Netflix clamp down on your proxy

8 April 2015

netflix-transparent Remember us telling you about Netflix clamping down on people using proxy servers and VPNs?

Well, they've updated their terms and conditions and now they're threatening to "terminate or restrict your use of our service, without compensation or notice" if you start doing things in a way they don't like. As a result, there's going to be a number of disgruntled customers who will ditch subscription services in favour of firing up a torrent.

If you want access to content that is (pointlessly) restricted to other territories, then you're going to have to go through the back door.

The clauses in the T&Cs that are relevant to all this are:

Article 6C: "You may view a movie or TV show through the Netflix service primarily within the country in which you have established your account and only in geographic locations where we offer our service and have licensed such movie or TV show. The content that may be available to watch will vary by geographic location. Netflix will use technologies to verify your geographic location."

Article 6H: "We may terminate or restrict your use of our service, without compensation or notice if you are, or if we suspect that you are (i) in violation of any of these Terms of Use or (ii) engaged in illegal or improper use of the service."

Netflix have said that they intend to reduce the need for proxy and VPN fiddles. A spokesperson for the company said: "Virtually crossing borders to use Netflix is a violation of our terms of use because of content licensing restrictions. We employ industry standard measures to prevent this kind of use."

"By way of background, what we do is nothing different than what traditional TV networks do to prevent, for example, someone from outside the US from watching the Olympics on NBC.com... we are working to become a global Internet TV network and, as part of that, will have more global rights to series, features, docs, comedy specials, etc., this should make this whole issue moot overtime."

TOPICS:   TV

3 comments

  • Alex
    "If you want access to content that is (pointlessly) restricted to other territories.." Don't blame Netflix, blame the rights holders who sell it overseas in a myriad of different and confusing ways.
  • bob
    Sky buy up first rights to a lot of films, which is why Netflix isn't allowed to show them on the UK version. So yes, it's not Netflix fault - in fact they have very kindly turned a blind eye to using dodgy DNS codes for years now. Although this does make Netflix less appealing because their UK list is woeful compared to the US version
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