For years, Netflix viewers living abroad have been able to trick the streaming video service into letting them watch American shows. That trick no longer works.
Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) has always restricted certain American content from being watched in foreign countries, due to licensing agreements with movie and television studios. Customers have been able to bypass those restrictions with a virtual private network or software that masks the location of your IP address. Those tools can make Netflix think you’re in the United States, even if you’re in a different country.
Now, it appears that Netflix is cracking down on those tactics. Netflix customers living abroad are reporting on social media that they can no longer view American shows on Netflix using a VPN.
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