UnoTelly and Unblock-Us have made significant changes to their websites after PayPal blocked the services from receiving payments through its platform.
The two services previously advertised the ability to offer their subscribers Netflix content from around the world. Now, their websites make no mention of Netflix.
Instead, they focus on offering privacy and the ability to defeat censorship.
“UnoTelly should only be used for privacy protection purposes. Any other usage is not permitted,” UnoTelly states.
The company has also taken down its blog and Facebook page, and taken its Twitter account and Filmefy search engine for Netflix offline.
Unblock-Us has also blanked its Facebook page and taken its Twitter account down.
Despite these changes, UnoTelly can still be used to access the US Netflix catalogue from South Africa.
The changes at UnoTelly and Unblock-Us come after PayPal blocked the services from its platform amid a crackdown on virtual private networks and other unblocking services by Netflix.
“PayPal has recently discontinued service to certain businesses that actively promote their services as a means to circumvent copyright restrictions and violate intellectual property laws,” PayPal said to CBC.ca.
Netflix said it is working towards a day where proxy services like UnoTelly and Unblock-Us won’t be necessary – but still has “a ways to go” before that day comes.
“For now, given the historic practice of licensing content by geographic territories, the TV shows and movies we offer differ, to varying degrees, by territory,” said Netflix.
“In the meantime, we will continue to respect and enforce content licensing by geographic location.”
UnoTelly was asked for comment on the matter, but did not respond by the time of publication.