US Soldiers Aren’t Happy About Netflix’s VPN Ban

It’s not just regular TV show binge watchers that are worried about Netflix banning VPNs. US military servicemembers stationed overseas may not able to access the streaming service.

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Military men and women stationed in Bahrain told Stars and Stripes that they may be blocked from accessing Netflix after using a VPN for many years.

However this may not be the case at all bases.

“Netflix always exempts U.S. military bases around the world,” said a Netflix spokesperson. “They will still be able to access the U.S. catalog.”

The problem is that not all soldiers are stationed at military bases and may be at other facilities where the exemption isn’t place.

“For me Netflix is a way of being home. It boosts your morale by letting you watch the things you would be able to see at home,” said one soldier. “We are already in a foreign country and everything is so different. So, to be able to watch Netflix feels good.”

Netflix is available generally now in places like Bahrain but for many the catalog isn’t up to par with the US library.

“My VPN hasn’t been blocked,” said another soldier. “But if it does, I will be pissed. Netflix Bahrain is trash.”

Last week we saw reports of Netflix beginning its ban on VPNs with many members posting online about various error messages they have received.