By Cameron Kilmister

Netflix to crack down on proxy users

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Video streaming giant Netflix has announced that it will stop subscribers from using internet proxies to view content not available in their home countries.

Last week the company expanded its streaming services to more than 130 countries.

Up until now customers have been able to use a virtual private network (VPN) to bypass existing licence agreements but the firm has said it would increase efforts to block the use of such proxies, according to the BBC.

David Fullagar, vice president of content delivery architecture, said in a blog post on Thursday that the US firm was in the process of licensing content around the world.

But he added that it had a long way to go before Netflix could offer viewers the same films and shows everywhere.

“If all of our content were globally available, there wouldn’t be a reason for members to use proxies or ‘unblockers’ to fool our systems into thinking they’re in a different country than they’re actually in,” he said.

“In the meantime, we will continue to respect and enforce content licensing by geographic location.”

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