The US online video platform Netflix has suspended its service in Russia, several US media reported on Sunday, in protest at the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The video-on-demand giant had already halted its Russian acquisitions as well as its productions of original shows earlier this week.
“Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia”a spokesperson told the American magazine site variety. Asked by AFP, Netflix did not immediately respond.
The world leader in online video, with 221.8 million paying subscribers at the end of 2021, Netflix is a minor player in Russia, where it has less than a million subscribers, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The group does not publish figures only for the Russian market and did not respond to an AFP request for the number of its subscribers in Russia. Netflix joins the many foreign companies that have announced the suspension of their activities or their complete withdrawal from Russia since the launch of the Russian offensive in Ukraine.
On Monday, Netflix told the site vulnerability that it did not intend to comply with the Russian law that requires streaming platforms to offer various free channels, some of which are considered vectors of government propaganda. The subscription online video service was, in theory, going to broadcast these channels from the beginning of March.