After hearing the news about Netflix cracking down on users accessing their service via VPNs (read: virtual private networks…the tech work-around many overseas families use to access their U.S. Netflix accounts), we couldn’t help but wonder how this will impact military families living overseas, so we decided to reach out to Netflix for some answers.
What Your Show Binging, Overseas Military Family Needs to Know About Netflix
For those of you who have VPNs, our magic 8-ball answer is “outlook not good.”
Netflix is not backing down from blocking VPNs from accessing its service. It’s only a matter of time before you get a black screen and a warning to shut off your proxy in order to access your account for streaming.
Netflix is currently working toward having all of the same content available worldwide, BUT it’s going to take time.
According to Netflix it isn’t a matter of IF it happens but when it happens. Netflix has #squadgoals.
We are making progress in licensing content across the world and, as of last week, now offer the Netflix service in 190 countries, but we have a ways to go before we can offer people the same films and TV series everywhere….We look forward to offering all of our content everywhere and to consumers being able to enjoy all of Netflix without using a proxy. That’s the goal we will keep pushing towards.
– David Fullagar, Vice President of Content Delivery Architecture at Netflix via the Netflix Company Blog
What that means is this: you can only access content that is currently licensed to Netflix within the country in which you live.
Did you know? House of Cards isn’t available on the German version of Netflix because Sky Deutschland has the rights to that show.
Do I have to cancel my U.S. Netflix account and get a new Netflix account for my host country?
Nope. As long as Netflix is available in the country you’re moving to, you can access Neflix BUT your will only have access to shows licensed in your host country. As far as billing goes, “you will be billed in the currency of the country you signed up in.”
Wait…Netflix isn’t available EVERYWHERE?
Not quite but it is offered in most countries. To see a map of Netflix coverage, check here.
What about DVDs? Can I get those?
Heck yes! Netflix ships DVDs to APO, FPO and DPO addresses! Make sure you update your account profile with your new address.
Deployed service members CAN access Netflix with Command Help
The process is fairly simple so long as the installation’s head honcho is on board. The Commanding Officer has to submit a formal request in writing to Netflix listing the range of IP addresses that will need access.
Thank you for your inquiry, and more importantly, thank you for your service!
We understand that you would like to access Netflix from an overseas United States military base. For assistance with this, please have your Commanding Officer submit a formal request to our corporate address:
100 Winchester Circle
Los Gatos, CA 95032-1815 United States
Please include the following information in the request:
- The range of recognized IP Addresses that require access. Please understand that we are only able to assist a member’s entire military base using a range of IP addresses to update; not just one member specifically.
- A valid email address from a military domain for us to reply to your request.
We look forward to hearing from you.
– Your Friends at Netflix