VPN Users Worried New Terms May Terminate Their Netflix Accounts

VPN Users Worried New Terms May Terminate Their Netflix Accounts
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Netflix plans to put an end to the usage of the service though VPNs with its updated terms and conditions. As a result, a lot of users are anxious about the future status of their accounts on the online-streaming site, and they are debating the issue on Reddit, according to a report from Stevivor. The update was first spotted by Reddit user CrypticCraig.

Usage policy changed to restrict use of VPNs

As per the new guidelines, the accounts of the users involved in illegal practices, especially VPNs, may be suspended.

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A major alteration has been made in Article 6C, which now declares that a person can only watch a desired movie or a TV show using the Netflix service if the concerned media is available in the country from where he/she has created an account. Moreover, one will be able to view a certain media only in the geographical regions where Netflix is present and have authorized a particular movie or TV show. The new article further states: “The content that may be available to watch will vary by geographic location. Netflix will use technologies to verify your geographic location.”

Another section that has witnessed a change Article 6H, according to which Netflix can now suspend or prohibit the use of its service without offering any remuneration or a prior notice, if it suspects or in reality finds one “(i) in violation of any of these Terms of Use or (ii) engaged in illegal or improper use of the service.”

Users concerned about their Netflix accounts

Such changes have led many users to become apprehensive about their account status, and some of them e-mailed the company regarding the issue. In response, a Netflix correspondent claimed that the company is against the use of VPNs, says the report.

A few days back, in an interview with the Australian media, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings raised the VPN access and piracy issue. It is expected that around 200,000 Australian viewers have been making use of VPNs and U.S. Netflix accounts to stream content not available in their country.

In just a few hours, CrypticCraig’s post has received 4,150 upvotes on Reddit and 1,450 comments, highlighting the importance of the issue for Netflix users.

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