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US video streaming service Netflix has joined local streaming platforms Puhu TV and Blu TV in applying for a licence to continue operating in Turkey, after new online broadcasting rules were announced.
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Ebubekir Sahin, president of Turkey's television watchdog RTUK, said on Twitter that Netflix, Puhu TV and Blu TV are among 600 institutions which have applied for licenses under the tighter regulations.

In order to comply with the rules, the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service will set up a local office and pay 0.5% of revenue generated in Turkey to the government, Reuters reported. The new licence is key to the company being able to continue operating in Turkey, as well as complying with the as yet unpublished RTUK guidelines.

Netflix currently has 1.5 million subscribers in Turkey, reaching about 10% of the country's broadband households. Local programming it streams includes The Protector , about an Istanbul shopkeeper who battles immortal enemies, and another supernatural drama series The Gift.

However, if its content fails to meet the new guidelines, a 30 day period will be offered to rectify the issue. If the required changes are not made, Netflix or other media companies may have their licences suspended for three months and subsequently cancelled, according to reports.