These days’ people around the globe are using Virtual Private Network to induce foreign services like Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime into thinking someone’s a local. However, Hulu is pretty serious in curbing the piracy.
According to reports, Hulu has begun blocking the users who are trying to access its services from VPN, despite the location. Users are getting this message, “Based on your IP-address, we noticed that you are trying to access Hulu through an anonymous proxy tool. Hulu is not currently available outside the U.S. If you’re in the U.S. you’ll need to disable your anonymizer to access videos on Hulu.”
Geo-blocking is not a new term in this business. Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu are not available in Asian and African countries. Even Australians are using VPN’s to access the content. Many people across the globe are busy in geo-dodging.
Currently, Hulu is verifying the identity using IP address not by the presence of VPN’s. However, like a two face coin, genuine users are also facing problem. In order to watch the programs, they have to give us their privacy and thus, it is raising eyebrows of VPN companies like VikingVPN or Private Internet Access.
The VPN companies are in talks with Hulu for a solution that can be beneficial for both parties. It is clear that Hulu is trying to please the TV Networks and cut off all illegal users. We shouldn’t be surprised if Netflix, iTunes and Amazon join the league.
Like Hulu, every company is making changes to lure more customers. Amazon Prime has signed deal with HBO for streaming movies, comedy specials and series. The move might boost the sale of its newly launched Amazon Fire TV.