Major Streaming Platforms Halt Service in Russia

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Major Streaming Platforms Halt Service in Russia

By Movieguide® Contributor

Dozens of companies pulled content and products from Russia after Russian troops invaded Ukraine.

Leading tech companies such as Amazon, YouTube, and Paypal have restricted access to their organization in support of Ukraine.

Amazon recently cut user access to Prime Video in Russia, in addition to any Amazon shipments in the country. Netflix, Apple, Discovery, and WarnerMedia also pressed pause on their streaming content in Russia.

In a blog post about their decision, Amazon said that in addition to suspending delivery services in Russia and Belarus, the company donated $5 million to those affected by the invasion.

“As a reminder, unlike some other U.S. technology providers, Amazon and AWS have no data centers, infrastructure, or offices in Russia, and we have a long-standing policy of not doing business with the Russian government,” the company said.

Movieguide® previously reported on the entertainment industry’s decision to pull movies out of Russian theaters and cancel concerts:

The entertainment industry is cracking down on Russia amid their ongoing invasion of Ukraine. From pulling movies out of Russian theaters, to canceling events in the country, the world is sending a message.

Artists like Imagine Dragons, Green Day, AJR, Eric Clapton, and Louis Tomlinson have all canceled shows in Russian and Ukrainian cities in light of the conflict.

“With heavy hearts, in light of current events we feel it is necessary to cancel our upcoming show in Moscow at Spartak Stadium,” Green Day said in a statement about the canceled shows.

“We are aware that this moment is not about stadium rock shows, it’s much bigger than that,” the statement continued. “But we also know that rock and roll is forever and we feel confident there will be a time and a place for us to return in the future,” the band continued. “Refunds available at the point of purchase. Stay safe.”

In addition to canceled concerts, Russia is also losing out in movies. The Cannes Film Festival just announced that Russian delegates will not be welcome this year, while studios like Disney, Sony, Warner Bros, and Paramount are pulling their movies from Russian theaters.

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