Let Sky die, customers want American Netflix

Netflix's promised crackdown on VPN users has stretched to New Zealand users trying to access the American catalogue. Photo / Bloomberg
Netflix’s promised crackdown on VPN users has stretched to New Zealand users trying to access the American catalogue. Photo / Bloomberg

I don’t understand why Netflix won’t give customers what they want. They are prepared to pay for it. By not giving them what they want in order to protect local providers like Sky they are propping up an outdated business model. Sky is the horse and cart and Netflix is the Lear Jet. I will never forget how upset my Dad and I were when we purchased a Kindle Fire each a number of  years back from Amazon in order to watch videos. I already had an ordinary Kindle for reading and as I was able to buy e-books off Amazon we looked forward to doing the same with movies. Unfortunately our new purchases were useless as we were not allowed to buy content as we didn’t live in America.

Video stores are going out of business all over New Zealand because of Netflix yet Sky gets to limp on. Maybe Sky and Netflix need to provide a joint product that charges like Netflix, provides the sport coverage that New Zealanders love and gives us all access to ALL the films that Netflix has to offer.

Netflix warned in January that people outside the United States trying to watch content on the American catalogue would find it difficult to reach the service through VPN, but it seems to have taken three months for the crackdown to really be felt in New Zealand.

Netflix recently expanded its service to 130 countries, but the news wasn’t great for New Zealanders who have been paying for a subscription to the US site through a virtual private network (VPN).

VPNs allow users an anonymous way to access a site that is restricted to one location.

A source told the Business Herald he had paid to use a VPN service and felt a little nervous that his addiction to US shows and movies could be over when the announcement came from Netflix in January that the company would be working to shut down VPNs accessing the US catalogue.

He continued to use the VPN service without any problems until two weeks ago when it showed that Netflix had caught up with him and he couldn’t access the US catalogue.

He switched to a $6 per month VPN service called Getflix and despite some difficulty immediately connecting to Apple TV for Airplay purposes, he has found the two weeks with the VPN a success.

Paypal is no longer an option to pay for the VPN subscription since it got on board with Netflix’s mission in February.

If Getflix is shut down by Netflix the source would try to find another VPN, and felt confident Netflix wouldn’t be able to shut down all the services available.
– A Newspaper


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