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Customers who try to access certain TV and internet content not licenced for Cayman may face some new hurdles soon as Netflix says it will begin cracking down on customers who try to disguise what country they’re in.

Subscribers have a variety of alternatives that are meant to circumvent movie and programming copyright rules that are negotiated on a country by country basis.

“One of the things that people here in the Cayman Islands utilize is VPN’s (virtual private networks) to get around what we call geo-restrictions for different streaming services,” says Sandra Hill of Rocay.

Ms. Hill says the Netflix announcement came as a surprise because the company had just announced it was expanding its authorised streaming services to more than 130 countries.

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Patrick Kreitlow

Patrick Kreitlow

Pat Kreitlow joined the Cayman 27 staff in October 2015. For nearly a decade, Pat was a familiar presence in living rooms across western Wisconsin where he was a reporter and nightly news anchor at WEAU-TV. He later served his neighbors as a state senator. When he and his wife Sharry became “empty nesters,” they moved to Grand Cayman in early 2014. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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