Netflix hits major barrier in Indonesia

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netflix-not-everywhereNetflix, the US movie streaming service which is currently on a massive global expansion drive, hit a major barrier in Indonesia after the country’s market-leading, majority state-owned telecom provider outrightly blocked it. This cuts Netflix off from millions of potential customers in the world’s fourth most populous country with more than 250 million people.

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk., which has with more than 150 million telephone customers and over 85 million broadband users, said it barred access to Netflix after concluding that it didn’t have a permit to operate as a content provider in Indonesia. It also said it objected to some of the material available on Netflix including what it said was violent and adult content, echoing complaints made by the Indonesian Censor Board and traditional cable television operators this month. The Indonesian telecom provider, which is market leader, owns the local video-on-demand service called UseeTV.

“Netflix’s content should adjust to regulations in Indonesia,” said Arif Prabowo, vice president for corporate communications at PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk, in a statement, adding that “we take this step to protect the Indonesian people.”

The Indonesian government will decide next month whether or not to completely ban Netflix in the country. Earlier this week, the US company was given a one month ultimatum to comply with broadcasting regulations, which include the setting up of a local office, paying of taxes and the hiring of local staff.

The hick-up in Indonesia came only days after Netflix was blasted by Kenya’s film classification board for showing “shockingly explicit eroticism” and accused of also operating without the necessary license.

“It will be against our mandate to allow our children to get ruined by inappropriate content in the name of profit,” the Kenya Film Classification Board said in a harsh statement, adding that “as a progressive country, we cannot afford to be passive recipient of foreign content that could corrupt the moral values of our children and compromise our national security.”

Observers recommend Netflix adapt its content to local culture, even more so in Southeast Asia where a number of cultural sensitivities, including religion, need to be taken into account more then elsewhere.

Netflix has launched its service in every major country around the world, except China and the notable exemptions of North Korea, Syria and Crimea.

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Netflix, the US movie streaming service which is currently on a massive global expansion drive, hit a major barrier in Indonesia after the country’s market-leading, majority state-owned telecom provider outrightly blocked it. This cuts Netflix off from millions of potential customers in the world’s fourth most populous country with more than 250 million people.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

netflix-not-everywhereNetflix, the US movie streaming service which is currently on a massive global expansion drive, hit a major barrier in Indonesia after the country’s market-leading, majority state-owned telecom provider outrightly blocked it. This cuts Netflix off from millions of potential customers in the world’s fourth most populous country with more than 250 million people.

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk., which has with more than 150 million telephone customers and over 85 million broadband users, said it barred access to Netflix after concluding that it didn’t have a permit to operate as a content provider in Indonesia. It also said it objected to some of the material available on Netflix including what it said was violent and adult content, echoing complaints made by the Indonesian Censor Board and traditional cable television operators this month. The Indonesian telecom provider, which is market leader, owns the local video-on-demand service called UseeTV.

“Netflix’s content should adjust to regulations in Indonesia,” said Arif Prabowo, vice president for corporate communications at PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk, in a statement, adding that “we take this step to protect the Indonesian people.”

The Indonesian government will decide next month whether or not to completely ban Netflix in the country. Earlier this week, the US company was given a one month ultimatum to comply with broadcasting regulations, which include the setting up of a local office, paying of taxes and the hiring of local staff.

The hick-up in Indonesia came only days after Netflix was blasted by Kenya’s film classification board for showing “shockingly explicit eroticism” and accused of also operating without the necessary license.

“It will be against our mandate to allow our children to get ruined by inappropriate content in the name of profit,” the Kenya Film Classification Board said in a harsh statement, adding that “as a progressive country, we cannot afford to be passive recipient of foreign content that could corrupt the moral values of our children and compromise our national security.”

Observers recommend Netflix adapt its content to local culture, even more so in Southeast Asia where a number of cultural sensitivities, including religion, need to be taken into account more then elsewhere.

Netflix has launched its service in every major country around the world, except China and the notable exemptions of North Korea, Syria and Crimea.

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