India’s government has banned the internet service provider, Netflix, from offering ad-supported streaming services in the country for the next six months amid concerns that they could harm India’s economy and consumers.
The move comes amid a backlash against Netflix in India over the introduction of a new policy that allows internet providers to block access to certain content in some countries.
Netflix, a global internet company, says the ban is a “disruption” in its business.
The country’s government said the ban will continue until December.
The ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, is the ruling coalition.
Netflix has denied it is blocking any content.
A spokesman said: “We have not blocked any content.”
Netflix has more than 3,000 global subscribers.
The ban on the services comes after a government-led committee on Wednesday recommended that Netflix, one of the world’s biggest media and entertainment companies, be allowed to operate in India.
India’s government, which was dominated by the Bharatis, has repeatedly said it does not want a repeat of the economic crisis that engulfed the country in 2008.
The country’s economic output shrank by more than 30% in the first three months of 2017.
The committee was made up of lawmakers, journalists and business leaders.
It is one of a number of measures in the wake of the country’s biggest internet shutdown in two decades, which affected tens of millions of Indians.