US-based video streaming service Netflix has been blocked by Indonesia’s largest telecommunication company Telkom Group through its broadband businesses inlcuding, Indihome, WiFi.id, and mobile cellular operator unit PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel), local wire Detik.com reported.
PT Telkom Indonesia Tbk (TLKM), a state owned company, started blocking Netflix starting Jan. 27 at 00:00 pm.
Consumer director of Telkom Indonesia Dian Rachmawan, said Netflix was blocked because its content does not comply the regulations in Indonesia and it has some pornographic content.
“This blocking action will not have an impact on our customers. It (Netflix) is still small here. Although it is still small, we want them to follow the rules here,” he said.
Previously, Minister for Communication and Information Technology Rudiantara stated Netflix must meet the Indonesia rules before its promotion expires ton Feb. 7.
He said that Netflix should set up legal entity in Indonesia or cooperate with telecom operators in Indonesia. Another option, he said, Netflix obtains permits as a content provider.
“Netflix must have a legal entity in Indonesia as it operates business here,” Rudiantara said earlier.
The video streaming major will also be subject to paying taxes like other local companies.
Minister Rudiantara said Netflix’s presence might affect existing players in the entertainment industry and other online businesses. Hence, his ministry would seek advice from the Culture and Education Ministry to look into the content available on this streaming platform to gauge its impact on society.
“If the disadvantages outweigh the advantages, then something must be done to fix that. We have to study the Netflix entry carefully as we do not want to hinder technology for the sake of the public,” he stated.
Netflix officially entered Indonesian market early January 2016. Currently, it offers free one-month subscription to local customers. Its service is accessible via laptop, desktop computer as well as smartphones and tablets.