Netflix to Crack Down on Proxy and “Unblocker” Users in Non-Supported Regions

Even with Netflix opening its service to 190 countries as of last week, it appears that the company must still take steps to protect the content it distributes from those who do not live in a supported region. For those who do not live in a territory where Netflix is offered, which used to be a very long list, some would use proxies and “unblockers” to trick Netflix’s servers into thinking the user was based somewhere else in the world, preferably one that allows for Netflix streaming.

In the coming weeks, Netflix states that it is cracking down on these users, and will evolve its proxy detection to make sure those users are unable to watch content. (more…)

T-Mobile Knocking $100 Off Flagship Samsung Devices, Plus Free Year of Netflix

Beginning this Friday, T-Mobile is knocking $100 off Samsung’s latest smartphones, plus throwing in a free year of Netflix when you purchase one. Phones offered at the discounted rate are the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and the Galaxy Note 5. The $100 promotion is good until December 23, and the Netflix offer is good until December 31.  (more…)

Obama Urges FCC to Re-Classify Internet Under Title II to Keep It “Open and Free,” Include Mobile Broadband

Thanks in part to 4 million comments by the American people, President Barack Obama and the White House released a statement this morning in favor of net neutrality and keeping the internet “open and free.” His stance is that the internet is “essential” to our economy, is one of the greatest “gifts” to our society, and that the FCC should reclassify it under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, essentially turning it into a utility.  (more…)