For several users who access Netflix through a virtual private network (VPN), trying to use the service is nothing but frustrated since January. This is because the company stated that it plans to clamp down on people who utilize VPNs for Netflix to stream the content outside their locations. This blockage of service has led to massive criticism from users worldwide since they are not satisfied with the limited content offered in their regions.
Why the Ban occurred?
It is against the terms of service of Netflix to access regional shows from another region by any means. Still, constant pressure from the content providers has made them more aggressive to reinforce the rule.
Moreover, Netflix is required to pay to license any content or show that isn’t a part of original programming, and most of this content is accessible in specific countries. The subscription payments cannot cover licensing for users in other locations who are trying to access the content through a VPN to conceal their areas and locations.
Currently, Netflix is working with several studios to gain global licensing for the TV shows and movies it offers. However, no such progress is still made to keep up with the increasing demand for a broad catalog for streaming media.
The privacy remains an issue
The Ban doesn’t take responsibility for the users who depend upon VPNs to prevent their data when using Wi-Fi connections. These people are the ones who pay for local Netflix access and use it by following the terms of service. However, many users have realized they cannot rely on VPNs to stream Netflix content without facing Netflix Error M7121-1331-P7, and this constraint is now becoming a cause of concern for them.
The data received and sent over a VPN is usually encrypted to reduce the risk of spying, hacking, or other vicious activities. Users who legally use Netflix are disturbed as now they are forced to leave their virtual protection to stream the content.
The response of VPN Users
There are few VPNs like liquidVPN, who have a lookout for a way to work despite the Ban and are continuing to provide the people with access to Netflix.
VPN users claim that Netflix states that all their original content and shows are global; even then, some of the shows are restricted due to the ban.
Furthermore, people traveling for business reasons are frustrated that they cannot use their Netflix subscriptions to access a proper local catalog when they are in another location.
Will this lead to A Push Toward Piracy?
It is essential to understand that not every user is responding morally to the Netflix ban. In a survey conducted by Secure Thoughts, around 84% of a group of VPN users revealed that they’d pirate more shows now that they are unable to access outside their regions.
Today any content is easily accessible from torrent sites, this increases the possibility of people accessing pirated content and migrating away from Netflix.
However, several VPN users are now waiting for a solution that enables them to access the content in a way they want to see without violating any licensing laws or breaching Netflix’s terms of service.
Therefore, Netflix has to react to the petition, or the Hollywood producers need to come up with licensing policies that allow open and accessible content consumption. If not then the users will continue looking for ways to deal with the ban.
Hence, worldwide distribution of content seems to be the ultimate solution, but when it will be implemented remains a question.