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Netflix will have trouble blocking VPNs used to stream blocked content

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Jan 20, 2016.

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    The cry "Netflix to crack down on VPNs" reverberated in discussions on Reddit and then escaped onto Facebook and the press over the past week. The urgency of the alarm was more fitting of the repeal of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution than simple restrictions of a video service.

    Ultimately, internet privacy technologies used to foster free speech in repressive countries will prevail over Netflix's ability to block VPNs.

    Until recently, most of the world's population was restricted from watching Netflix streaming services. The restrictions weren't set by censors or authorities in the countries themselves, but are laid out in the licensing agreements from the studios that provide Netflix video content. VPNs and smart DNS proxy services circumvent these restrictions by making subscribers who live in restricted regions appear to be streaming within U.S. boarders.

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