Netflix Has Started Blocking VPN Users

VPN users are beginning to experience issues with accessing Netflix while connected to their VPN.

One Reddit user posted the screenshot above showing the warning message he received when he tried logging into Netflix while using ExpressVPN.

The user said he contacted the support team at Express who directed him to a new server, which worked fine. “Looks [like] the arms-race is on,” he posted.

However shortly after posting the message he began experiencing the problems again. He has posted no updates since.

We have reached out to ExpressVPN for a comment and will update this article when we hear back.

In Australia, users have begun reporting similar issues too.

Australian service uFlix says its users have been receiving error messages while trying to access the US catalog.

“You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again.”

“The blocking is currently not aggressive and we believe (for the moment) they are only testing the new blocking methods on their customers,” said uFlix managing director Peter Dujan.

“We suspect that they are blocking known IP ranges and gaining additional information from the user’s browser or mobile device and comparing it to the proxy and user IP addresses.”

Since Netflix announced that it would get a lot stricter on VPNs and proxies, VPN users have been concerned that they will be blocked from using the software to access geo-restricted libraries or avoid ISP throttling.

VPN providers have remained brazen though, stating that they will deploy more and more IP addresses every time one is blocked by Netflix.