Netflix to block workarounds that increase content

January 17, 2016 19:19


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Just a week after it announced that it was offering its services in almost every country around the world, Netflix on Thursday announced plans to block hacks that broaden its content library.

Already, users in some countries were dismayed that the streaming video service was offering them limited content for the same price.

A study published by found that in Israel, Netflix users would have access to just 143 TV shows and 438 movies, representing 12.36% and 9.54% respectively of the content available in the US.

"[G]iven the historic practice of licensing content by geographic territories, the TV shows and movies we offer differ, to varying degrees, by territory," Netflix VP of Content Delivery Architecture David Fullagar noted in the blog post. "In the meantime, we will continue to respect and enforce content licensing by geographic location."

Such restrictions have led to the unusual situation where Netflix in Israel is not allowed to stream some of its most well-known original content, such as the series House of Cards, because it licensed the show to Israeli TV networks.

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