Netflix announced in January that it would be blocking access to the popular streaming site for people using VPNs. This is because now, Netflix is available in most countries across the world, and most people using VPNs to access Netflix are simply trying to access the US library, which is arguably the most robust and entertaining. Previously, allowing VPN access was good for Netflix because it allowed them to have more subscribers worldwide, but now, there isn’t much of a benefit.
The people are readying their pitchforks against this position. There is already a petition online that has more than 36,000 signatures to try to convince Netflix to allow VPNs. Researchers also believe that if Netflix blocks VPNs, it could lead to increased piracy, because people who can’t access the American version of Netflix will have to resort to illegal downloading to see the content they really want to see. Many think that the VPN ban is because Netflix needs to show studios and networks that they want to do everything it takes to honor licensing deals and respect those contracts’ regional boundaries.
However, some VPN providers say that it is easy to create a workaround to the Netflix VPN block. One, buffered VPN has already created a workaround and has customers who are switching to them because their usual VPN providers don’t work anymore. Many Netflix fans who access the site via VPN are prepared to take their money elsewhere – or get their content for free using the less than legal methods they have used in the past before Netflix sprang to popularity.
Many customers who use VPNs don’t actually use it to access Netflix from another country. Many just use VPNs because they care about their privacy, or simply because their office networks are on VPNs. Some people complain that they can’t watch Netflix on their break at work for this reason. What do you think? Should Netflix ban VPN access?
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