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Netflix beginning to crack down on proxy, VPN users

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 04 Jan 2015 4:45 User comments (2)

Netflix beginning to crack down on proxy, VPN users

Due to international laws that vary by country, not all Netflix subscriptions are created equal.
A few more tech-savvy users have found ways to get around the lesser catalogs of their country's Netflix using proxies, VPNs and other workarounds to get access to the full American library of streaming content.

According to one popular VPN (virtual private network), Torguard, there has been a large spike in errors for users trying to access American Netflix through their service from other countries. "This is a brand new development. A few weeks ago we received the first report from a handful of clients that Netflix blocked access due to VPN or proxy usage. This is the very first time I've ever heard Netflix displaying this type of error message to a VPN user," said TorGuard's Ben Van der Pelt.

Others that are using custom DNS settings are out of luck if they use the Android app, since Netflix just updated the software to block such workarounds by forcing Google DNS, as well.

While relatively few have been affected, so far, this could be just the beginning of a wider-spread crackdown on unauthorized Netflix usage.


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2 user comments

14.1.2015 21:58

unauthorized usage: Just another way countries can interfere with there citizen's rights and just wait someone will find a way around it again.

just like they found how to record video from netflix on the xbox one

25.1.2015 12:49

Content should be allowed without limits...........PERIOD!

It is highly unlikely that the 'majority' of foreigners will jump through hoops of fire in order to watch tv from the US that 1. they are likely unaware of considering they live elsewhere and 2. that they can understand.

I don't jump on Germany's, Australia's or China's networks trying to watch their televised crap!

Maybe BBC but that's the limit for me.

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