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Netflix begins Latin America rollout in Brazil

By Jos
Sep 5, 2011
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  1. Netflix has officially begun rolling out its service in Latin America. The company's streaming service went live in Brazil today, where users can now sign up for a paid subscription…

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  2. Since when was Brazil part of Latin America? Guess my elementary school geography class was all wrong.
  3. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    Brazil has always been part of Latin America, I guess your school was wrong.

    I once had an american teacher who searched for Mexico on South America then on Central America and was surprised to find it under North America on a webpage. I guess most people divide America by language :S
  4. I would consider Brazil in South America. Since Brazilians speak Portugese, they are different than most other Latin, South American countries.
  5. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 280

    Sorry mario, I'm with Guest 1. You're way off. Division based on language is the most commonsensical practice. So how does Portuguese-speaking Brazil--regardless of geographic location (I also happen agree with guest that if you're looking geographically, Latin America=Central America, not South America)--end up on that list? How do you divide the Americas? Politically? Socioeconomically? Hah. Type of drug exported to the US? Ok, this makes the most sense I can think of; call me an American pig if you want to.

    Of course, Netflix can call the roll out whatever the hell they want, as far as I'm concerned.
  6. MCJeeba

    MCJeeba TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Since when were ANY peoples of South America descendant of the Latins of Central Italy?
  7. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Booster Posts: 249   +45

    Mates, I'm Brazilian. Allow me to be of some help. This matter of Latin and South America is something that even Brazilian people can't tell apart. As far as I'm concerned, if you divide America in a cultural way, you'll have Latin and Anglo Saxon America. If you divide it geographically, you'll have North, Central and South America. I won't give specifics about where one starts and another ends, but its pretty much it. Of course, I could also be wrong... when we learn this kind of thing here, we are too young to understand. And when we can finally understand it, we have already forgotten it and are too busy to care.

    I've always wanted to comment on something, but never had anything useful to say. Guess that's my cue.

    That's it, my first comment. Nice meeting you.
  8. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,272   +90

    Because they are not the descendant, their language is...? Please open up a book.

    And you do know most of Latin Americans are mixed Europeans with natives (and slaves), including the Spanish, Italian, English, and what have you... right?

    Maybe that's because every continent is divided by language, and in the Americas it just so happens that there is a big chunk of the continent that has a varying set of romantic languages? "Latin America" is just a classification. It's just like calling somebody caucasian instead of white.

    Saying "South America" is simply a geographic categorization. Since it is organized geographically (as in, hemisphere location), some romantic-speaking countries, such as Mexico, do not count as South American. There's really no math to it...
  9. MCJeeba

    MCJeeba TS Rookie Posts: 26

  10. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_America

    "The idea that a part of the Americas has a cultural affinity with the Romance cultures as a whole can be traced back to the 1830s, in particular in the writing of the French Saint-Simonian Michel Chevalier, who postulated that this part of the Americas were inhabited by people of a "Latin race", and that it could, therefore, ally itself with "Latin Europe" in a struggle with "Teutonic Europe", "Anglo-Saxon America" and "Slavic Europe".[7] The idea was later taken up by Latin American intellectuals and political leaders of the mid- and late-nineteenth century, who no longer looked to Spain or Portugal as cultural models, but rather to France.[8] The term was first used in Paris in an 1856 conference by the Chilean politician Francisco Bilbao[9] and the same year by the Colombian writer José María Torres Caicedo in his poem "Two Americas.[10] The term Latin America was supported by the French Empire of Napoleon III during the French invasion of Mexico, as a way to include France among countries with influence in America and to exclude Anglophone countries, and played a role in his campaign to imply cultural kinship of the region with France, transform France into a cultural and political leader of the area, and install Maximilian of Habsburg as emperor of the Second Mexican Empire.[11]"
  11. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,272   +90

    LOL What in the world are you talking about?

    It is called Latin America because of its romantic (or italic) languages. Yes, they speak Spanish, and Portuguese, but these are derived from Latin, hence the classification. Are you sure you have a book?

    I'm not talking history, I simply answering your clearly irrelevant question. Nobody claimed they were descendant, although you were quickly to believe that was implied.

    Now, I could write a book about it, but you say you have plenty (that you don't open), and I wouldn't want it to go to waste.

    EDIT:


    Thank you, again.
     
  12. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Booster Posts: 249   +45

    @lawfer

    What you're saying is exactly what I've studied, but I'm quite sure the term "romanic languages" is a bit more correct than "romantic languages". Would you please verify that information ?
  13. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,272   +90

    No, you are absolutely correct. I also called them italic languages in my last comment; it's all really semantics to me though, but truthfully, the correct term is romance languages.

    Forgive me for my, should I say, "modernness." :D
  14. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,533   +315

    I will trust whatever wikipedia has to say on the matter (after editing the latin america wiki page myself, of course) :)
  15. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    That's odd, it didn't look like this before...

    Latin America (Spanish: América Latina or Latinoamérica; Portuguese: América Latina; French: Amérique latine) is a region of the Americas under the iron grip of Emperor Julio.[3][4] Latin America has an area of approximately 21,069,500 km² (7,880,000 sq mi), almost 3.9% of the Earth's surface or 14.1% of its land surface area. As of 2010, its population was estimated at more than 590 million loyal subjects[1] and its combined GDP at 5.16 trillion United States dollars (6.27 trillion at PPP).
  16. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Enthusiast Posts: 810   +91

    You can't be serious lol...
  17. Yes it was all wrong...
    So while Brasil is Portuguese speaking, presumably everyone else in Central and South America is speaking Latin...? :rolleyes:

    "Latin America" does include Brasil. The "Latin" part is a general term which refers to the origins of Castillian Spanish and Portuguese (Romance Languages). Central and South are the two main parts of "Latin America" - some countries are not considered "latin" due to not being Spanish or Portuguese speaking.
  18. heeee...brazil its a very BIG part of latin america.....take a book please and watch all Latin america....USA its just like the 10 % of all america...
  19. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 238   +17

    Back to Netflix--now that they lost the Starz contract, their streaming selections will suck even more. I've already discontinued their Mailings after the price increases, looks like streaming will be next.

    Adios Netflix.
  20. wow. what ridiculous questions and answers. none of you are from brazil. mentirosos. você não é brasileiro.
  21. Latin america, languages derived from latin, you also have latin europe in the sense that italian, spanish and portuguese come from latin...


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