Netflix sued after ‘Squid Game’ release increases traffic for Korean internet provider

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Netflix is ​​facing another lawsuit.

South Korean Internet provider SK Broadband has filed a lawsuit against the streamer to cover increased traffic and maintenance costs following the increase in traffic, a spokesperson for the provider said, per Reuters.

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The surge in traffic comes in the form of the “squid game” that dominates Netflix. The Korean-language drama is on track to become the streamer’s biggest show in its history.

The lawsuit comes after a court in Seoul ruled that Netflix must offer something “reasonable” to the internet provider and several Korean politicians have spoken out against content distributors who, according to the outlet, have been financially responsible for the traffic boom, according to the outlet. do not compensate.

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Netflix has said they will review the company’s claim, initiate a discussion and work to find a way to avoid the difficulties SK Broadband users face.

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SK said Netflix and YouTube — the only sites generating more traffic on the provider than streamers — don’t pay network usage fees, but other sites like Amazon, Facebook and Apple do.

As of last September, Netflix’s data traffic handled by SK was 1.2 trillion bits of data processed per second – a jump of 24 times from May 2018, thanks to the success of shows like “Squid Game” and “DP.”

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Last year, Netflix claimed in its own lawsuit against the provider that the expenses incurred by SK were part of their contractual obligation to subscribers and thus should not be paid for by Netflix.

The Seoul Central District Court ruled against Streamer, claiming that because SK provides “a service to be provided at a cost”, it is for Netflix to be “obligated to provide something in return for the service”. “cool Beans.

SK estimated a cost of approximately 27.2 billion Won ($22.9 million) by Netflix in 2020 alone. The streamer had previously appealed the decision and proceedings would resume in December.


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