Netflix has recently started a heavy attack on VPN providers globally to stop them as they help users worldwide to stream their services online in other regions, that is to change their present Netflix region to another. This comes as a natural step following up their launch in more than 130 new nations in the start of January. Now a natural consequence is that they will force everyone to watch Netflix in their present nation instead of watching and enjoying content in other regions.
We as the end-users of their streaming servers have not had any problems until recently using VPN services to watch Netflix, but then things heated up about a week ago and since then more and more IP addresses and services are blocked, leading to people visit Netflix.com getting error messages as they start a film.
I recently wrote an article about the film Selma which can be seen on for example Canadian Netflix. For me to watch that I needed to use Canadian Netflix and to watch Canadian Netflix I had to change my region to Canada. I used a VPN connection for that purpose, but if I would use the same services now I would get the error message above. Does that mean that I can not use a VPN or a proxy or some sort of unblocker tool anymore to unblock other regions?
I once read that the battle between the giant of the streaming world Netflix and the providers helping people change their Netflix region is like the battle between the lion and small fishes. The lion is far stronger and can kill any fish, but with many fishes around it might not be able to catch all of them so there will always be fishes around swimming freely and surviving the dangerous attacks of the lion. And that is probably the way it will be with Netflix as well.
Many blogs and articles also speculate in the fact that the moves recently made by Netflix are made simply to “satisfy” the requests from the film companies around the world who has placed pressure on Netflix to stop their users from changing regions. If that is so, then they will probably put some energy into stopping unblocker tools and proxy services now so that they can say mission completed to the big film companies but then they will let things go on as before later.
Are there any unblocker or proxy tools still working?
This is a very good question and the challenge with the question is that what works today might very well not work tomorrow. I remember testing a service the other night and thought that I should write about. But, I skipped, and did not write the article, and the next day as I tested it again it did not work anymore. That is why actually promising you that any service is working or operating 100% is something I do not dare. But, there are some sites online dealing with this same issue that claim to have up to date answers on this question, so I recommend that you read for example this IP Guide article on that subject. You can also consider reading this article which will tell give you another suggestion to what you can do instead of bumping into the Netflix Proxy and unblocker error.
The future of region switching on Netflix
I can of course not be sure on this, but I do believe that region switching is something Netflix will never be able to stop entirely. They might be able to slow things down and make life much harder and more complicated for unblocker providers and for VPN and DNS providers, but they will not be able to stop it all, simply because the companies creating those services will fight like crazy lions to stop the big lion from taking their daily bread, and thus they will come up with creative ideas, get new pools of IP addresses and make necessary changes all the time for this to keep on working!
What do you think? Will Netflix be able to lock unblocker and proxy and VPN services out forever?