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Netflix Buzzkill: Company Fights Proxy and VPN “Pirating”

Netflix Buzzkill: Company Fights Proxy and VPN “Pirating”

by January 5, 2015 0 comments

Imagine this scenario: you get home from school or work, get into your comfortable clothes, maybe shower if you decided to skip it this morning. You prep some food, grab your bong, and right before you hit a bowl, you flip on some Netflix, but you’ve been blocked.

“‘BLOCKED’ What the fuck is this?” You ask yourself, in a frustrated panic. Then you hit your bowl, and you’re still upset…but not as much…but still, it’s pretty annoying.

The situation I just described could befall anyone in the near future, anyone, that is, who has been syphoning international Netflix libraries via Proxy and VPN pirating. Movie studios are upset at these content miners because they’ve become detrimental to business. By using a VPN or other methods to alter a device’s geographical location users are interfering with movie studios’ licensing agreements.

Within recent weeks, Netflix has started to make moves against those using VPN tools.

Some people just want to catch up on their Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, or maybe have a binge watch Chef Ramsay verbally abuse intellectually stunted restaurant owners who are down on their luck, and will resort to piracy for it. Yarr! 

Android users, for example, will now find it more difficult to circumvent the fortress the application has built using Google forced DNS. As it stands right now such precautions are still limited in scale.

So all the offenders out there can heave a sigh of relief.

Ben Van der Pelt of TorGuard (one of the VPN providers most affected by Netflix’s new regulations) said, “I have a sneaking suspicion that Netflix may be testing these new IP blocking methods temporarily in certain markets. At this time, the blocks do not seem aggressive and may only be targeted at IP ranges that exceed too many simultaneous logins.” (Torrent Freak) Meaning Netflix’s efforts, may be temporary for the time being. Some of the methods Netflix is testing, include matching the user’s time zone through their web browser or mobile device to the time zone of their IP Address.

Don’t fret though, as is the way of the internet, VPN providers are already working on more ways to circumvent Netflix’s efforts.

And hey, if that doesn’t work out, at least you’ve got Trailer Park Boys no matter where you are! Fucking deeeeecent! 

[Via Torrent Freak]

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