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Netflix Targets Geo-Dodgers

 

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Netflix has begun to block Australian subscribers from viewing American content according to geo-dodging facilitator uFlix. The Melbourne based company announced on their website that some customers had been blocked from Netflix and warned to remove any unblockers or proxies. This comes a few days after the content giant announced it will finally be putting a stop to people using VPNs and proxies to gain access to programs from outside of their own country.

Since its official launch almost one year ago Netflix has gained 2.7 million legitimate Australian subscribers, according to research conducted by Roy Morgan. Yet many are not satisfied with the limited content provided to the Australian library compared to its U.S counterpart. Hit television shows like ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Parks and Recreation’ and classics like ‘The X-Files’ are only available in the U.S or if an American VPN or Proxy is installed.

VPNs and Proxies re-route a user’s internet connection, disguising the IP address which reveals the users geographical location. Due to current licensing laws, content providers must negotiate different licenses dependant on geographical territory. It is a problem Netflix VP David Fullagar is looking to overcome.

“We are making progress in licensing content across the world and, as of last week, now offer the Netflix service in 190 countries, but we have a ways to go before we can offer people the same films and TV series everywhere,” he announced on the Netflix website last week.

But before this is achieved, Netflix will be shutting down users viewing content that is unlicensed in their geographical region.

“In coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be available to access the service in the country where they currently are.”

Netflix is still Australia’s most popular paid streaming service, leading local competitors Stan and Presto. With 1 in 10 households currently subscribed to some kind of on-demand television streaming service, video steaming has been one of the biggest tech trends last year in Australia.

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Posted by Nathan at 11:03 am 1 Comments

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Jimbob Montain said over 2 years ago

Right, people csn pay for licensed material, or if the material is unavailable, they will find other ways to get it that foesn't remunerate the idiots that believe Australians are not fit for and do not deserve access to recent and sought after content. If license fees are being paid to Netflix, then content owners are being remunerated for the content no-matter what country they are in â

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