TV networks in New Zealand are warning that they may be forced to seek legal course if Internet Service Providers continue providing access to U.S Netflix using the DNS trick. The remarks by the networks comes on the heels of Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) warning that it may be forced to terminate the accounts of people using VPN’s to gain access to the U.S library.
Some lawyers are however arguing that the ISP’s are not doing anything wrong as they are basically ‘parallel importing’ content, which is legal. TV networks on their part argue that using such tricks is against Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) terms of usage having already sent cease and desist letters to a number of the internet service providers.
Australia debut bugs Netflix
Netflix made its much-awaited debut in Australia and New Zealand but with a much-compressed library compared to the US offering, something that has forced many users to use VPN’s to access a larger Library catalogue. The ISP’s use a DNS trick that makes users appear as if they are in the US something that the likes of SKY TV TVNZ and Media Works greatly oppose.
Internet providers are not ready to go down without a fight as they ramp up plans to rebuff the efforts of the TV networks maintaining they are not doing anything wrong. The corridors of justice could be the next stop as neither party is ready to accept a compromise or back down. The TV networks have given the internet service providers until April 15 to stop access to US library upon which further action is to be taken if their request is not heed.
Netflix battles pirates
It remains to be seen if Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) will come through on its threat and block all accounts that use VPNs to access its library across the border. The move could in some way be bad for the streaming giant as most of this people using VPNs end up paying for the service meaning if they are blocked completely, they could resort to relying on pirated content. Whenever people are viewing an entire season on Netflix, they are not in any way engaging in the piracy business something that is good for both parties.