The head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov urged the government to accelerate the timetable for the adoption of bylaws restricting foreign participation in the video. He saw a threat in the emergence of Apple TV+ Russia.
Speaking at the forum “Spectrum”, Zharov said that from November 1 in 100 countries, including Russia, will start streaming service Apple TV+. It will be available on all Apple gadgets, as well as new models of Samsung smart TV. And in the future, the service should appear on the TVs all the major manufacturers.
The head of Roskomnadzor also noticed that the service Apple TV+ on average will cost 2-2,5 times cheaper subscription from any Russian online cinemas.
“Serious challenge, given the network and audience. This price can be justified solely by the effect of the transnational scale of the business. This is a serious challenge, which we need in the industry to discuss and understand what we do” — quoted by Jaroff, RIA “Novosti”.
According to the adopted in 2017, the law, foreign legal entity or a Russian, but with a high proportion of foreign participation, the right to own or control more than 20% of audiovisual services, provided that this is agreed upon with the government Commission. However, normative documents on the establishment of this Commission is still pending. In this regard, Zharov called upon all interested and involved employees of Roskomnadzor, Minsitry, the government of the Russian Federation to accelerate.
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