Having set itself the rather ambitious target of launching in 130 new countries – including Russia and Saudi Arabia – in its keynote at CES earlier this month, Netflix was bound to run into trouble somewhere on its trot across the world.
Although in a Q&A with TNW after the announcement, the Netflix team was only worried about a boob or two being censored here and there, Indonesia’s Telkom telco has just blocked the entire service for more than 100 million potential users.
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An Indonesian official speaking on behalf of the majority-state-owned telecoms provider told the Wall Street Journal that, as well as offering content that is too violent and may need to be censored, the company is operating without a licence.
The government is now considering whether it needs a new set of rules for streaming services but says that until a decision is made, Netflix can continue to operate around the ban.
Given that Telekom had more than 140 million mobile subscribers in 2014, of a population of almost 250 million, Indonesia and this company in particular represent a significant market for Netflix to have on side.
➤ Netflix Blocked by Indonesia’s Top Telecom Provider [Wall Street Journal via The Verge]