It Looks Like Netflix Is Cracking Down On VPN 'Pirating'

It Looks Like Netflix Is Cracking Down On VPN 'Pirating'

It's one of the internet's open secrets that if you don't live in the US, but wish you did because of the better Netflix offerings, you can use any number of Chrome extensions or VPNs to get around the geo-blocker. However, it looks like the free ride might be coming to an end, as Netflix is starting to crack down on the practice.

As TorrentFreak has noted, Netflix has recently taken up blocking some services that get around geo-blockers. They're targeting VPNs, which tunnel traffic through a particular service, and DNS-spoofing websites, which simply serve to change your virtual location. Blocking isn't widespread for now -- Hola Better Internet, a hugely popular Chrome extension, is still functioning -- but as TorrentFreak points out, this could easily be a test of a more blanket block that is yet to be introduced.

Blocking geo-pirates is a logical step for the content providers, who have thus far concentrated more on streaming and torrenting websites in their crusade against the internet. But since geo-piracy is easy to detect, and legally and technically relatively simple to take measures against, it was really only a matter of time. [TorrentFreak]


    one of the most ironic things i find about watching US netflix is that i get to watch Australian produced TV shows which aren't available on FTA in Australia.

    kind of goes to show how crap our 'system' is.

    Surely there would be ways around this? what if a US user wants to use a VPN & still use netflix? wouldn't it be possible for a friend in US to setup a netflix account so it can be run with a VPN & then have them send you the details so you can use?

    that'd work? yes?

    I recently moved from Europe to Australia ... all my purchased DVDs are region coded and don't work on Australian DVD players. Geo Blocking old style!

    Can I now give back my DVDs on warranty as they don't work anymore? Is it now illegal to watch my DVDs ... maybe it was even illegal to bring my purchased DVDs across the border.

    And a Netfilx geoblock is nothing else. Does Hollywood really want us to repurpose the VPN and cancel Netflix or other streaming services?

    No Netflix crack down on my VPN provider (, coz they own their own infrastructure, so they are much more flexible in keeping up to date with all the changes. Streams smoothly!

    Last edited 28/03/15 12:31 pm

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