Over the globe users of the extremely popular online video streaming service Netflix have been reporting that they can no longer use the features of their memberships - Error? I think not.
Netflix has many different versions, the different versions depend on what country you are watching from, for example the UK version could potentially have different content than the American version - so depending on which country you are watching from, that would decipher whether or not you could watch certain content.
But, users have been dodging this restriction by using VPN's/DNS circumvention tools to try and access the American version of Netlix and therefore being able to view the different shows from the different countries - recently 'The Wolf of Wall Street' (2013) and 'Friends' (1994) were recently added to strictly the American version of the website and well, you can imagine what comes next.
TorGuard, who provide and support a VPN service commented on the matter as they noticed a sudden increase of complaints to do with Netflix, they stated;
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.
TV and Film Production studios have continously been unhappy with this loophole and finally Netflix have stood up and have started BLOCKING USERS who are using the method mentioned above in order to the keep the rights to show the content that production studios have let them use, which when you really think it about it you'll realise that it's fair enough.
- 1. Netflix pays studios for the legal rights to stream their content on the studios terms.
- 2. Public pay membership fees to watch the shows that Netflix now has the rights for.
This is a pretty basic way of showing how Netflix makes their money, if Studios start cancelling or not signing deals with Netflix because of loopholes like mentioned above, then Netflix are not going to make a profit if there is a lack of content on their streaming services.
So, if you're doing this make the most of it and be cautious of the fact that it could very well be the last time you access Netflix on your account.
All in all, you have been warned :8