Is Netflix Blocking My IP Address?

There’s been a flurry of complaints on IP address blocked Netflix from people who say Netflix has blocked their IP address. The problem is that these folks have been using a VPN service to bypass geo-blocks and access content that’s not available in their location. This is the sort of thing that used to happen only on a large scale with commercial VPN services, but it’s now occurring for residential users as well. It was first noticed by WeVPN, and relates to Netflix’s crackdown on password sharing. Netflix keeps track of all usage on its accounts, and in order to enforce its new policy against household account sharing, it has started including putatively residential IP addresses in its block list.

Locked Out: Understanding and Resolving IP Address Blocks on Netflix

Getting banned by Netflix doesn’t hurt quite as badly now as it did in 2015, when it began blocking VPN and proxy servers outright. Instead, Netflix will simply remove regionally locked shows from the list of what you can watch, so they become invisible and not browsable or playable on devices connected to VPNs. This is a way to keep its license agreements with big movie studios happy, and not have to worry about a backlash from annoyed users.

To get around this, you need to use a VPN that has a large server network in multiple geographic locations. NordVPN offers dozens of options, with thousands of servers across the globe. It also has a feature called SmartPlay that lets you bypass password sharing restrictions on non-VPN supported devices, such as Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. It’s a good idea to look for a provider that has DNS leak protection and other security features, as well as a generous 30-day money-back guarantee.