VPN Blockade Backlash Doesn’t Hurt Us, Says Netflix

Ernesto Van der Sar, writing for TorrentFreak: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says that the recent crackdown on VPN and proxy users hasn’t hurt the company’s results. The VPN blockade only affects a small but vocal minority, according to Hastings, and there are no signs that hordes of subscribers are abandoning ship. Earlier this year Netflix announced that it would increase its efforts to block customers who circumvent geo-blockades. As a result, it has become harder to use VPN services and proxies to access Netflix content from other countries, something various movie studios have repeatedly called for. When asked about the impact of the VPN changes on the results, Hastings brushed the issue aside as a minor detail that doesn’t impact the bigger picture in any way. “It’s a very small but quite vocal minority. So it’s really inconsequential to us, as you could see in the Q1 results.” Earlier this year, Hastings also admitted that a VPN-blocking policy might be impossible to enforce.


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