Are you one of the thousands of Canadian Netflix subscribers that has found away to get access to American Neflix?
You might be about to lose it. Netflix says it’s planning on shutting the door on users viewing content from outside their country.
Netflix is currently available in 190 countries – but what content is available to users varies radically from region to region, depending on licensing deals.
That hasn’t held consumers back. Many have found a way to get access to foreign-licensed content using VPNs (virtual private networks) or so called “unblocker” plugins for their web browsers which disguise where they are browsing from.
Netflix says it’s “evolving” with the technology that allows users to do this, with the goal of shutting the practice down.
“In coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are. We are confident this change won’t impact members not using proxies.
The company says its long term goal is to give everyone access to the same content – but it says that isn’t likely to happen soon.
“We are making progress in licensing content across the world… but we have a ways to go before we can offer people the same films and TV series everywhere.”
No word yet on a timeline for the move.