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Netflix to launch in UK and Ireland in early 2012

Will support a range of "consumer electronics devices," consoles yet to be confirmed

Online video streaming service Netflix will launch in the UK and Ireland early next year.

According to a statement released by the company, subscribers to the service will be able to access Netflix content through PCs, Macs, mobile phones, tablets, and, "on their TVs via a range of consumer electronics devices capable of streaming."

It is not known whether the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or Wii are among the consumer electronics devices mentioned, but Netflix is both available and very popular on all three consoles in the US.

In May, service provider Sandvine claimed that nearly 20 per cent of peak downstream traffic in North America is Netflix accessed though a games console.

Data released by Nielsen in July suggests that 50 per cent of US Netflix subscribers accessed the service through a console.

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Matthew Handrahan joined GamesIndustry in 2011, bringing long-form feature-writing experience to the team as well as a deep understanding of the video game development business. He previously spent more than five years at award-winning magazine gamesTM.