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Netflix to block proxy access to content not available locally
[LONDON] Video-streaming service provider Netflix Inc's subscribers will no longer be able to use proxies to watch content not available in their home country.
Subscribers often resort to proxies, or servers that facilitate access to Internet content not available locally, to watch Netflix's popular shows such as House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. "If all of our content were globally available, there wouldn't be a reason for members to use proxies or unblockers," David Fullagar, Netflix's vice-president of content delivery architecture, wrote in a blog. The company said it would clamp down on these proxies or unblockers in a few weeks.
The announcement comes just a week after Netflix went live in more than 130 countries, covering almost the entire globe except China.
India, Nigeria, Russia and Saudi Arabia were among the 130 countries where the service was launched last week. "The strategy is simple - they have a responsibility to content owners to only show that content in the geographies for which they have a license. Enforcing those restrictions is a Netflix responsibility," Brian Blau, research director at Gartner, told Reuters.