Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is aggressively clamping down on the use of VPN’s abroad. The decision has angered many, more so subscribers who feel aggrieved of being subjected to a limited library compared to their counterparts in the US. As it appears, the streaming giant won’t be blocking all VPN’s for now.
Military Bases Exemption
US military forces in operations abroad will no longer have to worry about the use of proxies. Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) spokesperson, Anne Marie Squeo, says they will continue to exempt US military bases abroad. The bases should thus continue to access the US catalog with the use of VPNs.
Netflix says it is allowing military personnel to continue using proxies as one of the ways of ensuring they feel more at home while abroad.
“For me, Netflix is a way of being home. It boosts your morale by letting you watch the things you would be able to see at home,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Shaundell Wright
Even with the sentiments, it is not all good news for other subscribers. Netflix has reiterated that due to regional licensing, it will continue to block VPNs. The company has already made true its threat, having blocked some users in Australia.
Tussle With VPN Providers
However, VPN providers have already said that they will continue to devise ways for bypassing restrictions placed by the streaming service. The sentiments all but echo the fact that Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) has a tough road ahead as it tries to clamp on the use of proxies. The best it can do at the moment is show content providers that it is trying its level best to clamp down the trade.
Clamping on VPN may not be a good idea after all as Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is trying to gain traction abroad, having come under pressure at home. Very few people would be willing to subscribe to a service whose library is limited, taking into consideration alternatives available in the market. CEO, Reed Hastings has already downplayed concerns that blocking VPNs broadly, would hurt subscriber’s numbers.
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