Netflix Inc. said on Monday that under the current circumstances, it has no plans to add state-run channels to its Russian services, despite a regulation that would require the streaming service to distribute state-sponsored channels.
“Given the current situation, we have no plans to add these channels to our service,” a Netflix spokesman said in a statement referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Politico first announced that Netflix, which launched its service in Russia in October 2020, would be subject to the new Russian regulations requiring March 1.
The rules, which are overseen by the Russian telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor, require audio and video broadcasting services with more than 100,000 subscribers in that country to distribute 20 free news, sports and entertainment channels.
A Netflix spokesman declined to comment on the timing or whether the company had talks with Russian regulators. It is unclear how the service will affect its decision.
Russia is one of 190 countries where Netflix is available.
Netflix will not add state-run channels to Russian services, contrary to the rules – SABC News
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