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Netflix just stepped up efforts to block VPN users from streaming its content

Updated 4 years ago
Netflix VPN Blocking Crackdown Begins

We’ve known for a while now about Netflix’s plans to crack down on subscribers using VPNs to circumvent nation-based restrictions and to access unauthorized content. Even though Netflix may have no chance of winning the long-term battle against VPN pirates, the company still feels it has to at least make an effort to stop users from breaking the rules. brings us word that Netflix’s crackdown on VPNs has started becoming more widespread as several VPN-using Netflix subscribers are getting error messages when they try to watch shows on their accounts.

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Here’s a screencap showing what the error message will look like if you try to watch movies with your VPN turned on:

“This error occurs when our systems have detected that you are connecting via a VPN, proxy, or ‘unblocker’ service,” Netflix says in its explanation of the error message. “Because our content library can vary by region and these types of connections are frequently used to bypass geolocation methods, you will not be able to stream when connected in this way.” has confirmed that several VPN services are being affected by this crackdown, including Mediahint, Zenmate, Betternet, AppVPN, ExpressVPN, Tunnelbear, and Private Internet Access.

To learn more details about how Netflix might be blocking these services and to get some ideas for possible workarounds, check out the full post at this link.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.