Last updateFri, 06 May 2016 1pm

The Netflix party in Mexico is coming to an end

Just in the last few weeks I have had conversations with several different people, all of whom had been caught red handed violating their customer agreement with Netflix.

When someone signs up for a Netflix account, the User Agreement specifically says “You may view a movie or TV show through the Netflix service primarily within the country in which you have established your account and only in geographic locations where we offer our service and have licensed such movie or TV show.” And when most gringos click on [I agree] they then proceed to blithely ignore the agreement they made. All one had to do to get away with this deception was to employ a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or proxy server to obfuscate their Mexican IP address. I have always taken care to warn my clients of the potential problems doing this, and indeed is appears that the party is coming to an end.

Netflix serves many countries including Mexico, however; users in the United States get access to far more content. Expatriates in Mexico want access to all of that and they want it in English.  Until recent weeks they could have it, in part because Netflix seemed to be turning a blind eye to violators of its user agreement.

That has changed in 2016 starting with a January posting on its web site by Vice President of Content Delivery Architecture David Fullagar, writing that the company would continue working to make more programming available to those outside the U.S. but also that measures will be taken to ensure that existing copyright and content licensing agreements are respected. He goes on to say “in coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are.”

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