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Netflix Escalates ‘VPN Ban’ and Targets Residential IP Addresses

Netflix & Chill! Not for those who use VPNs to access content of different countries.

Netflix Escalates 'VPN Ban' and Targets Residential IP Addresses

Netflix – The most favorite OTP platform escalates a ban on VPN and proxy users to restrict geographical content. The streaming service will also block your residential IP address too.

Netflix doesn’t explain which IP addresses are blocked and why, but the most recent efforts are much broader than before. This issue was brought to our attention by WeVPN, which noticed that the updated geofencing system is blocking its residential IP addresses. These IP addresses are assigned to common consumer ISPs such as AT&T, Comcast, Verizon.

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The collateral damage is that you have hundreds of thousands of legitimate residential Netflix subscribers blocked from accessing Netflix’s local country full catalog from their home.

A WeVPN spokesperson informed Slashdot

VPNs and proxies play a huge part while accessing streaming platforms. The reason VPNs allow you to access Netflix and Amazon Prime Video content from other countries is because both services check your IP address when connecting. If your IP address appears to be in the US, then you’ll be shown the content they have in the US.

With the help of VPNs, one can easily have access to US-based Netflix content while living in Asia or anywhere in the world. A number of Netflix series and movies aren’t available in different parts of the world while on other hand, US-based Netflix has a wide range of content to stream.

Not just content availability but the thing that’s annoying with region locking is that some content might be available, but not all languages. One Netflix user complained, “In Canada, there’s a lot of content that doesn’t have the French language available. I went to Mexico a while ago and they had French on some of the content I remembered that didn’t have it.”

The company is not banning all content for VPN and proxy services in the update while Netflix originals are still available and the streaming service is working with people who were inadvertently affected to restore access to the full library.

Netflix Spokesperson
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This is a peculiar suggestion, as the blocking is taking place on Netflix’s end. VPN told Slashdot that the company is experimenting with a solution, which appears to function for now. CyberGhost and Private Internet Access, which were also affected by Netflix’s new blockades, say they managed to route around it within a day.

Netflix users are a bit frustrated and they have started complaining while reading this news. According to some users, it’s a bit rude from Netflix saying, “The collateral damage is that you have hundreds of thousands of legitimate residential Netflix subscribers blocked from accessing Netflix’s local country full catalog from their home.

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