Netflix About To Crack Down on VPNs, and Here We Thought They Were Cool

January 15, 2016


For those in regions where Netflix is limited or unavailable altogether, VPN proxies have been like a universal passport, allowing all to live in a country where the 30 Rock episodes roam free, and physical activity has no meaning. In short, these systems have let users go through a third party to forge that they're connecting from a region that they're not. VPNs would be and no doubt have been a real nightmare as a Law & Order: SVU plot device, but as a way to access more of Netflix's vast library--which varies from country to country--they've been a real boon.

Netflix, the cool parents that are totally chill about you having a fake ID, have long turned a blind eye to proxies. But with their streaming service now expanding worldwide into almost 200 countries, they've decided to let us know that they can't be so cool anymore.

"If all of our content were globally available, there wouldn't be a reason for members to use proxies or 'unblockers' to fool our systems into thinking they're in a different country than they're actually in," the company that you thought was cool said in a recent statement. "We are making progress in licensing content across the world and, as of last week, now offer the Netflix service in 190 countries, but we have a ways to go before we can offer people the same films and TV series everywhere.

"Some members use proxies or 'unblockers' to access titles available outside their territory. To address this, we employ the same or similar measures other firms do. This technology continues to evolve and we are evolving with it. That means in coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are."

As of yet, Netflix remains laidback about you getting stoned and binge-watching in the basement with your friends.

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