Netflix is reportedly beginning to block subscribers who use VPN (Virtual Private Network) devices to access different international versions of the streaming service.
Netflix is now available in over 15 countries worldwide, but each territory has a different content library according to local licensing agreements. According to Torrentfreak, in recent weeks the streaming service has implemented measures to prevent, for example, a UK-based Netflix subscriber from accessing the US version of the streaming service via a VPN device.
At present, Netflix is said to be testing out a variety of blocking methods, but these are far from comprehensive and relatively few subscribers who access the streaming service via VPN have experienced problems. However, it is believed that the streaming service will attempt to implement more aggressive methods of blocking users who access Netflix via VPN in the coming months.
Netflix’s suspected VPN blocking policy is believed to be driven by the major international movie studios, who are concerned that their licensing agreements are being undermined by subscribers who access different international versions of the streaming service.
At the time of writing (January 5), Netflix has yet to comment on reports that it is blocking subscribers who access the streaming service via VPN.