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Netflix Starts Blocking Proxies and VPNs



/ 2 years ago

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Smart Netflix users have been using VPNs to access content from the US site from abroad for years, but now the party’s over: Netflix has started blocking VPN and proxy services in an effort to resecure its region locks. For now, the blocks are limited, but could be the first step towards a blanket proxy block.

The first service to experience problems was the TorGuard VPN. Some users reported problems, and the company noticed that data connections with Netflix were being refused, but only from certain TorGuard IP addresses. Users found that changing their VPN location often solved the problem.

A strict proxy and VPN block will render a significant volume of region-locked content inaccessible. Since region-locking is often intrinsic to the complex licensing deal between TV and movie studios and Netflix, it appears that the situation won’t be changing for the foreseeable future.

Source: Techspot


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  • Pseudopod

    Oh well, it was nice to actually be able to pay for things instead of pirating while it lasted, I guess.

    • Zeed

      Back to pirating for free i guess

  • ImUrAssassin

    So people used VPNs to use netflix… Where it was blocked? Isn’t getting MORE views better than getting blocked? Sounds like a kid complaining about too many people commenting on his Viral video if I’m on the right track here.

    • Kris Turner

      Yes more views is better however the licensing agreements that Netflix has with the movie companies are different for different regions, not to mention its actually against the terms and conditions of Netflix to do this.

    • Pseudopod

      Netflix isn’t really to blame for this. They always release their own content worldwide at the same time. However, the companies they buy licenses from aren’t always as easy to deal with, not to mention they might have sold the streaming rights for a particular region to someone else already, and can’t sell them to Netflix without breaking a different contract they have with someone else.

      The industry is kind of shooting themselves in the foot here, though. I won’t blame Netflix for doing something they might be legally required to do in order to keep their deals with the content owners, but I also won’t pay for the netflix service if it doesn’t provide me with the content I am interested in.

  • Alistair Hardy

    So, the movie industry gets all riled and chases down piraters while making legal alternatives harder to come by.
    Movie Industry Logic 101!