Netflix vs VPNs – the fight begins

Netflix has started blocking VPN services, but the fight back from the affected VPN provider was swift.

By - January 23, 2016 Share on LinkedIn
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Netflix has started to block some VPN services in Australia, but the fight back from the affected VPN provider to bypass the restrictions was swift.

Netflix recently announced it was cracking down on subscribers using VPNs, proxies, and unblockers to access the US catalogue.

Melbourne-based VPN provider uFlix alerted its users on 20 January that some subscribers had issues with Netflix blocking non-Australian content when going through uFlix.

“Though it is only affecting a few users at the moment, we expect this number to grow,” the company said.

Users trying to access Netflix through a VPN service received the message: “You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again.”

At the time, uFlix said it was working on a solution to get around the restrictions, and it did not take long for the company to find a solution.

A day later, uFlix announced it had developed and tested a fix, and that it had successfully implemented it.

The company said feedback from its customers has been positive, and that the “USA is running just fine for everyone”.

SA Netflix users may be affected

Many South African Netflix subscribers make use of VPN-based services like UnoTelly to gain access to Netflix’s US content.

There are concerns among these users that they may lose access to the content when Netflix starts to block VPN services in the country. However, UnoTelly said they have a plan.

UnoTelly’s Kostas Polichronos told MyBroadband they continue to believe in an open and border-free Internet.

“We are confident that we can continue to deliver a quality service to our loyal and supportive users,” said Kostas.

“We have backup plans, and our users will be able to continue accessing Netflix content outside their local Netflix region.”

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