Netflix goes global, wants to crack down on proxies

Netflix has announced it’s expanding to nearly every available country on Earth. While it’s already been available in some countries outside the US, this greatly expands Netflix’s reach. The only countries it won’t operate in are China, Syria, North Korea, and Crimea. Does this mean it’ll become available in areas like Iran, then?

Thanks to the fractured state of media rights, the available TV shows and movies in each country’s version of Netflix vary. This has lead some to use proxies/virtual private networks (VPNs) to get around region-blocking, and watch international versions of Netflix. Unfortunately, Netflix has also announced that it plans to crack down on the use of VPNs and proxies. It remains to be seen how successful these attempts to block proxies/VPNs will be, however.

Given Netflix doesn’t (heavily) mind people sharing login passwords and the difficulty of such a proxy-blocking task, I wonder if they only said that to appease the movie/TV studios, who’re extremely protective of their intellectual property. Netflix’s ultimate goal is offering as much of its library as possible on a “worldwide” basis, which they hope would negate the need of proxies.

Do any of you use a proxy to view Netflix content from another country? Or a proxy for any other similar streaming services (Hulu, etc.)?

One comment

  1. I use in Ireland, which means we get Netflix UK. The content is quite different, but I never felt the need to use proxies or alternative DNS as there so many shows anyway – just not the SAME ones in the US. I would look forward to a wider choice and more recent content, but I’ll likely have no extra time to watch it!

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