Netflix Under Pressure to Close Down The VPN Loophole

According to CNET Australia, a group of Aussie rights-holders (the usual suspects: Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Studios Entertainment and the like) are putting pressure on Netflix to cut off access to US Netflix from Australia. Despite Netflix not being available Down Under, an estimated 200,000 people are using the service anyway, something that’s probably not making Australian cable providers particularly happy. The problem for the rest of us, […] Not only would that cut off illicit Netflix streaming from abroad, it would also shut down all the legitimate, US-based customers who just want to use a VPN for their own peace of mind — and quite rightly so. […] [I}t wouldn’t fix the problem (if it is a problem) of US content being streamed from Australia. Anyone that desperate enough to watch House of Cards could rent a Virtual Private Server in the US, spend ten minutes setting up free VPN software, and be back streaming in as long as it takes to pop another bag of corn. – Chris Mills,Gizmodo