In the wake of an ongoing nation-wide protest against Telkom’s ban on Netflix on its platform, the government-run telecom provider in Indonesia has ‘partially’ restored it, but only to allow users to cancel the subscription to the live-streaming service.
What this essentially means is that while subscribers can now open the Netflix site, they won’t be able to access the content, or watch movie or TV series.
In an official statement, Telkom’s VP (Consumer Relationship Management) Agus Winarno said that the partial restoration was meant to protect the rights of the consumer. “By restoring access to the Netflix service page, the users of IndiHome (Telkom’s cable service), who have registered for the Netflix service, have the opportunity to cancel their subscription,” Winarno said.
“For the time being, the the restoration is not valid for WiFi.id (Telkom’s public Wi-Fi service) users,” he added.
According to a report by Kompas Tekno, the partial restoration is effective February 2.
When Netflix announced last month that it is launching services in 130 new countries, its entry into Indonesia was greeted with controversies. The country’s film censorship agency LSF blamed that Netflix provided ‘violent and pornographic content’ and that it didn’t have license to operate in the country. The blockade by Telkom was the latest in the episode that had provoked an outrage across the country.
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Minister for Communications and Informatics Rudiantara recently stated the government is currently working on a set of regulations for Netflix and other similar services to operate in the country. In response to this statement, a Netflix spokesperson said that the company is ‘always keen to find partnerships and to maintain good relationships with the authorities’.
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