Netflix is now at risk of being blocked in Vietnam
Netflix now faces an uncertain fate in Vietnam, following media reports that local officials have not yet approved the popular streaming service and its content.
Ngo Huy Toan, a senior official from the Ministry of Information and Communications, was quoted as saying on Friday that Netflix will have to apply for licenses and have its content checked and approved first.
The service was made available in Vietnam earlier this week.
If Netflix fails to comply with local regulations, Vietnamese authorities will take all necessary measures to block its service, Toan was quoted as saying by Tuoi Tre.
Media reports suggested that it would not be easy for Netflix to be licensed in Vietnam.
Toan described the company as a pay TV operator, which means a broadcast journalism permit may be required.
Netflix launched its service in Vietnam along with another 189 countries around the world on Thursday.
People in Vietnam can register for unlimited movies and TV shows and pay a monthly fee of VND180,000-260,000 (US$8-12). Nudity and violence content appears uncensored.
The company is still struggling to break into China, due to censorship issues.