Why is Netflix blocking the use of VPN servers ?
In January, Netflix announced that it would block extensions, proxies and VPNs to access your service, and users are already feeling the measure. Customers who try to access the catalog of the company pretending they’re in another country are not getting it.
The issue arose a few days ago on Reddit, and users claim to be seeing the error above, M7111 code-1331-5059. In netflix.com/proxy, the message says “you seem to be using a Descrambler or proxy. Disable all services of this type and try again “.
At the Forum, participants are making harsh criticism to the company. “I’m seriously considering canceling my Netflix subscription, since 90% of the content that I watch is not available in my country,” said the creator of the topic, who lives in Spain. The European country had no access to Netflix until last year.
The company argues that content desbloqueadores are no longer needed, since Netflix is now available in more than 190 countries. But this is a controversial subject, since the content available is what varies more. To original productions, like House of Cars, Better Call Saul and Orange is The New Black cannot be assisted in all places.
There are several factors for this to occur. In the case of these specific titles, for example, for distribution rights that were closed with several producers that do not apply to all countries, therefore, these series cannot be made available where Netflix does not hold the rights. The same goes for movies and series that are not original, and they only had allowed distribution in some places.
Another factor is that different countries have different regulatory agencies for displaying movies and series, as well as different criteria for approval of any work. So, it may be that the company has been trying to provide the content to a certain region, but it has not been approved by the Government.
Finally, as pointed out by the report of company listed the difficulties of this global expansion, there is a linguistic factor. Jhsto, Reddit user, said that Netflix hasn’t released the second season of Better Call Saul in his country, Finland, because there are no subtitles in Finnish (although he can see with the original audio).
However, he is said to have logged in Amsterdam and managed to watch the series, turning off transcription in Dutch. “I think Netflix is overestimating the need of subtitles sites especially in Northern Europe, where people are more or less fluent and English anyway”, he argued.
According to the Vpntrends, VPNs as Private Internet Access, ExpressVPN and have already been blocked Mullvad. Brazilians already claim that Hola and TunnelBear, two famous here in the country, are no longer working.
Or VPNs created by users themselves escaped that one, since the company has blocked IP addresses of the main providers of servers, such as DigitalOcean, Linode and Amazon Web Services. The company assumes that, as they are not actual computers used by consumers, do not need to access the catalog.
Extensions to unlock content already arrived to announce that they’re going to find ways to resume the connection. However, it’s clear the Netflix efforts to end these alternatives, which may put them in trouble with content licensing agencies.
I imagine that the blockers and VPNs should renew the IPs, which later will be blocked by Netflix. Users will find another alternative that works for some time, and when it gets better known, will be blocked by the company. And so on.