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The Guardian: VPN users beware?

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 16:39 -- Eva Prkachin

Can Netflix really tell if you're using a VPN to watch content from other countries? 

Article by Alex Hern for the Guardian

More than 30 million Netflix users live in countries where the service is unavailable without the use of location-masking software, giving the company a hefty financial incentive not to crack-down on members who use the technological loophole to watch content not authorised for their country.

The figures, which come from market research firm GlobalWebIndex, show that Netflix has more than 20 million users in China alone, all of whom must connect through virtual private networks (VPNs) since the streaming video provider has not yet launched in the country.

Not every Netflix “user” is a subscriber to the service, however. GlobalWebIndex surveyed almost 200,000 individuals across 32 markets, and asked how many of them had watched Netflix in the previous month using a VPN. A significant proportion of those saying they had will have watched at a friend’s house, or been sharing a username with others – indeed, as of October 2014, the company had 16 million international members, significantly less than the total number of users of the service.

- Read more at the Guardian