Netflix down - Aussie geo-blocking has started

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"Please turn off any of these services and try again".

UFlix said the problem appeared to affect only a small number of users so far and that it was working on a fix. Managing director Peter Dujan said the blocking is now not aggressive, which could mean Netflix is only testing new blocking methods on their customers. It allows you to access regionally blocked content. Netflix normally recognises your location automatically and displays content suited for that location.

According to reports in Australian media, some users of uFlix, which is a Melbourne-based unblocker, have received notices from the popular streaming service telling them to switch off their unblocking service. uFlix has said that the notices have only been served to a few users but it anticipates that more will be affected in the next few days.

Rather than admit defeat, uFlix has sent a clear message to its users. In order to create a workaround for what it believes to be a "temporary" setback, uFlix is asking customers to perform a number of different tasks and provide them with feedback.

Since January Netflix has been available in most of the world. But every country's catalogue is different and some have more content than others
Since January Netflix has been available in most of the world. But every country's catalogue is different and some have more content than others

Netflix revealed last week it would crack down on the practice, known as geo-skipping, which enables Australians to use a virtual private network (VPN) or unblocking site, such as uFlix, to access the U.S. version of the site.

"We are well aware of this issue and our engineers have already started working on a solution for it", a rep for the company told news.com.au.

As reported by David Glance of the Conversation, the move was "very unlikely" for Netflix to pull off. It is mainly because the company needs to "maintain a delicate balance between showing the content holders that they are serious about the restricting content, and at the same time giving their customers what they really want".

Netflix is already making good on its promise to deal with VPN piracy and has started blocking out some Australian customers who circumvent its geographical blocks to access content from overseas catalogues.

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