Netflix is Suspending its Service in Russia

Posted on March 7, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Music + Videos, Netflix with 6 Comments

Netflix is joining the growing list of global companies that decided to leave the Russian market. Following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, several tech giants including Apple and Microsoft have already stopped offering their products and services in Russia.

“Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia,” a Netflix spokesperson said. The streaming service previously announced that it was pausing production of all new original shows in the country. Moreover, the company had also refused to make 20 Russian propaganda channels available on its platform, defying a local regulation that required Netflix to do so.

Netflix has been available in Russia since 2016 through a joint venture with National Media Group. According to Bloomberg, the service had under one million subscribers in Russia before it was suspended in the country. In addition to Netflix leaving Russia, several Hollywood studios also announced that they won’t be releasing new movies in the country.

With the situation in Ukraine showing no signs of de-escalation, it’s safe to expect more major companies to pull out of Russia in the coming days. Besides Netflix and Hollywood studios, several video game publishers such as Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, CD Projekt Red, and Epic Games have also paused game sales in the country.

Tagged with

Join the discussion!

BECOME A THURROTT MEMBER:

Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Become a Thurrott Premium or Basic User to participate

Register
Comments (6)

6 responses to “Netflix is Suspending its Service in Russia”

  1. crmguru

    They should just have 1 video that they play Winter on Fire Winter on Fire documentary detailing the Ukrainian revolution from 2015

  2. lvthunder

    I understand the companies that pull out because of the mess the rouble has become. I don't think it's a good idea to completely destroy whatever happiness the Russian people have. That might drive the Russians to support Putin more. I heard there was a poll of the Russian people last week that showed that Putin has a 60% approval rating. I'm not exactly sure, but I think the last time a US president had an approval rating that high was George W Bush after 9/11. I'm almost certain Trump or Biden was never that high. I'm not sure Obama was ever that high or not.

    • Donte

      Umm yeah any "poll" coming out of Russia is going to be bit skewed.


      I mean if you were asked if you like Putin, in Russia as a Russian what would you say? Personally I would praise him because I like breathing on a regular basis.


      The point of any sanctions is a non-violent way to stop bad behavior. The people of Russia need to feel the pain of the sanctions so they are motivated to stop their leader from committing horrible crimes against humanity. The sanctions should help bolster their "morality" and move them to do the right thing.

      • digiguy

        Absolutely agree, the sanction should be as hard as possible, and should not be removed until Putin is President. Letting him get away with it by removing most of the sanctions once it has destroyed a good part of Ukraine and put a puppy government to control it or even made it Russian, just because "the war is over", cannot be an option.

      • lvthunder

        Did that work when your parents put "sanctions" on you as a teenager? If you hurt them too bad they will never go to your side.


        Remember this is the first time we are imposing sanctions meant to hurt the general population.

        • Donte

          Yes it worked for me, but my Father was a 28 year Marine Corps Sergeant Major, 0311, when I was teenager. When I left for collage it was to get away from my life long "boot camp".

Leave a Reply