South Korean internet service provider sues Netflix for surge in traffic as users stream Squid Game

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A scene in Squid Game.
A scene in Squid Game.
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South Korean internet service provider SK Broadband is suing Netflix to pay the cost of increased network traffic and maintenance work after viewers used the streaming platform to watch the new series Squid Game, reports Reuters.

According to the publication, this comes after a Seoul court said the service provider should "reasonably" give something in return to the service provider for network usage.

Netflix said that it would review the claim and find ways to work with SK broadband to make sure that customers aren't affected.

The 9-episode series, released on 17 September, follows contestants who compete in deadly games for a billion won prize money.

By 21 September, it took the number 1 globally, putting it on track to becoming the streamer's biggest show ever.

Last week Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos said that there is a "very good chance it's going to be our biggest show ever."

READ MORE | A new Korean drama could become Netflix's biggest show ever

On Sunday, Amazon head Jeff Bezos heaped praise on the success of the show. He wrote on Twitter: .@ReedHastings and Ted Sarandos and the team at @Netflix get it right so often. Their internationalisation strategy isn't easy, and they're making it work. Impressive and inspiring. (And I can't wait to watch the show.)


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