Netflix reportedly in discussions to launch in Germany and France

“We plan later this year to embark on a substantial European expansion.” That’s what Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells told investors last week, and it looks like the streaming service will make good on those claims. The company is working to strike deals with American content owners to stream shows and movies in Germany, France, and other European countries, according to The Wall Street Journal‘s sources.

It’s far from the first time we’ve heard word of Netflix expanding further into Europe, but — combined with the official statements last week — it appears the company is seriously moving to gain a foothold in the fourth and sixth largest markets in the world by number of broadband subscribers. In Europe, Netflix…

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