Cana­dian Net­flix users beat­ing con­tent blocks

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Michael Oliveira

TORONTO — In the U.S., you can log into Net­flix to catch the con­tro­ver­sial fi­nal sea­son of binge on all seven sea­sons of watch the first eight sea­sons of the cult TV com­edy

stream all but the most re­cent sea­son of the biker drama

or catch the first three sea­sons of the break­out hit In Canada, none of those are avail­able. But there’s a not-so-se­cret trick for Cana­dian Net­flix sub­scribers to ac­cess movies and TV shows that are sup­posed to be avail­able only south of the bor­der. And a new re­port sug­gests one in three an­glo­phone Cana­dian Net­flix users have fig­ured it out. The Me­dia Tech­nol­ogy Mon­i­tor com­mis­sioned a tele­phone poll of 2,002 an­glo­phone Cana­di­ans this spring to ask re­spon­dents about their tech habits and rou­tines. About 32 per cent said they were Net­flix sub­scribers, which was up from the 25 per cent of re­spon­dents who said they used the stream­ing ser­vice when a sim­i­lar poll was con­ducted in the spring of 2013. In the lat­est sur­vey, about one in three said they had been Net­flix sub­scribers for two or more years, while sim­i­lar num­bers said they’d been sub­scrib­ing for one to two years, and less than a year. A large ma­jor­ity, 88 per cent, said they were stream­ing con­tent through Net­flix ev­ery week. When asked what type of con­tent they watched, there was a slight pref­er­ence for stream­ing TV shows over movies and doc­u­men­taries. Net­flix, which is now op­er­at­ing in more than 40 coun­tries, of­fers dif­fer­ent con­tent in each lo­cal mar­ket, depend­ing on li­cens­ing agree­ments signed for the na­tion. A Net­flix cus­tomer who trav­els to an­other coun­try where the stream­ing ser­vice op­er­ates can log in there and see the lo­cal con­tent that’s on of­fer, which can be dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent than what’s avail­able back home. But ac­cord­ing to the MTM sur­vey, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of Cana­dian Net­flix users — 35 per cent — have stum­bled upon a trick to ac­cess con­tent avail­able in other coun­tries. There are free and sub­scrip­tion-based on­line ser­vices that mask a user’s In­ter­net ad­dress to make it ap­pear they ac­tu­ally re­side else­where. One of the most pop­u­lar rea­sons for sign­ing up for those ser­vices is the abil­ity to ac­cess dif­fer­ent cat­a­logues of con­tent through Net­flix. The tele­phone poll was con­ducted by Fo­rum Re­search be­tween March 18 and April 19. The re­sults are con­sid­ered ac­cu­rate 2.2 per­cent­age points 19 times out of 20.

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Tommy Flana­gan as Filip (Chibs) Telford, left, and Char­lie Hun­nam as Jack­son (Jax) Teller in Sons of An­ar­chy, an FX show with re­cent episodes on U.S. Net­flix.

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