Australian users of Netflix who access the US site via VPN services began getting the bad news, but it may not be for long.
“You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again,” Netflix advised.
Melbourne-based uFlix told its subscribers, “We are working on a solution to get around these new measures and apologise for the inconvenience to those who are currently only getting Australian Netflix.”
“Unless some sort of technology comes out that no one’s ever heard of before, pretty much anything implemented can be bypassed. As long as what we’re doing remains legal, there’s no issue,’’ managing director Peter Dujan said.
Another company, Express VPN, told News Corp, “We are well aware of this issue and our engineers have already started working on a solution for it.
“After trying our solutions, they can already access their Netflix once again,” a spokesman said. “In case you should ever encounter difficulties in watching Netflix, please contact our support team for additional assistance.”
Before Netflix launched in Australia, an estimated 340,000 Australians accessed US Netflix via VPN services.
When he was Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull rejected calls to ban VPN services, indicating they were perfectly legal.