Netflix suspends service in Russia over Ukraine invasion – media

Streaming giant Netflix has suspended its service in Russia, US media reported on Sunday, in protest at Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

The US-based platform had already halted its acquisitions in Russia earlier this week, as well as its production of original programs.

“Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia,” a spokesperson told US magazine Variety.

Contacted by AFP, Netflix did not respond immediately.

Netflix is ​​the world’s leading streaming platform, with 221.8 million subscribers at the end of 2021.

But he’s a minor player in Russia, where he has less than a million subscribers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Netflix joins a host of foreign companies that have announced Russia’s suspension of operations or outright withdrawal since the launch of Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine on Feb. 24.

On Monday, Netflix told the Vulture site that it had no intention of complying with a Russian law that requires streaming platforms to offer several free channels, some of which are considered government propaganda material, from from early March.

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