I hope Netflix viewers in Russia weren’t in the middle of streaming their favorite streaming shows because service has been suspended to the country. Netflix says its due to the Ukrainian invasion by Russia that forced their hand.
How the company is handling billing issues and refunds to its customers in Russia has not been detailed. The company reportedly has less than a million subscribers in Russia. It launched there less than a year ago.
In February, Netflix said it had no plans to add any Russian channels to its service there. That’s despite a regulation that would require the streaming giant to carry several state-run broadcasters. Ukraine was also cited in that decision.
The rule would have meant as many as 20 Russian news, sports and entertainment channels would be carried. Netflix would have been the only service that met the 100,000 subscriber threshhold the rule stipulated must carry local programming.
But at the end of the day doesn’t Russia just pirate most of their content anyways? Is this a big loss for them? Let us know what you think in the comments.