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Netflix Ending In South Korea? Streaming Service Sued $22.9 Due To ‘Squid Game’!

by Victoria Marian Belmis / Oct 02, 2021 05:44 AM EDT
HoYeon Jung, Lee Jung‑jae, Park Hae Soo, and Wi Ha‑joon

Could this be the end of Netflix in South Korea? Find out below!

It seems as though success does not automatically lead to smooth sailing as evident in a recent lawsuit filed by a South Korean internet company ahead of the success of Netflix's "Squid Game."

"Squid Game" was released on Netflix on the 17th of September and since its release on the popular streaming service, the K-drama almost immediately became a global hit going on to top a plethora of trending lists and even becoming a must-watch program worldwide!

But as mentioned above, it seems as though that the popularity of "Squid Game" has caused Netflix to run into issues, more specifically due to an issue that has plagued a specific internet company.

As per recent reports, the South Korean internet company SK Broadband is at present suing Netflix for the reason of 'increased network traffic and maintenance work' that was caused by the number of viewers watching "Squid Game" on Netflix.

Notably, SK Broadband expressed that Netflix's network traffic has increased by more than twenty-four times since 2018, which is mainly due to the amount of popularity of Netflix's K-dramas "Squid Game" and "D.P."

Furthermore, SK Broadband has noted that Netflix owes them $22.9 million dollars for 2020 alone. SK Broadband has also noted that Netflix is the second-largest consumer of network traffic but is only one of two companies that are not required to pay any network fees.

Following this, Netflix has released a statement noting that they will 'review SK Broadband's claim, and seek dialogue and explore ways in the meantime to work with SK Broadband to ensure customers are not affected'.

So have no fear, avid Netflix viewers, the streaming service is ensuring that they will do every possible measure to have flawless streaming in South Korea.

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