Netflix VPN block is go!

15 January 2016

netflix-transparent If you've been sidestepping the blocks put in place on Netflix, so you can watch shows and films that are only available in the States, while you're in the UK, that's come to an end.

We've spoken about this a couple of times before, but now the crackdown is real.

Of course, this isn't the fault of Netflix per se - it is those pesky licensing agreements, which come from the studios and show-makers themselves, leaving Netflix with tied hands.

Netflix are looking at banning users who jump through loopholes to get at the content people in other countries have access to, within the next seven days.

However, knowing that this is tremendously irksome, there's a small ray of light, as Netflix bosses are looking at expanding the licensing agreements to around the world, as soon as they possibly can. Seeing as their video streaming service is now available in 130 countries, this is good news for a lot of couch-potatoes.

Vice president of content delivery, David Fullagar, says: "If all of our content were globally available, there wouldn't be a reason for members to use proxies or “unblockers” to fool our systems into thinking they’re in a different country than they’re actually in."

"In the meantime, we will continue to respect and enforce content licensing by geographic location."

So, while it is annoying, it also isn't quite the fault of Netflix. Let us just hope that the studios get their arses in gear and start freeing up all those lovely films, so everyone can watch them. If they don't, there's going to more people illegally downloading them to get at them, so it's their choice really.

If you're wanting help with what to watch on Netflix, here's a great tool we stumbled across, which should sort you out.



  • Rhi
    They're not banning people, they're restricting access. What happens when you try and watch something you shouldn't is you get an error message on screen asking you to turn off your VPN and for more info go to It looks like they are restricting services individually rather than say deciding that if you signed up in the UK you can only ever have the UK catalogue. So there will be ways round it.
  • Alexis
    And they wonder why people BitTorrent. Even Channel 5 is showing the X Files 2 weeks after the states. So loads of people will just torrent it and why would that be a crime? It's only like getting a mate in the US to burn it to DVD and post it.
  • Edward L.
    Will look forward to cancelling that subscription then. Thank you Amazon Prime!
  • Jessie J.
    Pirate Bay FTW!!! Do it like a dude.

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