Netflix steps up proxy blocking to rejoice Oscars weekend
What else will get you within the inclusionary spirit of the Oscars like your favourite streaming service blocking you from accessing it? That is the truth many woke to this weekend when Netflix stepped up its efforts to dam these utilizing VPNs and different area unlocks from viewing exhibits and films.
Whereas Netflix has been slowly blocking VPNs and DNS workarounds over the previous couple of months — Australia was first to really feel the pinch — this weekend has seen a slew of complaints from round Europe. Customers in Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic and the UK have all reported being blocked. Anecdotally, Engadget writers have seen entry revoked for utilizing a VPN that does not truly “change” places — a UK-based mostly VPN whereas within the UK, for instance.
An error proven whereas trying to observe Netflix on a UK VPN from the UK.
It looks like when you’re utilizing a VPN or DNS area changer, your days watching Netflix are numbered. The service says it is implementing the blocks because of the “historic apply of licensing content material by geographic territories,” shifting the blame to the film and TV business. Nevertheless, provided that the modifications additionally have an effect on viewers who’re merely utilizing a VPN for privateness or work causes, it is drawing ire from a wider viewers than needed.