15/01/2016 07:08 GMT | Updated 15/01/2016 08:59 GMT

Netflix Is Cracking Down On VPNs Which Let You Watch Content From The US

We've got some bad news for all of you who have been watching the US version of Netflix in the UK. In a blog post, Netflix's Vice President of Content Delivery Architecture David Fullagar has confirmed that the company is cracking down on the practise.

The process involves using a proxy or VPN which can then trick a computer or device into thinking that it's actually accessing the internet from another country.

Netflix would then detect which country and deliver the content that's available in that specific area. The reason we don't all get the same content around the world is simply because the content rights that are in place differ from territory to territory.

For example, the Australian version of Netflix reportedly only has 10 per cent of the content that the US version has.

This has prompted many users in the UK for example to install VPNs so that they can watch shows and films which are currently exclusive to the United States.

Well after announcing that Netflix would be expanding to over 130 countries the company is now planning to crash the party.


Speaking in the blog Fullagar said: "In coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are. We are confident this change won’t impact members not using proxies."

That means in the next few weeks you'll start to discover that those VPNs simply won't work anymore, forcing you to watch the content that's only available in your home country.

While this could prove useful for those travelling to countries with less content, it does mean that if you're at home you won't be able to go surfing around looking for those shows that haven't reached the UK yet.