If you're a fan of accessing the USA's version of Netflix here in Ireland then I'm afraid we have some bad news for you.
Netflix are reportedly set to crack down on those using proxys or a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service to access content outside the country they live in. They addressed this in a recent blog post where they also announced a massive expansion of their service from 60 to 190 countries worldwide.
Some members use proxies or “unblockers” to access titles available outside their territory. To address this, we employ the same or similar measures other firms do. This technology continues to evolve and we are evolving with it. That means in coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are.
Many Netflix subscribers here in Ireland use various hacks and work-arounds so they can watch content on the US and other countries Netflix. While our Netflix still has plenty of excellent content, the likes of Sky Movies tend to get the rights to the best new film releases. As a result, Irish Netflix subscribers are forced to wait for certain films and TV shows that get released to other territory's Netflix' much sooner.
In Netflix' defence they are clearly under pressure from various movie and TV companies to ensure people are only watching the content that they are licensed to watch. Netflix say they're doing their best to make the same content available for all territories within a time scale of around 5 to 10 years. In the meantime, Irish users may be forced to stick to what's available on the Irish version.
via The Journal