The crackdown on Kiwis accessing US Netflix through virtual private networks has raised issues for people wanting to access TV shows in their native language. Bev Nicol moved home to New Zealand a year ago after living in Sweden with his family. Nicol continued to pay a subscription to Swedish Netflix for greater access to shows in the Swedish language, particularly children's shows for his two daughters. "Accessing TV in your own language really can help keep your language skills up."
[The call taker] told me that they had a deal with the NZ company and had been told that now was the time to enforce it. Still furious.Elspeth Kean-Mayes rang Netflix US customer service and found no way around losing her subscription to the US library through a virtual private network (VPN) service. "My subscription was paid through iTunes and I was using an Apple TV box, my American address was provided by Unblock-us," Kean-Mayes said. "I pointed out that my subscription to America predates NZ Netflix and it was not illegal then or now for that matter and that I objected to being disconnected. "[The call taker] told me that they had a deal with the NZ company and had been told that now was the time to enforce it. Still furious," she said. Another US Netflix user Max said he cancelled his subscription to Netflix after being locked out through VPNs. He now streams his favourite TV shows off sites that don't pay for the content. "They're losing business out of it, I know many people that have done the same. "Netflix were always anti VPNs in their terms and conditions but never enforced it, they should've stayed that way, they're missing out on revenue now."