Category: Television

Netflix announced in a blog post in January that it would be employing new high-tech methods to stymie VPNs and other side-doors to the “geo-blocking” of programming.

The movies and TV shows illegally streamed are generally not licensed by Netflix in Canada.

And by all accounts, Netflix was not bluffing.

One of the larger for-pay VPN services,, seems to have had its access U.S. Netflix crippled. Its Twitter feed is an endless stream of posts like “Sorry, we are a few days behind, but we are working as fast as we can around the clock,” and, “If you would like a refund, please let support know and they can help.”

And according to posts in the Reddit-based board NetFlixByProxy, people using all sorts of VPNs are receiving the notice “Proxy Detected — Access to America Denied” and headers like “Anybody know how they are blocking us?” Others on the board are warning not to mention VPNs that are still functioning, fearing Netflix is monitoring such comments and will target offenders accordingly.

One Toronto-based digital professional, who preferred his name not be used, confirmed to the Sun he subscribes to and that he has lately been unable to access American Netflix with it.

“It sounds like Netflix will triumph, which sucks for me,” he said. He said he has been using a VPN to access Netflix and other geo-blocked U.S. streaming services like Hulu because “it makes cutting the (cable) cord that much less painful.”

How many Canadians are affected by the techno-attack on VPNs is unclear. But about 40% of English-speaking Canadians have Netflix subscriptions, according to Media Technology Monitor. And of them, about a third admit to having accessed the American version.

Contacted this week by Canadian Press, Netflix offered no comment on the current state of its VPN war, beyond what was announced in January.

Source: Netflix drops tech-bomb on Canadian VPN users | News | Tech | Toronto Sun

Bristol animator Terry Brain, who co-created the 1980s children’s TV series Trap Door dies at the age of 60.

The animator who co-created the 1980s children’s TV hit Trap Door has died.

Terry Brain, from Bristol, “passed away peacefully” on Friday morning, at the age of 60, after a two-year battle with cancer, his son David Brain said.

“He was my hero – an amazing guy, funny. Right up until the last time I saw him… he was still trying to crack jokes through it,” he said.

Along with fellow animator Charlie Mills, he was also behind Stoppit and Tidyup.

The pair were referred to as “Brainbox Mills”.

Source: Trap Door animator Terry Brain dies after cancer battle – BBC News

Once upon a long time ago, a man could turn on his TV and learn something for free!
What can you learn for free now? how to murder, rape, mutilate..
When did the open unversity become pay-per-view, where only people who pay can learn?
What is left for our children to watch? the omen, the davinci-bollocks, the hobbit?
Why are there no free Geographic channels?
How can we respect others if we cannot learn about them, for nothing?
Everything the BBC offers for free is transferred to pay-only as soon as it becomes popular, no matter how many times it has been repeated. How many times must we pay to see the same program, again and again and again and again…

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