarian regimes like North Korea. The streaming juggernaut expanded into 130 countries in January, reaching a near-global footprint of more than 190 countries.

"While Netflix competes with many local players, Amazon’s presence means another deep-pocketed tech company with strong Hollywood connections will be vying for a piece of the streaming market—courting audiences who can typically afford to pay more for entertainment."
KC's View:
Just another expansion of Amazon's ecosystem, and another step on its path to world domination.