Netflix cracks down on proxy services used to access foreign content

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Netflix says it’s planning on cracking down on users who use virtual private networks and proxy services to view content not available in their countries.

Many of the company’s distribution deals with major studios and content providers are negotiated on a regional basis, meaning certain titles are only available to users in certain countries.

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Some Canadians use VPN services to stream Netflix movies and TV shows available in the United States, which according to the website Netflixable has around twice as many available titles.

The U.S. version of Netflix also features more Hollywood blockbusters and recent seasons of popular network shows than its Canadian counterpart.

In a blog post, David Fullagar, Netflix’s vice-president of content delivery, said the company is making progress in licensing content across borders but is now implementing new measures to end the use of so-called unblockers and other proxy services.

The company has always been against the use of such services and has said it takes measure to shut them down, but Fullagar said the company is “evolving” its approach to the problem and the new strategy will be in place in the coming weeks.
“House of Cards,” the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning political drama starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, will get a third season on Netflix.

Netflix has ordered a third season of the show, 10 days before the second season debuts on the streaming service. It’s likely that the third season, as with the other full seasons of “House of Cards” and other Netflix originals, will also consist of 13 hour-long episodes. The news was first announced by actress Robin Wright, who stars opposite Spacey as a Washington, DC power couple, at a press event for the show. She told TheWrap, “We start shooting season three soon” — a statement that was later confirmed by a Netflix rep.

The show is financed, produced, and packaged by Media Rights Capital, and is produced by Kevin Spacey’s Trigger Street Productions.

This marks the first renewal for “House of Cards,” which was originally picked up by Netflix for two seasons and 26 episodes. It also continues Netflix’s streak of renewing every original series it has ordered to date (outside of “Arrested Development,” which it is also interested in bringing back).

“House of Cards,” based on the BBC miniseries of the same name, is created by Beau Willimon and executive produced by Willimon, David Fincher, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Eric Roth, Joshua Donen, Andrew Davies, Michael Dobbs, and David Manson.

 

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