If you’re in Thailand and use a VPN to access Netflix, the days of you binge watching TV shows such as House of Cards could be about to come to an end.
You may view a movie or TV show through the Netflix service primarily within the country in which you have established your account and only in geographic locations where we offer our service and have licensed such movie or TV show. The content that may be available to watch will vary by geographic location. Netflix will use technologies to verify your geographic location.
Currently Netflix is only officially available in a number of locations around the world including the United States, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy and Switzerland and it has also recently launched in New Zealand and Australia.
However, despite not officially being available in many countries around the world, particularly in Asia, it has been estimated that Netflix has in excess of 30 million customers accessing its content via VPNs in order to circumvent the geo restrictions it has in place.
Due to complicated copyright issues, Netflix has been under pressure from TV networks and production companies to close the loopholes that allow VPN users to access its services from regions where the service is not ordinarily available.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Netflix was cracking down on VPN users, although the company moved quickly to deny that this was the case.
It also remains to be seen how much of a genuine interest Netflix has in potentially cutting off 30 million paying customers from accessing its service. It is unlikely that the company would be prepared to write off such a large amount of revenue, no matter how much pressure it is under from movie studios and TV companies.
Another thing to consider is that if VPN users are forced away from Netflix, it would be fair to assume that some of these users would turn to downloading content from Torrent sites, which would only further fuel illegal piracy and copyright infringement.
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