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UK newspaper ‘reveals’ Netflix VPN ‘fix’

March 21, 2016

By Colin Mann

A website associated to popular UK daily tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror has published details of how UK subscribers to Netflix can get ‘more bang for their buck’ by following a series of instructions aimed at fooling Netflix into thinking that the subscriber is in a different country, which makes it automatically make available new titles.  posted instructions provided by as to how to set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which would give a new IP address that makes a user’s computer look as though it is located in the US rather than in the UK.

“This is enough for Netflix, which checks your location by examining your IP address, to be fooled, unlocking a new catalogue of shows,” it boasted, suggesting that the best option was to sign up for a smart VPN service, which would work with practically any device, from a PC to a Smart TV. “These services are not expensive, but give you a faster connection so you can watch Full HD and even 4K channels,” it recommended.

The website recognises that Netflix is taking steps to curb such illegal practices, coming under pressure to recognise and support local licensing deals, but nevertheless proceeds to suggest further technical fixes to ensure a wider choice of content.

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