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Sorry, Netflix fans, Telkom says streaming service still blocked on its networks

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, January 14, 2020  /  02:59 pm
Sorry, Netflix fans, Telkom says streaming service still blocked on its networks

Since 2016, Netflix has been blocked by cellular and internet service providers belonging to Telkom group, including Telkomsel, IndiHome and Wifi.id. (Shutterstock/sitthiphong)

In response to claims on social media that some people could access Netflix through cellular provider Telkomsel and internet service provider Indihome, state-owned Telkom group has reiterated that the popular streaming platform is still blocked on its services.

"That information is not true. Currently Netflix cannot be accessed on Indihome or Telomsel," Telkom Indonesia's vice president of corporate communication Arif Prabowo said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.

Several Twitter users posted screenshots that appeared to show them accessing Netflix through the providers on Sunday night, but many Telkomsel and Indihome users said they were still unable to access the website. 

"We are currently conducting consolidation at the operational level to recheck all Telkom Group networks, because company policy about restricting access to Netflix has not changed," Arif said. 

A similar incident also occurred on January 2019, with some Telkomsel and Indihome customers temporarily getting access to Netflix. 

Since 2016, Netflix has been blocked by cellular and internet service providers belonging to Telkom group, including Telkomsel, IndiHome and Wifi.id. To justify the block, Telkom has contended that Netflix has not yet fully complied with Indonesian regulations regarding media content.

Read also: 'OK, boomer': Netizens bemoan generational gap in Netflix controversy

Communication and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate recently said that Netflix and Telkom should resolve the issue "business to business."

Leigh Wong, Netflix's head of corporate communications for Southeast Asia, said that the streaming site was still in discussions with Telkom.

"We are still communicating with them. I can't publicize [the results] yet," he said.

The Education and Culture Ministry recently announced a US$1 million partnership with Netflix to train local scriptwriters. (kmt)

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