If you’ve ever traveled to a foreign country and logged into your Netflix account, you’ve undoubtedly discovered that there’s an entirely different catalog of movies and TV shows available for you to stream. For example, this author accidentally stumbled upon Community during some down time in Costa Rica, but found himself unable to continue his binge upon returning Stateside.

To combat this, a whole host of sites have popped up that let you circumvent Netflix’s regional restrictions, allowing you to watch anything, anywhere. This is not legal, and Netflix is keenly aware of the situation. To combat it, the company is reportedly seeking out and shutting down users who use these means of Internet sorcery to access the full global catalog of Netflix shows.

Before you get too worried, though, it’s important to note that these are the only regulatory changes Netflix is making. The fact that you’re currently using your friend’s password and don’t actually have your own account will continue not to matter.


[via UPROXX]