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Netflix is Cracking Down on Viewers Spoofing Locations to Access Foreign Shows

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Netflix says technology is now being deployed to prevent proxies from being used

Netflix is taking steps to thwart users who fake their location in order to get access to foreign shows and movies.

Say you wanted to watch a British show, but the company behind it hasn’t figured out distribution rights in the U.S. — the only way to watch it on Netflix is to make the service think you’re actually logging in from across the pond. This can be done with online tools called proxies or virtual private networks — but because it allows people to circumvent copyright protections, content providers don’t like it.

Netflix’s policy toward proxies has been rather laissez-faire…

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