Starting in March, Netflix will have to broadcast 20 state television channels Russia. Roskomnadzor, the state’s media oversight, registered the platform as an “audiovisual service” this week. Among the channels that Netflix will have to broadcast are the leading Channel One, the NTV entertainment network and the channel of the Russian Orthodox Church called Spas (which means “Saved”).
Streaming services with more than 100,000 daily users in Russia are included in the register established late last year. Not only do registered platforms have to offer state TV channels, but they have to set up a Russian company, according to Moscow Times.
Companies in the register must also comply with Russian laws. First, Netflix will not be allowed to promote “extremism”. Critics say the provision was used against those who support Kremlin opponents.
Other video services in the country have reportedly argued that Netflix should be added to the registry to level the playing field as it meets the requirements. The Russian version of Netflix is operated by Entertainment Online Service, a subsidiary of the National Media Group, which has a stake in Channel One.
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In November, it turned out that Russia was investigates the complaint via LGBTQIA + content on Netflix. The company told Engadget that such content was appropriately rated. The same month, Russia ordered several technology giants (including Apple, Google, Meta, TikTok and Twitter) will set up offices within their borders by the end of this year.
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