ByMark J. Guillen, writer at
Netflix blocks out users who are involved in using services to change their geographical blocks to access other regional content.

News broke down last week that Netflix Inc. is very much annoyed with the users that are involved in geo-dodging tricks and accessing the platform using a VPN (virtual private network). Most of these users belonged to the Australian region who badly wanted to get their hands on the United States content and catalogue regardless.

The company announced a crackdown to eliminate this issue one way or another. According to sources, it has now began its operation that will block Australian users permanently from US catalogue.

Sources suggest that Netflix has already started blocking customers who are involved in geo-dodging tricks to get access to US content. It announced a crackdown at the beginning of this week and it acted quite fast to stop the use of VPN for its viewers.

The streaming service provider does not want its subscribers to illegally and unethically access other regional contents. This was the main reason for the firm’s services available in 190 countries or more – so that everyone gets a fair share without the use of VPN or geo dodging tricks.

Australian streaming subscribers used uFlix, which is a Melbourne based service, to change their DNS, IP address, and geographical block. This used to show that a particular subscriber belongs to a different country. uFlix said few customers have received warning notices from Netflix asking them to switch off and ditch their unblocking service. According to uFlix, the notice sent by Netflix stated, “You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again.”

uFlix further added that this activity, so far, has reached only to a small number of users but it is expected to expand with time. Managing Director of company, Peter Dujan, stated, “The blocking is currently not aggressive, and we believe (for the moment) they are only testing the new blocking methods on their customers. We suspect that they are blocking known IP ranges and gaining additional information from the user's browser or mobile device and comparing it to the proxy and user IP addresses.”

Additionally, Peter Dujan stated that uFlix would come up with a better solution only in a matter of time. Netflix’s crackdown is best temporary, as it will all go down when uFlix outsmart the popular streaming service provider in near future. It is exposed to such challenges for years due to tech advancements enabling dodging.


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