The Netflix VPN Ban: What Is It And How Can You Avoid it?

Find out how to get around Netflix's new ban on VPNs

Netflix Banning VPNs?

We’ve written a lot about Netflix Instant, and using VPNs to watch Netflix in a country where it’s not available, or viewing a different country’s Netflix Instant library. A lot. Really.

Now it seems Netflix Instant is intent on putting all that hard work to waste, updating their terms and services to reserve the right to ban customers who use VPNs to access Netflix Instant in any country other than where the account was established.

But don’t worry; there are ways around these to save yourself any issues or agita for your Netflix use. And we’ll tell you all about them.

The 2015 Netflix VPN Ban

Up until recently, Netflix didn’t exactly condone VPN usage, but surely understood that many of their users were accessing different countries libraries, or were viewing their services from countries that didn’t have Netflix Instant at all.

No longer, as quoted by Crave Online:

“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…We may terminate or restrict your use of our service, without compensation or notice if you are, or if we suspect that you are (i) in violation of any of these Terms of Use or (ii) engaged in illegal or improper use of the service.”

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has intimated that he hopes this ban needn’t always be the case, as Netflix’s inevitable hope is the service all over the globe and without geographic differences in media libraries. But given how slow and cautious Netflix’s global expansion has been, and the notable amount of variety between different international incarnations of Netflix libraries, we’d say don’t hold your breath waiting for one universal Netflix family.

How to Get Around the Netflix VPN Ban

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Now obviously, this ban strikes us as a bit silly. Since the people using VPNs need a Netflix subscription to access the streaming service, Netflix loses no money from VPNs users (it likely gains users thanks to VPNs). This move is surely the result of pressure from broadcasters who don’t their content streaming all over the world just because they agreed to stream it on Netflix Instant in one or more countries.

Likely though, if Netflix chooses to enforce this condition, it will drive more users to piracy, something which benefits no one. The best we can hope for is that Netflix instituted this ban to appease content providers and has no intention of strictly enforcing it.

That said, we don’t want you risking your Netflix subscription just because we suspect this move is a bluff. And there are potential ways around this issue…

Protection Against the Netflix VPN Ban

All you need is a router with VPN integration that auto-blocks any non-VPN connection and you are all set. At FlashRouters, our technicians can help prevent any possible VPN leaking with an Internet kill-switch, so if your VPN disconnects, your network will immediately shut down, preventing any issues. It is also known as the auto-block on disconnect feature and is included in our of our router firmware upgrades as an option.

Basically, Netflix can catch you when they can tell you’re trying to hide your IP address. If you’re initially logged in to Netflix with a US IP address, and then you use your VPN to access other Netflix libraries around the world, you run the risk of exposing your VPN usage if the VPN network disconnects. If you let our technicians install an Internet kill-switch to shut down your whole network when the VPN disconnects, Netflix and any other services are none the wiser about your VPN usage.

 Best Netflix VPN Routers & VPN Services

We’re affiliated with a great deal of VPN service providers at FlashRouters (as our lengthy official supported provider list can attest), and we’re proud champions of the services they provide. That’s why we offer to install your VPN service (assuming it’s on the supported provider list) onto the FlashRouter of your choosing whenever you make your purchase.

Some of the most popular VPN providers for use in Australia are the ultra-safe IPVanish, which uses over 14,000 shared IP addresses; CyberGhost; and the extremely popular PrivateInternetAccess.

Don’t be intimidated by this new Netflix VPN ban. Check out our recent DD-WRT router best-sellers list to learn more about our peerless devices, and pick out the FlashRouter that’ll keep your VPN subscription and your Netflix subscription working in harmony, and without risk. As the video below demonstrates, VPN integration is just the beginning of the benefits that come with owning a FlashRouter.

FlashRouters recommended for Netflix streaming include the DD-WRT Tri-Band Netgear R8000, complete with a 1 GHz processor and six external antennas, offering the widest range possible for a FlashRouter; the Netgear AC1450 FlashRouter, which uses an 800 MHz processor at the competitive price point of $199.95; and the economy line TomatoUSB Cisco Linksys E2500, which is recommended for use with smaller setups.

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