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post #1 of 264 (permalink) Old 2016-01-14, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Netflix to start cracking down on proxy usage?

"Netflix recently became available in 130 more countries, but unfortunately not every area is able to access all of its content. While Netflix works on licensing agreements, it will begin preventing customers from using proxies and unblockers to access more content. This move may not be a popular one from the company, as people obviously will want access to as much content as possible, but it is something Netflix says is necessary for its business"

After going global, Netflix starts cracking down on proxy users | Android Central

Looks like services such as UnoTelly & Unblock.us are about to engage in a cat & mouse game with Netflix as this pans out.
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post #2 of 264 (permalink) Old 2016-01-14, 01:34 PM
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I can see a lot of people unsubscribing if and when this happens to Canadian subscribers. Just why is there such a discrepancy between the amount of content available in the US and Canada? If this discrepancy did not exist, neither would the use of proxies to bypass geoblocking.
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As of today I have not been able to access American Netflix using unblock-us.
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Well that sucks, I'll try mine later and see what happens.
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This actually quite easy for Netflix to enforce. Most streaming services limit content access by the geographical location of the subscriber at the time of subscription. A Canadian subscription simply won't work in the US and visa versa. (In wireless phone terms, Netflix-like roaming is impossible.) That Netflix uses (or used) current geographical location is a convenient loophole that few, if any, other streaming services allow. Canadians may need to get a US subscription with a US address to access US content in future.
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I wonder how many people will stop their netflix subscriptions. I certainly will. I'll just stream other shows over the internet. There is nothing that I absolutely must watch on netflix. I thought getting rid of cable would be bad but it was actually rather good, and the same will go for netflix. Their loss
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US address may not help either. Good example is HBO GO service where you need an American address and credit card to set up an account and HBO would still recognize customers outside of US.
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If Netflix blocks US and UK roaming I will likely cancel as well. About half of what I watch is only available in the US and I know of no Canadian sources for most of it. When I look at the Canadian program selection, I just want to give up on the service. Their are a few Netflix original programs I watch but I can do that in one or two months a year. I might even be able to get it all watched in a free first month.
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Challenge accepted, Netflix.

So far our account still work on American Netflix.
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Hulu has apparently been doing this for a long time, but I haven't noticed.

Like I've said in other posts here in the past, determining location based on your IP address is a really hard problem to solve because IP addresses weren't ever supposed to have any association with a physical location.

Ultimately, the companies like Unblock-Us have the home field advantage.

If Netflix is okay with "false positives" (i.e. blocking some of their customers in the USA, collateral damage), then they will probably be able to effectively block Canadian users using USA Netflix too. Or, at least they'll make it really annoying for the proxy companies.

We'll see. Maybe Netflix has a magic bullet, but I somehow doubt it.
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I'm finishing up one anime on Netflix and then may drop my subscription.
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There is still enough content on the Canadian Netflix to be worth my subscription but I will miss having access to the UK library. Hopefully Netflix's technological victory will be short lived. At the moment my unblock-us DNS service is still letting me access the US and UK library.
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It's in Netflix's best interests to only do a marginal job at this, enough to appease the license holders. As it doesn't effect them directly and if they turn a blind eye it just makes their customers happier.
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If they aren't perceived to be doing a good job of blocking then they may find it much harder to buy content. That is the real danger on Netflix's end.
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