#CyberFLASH: Netflix enrages Canada by actually following through with VPN crackdown plans

netflix-errorTensions are rising between Netflix and the people of Canada once again this week as more border-hopping subscribers find out first-hand that the streaming service wasn’t bluffing about that whole “VPN crackdown” thing.

This particular storm started brewing back in January, when Netflix announced that it would be taking steps to prevent members from using virtual private networks, proxies or unblocking services “to fool our systems into thinking they’re in a different country than they’re actually in.”

As most non-American Netflix users well know, the streaming service offers each of its roughly 190 markets different volumes and types of programming based on region-exclusive content licensing agreements.

At press time, Canadian Netflix users could access approximately 4,000 movies and shows, while nearly 7,000 titles were available to subscribers in the U.S.

For many people, however, getting around geo-restrictions is as much about the quality of these titles as it is about quantity.

Since Netflix announced that it would be cracking down on customers who use VPNs, intermittent reports of payment problems with unblocking companies have been rolling in — alongside reports of Canadians finding ways around these problems to continue watching U.S.-restricted Netflix content.

This weekend, however, the tone among border-hopping Netflix viewers changed.

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