Netflix

Netflix has become arguably the biggest and most widely used library of shows and films on the Internet, and while you do have to pay to use it the cheap price means it’s not much of a stretch for most people. The U.K. library is pretty good, but as we all probably know because of our use of VPNS, the US library is even better. Recently Netflix has gone on a big banning spree on VPNS, so now what will you do to watch your shows? I think the answer is quite clear, find them on some dodgy online site and stream them. So that’s what happens when things aren’t available to us through legal means because of rights and copyright.

We use sites like Netflix when we can, because of quality and possibly respect for the show. But if a show isn’t available, that doesn’t mean we won’t watch it, we just find it somewhere else that probably doesn’t have the rights. This is a shame because lots of shows get reduced views and cancelled because those watchers don’t contribute to the counted viewers of the show. I wonder why some shows and films only allow their content to be seen on one countries Netflix and not another?

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  1. I also think it is interesting to think about why each country has a different stream of shows and movies on their Netflix accounts. Netflix is a great platform to watch your favorite shows and movies in a legal, respected way. When I watch things on Netflix, I know that the videos are copyrighted and legal on the website. Users can watch seasons of their favorite shows in a legal way, instead of trying to find an illegal streaming website that comes with viruses and illegal copyright activity. However, some countries only allow certain shows and films to be copyrighted on Netflix, which leads to different databases in each country. People try to find ways to watch shows on different countries’ Netflix. Also, some shows or films are not on Netflix at all. Therefore, people become so attached to the easily accessible and legal form of Netflix, that they expect to find all the videos they want to watch on the site. When they don’t, they turn to other online sources, which are usually illegal or not copyrighted. Thus, Netflix’s limited database of films and television series could cause people to find other sources for videos that are not on Netflix, causing more cycling of not copyrighted material.

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  2. This was a very well written post. I have also thought about this before, why are the shows different under different country domains? Well it’s often down to what that country will allow and not to do with Netflix at all, for instance some Disney films are on American Netflix but not English, that is due to Netflix fighting for these films and Disney begrudgingly agreeing but having different copy rights in the UK.

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  3. I couldn’t agree more with your idea. I have often though about this and felt ‘discriminated’. Of course when something is not available for me, I would find another way to see it, it is just the way it is. I believe if every content was available everywhere, people would be happy to pay the membership and value copyrights, rather than go and stream it illegally.

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  4. Nice blog post, I really can relate to your view. Like most I too use Netflix. I do think it is a good site for viewing both recent and older media content. However it does have some issues and copyright is certainly one of them. Some of my favourite shows have been taken down from the site or have just not appeared on there at all and sometimes this does result in me viewing the show elsewhere. Its good that you mention how pirated viewing can lead to cancelled productions, it makes me consider the continuation of the show I’m watching.

    However as Netflix has only some copyrighted content it has forced me to watch some less well known Films and shows on the site. In this case the copyright restrictions are good as it has allowed me to view new shows that i might not have seen otherwise such as Him & Her and Misfits. Some of the less well known content on Netflix really are amazing with different styles, themes and plot lines.

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