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Sorry, Netflix Doesn't Want You Binge-Watching Outside Your Country

Netflix wants to start restricting its content by geographic borders, but that's easier said than done with today's Internet.

By Evan Thomas | January 15, 2016

Netflix intends to start blocking VPNs and proxies.

That means no more international television and movies. You, a Netflix user, will be limited to whatever Netflix offers inside your country's borders. (Video via Netflix)

Assuming Netflix's blocking works. Part of the appeal of a VPN or proxy — on top of the ability to get around geographic restrictions — is it can be difficult to trace or even distinguish from regular traffic.

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Netflix isn't specific about how exactly it will sniff out VPN users. But whatever it does, expect VPN and proxy services to step up their own game. Access — and blocking access — is an arms race.

For what it's worth, Netflix says it wants to eliminate any need for VPNs as soon as it can. It's expanding into new markets at a rapid clip; it's just the licensing getting in the way.

The company said in a press release: "For now, given the historic practice of licensing content by geographic territories, the TV shows and movies we offer differ, to varying degrees, by territory."

Still, if you've been using a Netflix VPN, now might be a good time to catch up on whatever show you're watching. Just in case. (Video via Netflix)

This video includes an image from Tom-b / CC0.

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