MTRCB wants to regulate streaming sites like Netflix and iFlix amid COVID-19 crisis

MTRCB wants to regulate streaming sites like Netflix and iFlix amid COVID-19 crisis

- The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board asked the Senate to allow them to regulate streaming sites like Netflix and iFlix

- MTRCB argued that any motion picture is under their jurisdiction in all kinds of platform

- An official also said that other countries like South Korea have been regulating the contents on Netflix

- Due to the community quarantine, many people have been using Netflix to watch shows or films

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The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) announced that it seeks to regulate streaming sites like Netflix, Viu, iFlix, and many more.

KAMI learned that MTRCB insists that all motion pictures being shown in the Philippines are under their jurisdiction.

MTRCB wants to regulate streaming devices site Netflix and iFlix amid COVID-19 crisis

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In a Facebook post by Philippine Star, MTRCB Legal Affairs Division chief Jonathan Presquito said that content being shown through Netflix or other streaming devices should be regulated by MTRCB.

"Stream services like Netflix are video on-demand platforms. We have to regulate those platforms. We have to ensure that those materials being shown on those platforms are compliant with MTRCB laws," Presquito said

In a report by ABS-CBN News (authored by Katrina Domingo), Presquito argued that other countries like South Korea has been regulating the content on Netflix.

"Sa South Korea, lahat ng content ng Netflix dumadaan sa prior review,” he said.

"We don't want that kind of review. We want an environment of growth. Let's allow streaming services to flourish, but how do we find the balance?" he added.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people used Netflix to watch shows or films at home. As reported by The Verge (authored by Julia Alexander), Netflix had an additional 15.8 million subscribers worldwide during the first quarter.

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming sites around the world. It arrived in the Philippines in 2016 and recently, many Filipino films and shows were being added in its list.

In an earlier report by KAMI, the movie of Alex Gonzaga and Xian Lim “Love The Way U Lie” that was supposed to be their entry for the Metro Manila Film Festival summer edition was premiered on Netflix instead.

Paolo Contis was also hailed as the “pandemic superstar” after his movies “Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap” and “Through Night And Day” became big hits on Netflix.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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