Telekom-Indonesia’s biggest telecommunications provider blocked access to Netflix Inc.’s video-streaming service on Wednesday. The US company,Netflix announced earlier this month that it had added 130 countries including Indonesia taking it almost worldwide.
Telekom Indonesia said Netflix needed to work with it to ensure objectionable content was removed. It had concerns about the content Netflix was offering and accused it of failing to have a necessary business permit.The Indonesian government will decide next month whether this block with Netflix will continue.
“We take this step to protect the Indonesian people”, said Arif Prabowo, Telkom’s vice president for corporate communications in a statement.
In response to this Netflix said it intends to comply with local laws and regulations where applicable, but indicated that it didn’t have to apply for permits in the same way as conventional cable networks. Netflix said that it already had a guidance system in place, including a feature that can prevent children from viewing certain content. The service is still available on non-Telkom networks in Indonesia.
“Netflix is an Internet television network, not a traditional broadcaster a Netflix”. “We are an on-demand service that allows people to choose to subscribe and decide what, where, and when to watch”, a Netflix spokeswoman said.