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Netflix’s war on VPNs excludes US soldiers on foreign soil

Netflix’s war on VPNs excludes US soldiers on foreign soil

Many users and would be users rejoiced when Netflix announced that it was setting up shop in 130 countries around the world. That glad tiding, however, came with heavy news for some subscribers. Netflix was hunkering down on users trying to access content not available for their respective countries, particularly those using proxies or VPNs. This hit home for US citizens who find themselves abroad, either permanently or temporarily, like US army personnel stationed in foreign bases. To them, Netlfix makes a special exemption, allowing them to use Netflix as if they were back at home.

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Netflix blocked by Indonesia’s biggest telecom

Netflix blocked by Indonesia’s biggest telecom

Netflix hit a snafu during its expansion today, with the biggest telecom in Indonesia, PT Telekomuniksai Indonesia Tbk, blocking access to the service. The blockage is said to be over Netflix’s lack of a content provider permit, as well as objections to some content made available through Netflix. Concerns about adult and violent shows were cited as part of the reason for the banhammer.

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Dr Who has left Netflix, despair now

Dr Who has left Netflix, despair now

Last week it was revealed by Netflix - or confirmed, rather - that the entire Dr. Who collection was about to leave. Now it is gone. This is the end of Dr. Who on Netflix - look upon your life of Dr. Who streaming through Netflix, and despair. Unless you're all about Pokemon XY, because that show's first season is coming to Netflix. Meanwhile lots of Pokemon movies are also on their way out. So, so many Pokemon movies. All the Pokemon movies you've never watched. Also the movie Stardust is about to be on Netflix, as well as some new Care Bears action. Dr Who is just gone.

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Netflix’s fight against VPN providers is doomed to fail, but that’s okay

Netflix’s fight against VPN providers is doomed to fail, but that’s okay

We know that Netflix is wanting to block users from utilizing proxies and VPN connections to circumvent location-based restrictions. We've even seen our first news about customers finally seeing error messages when they try to use such a service. But what we're seeing now is only the beginning of a cat-and-mouse game.

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Netflix starts blocking some VPN users

Netflix starts blocking some VPN users

Netflix has been threatening for a while to block proxy and VPN users and it looks like that threat has now come to pass. Reports are going around that people used to accessing Netflix via a VPN are now getting a message that they are being blocked.

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‘Orange is the New Black’ season four arrives in June

‘Orange is the New Black’ season four arrives in June

Netflix recently released a bunch of premiere dates for shows, and among them was a little bit of information about the next season for “Orange is the New Black,” one of the service’s more popular original shows. Season 4 is the next one in the pipeline, and it will be arriving on June 17 according to a new teaser trailer Netflix released.

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Netflix places order for ‘Altered Carbon’ sci-fi series

Netflix places order for ‘Altered Carbon’ sci-fi series

The cyberpunk sci-fi book “Altered Carbon” will soon be made into an original Netflix series, according to a new report. Netflix has ordered a ten-episode first season based on the 2002 novel by Richard K. Morgan, with Skydance Television serving as the studio behind it. This move comes years after rights to an adaption of the book were acquired by Laeta Kalogridis.

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Long-time Netflix subscriber? There’s a price hike coming

Long-time Netflix subscriber? There’s a price hike coming

Netflix may be opening its streaming to more viewers, but it's also set to get more expensive, as grandfathered plans expire this year. The company reminded shareholders of the changes in its financial results today, figuring it's likely that many Netflix subscribers will be faced with the decision whether they want decent quality video or to avoid paying more every month.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

Marvel’s Jessica Jones renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

Netflix has renewed Marvel’s Jessica Jones, one of its original Marvel shows, for a second season. The second season order is for 13 episodes, and will bring Krysten Ritter back as Jessica Jones, a super-strong private investigator who made her streaming debut back in November. This year will also bring a separate Luke Cage series, which will also debut on Netflix.

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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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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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Netflix’s Reed Hastings unveils $100m philanthropic fund

Netflix’s Reed Hastings unveils $100m philanthropic fund

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has announced that he is funding a new philanthropic fund called the Hastings Fund. This will be a $100 million effort targeted at education through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, he said. A couple of recipients have already been announced, as has the fund’s CEO: Neerav Kingsland. The Hastings Fund, among other things, plans "to partner with communities."

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