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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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Apple Music has 10m paid users claim insiders

Apple Music has 10m paid users claim insiders

Apple Music has reportedly hit ten million paying subscribers, with the on-demand streaming service closing the distance between it and Spotify. Although the numbers have not been officially blessed by the Cupertino firm, sources speaking to the FT say that Apple passed the 10m mark just six months after the launch of Apple Music.

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Synology promises personal cloud with new DS416j NAS

Synology promises personal cloud with new DS416j NAS

Despite the best efforts of the cloud, personal network-attached storage haven't gone away, and Synology is courting media-amassing home users with its latest. The DiskStation DS416j borrows the 4-bay flexibility of its business-minded cousins, but puts that quartet of drives to work with hardware encryption.

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Netflix total world coverage nearly complete

Netflix total world coverage nearly complete

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings flipped the switch on 130 new countries for availability of their streaming service, taking effect immediately. This brings the number of countries up from 60 to 190 in total - India, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, and Indonesia amongst them. Netflix is now officially ready to roll and live in what Hastings described as "nearly every country in the world." Except China. They're working on China. Netflix is currently working on the rest of the world with LG to make total coverage a reality.

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The Crown trailer and the Netflix button secret sauce

The Crown trailer and the Netflix button secret sauce

This week the folks at Netflix are speaking at CES 2016 about how their success is based in gadgets and remote controls. Believe it or not, Netflix suggests that they've had "extensive success" with Netflix buttons on remotes. Imagine how much easier it makes searching for a streaming service on your smart device when there's literally a Netflix button - a hardware button with the word NETFLIX on it - staring you in the face. "Our consumer electronic company partners have been critical to our success," said company CEO Reed Hastings.

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Livestream Movi hands-on: The next livestream star

Livestream Movi hands-on: The next livestream star

Livestream's Movi made some big promises, claiming pro-edited footage on the fly from a palm-sized camera, but it could mark a big change in live-streaming. Launched at CES 2016 this week, it not only beams out high-def video in real-time, but turns a connected iOS device into a portable editing studio.

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Roku announces 4K streaming with new TCL televisions

Roku announces 4K streaming with new TCL televisions

When it comes to streaming video and entertainment, Roku has been competing in set-top box market for some time now, but it's also making progress on adopting the strategy of Netflix and Amazon Video by having its service baked into televisions directly as an app. While the latest Roku 4 box introduced support for 4K content, the company has announced at CES 2016 that it's introducing 4K Roku TV built into new televisions from TCL this year.

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Livestream Movi takes Periscope-style streaming pro

Livestream Movi takes Periscope-style streaming pro

Livestream wants to max out live-streaming, with the Movi connected camera promising a palm-sized virtual studio for the Periscope set. Streaming in HD over a WiFi or LTE connection - the latter courtesy of a paired iPhone or iPad - the battery-powered Movi can do more than your average smartphone running Periscope, Meerkat, or Facebook Live Video.

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Samsung 2016 Smart TVs get PlayStation Now game streaming

Samsung 2016 Smart TVs get PlayStation Now game streaming

Following the earlier news that Samsung will be improving its 2016 smart TV lineup with GAIA security and smart home connectivity, it seems gaming will be another category they look to excel in. The South Korean manufacturer has announced that it will be showcasing new smart TVs featuring PlayStation Now support at CES 2016 next week, allowing users to stream console-quality games directly to their television.

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Sentri All-In-One Home Monitor Review

Sentri All-In-One Home Monitor Review

Smart home security is a growing business, and some of the most interesting ideas are coming from start-ups. Sentri is one such example, raising almost $400k after wooing crowdfunding fans with its vision of a touchscreen-based streaming video and home monitoring system. The $299 result aims to be a hub in your home, not just a silent eye on the front door.

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Stream The Beatles on these 9 services starting December 24

Stream The Beatles on these 9 services starting December 24

Just as was rumored earlier this week, one of the world's greatest music acts, The Beatles, will officially join the streaming music era on Christmas Eve. It was just officially announced that Spotify, Apple Music, and seven other streaming services will offer The Beatles' 13 studio albums plus four collections starting at 12:01 AM on December 24th in each timezone.

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