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Jakarta Post

Bitter lesson from Netflix’s love-hate relationship with government

  • Izzan Fathurrahman


Hamburg, Germany   /   Tue, January 21, 2020   /  10:42 am
Bitter lesson from Netflix’s love-hate relationship with government Movie on the go: The movie streaming industry is booming thanks to the advancement of information and communication technology. The Communications and Information Ministry has threatened to ban one of the major industry players, Netflix, for failing to promote local movies. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

Perhaps the most dramatic love story this year has been Netflix’s love-hate relationship with the Indonesian government. The streaming service was ditched by the Communications and Information Ministry and was even at risk of getting blocked, yet at the same time was openly received by the charming and charismatic education and culture minister. The communications ministry threatened to block Netflix for offering fewer Indonesian movies on its platform than imported original products. Thus, the government wants Netflix to increase the percentage of Indonesian movies on its platform. Regardless of whether the argument is true, we can see the government’s efforts to protect Indonesian products, which constitutes an intervention in the market mechanism. On the other hand, the education minister, Nadiem Makarim, has opened the door wide for Netflix and considers it a par...

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