Is Amazon following in the footsteps of Netflix?

I am not only blogging about Netflix, but also about Amazon Prime. Recently I have seen an increase of comments from people blocked by Amazon.com with the 4601 error message, also when using a VPN.

For a long time it seemed as if Netflix was hunting down the IP addresses used by VPN providers all by themselves. No other streaming service or TV network seemed to take the battle against users overseas as Netflix did. That seems to change now however, because not only do Amazon users abroad suffer from VPN blocks and the 4601 error message, but the same can be experienced with quite a lot of other streaming services as well.

If you want to read the comments from people who are blocked by Amazon after using a VPN, click the article above. Now, this was kind of expected, so it should not come as a surprise to anyone. Amazon is not alone doing so either, because recently I also discovered that Tenplay in Australia and BBC in the UK are blocking lots of VPN and SmartDNS services as well.

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The road is closed for VPN users who want to watch Amazon Videos and Netflix – Mario Hagen / Shutterstock

What does the future hold for us?

Now you might ask what the future has in hold for us with more and more services being hard to reach and watch from abroad. The final goal of most streaming services is to reach a global audience. The goal of Netflix is for their catalog to become available to people of all nations at the same time. That will of course not work when they buy content from cable networks since they have to pay attention to the rights to broadcast certain shows in other nations. But, we already see the global Netflix in use when it comes to their own original TV series.

Before the Netflix VPN battle started I expected the VPN providers to win the battle. I was mostly wrong, because the amount of VPN providers not working anymore with Netflix is far greater than the amount of VPN providers working with Netflix. There are holes in the “anti-VPN” protection from Netflix and you can read more about them here, but they are really effective in their job.

I do believe still that there will always be holes in any such “VPN-block”, but it might come a day when the general user will find it to hard and complicated finding a VPN provider that works with Amazon, Netflix, HBO Now and Hulu making them download the movies and TV series using a Torrent application and website instead. And who will loose then? The streaming services who did their uttermost to block these users.

 

Great alternatives to Netflix

Are you tired of Netflix? Tired of fighting with VPN blocks and proxy errors? Want to watch your favorite TV show online, right now? Here are some great alternatives to Netflix!

If you want to watch some fantastic TV shows or movies online, then Netflix is one of the best streaming services for this purpose. Here you can watch thousands of movies and TV series without commercials and without interruptions. The only problem is that lots of content is lacking from Netflix.

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Want to stream your favorite content online? Here are some alternatives if you do not like Netflix!

US Netflix has the biggest register and biggest amount of movies and TV series available. But, they have big lacks when it comes to the newest blockbusters. Canadian Netflix is much better on blockbusters, but they do not have as many TV series available. The differences are big, and what can you do if you want an alternative to Netflix where you can watch your favorite TV series, the newest TV series and the newest blockbusters whenever you want to?

There is no solution that will solve all your problems at once, but there are solutions that will solve maybe your number one problem!

Great alternatives to Netflix

Google Play Store

You might be surprised at this, but at Google Play Store you can get access to everything you want, whenever you want. The only requirement is that you need to pay for whatever you want to watch. But, if you are willing to pay for the newest episodes of Blindspot, or Captain America: Civil War, then you can get access to the films and TV series at once after they have been released. It is quite easy to get access to the US Google Play Store, and instructions can be found in this article.

Hulu

Hulu is probably a streaming service you have heard of earlier. It is not as big as Netflix when it comes to movies, but it gets better and better. Their number one profile is TV series and there it is way better than Netflix. At Hulu you will get access to your favorite TV series and the new episodes just after they have been aired on US TV. So, it is not like with Netflix where you wait for a year or two to get access to an entire season at once. With Hulu you can follow the season as it develops with new episodes added every week. You can read more about how you can watch Hulu outside the US here.

Amazon Prime / Amazon Instant Video

Amazon Prime is quite similar to Netflix, with quite a lot of movies and TV series available. Full seasons are added at the same time, meaning that is works like Netflix, and not like Hulu. If you want to get access to something even faster, then you can buy it instantly on Amazon Instant Video. In that way this also reminds of Google Play Store. Personally I would prefer Hulu and Google Play Store, but that is of course entirely up to you! If you want to watch movies on Amazon from abroad, visit amazonprime.fromabroad.org.

Visit NBC/CBS/FOX

If you are watching Netflix for the purpose of TV series, then you could consider watching them directly on the website of the given network instead. Why watch Blindspot and The Blacklist on Netflix/Hulu/Amazon when you can watch the episodes for free on the NBC website instead? Or why wait for a year for a new season of the Big Ban Theory to arrive, when you can watch the episodes live and on-demand on CBS All Access?  You can find out more about these services at nbc.fromabroad.org and at cbs.fromabroad.org.

Now these are some great alternatives to Netflix. There are of course lots of other streaming services available, but these are some of the best options you have.

What do you think? Have you found any of these alternatives to be a good alternative to Netflix? Do you have other suggestions for Netflix alternatives? Write a comment and share your insight!

 

Have you considered Amazon Prime?

Have you considered getting yourself an Amazon Prime membership in addition to your Netflix membership? If that is you, then today is your day, and tomorrow is not.

Big discount today

How come? Celebrating their success at the Ammy Awards, especially with Transparent, Amazon is offer their Amazon Prime membership today only for 67 USD instead of the normal fee which is 99 USD per year. This is only available to new member, so if you have not yet tried Amazon Prime, but would like to give it a try, do so today. You can read more about Amazon Prime at the following page, or you can simply visit Amazon.com and sign up for this offer right away!

This article might not be very Netflix related, but if you are a Netflix fan you for sure like a good film, so maybe this is perfect for you still and it can help you watch even more great films and TV series online. And, Amazon Prime is also about much more than just films and TV series, but also about music, Kindle books and more!