Internet film service in Europe move

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Netflix will expand into Germany, France and four other European countries this year as the internet video service tries to build an international following that may surpass its US audience.

The additional markets will extend Netflix’s reach into nearly 50 countries, including 13 in Europe.

Besides Germany and France, the latest countries on Netflix’s list are Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg. The Los Gatos, California, company entered Europe in 2012 when its internet video service debuted in the UK and Ireland.

Earlier this year, Netflix disclosed its plans to sell its service in more European countries without identifying them.

The company is not saying when its service will be available in the new markets or how much it will cost. Netflix recently raised its internet streaming prices for new customers by about one dollar a month around the world.