Netflix cracking down on customers using VPNs to view content

Netflix cracking down on customers using VPNs to view content

Streaming giant Netflix has started blocking virtual private networks (VPNs) being used by customers to access content which is not available in their region or country.

The move, underscoring a crackdown on customers using VPNs to view Netflix content from different regions, comes after Netflix's last-month blog post in which the company announced that would intensify its fight against proxy connections, VPNs and other workarounds.

Netflix's crackdown on VPN services is a result of the fact that Netflix is a region-locked service. As such, the content - TV shows and movies - offered by Netflix to customers in different regions and countries is different, as is the availability of features like subtitle languages.

However, some Netflix users make use of VPN proxies to access content which is not available in their region/country. As a result of the use of VPN proxies, the IP addresses of Netflix users' computers indicate that they are connecting from a different region.

With Netflix now having started blocking VPN proxies, a European Netflix subscriber has revealed in a Reddit post that an error message shows up on the Netflix website when users in some European countries try to connect through a VPN. The disclosure has been corroborated by Netflix subscribers from Belgium, Spain, Germany, the UK and the Czech Republic.

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