The White House is moving to block the $8 a month Hulu subscription, the largest paid subscription service, from being offered on any U.S. streaming sites.
The White and Congressional Black Caucus have been pushing the White House and other members of Congress to put a ban on the Hulu service, saying it is a threat to free speech and online privacy.
The ban would be effective Dec. 30, 2018.
“The White House cannot support a pay-to-view model that allows people to circumvent our country’s laws and restrict access to the internet,” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), the chair of the Congressional Black Coalition.
“We cannot support the White Senate trying to impose a pay TV regime on the internet, which is a key tool for protecting Americans from online threats.”
Johnson, who is African American, said that his organization will fight the ban at the U.N. in 2019.
“I have to ask: Why?
Why now?” he said.
“Why now is it too late to put this on the table?”
The WhiteHouse.gov is no longer offering Hulu subscriptions on the website.
Hulu also declined to comment for this story.
Netflix, Amazon and other streaming services have faced a legal challenge in recent months over the legality of their subscriptions.
The companies have argued that their products are not illegal, but the courts have sided with the companies in the past.
“Netflix and Amazon have fought vigorously against a ban by the Federal Trade Commission that would have forced them to turn over customer data to law enforcement,” Netflix said in a statement on Monday.
“It is a violation of our customers’ rights and privacy to be forced to disclose their private information to the government.”