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If you're using a VPN workaround to watch the US Netflix catalogue, the streaming service may well cut you off.

A virtual private network (VPN) can trick the service into thinking you're in the US instead of the UK, and let you access Netflix US's much bigger catalogue of TV shows and films. But the days of enjoying unfettered access are numbered.

That's because Netflix is changing its terms of service. Anyone found using a VPN in this way could have their accounts terminated or restricted "without compensation or notice".

The new terms and conditions says users "may view a movie or TV show through the Netflix service primarily within the country in which you have established your account and only in geographic locations where we offer our service and have licensed such movie or TV show.

"The content that may be available to watch will vary by geographic location. Netflix will use technologies to verify your geographic location."

Netflix only buys rights to most shows for certain territories, hence its catalogue differs on where you are in the world.

Soon we might not have to worry about such issues. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has suggested the service could offer a global content catalogue, where the same shows and films would be on offer wherever you are. Amen to that.

Source: The Independent

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