Netflix has made good on its promise to crack down on people watching the service illegally.
Earlier in the year, the streaming service vowed to stop people watching via VPNs (virtual private networks) – these fool the service into thinking the viewer is in another country, hence giving them access to Netflix's global catalogue instead of just the one for the country the viewer is in.
Netflix licenses different shows and films for different territories. The US Netflix catalogue is much, much bigger than the UK's, for example.
Netflix recently started blocking Australian viewers from viewing via VPNs, and now it's started in Europe too.
Netflix users in Spain, Germany, the UK and other countries have taken to Reddit to report that their VPNs have been blocked by Netflix.
However, some claim they use VPNs and DNS (Domain Name Systems) for security purposes.
A number of VPNs have said they'll fight Netflix on this front. Stopping them is much like trying to take down illegal torrent sites – by the time one is stopped, 10 more have sprung up in its place. Except in this case, it comes down to technical oneupmanship.
Expect this battle to run and run.
When Netflix announced it was clamping down on VPNs, it said it hoped to one day offer all its content globally. That's the dream, but it's a few years off yet, if it is ever attainable.