A hot potato: It appears that Netflix is expanding its efforts to prevent users from avoiding VPN locks and proxies by banning hundreds of thousands of residential IP addresses. Some legitimate subscribers who do not use a VPN are now unable to access any content.
Netflix began banning VPN providers in 2014 after receiving several complaints from rights holders. VPN users and services continued to find workarounds, and in 2016, PayPal partnered with Netflix to disrupt the payment processing services associated with some VPN providers. This round trip has been going on for years.
One of the derivations adopted by some VPNs is to use residential addresses to route traffic. Netflix systems see these addresses as legitimate users, so those outside the United States may overlook blockchains in the region. This method was no big secret and worked for quite some time.
Hi Raymond, help is here! 🚨 If you do not have proxies, VPNs, or other routing software but still see this message, contact your ISP. They will be able to determine why your IP address is associated with proxy or VPN usage. 👉 https://t.co/JMty6kcu3j ^ KG
– Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) August 11, 2021
However, TorrentFreak notes that Netflix now appears to be blocking residential IP addresses associated with certain VPN providers. WeVPN was the first to notice that the transmission service was blocking its residential addresses. The problem is that hundreds of thousands of subscribers who do not use a VPN are limited to Netflix originals. Others have fully restricted access and are notified to turn off their VPN.
While Netflix clearly has the right to stop using VPNs on its service, banning entire blocks of residential IPs might not have been the best solution. The streaming giant is aware of the problem, but has not officially recognized it or proposed a proper solution. The best solution that can make the Twitter feed of Netflix customer service produce is to contact your ISP to see if they can tell you why your IP address is associated with a proxy or VPN.