After being registered as an audiovisual service this week, Netflix will have to stream 20 state television channels in Russia. These channels include the flagship Channel One, entertainment network NTV and a Russian Orthodox Church channel called Spas (which means “Saved”).
Roskomnadzor, the country’s media watchdog established last year, registers streaming services with more than 1000000 daily users in Russia. According to The Moscow, these companies not only have to broadcast state TV but also set up a Russian company and abide by Russian laws.
The rules will see that Netflix does not promote “extremism.” The critics in Russia feel the provisions are against the people who support the Kremlin’s opponents.
Entertainment Online services, a subsidiary of National Media Group and also has a stake in Channel One, will be in charge of the Russian version of Netflix.
Earlier in November, Netflix was investigated by the Russian authorities in a complaint about LGBTQIA+ content on Netflix. According to Netflix, there is no issue with such content as it’s rated appropriately. Apparently, in the same month, other tech giants such as Apple, Google, Meta, TikTok, and Twitter were also ordered to set up their offices in Russia by the end of this year.
The company told Engadget such content was rated appropriately. That same month, Russia ordered several tech giants (including Apple, Google, Meta, TikTok, and Twitter) to set up offices within its borders by the end of this year.
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