The entertainment service Netflix plans to make 17 original movies and television programs in Asia in an effort to get more international subscribers.

Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos announced the plan this week at a gathering called “See What’s Next: Asia” in Singapore.

It marked Netflix’s first content showcase in Asia.

Sarandos said, “The beauty of Netflix is that we can take never-seen before stories from South Korea, Thailand, Japan, India, Taiwan or elsewhere, and easily connect them to people all over Asia and the world.”

Netflix said in a statement it aims to increase “its investment in Asian storytellers, amplifying their voices to the world.”

Netflix has won over young middle-class Asians with programs such as the movie series “Baahubali” and “Sacred Games” from India, “Devilman Crybaby” from Japan, and “Busted!” from South Korea.

The streaming service has recently added more subscribers than expected. Most of the new subscribers have come from outside the United States.

At the end of September, the service had 137 million subscribers worldwide. Netflix Chief Reed Hastings has said India alone could bring in the service’s next 100 million subscribers.

Exercise 1


Read the following vocabulary with your teacher.

original (adj.) /əˈrɪʤənl̟/ - made or produced first : not a copy, translation, etc.

  • I gave her a copy and kept the original document myself.

subscriber (n.) - a person who pays money to get a service or publication regularly

content (n.) /ˈkɑːnˌtɛnt/ - the ideas, facts, or images that are in a book, article, speech, movie, etc.

  • In terms of content, the article is good, but it is written poorly.

amplify (v.) /ˈæmpləˌfaɪ/ - to make (something, such as a musical instrument) louder by increasing the strength of electric signals

  • amplify an electric guitar

streaming (adj.) /ˈstriːmɪŋ/ - playing continuously as data is sent to a computer over the Internet

  • streaming audio


Exercise 2 


Answer these questions about the article.

  1. How many original Asian movies will Netflix make?
  2. What is the name of the gathering?
  3. What are the names of the shows?


Exercise 3

Fill in the blanks

Fill in the blanks with the correct word listed below.

original, subscriber, content

  1. I am a long time _______ of the magazine.
  2. I really like the ______ of this catalogue.
  3. He is the _________ member of the band.


Exercise 4


Have a discussion on following questions.

  1. Are you a subscriber of netflix?
  2. Do you watch TV?
  3. Do you follow some of the TV shows online?
  4. What are your favourites?




This lesson is based on a news article originally published by learningenglish.voanews.