Netflix expands, cracks down on proxies

The television subscription service Netflix says it is cracking down on the use of proxies to view its shows.

The company just announced that it is expanding its service to 130 more countries, including Costa Rica.

David Fullagar, vice president of content delivery architecture at Netflix, said that because of the expansion there is no reason for viewers to trick the system by using proxies or so-called unblockers.

Some customers in Costa Rica have been using such techniques to hide from the company that they are in Costa Rica and to obtain the company’s U.S. version of shows. The company announced the expansion Jan. 6.

Speaking of blockers, Fullagar said “This technology continues to evolve, and we are evolving with it. That means in coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are. We are confident this change won’t impact members not using proxies.”

However, he admitted that the firm is not able to provide the same movie and television series to every country.

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

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