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Why Netflix blocks content in your country

Why Netflix blocks content in your country

In mid-January of 2016, Netflix made clear their intent to enact Proxy Detection worldwide - AKA they'd be blocking your VPN. Some Netflix users, paying users the lot of them, use proxies or "unblockers" as they're sometimes called, to see content that'd otherwise only be available outside of their country. Why does Netflix block content in the first place? You pay for their service, why don't they let you see all of the content they have to offer? The answer, unfortunately, is precedent.

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The Force Awakens VFX reel shows surprising use of real props

The Force Awakens VFX reel shows surprising use of real props

These days, almost everyone expects "movie magic" to involve some computer generated images, especially in action films and most especially in science fiction action films. Naturally, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one such movie and, indeed, the film is filled with CG shots. 2,100 out of 2,500 shots in total, to be precise. But while this VFX clip does show the extent that CG was used in the film, it also reveals at the extent it was not used, expertly weaving real world, physical props and sets when possible and only falling back to baked graphics when necessary.

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8 of the best LEGO Star Wars fan creations

8 of the best LEGO Star Wars fan creations

The wonderful thing about LEGO is that with those tiny bricks, you can build just about anything. Sure, you start out building from pre-made kits, but eventually you'll expand to making your own creations. Somewhere in a closet I still have the TIE fighter and X-wing that I built, long before there were any official kits. They weren't exact replicas, but with my imagination, they were perfect for space battles. Today, I thought I'd take you through some of the best Star Wars Lego fan creations. Here they are, in no particular order:

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Poe Dameron and BB-8 roll into their own comic book series

Poe Dameron and BB-8 roll into their own comic book series

BB-8 will be rolling alongside his master in "Star Wars: Poe Dameron", set to be a comic book series soon. This comic will be out just in time to fill the void of information on one of the break-out characters from the film The Force Awakens. This comic book will be created by Charles Soule and Phil Noto, and Oscar Isaac's likeness will be splashed across pages in full effect. That fellow is going to be around for a while. Think Wedge Antilles.

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Batman v Superman exclusive clip drops during Conan

Batman v Superman exclusive clip drops during Conan

During Conan yesterday, a new clip from the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie was released. In the clip we see the Batmobile and some unfortunate thing that happens to it courtesy of Superman. It’s Superman making the threats in this video, and Batman makes it clear he isn’t too worried. We won't spoil it for you, so check out the video after the jump!

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Netflix says proxies won’t let you bypass country restrictions any longer

Netflix says proxies won’t let you bypass country restrictions any longer

It's never a great feeling when you attempt to load a video, only to find it's not available in your country. This happens somewhat frequently on sites like YouTube, which gives you a pointed message regarding the availability of the video. Netflix has similar restrictions, though instead of telling you why, it will just show the movie or show as unavailable. If you know the movie you want is available in another country, you can use a proxy to mask your location, and unlock the video. Unfortunately, this method won't work for long.

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Robot Wars returns to BBC Two

Robot Wars returns to BBC Two

Robot Wars is one of those classic shows that fans of robots, remote controlled devices, DIY, and flailing death machines always wanted. The show was cancelled a while back, but it has been announced that Robot Wars is making a comeback on BBC Two. The show is listed to be a 6x60' series which is presumably six episodes of 60 minutes each.

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Hotel Transylvania 2: behind the scenes with the film’s designers

Hotel Transylvania 2: behind the scenes with the film’s designers

Today we're going behind the scenes of Hotel Transylvania 2 to discover the insides of the stark contrast between the human world and the monster world. Production Design in this film runs deep, from initial construction of sets with digital pen and ink to set dressing before scenes are "filmed". The work that goes in to each scene in a top-notch digital film such as this is very, very easily lost on its intended audience - today we're going to see what a tragedy that is as we attempt to rectify.

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World’s first VR-enhanced roller coaster to open this spring

World’s first VR-enhanced roller coaster to open this spring

One of the early demos for the Oculus Rift was a roller coaster. I was lucky enough to test this out a long while back, and it was one of my first real VR experiences. It made me quickly understand how much your body relies on visual cues, as at times I really felt as though I was about to drop down a steep hill. Well now imagine that you're actually on a real coaster, with a VR unit strapped to your head. The thought is almost terrifying to me, but it will soon be a reality.

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Sony’s “Let’s Play” trademark attempt foiled by another company

Sony’s “Let’s Play” trademark attempt foiled by another company

Let's Plays have been around for some time now. If you're not familiar, a Let's Play is where someone records themselves playing a game, adds commentary, and uploads it to someplace like YouTube. These can be a great way to learn about a game, or just entertain yourself for a couple of hours. And since it's a term that's not company or brand-specific, Sony thought it was about time that they went ahead and trademarked the term “Let's Play.”

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