Another blow against geoblocking

July 4th, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Slingshot has just made it a lot easier for its customers to access television and movie streaming websites like Netflix and BBC iPlayer that are normally blocked to this country’s internet users.

For the past 12 months Slingshot has offered a service called Global Mode, letting households with international visitors sign up and have access to websites such as Netflix which are blocked in some parts of the world.

The service was seen by some as a ruse, allowing New Zealanders to access these websites simply by telling their internet company they had a cousin from Minneapolis staying with them.

Slingshot, the country’s third-biggest internet company, is now unblocking about two dozen international sites for all of its customers to access. They won’t need to claim they are playing host to overseas visitors.

“No beating around the bush. This is to watch Netflix, this is to watch BBC iPlayer, this is to watch Hulu, this is to watch Amazon Prime,” Slingshot general manager Taryn Hamilton told theĀ Herald.

Superb. The WWW is global. is not compatible with it. Business models that rely on will fail. Think of the planet as one big hungry for content global market, and go sell to it.

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16 Responses to “Another blow against geoblocking”

  1. DJP6-25 (1,310 comments) says:

    Good news indeed.

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  2. Redbaiter (8,022 comments) says:

    Its all BS anyway.

    There are any number of browser plug ins that bypass these idiots and their futile attempts at control.

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  3. davidp (3,557 comments) says:

    And in other blocking news, the UK government have mandated filters as a default on internet connections. Customers need to opt in to an unfiltered connection and confess to being a pervert, or something. It turns out that about 20% of the internet is blocked if you’re British. Some ISPs filter mainstream political blogs, Reddit, and Facebook.

    You can check whether a site is blocked by the Great Firewall of Britain using this handy site…

    https://www.blocked.org.uk/

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  4. scrubone (3,082 comments) says:

    You can check whether a site is blocked by the Great Firewall of Britain using this handy siteā€¦

    There’s one for China, but I’m told it’s not really that reliable.

    I know of one blogger who boasts that he’s blocked in china as a badge of honor, but really, it’s just because China blogs the entire blogspot domain.

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  5. Redbaiter (8,022 comments) says:

    “the UK government have mandated filters as a default on internet connections.”

    Its no news that the same kind of anti-freedom forces are in control in the UK as in Red China. Been like that for decades.

    Ever since the Conservative Party yielded to cultural Marxism and became a subset of UK Labour, the Progressives have won victory after victory and liberty in the country that once lead the world in this concept is now defunct.

    I blame the education system. Firmly in the hands of the far left, it is producing generation after generation of sausage factory style neo-Marxist progressives who can’t even spell liberty let alone conceptualise it.

    And the Conservatives under the bumbling traitor David Cameron endorse it rather than attempt to change and fix it.

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  6. dime (9,664 comments) says:

    Good stuff.

    Im loking for a new ISP. Slingshot didnt provide fibre a couple of years ago.

    I just use a chrome plug in to watch netflix. Cant be assed setting up a vpn through my router etc.

    Ill go back to slingshot and get Netflix on my ipad, streaming through xbox in the lounge etc. too easy.

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  7. ross001 (142 comments) says:

    Slingshot would have to be the worst company I’ve ever had the misfortune to deal with.

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  8. wf (400 comments) says:

    Don’t need slingshot either. I go through Hulu to Netflix on Chrome. Have a gizmo that turns my tv into android equivalent too so can see all apps on it but there aren’t a lot of pix on Netflix that I care to watch.
    For TV programs I have a ‘direct’ route ,no netflix needed.

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  9. Alan (1,082 comments) says:

    Don’t the producers of content actually own it and have a right to control where it is sold and for how much?

    Don’t we support freedom of contract and the sanctity of private property any more

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  10. Lance (2,561 comments) says:

    @Alan
    Yes like DDS on a Sony DAT recorder that blocked my own recording of WhaleSong (long story, not a Greenie). Infuriating.
    Hopelessly out of touch

    It’s called consumer feedback. Behave like a fuckwit and people go around you. The smart companies learn.

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  11. Alan (1,082 comments) says:

    I don’t dispute the business model is poor, but we can’t pick and choose which property rights to respect.

    Every person doing this degrades the value of the local right holder.

    If people want to rip of content producers and ignore property rights that fine, Herr Dotcom has created a party for you to support.

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  12. Redbaiter (8,022 comments) says:

    Property rights.. pffft.

    Property is something you can put a fence around.

    Start calling something else by that name and the resulting restrictions on basic liberties are too horrendous to contemplate.

    As we’re discovering as big govt worshipping commies like Alan spread their dirty little tentacles into our houses.

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  13. gump (1,553 comments) says:

    @Redbaiter

    Can you put a fence around a patent?

    Can you put a fence around a trademark?

    Can you put a fence around a digital file?

    All of these are forms of property.

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  14. Bad__Cat (140 comments) says:

    I get pissed off when I try to buy something legally, only to be told that the product is not available outside the USA.

    I have news for them, the product almost always is available outside the USA. Just not legally. And that’s their loss, not mine.

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  15. adc (582 comments) says:

    It’s one thing for individuals to do this, it’s another for a company to offer it as part of paid services.

    Slingshot will open themselves up to all manner of legal attack by doing this. Pretty sure it’s illegal to circumvent measures taken by rights holders to protect their rights.

    We just need the local holders of exclusive distribution contracts to start to play along and fair if we want to see this stuff above board.

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  16. goldnkiwi (1,174 comments) says:

    Ask Dotcom

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