Roku eliminated the Russia Right now channel — also referred to as RT America — from its platform within the early night of March 1. That adopted the identical transfer by DirecTV earlier within the day. RT is a state-run media service, and RT America is its U.S.-based arm.
In the meantime, the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues.
Earlier than it was faraway from the Roku Channel Retailer, the RT America channel had garnered greater than 4,100 scores and sported 3.9 stars out of 5. By comparability, the Peacock itemizing has 97,221 scores and a 3.5-star rating. Netflix — the world’s largest streaming service — has 4.2 million scores and a 3.8-star rating.
It’s unclear simply how many individuals might have watched RT America on Roku, although the platform is the No. 1 streaming service in america.
RT America, for its half, was clear in its Channel Retailer (what Roku calls apps, primarily) itemizing. The opening line of the outline mentioned it was a “Russia state-affiliated channel.” It adopted with: “This channel’s content material is offered by a overseas agent affiliated with the Russian authorities, which has registered with america beneath the International Brokers Registration Act (FARA). FARA is meant to determine overseas political affect in america.”
The Roku Channel Retailer itemizing mentioned that RT boasts 70 million weekly viewers in 38 international locations, with 8 million viewers in america.
RT America remained out there on Sling TV as of the afternoon of March 2. The corporate has but to reply to our inquiry whether or not it intends to maintain RT America as certainly one of its add-on choices. And the RT America YouTube channel additionally stays out there, with its 1.22 million subscribers.