Netflix's VPN Ban Affects Residential IP Addresses

Teodora Dobrilova
Teodora Dobrilova

Updated · Feb 27, 2022

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TorrentFreak reported on the 11th of August that Netflix is now including residential IP addresses in its blocklists.

The Ban

Netflix has been at war with VPN providers that manage to bypass its geo-blocking restrictions for quite some time. Moreover, some copyright holders want VPN users to be banned from accessing the platform in general.

And it seems like Netflix is еxpanding its block policies.

According to TorrentFreak, WeVPN was the first to notice that the streaming giant is blocking its residential IP addresses. Those are assigned to common consumer ISPs (internet service providers), like Verizon, for example.

Netflix, however, is still not revealing which IP addresses are blocked and why. 

The Scope of the Damage

“The collateral damage is that you have hundreds of thousands of legitimate residential Netflix subscribers blocked from accessing Netflix’s local country full catalog from their home,” WeVPN explained.

There is no report on exactly how many of the 208 million paying subscribers experienced issues. 

Users have reported on social media that they can only access Netflix originals and just a handful of other options on the streaming platform. Also, some have stated that they can only see the desired content when using mobile hotspot, but not when connected to their Wi-Fi. 

None of the people that have issued those complaints have VPNs. Netflix advised a Twitter user to contact their ISP to resolve the issue.

The Countermeasures

WeVPN announced they are working on a solution. While it is still in the early stages, it is apparently working. 

CyberGhost and Private Internet Access, which were also victims of the new policies, found a workaround, too. 

Other vendors will most likely follow suit and soon reveal ways to unblock the missing content.

Netflix’s Statement

A spokesperson from Netflix told TorrentFreak that the platform is not banning all content for VPN and proxy users. The originals are still available. 

They also said that people who were inadvertently affected will be able to access the full library soon.

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Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora devoted her whole life to words – reading, writing and trying to be original on social media. She got certified in digital marketing but still feels she’s not cool enough to be an influencer. (We all disagree – she influences the team pretty well.) She finished a master’s degree focused in Literature, Publishing, Mass Media. Her hobbies include traveling, and reading. Teddy hopes that yoga will be the thing to finally teach her some patience and show her the path toward world domination. Maybe modern tech can also help her with that.

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