Netflix is already swinging the VPN blocking bat in Australia

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Two weeks ago online video streaming service Netflix announced that it has switched on its portals to almost every country in the world –  but with conditions.

A couple of days later, the streaming giant said that in “the coming weeks” it will be taking aim at users who make use of VPN-based geo-unblocker services to access content from different countries instead of content for the country they reside in.

And now it seems as though the company is making good on that promise as some Netflix users in Australia have reported that an odd message has started to pop up.

For now, the issue seems to be isolated to only a handful of users who make use of Melbourne-based service uFlix to get around Netflix’s region-blocking protocols.

“You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again,” the message reads.

If people turn off their blockers, they will only be able to watch Netflix’s TV shows and movies that are licensed for Australian viewers.

But uFlix managing director Peter Dujan isn’t too concerned about the outage that has affected only a limited portion of subscribers.

“The blocking is currently not aggressive and we believe (for the moment) they are only testing the new blocking methods on their customers,” he told Fairfax Media. “We suspect that they are blocking known IP ranges and gaining additional information from the user’s browser or mobile device and comparing it to the proxy and user IP addresses.”

Just two days ago, geo-blocking service UnoTelly said that users who make use of its service will have nothing to worry about in terms of being blocked. UnoTelly is one of the most globally popular region-unblocking services.

“We have backup plans, and our users will be able to continue accessing access Netflix content outside their local Netflix region,” said UnoTelly representative Kostas Polichronos.

[Image – CC by 2.0/Matthew Keys]

Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.