Spain fights back against Netflix and the rise of video streaming

Spain fights back against Netflix and the rise of video streaming Credit: Pixabay

Spain fights back against Netflix and the rise of video streaming. The number of stores that provide actual physical copies of movies in Spain runs only into the hundreds, but the stores are fighting back against the digital era.

One proponent of physical movies commented that: “I have streaming platforms for my children, but I don’t watch anything on them because they only offer garbage and I don’t want them to know what I like,”

“Often I see that the family is watching something awful and I turn around, grab my computer and go to see a Cary Grant film.”

According to industry figures there are now only around 300 video stores left in Spain. Many people these days turn to Amazon prime and Netflix to easily watch movies in their own home, but the remaining video stores are fighting back.

Many people are wary of digital platforms and believe that they control what people can see. Marcia Seburo, owner of a store in Madrid commented that: “You are forced to see what the company wants you to see, you don’t have any autonomy. They start boxing you in, they narrow down your tastes. I have 50,000 titles here [in Ficciones], neither Netflix or HBO together have as many as my catalog.”

In other Spanish news, National Park Platform calls for Sierra Bermeja to be made a National Park to help prevent fires in the future.

Sierra Bermeja has recently been hit by devastating fires. The National Park Platform have called on political authorities to declare Sierra Bermeja a National Park. This distinction has already been given to the neighboring mountain Sierra de Las Nieves. The platform believes that by making Sierra Bermeja a National Park it would help reduce risk of fires in the future.

They believe that making the Sierra a National Park “will mean more vigilance, more control, more resources for prevention and faster decision-making”.


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Alex Glenn

Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]


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