5 questions about the Netflix’ block of vpn’s and proxies

What is that, watching through a vpn?

Many users choose to watch Netflix via a vpn or a proxy, because the film offering is sometimes rather disappointing. It is possible to deceive Netflix, as it were, and look at the offers of another country, for example via America. There, the supply of films and series is greater – and often more modern.

You can use a vpn, a ‘virtual private network’, which means that you run your internet traffic via another server. It then depends on the country in which the server is located: With an American server you can view the American offer, but you can also choose a vpn that has servers in Canada or France.

You can also use a DNS proxy to change the address of your router. This has the same effect in practice (you are ‘in another country’), but it has some minor disadvantages compared to a vpn. For example, your connection is not encrypted. On the other hand, you can set up a DNS proxy on your PlayStation, for example, which is not possible with a vpn.

What is the difference in offers?

Especially specific country users change their location on Netflix, because there are other movies and series to watch. On the American Netflix, some series are released earlier, so that you don’t have to wait so long for them. According to many users, the Dutch offer is not worth the € 8.99 you pay for a subscription.

What you can still see, also on the Netflix in other countries, are the original Netflix-series. These are series that are produced by Netflix itself and are exclusively on display there, such as House Of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Narcos and Marco Polo. Netflix also makes his own documentaries, such as ‘Making A Murderer’. These also remain to be seen on the Dutch Netflix.

Other popular series and films, however, can only be seen in the American offer. Take ‘Friends’, the popular sitcom from the ’90s. It was recently bought for Netflix, but is now only to look at the American offer.

What happens if I do use a vpn or proxy?

Netflix was initially unclear about exactly what it was going to block, but against the NOS, among others, the streaming service tells me that it is indeed about dns-proxies and vpn services

Your Netflix account will not be banned if you use a vpn
What’s not yet clear is how Netflix is going to detect it exactly. The company says that it concerns ‘all forms of regional sailors’, but in theory this could also mean that it concerns a blacklist with the most frequently used services. A commonly used vpn service, for example, is Private Internet Access, which could then be blacklisted.

If the latter is the case, you could, in principle, switch to a lesser-known service – although of course it remains to be seen how long this will continue to go well.

Netflix does not say what happens if a user is caught with such a proxy or vpn. In theory, it would be possible to permanently block such a user, but that doesn’t seem logical – in the end, the company benefits from having as many people as possible continue to pay for the service. Probably that’s why you’ll just get a warning that you need to turn off your proxy to look further.

I just pay for Netflix, so why do they block the offer?

The rights of Netflix movies are very complicated
The fact that the offer is different in each country has to do with the rights to it. A filmmaker sells the rights to his film, but only to a certain audience. Netflix then buys the right to show the film to 320 million Americans, but not to millions of foreign viewers.

If they want to be able to see the film, Netflix has to pay more money to the film studio. However, it is impossible to predict how many people will end up watching a film if you allow vpn’s, so a filmmaker gets structurally underpaid for the film.

That in itself was never such a big problem, until last week. Then Netflix announced that it would be available in all countries in the world in one fell swoop. This means that there are millions more potential customers all of a sudden – and thus millions more viewers who can see all kinds of films they shouldn’t be seeing through a vpn.

The big film studios are not happy about that, because they get paid even less than they should. The film studios probably told Netflix that some rights could be made available internationally, but on the condition that Netflix would stop vpn’s and other regional sailors.

The plan to introduce regional blockades is not new. Many other streaming services such as Hulu have been doing so for some time now, but for Netflix it doesn’t come as a complete surprise either. A year ago, Netflix already included in its terms and conditions that the regional blockades would be implemented in.

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