Netflix Starts Blocking Proxies and VPNs
Ashley Allen / 2 years ago
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.