January 18, 2016

Netflix to combat unblockers

Netflix, telling the world that you can’t circumvent regional programming for much longer:

Some members use proxies or “unblockers” to access titles available outside their territory. To address this, we employ the same or similar measures other firms do. This technology continues to evolve and we are evolving with it. That means in coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are. We are confident this change won’t impact members not using proxies.

Region locking of all kinds is utterly stupid and should be ended. Alas, the licensing world doesn’t work that way. Too much money in play, and no real incentive, at least not until global streaming services have power enough to push back.

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