Netflix cracks down on proxy ser­vices

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

TORONTO — Netflix says it's plan­ning on crack­ing down on users who use vir­tual pri­vate net­works and proxy ser­vices to view con­tent not avail­able in their coun­tries. Many of the com­pany's dis­tri­bu­tion deals with ma­jor stu­dios and con­tent providers are ne­go­ti­ated on a re­gional ba­sis, mean­ing cer­tain ti­tles are only avail­able to users in cer­tain coun­tries. Some Cana­di­ans use VPN ser­vices to stream Netflix movies and TV shows avail­able in the United States, which ac­cord­ing to the web­site Net­flix­able has around twice as many avail­able ti­tles. The U.S. ver­sion of Netflix also fea­tures more Hol­ly­wood block­busters and re­cent sea­sons of pop­u­lar net­work shows than its Cana­dian coun­ter­part.

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