Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Netflix Cracks Down on Proxy Services Used by Customers to Access Foreign Content

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Netflix Cracks Down on Proxy Services Used by Customers to Access Foreign Content

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Netflix crack down on VPN workarounds

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TORONTO - Netflix says it's planning on cracking down on users who use virtual private networks and proxy services to view content not available in their countries.

Many of the company's distribution deals with major studios and content providers are negotiated on a regional basis, meaning certain titles are only available to users in certain countries.

Some Canadians use VPN services to stream Netflix movies and TV shows available in the United States, which according to the website Netflixable has around twice as many available titles.

The U.S. version of Netflix also features more Hollywood blockbusters and recent seasons of popular network shows than its Canadian counterpart.

In a blog post, David Fullagar, Netflix's vice-president of content delivery, said the company is making progress in licensing content across borders but is now implementing new measures to end the use of so-called unblockers and other proxy services. …

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