Netflix expands blockade VPNs and proxies further

Mar

1

2016

In several European countries reporting Netflix users that they may see an error message since Saturday when they connect through a VPN or proxy connection to Netflix. The company announced in January that it would take action against such practices.

The message has the code M7111-1331-5059 and warns the viewer that an error occurred because using a Unblocker or proxy. Thus, for example no longer possible to see the US Netflix offer by this route from the Netherlands or Belgium. Other messages error messages come from Germany and Spain . In January there were only reports from Australia about the service uFlix.

According to TorrentFreak recently several large VPN services added to the blocklist Netflix, including ExpressVPN and Private Internet Access. It is therefore possible that there are other via VPN services is still access, until it also end up on the list. The extension of the blockade emits a lot of resistance, because users often use a VPN or proxy for privacy reasons and not to circumvent geoblokkades.

Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Swedish Pirate Party, via a blog post on the website of Private Internet Access that he believes Netflix ‘shooting itself in the foot by paying users to cut off content. Opponents of the blockade also denounce that Netflix is ​​blocking access to their own content, including the series “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black”. In this series would not see the need to protect third-party copyrights and users who for privacy reasons a VPN using unnecessarily restricted.

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