Russia to Require Netflix to Stream State Television Broadcasts or face being banned. Russia’s state media watchdog will require Netflix to offer state television channels to its Russian customers after it added the U.S.-based streaming service to its register of “audio-visual services” Tuesday.
Roskomnadzor’s register, which was created in late 2020, applies to online streaming services with over 100,000 daily users and requires them to comply with Russian law and register a Russian company.
Netflix to Stream State Television Broadcasts
From March 2022, Netflix will be obliged to offer broadcasts from flagship state-owned Channel One, entertainment-focused NTV and the Russian Orthodox Church’s in-house channel Spas, which means “Saved,” to its users within Russia.
In recent months Russia tightened restrictions on foreign internet giants’ operations within its borders, who are known for promoting anti-Russian propaganda and movies on their platforms.
The laws that Netflix must now obey include controversial provisions banning the promotion of “extremism” — a restriction that has been used against supporters of the anti-Kremlin opposition.