Netflix Responds To VPN Crackdown…. Sort Of….

Earlier today, I reported on Netflix apparently cracking down on users who use VPNs and other means to get Netflix content that is not available in their country. When I wrote the original article, I had this to say:

Perhaps what’s needed here is some clarification so that everyone knows what the deal is?

Netflix has reached out to The Globe And Mail with this:

Netflix declined an interview request but released a statement saying it hasn’t changed its policies on restricting access to content based on geography.

“Virtually crossing borders to use Netflix is a violation of our terms of use because of content licensing restrictions. We employ industry standard measures to prevent this kind of use. There hasn’t been any recent changes to the Netflix VPN policy or terms of use,” reads the statement.

Okay. So they added a bit more meat to their original statement by highlighting the fact that using VPNs and other means to get Netflix content is a violation of their terms of service. But other than that, there’s nothing new here. There’s no clarity as to why all of a sudden this change to actively stop people from circumventing whatever blocks that they have in place has been made. I would say that there needs to be additional clarity here, but I think its safe to say that it’s not coming.


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