Netflix finally making its way to Singapore in early 2016

Slated for launch "in early 2016", the online TV network says it will also open a local office to support its expansion plans into Asia next year, which includes South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Come next year, Singapore online users will no longer need VPN services to access Netflix.

The internet TV network said in a statement on Wednesday it will be launching in the city-state "in early 2016", as it looks to round up its global rollout by the end of next year. Online consumers in Singapore will be able to subscribe to a "curated selection" of popular TV shows and movies, including a section for kids, it said.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said: "As the central hub in Southeast Asia, Singapore is a sophisticated and diverse place that will find much to love about the Netflix service."

Along with its launch, the company will be opening an office in the country, which will support its expansion plans into Asia including South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in early 2016.

Once launched, Netflix will be available on smart TVs, mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, desktop computers and a range of web-connected game consoles and set-top boxes. Details on pricing, programming, and a complete list of supported devices will be available at a later date, the company said.

Netflix currently boasts a network of more than 65 million members in 50-plus countries, who consume more than 100 million hours of TV shows and movies per day.

The online service launched in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year.