Netflix cracking down on VPN "Geo-Pirates"

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Netflix forced to crack down on "Geo-"Piracy" by movie studios

Reports are surfacing that Netflix are trialing measures to tackle so-called Geo-Pirates who attempt to access oversees content that normally isn't available in their territory.

Many people access the US Netflix using VPN providers such as TorGuard in order to get value for money from their subscriptions. The issue is that movie studios and television companies will only license certain releases to Netflix for specific countries. The US version of Netflix has a vastly superior range than that in the UK which has forced people to access the US site.

Ben Van der Pelt from TorGuard had the following to say on the developments.

"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."

These reports have originated over on TorrentFreak although Netflix have contacted Engadget to deny any changes to their VPN policy.

Should Netflix implement an all out ban on VPN users you could almost certainly guarantee a severe drop in their user numbers, which could be catastrophic to the company as many users would argue that the content available would not be worth the subscription amount without the additional US content.

 

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