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NETFLIX helps screw Australians some more



One of the big pitches of NETFLIX in days gone by is that everywhere it is released, BitTorrent traffic - the most common app for internet piracy - goes down.  Australia (my native country) is one of the biggest pirate nations in the world and the reason behind this is pretty clear - region blocks mean we are often a country to miss out on prime content, you just can't buy it here.

I watched a piece on Louis CK and he explained that after coming to Australia and meeting Aussies who wanted to buy his stand up DVD he came to the realisation that the companies creating and distributing content "...think they're keeping money in, but they're keeping it out," and he's right.

I'm not saying I personally would ever pirate anything *adjusts peg leg and swats at squawking parrot* but if I was, I can assure you I would much rather pay for a reasonable service like NETFLIX than risk pissing off the authorities.  Unforunately, NETFLIX, like all other reasonable solutions to this issue, is not available in this country.

To get around this particular foible a series of people have invested in VPN services that would mask where they are connecting from, a solution I personally was considering.... until today.  The Verge had this to say on the issue:

"Netflix in the United States is not the same as Netflix in the rest of the world. Thanks to the intricacies of international law, the streaming service offers very different content, and sometimes none at all, based on where a subscriber lives. Some savvy users have been using tools to get around that problem, but it appears the company may finally be putting its foot down.

Many users rely on VPNs — virtual private networks — or custom DNS settings to stealthily access Netflix as though they were in other regions. But Netflix may have started closing some of those loopholes. Torrent Freak reports that, in the past few weeks, popular VPN services like TorGuard have started seeing a spike in errors when users try to access Netflix.

The problems don't appear to be widespread — the Netflix Android app, for one, may have updated to block DNS trickery — but there is a reasonable concern among users of the services that this is a prelude to a wider crackdown by Netflix. That might be unfortunate for people who rely on the services, but it's hardly surprising: as Netflix continues its global expansion, more and more money is on the line."


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