There is a lot of talk online at the moment about Netflix putting a little more effort into tracking down the geo-dodgers. What does that mean though?
Many people, certainly here in Australia, use either a VPN or a DNS service to be able to access Netflix in the US.
What these services do is fool Netflix into thinking the user is based in the US when they are actually here in Australia. Or maybe the UK or anywhere in the world.
Why would people do this when the UK and now Australia have their own Netflix? Because Netflix US, UK and Australia are all different. Each service offers different content according to the availability of licensing in each country.
US Netflix is easily superior, my understanding is that it has well over 5000 titles, some sources suggest it could be much more than that. Netflix in Australia has closer to 2000, the UK about 3000. Whatever the actual numbers, there is no doubt that Netflix US offers the widest choice and that’s why many people here in Australia access it using some kind of computer trickery.
Many Australians are unhappy about the possibility of being cut off from Netflix US, after all, why should they have over 2 1/2 times the amount of content that we get when we have to pay the about the same amount of money each month. Some are so angry they have gone online to tweet or twitter, whatever it is, that they will…
Today though I am going to offer one reason, just one reason, why accessing Netflix in the US from Australia is not such a good idea. I’m going to show you two videos now, both are Netflix productions, although due to copyright restrictions, I can only show you the official Netflix trailers for each.
I’ll start with a trailer for the first ever Netflix Australia production. The full movie lasts for one hour and it went straight in at number one on Christmas Day. Grab your popcorn and check it out…
As you know, Australia has been through a bit of a heatwave over the festive season, so this was ideal viewing for Christmas Day. Any Australians using their canny VPN or DNS service to access Netflix US over the hot Christmas period would have been stuck with this…
On the plus side, they would have had over 3000 more titles to choose from when they sat down to watch the box in the evening.