Netflix Signs Global Distribution Deal With France's Orange Telecom Giant

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings

The streaming service will roll out in Poland and 28 other countries worldwide.

Just a day after Netflix announced its first Polish-language series, the company has inked a deal with France’s telecom giant Orange to be available to its customers across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Poland will receive the first rollout later this year, with other countries to follow in 2018. Netflix also renewed its agreement covering France, where the service has been available since 2014.

“This partnership builds on our strong relationship with Orange in France, offering in the future, the possibility for millions of our customers in multiple countries to enjoy the world's leading internet entertainment service seamlessly, in one place,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said Thursday in a statement.

“We aim to offer the best content to our customers,” added Orange CEO Stephane Richard. “That is why we were the first to distribute Netflix in France, back in October 2014, and this new agreement allows us to strengthen our ambition at an international level.”

Orange is presently available in 29 countries, including Belgium, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Slovakia in Europe; Morocco, Egypt, Cameroon and Congo in Africa; and Iraq and Jordan in the Middle East, among others. The telecom giant has 269 million customers worldwide, including 207 million mobile customers and 19 million for its internet services.