This seems to happen with major streaming services. Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu have always dealt with this issue. Now, its Disney+ time to deal with people that shouldn’t have access to the service. Disney blocks VPN services that are (or should I say were) watching the streaming service form countries that don’t have access to it yet.
According to Screen Binge, Disney has been blocking foreign accounts using VPNs. Many of the top VPNs have been blocked by Disney, with only NordVPN working at the time of this writing. That may not be for much longer. As Disney blocks VPN access, many people will most likely try other services until they are eventually blocked.
Currently, Disney+ is only available in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The next batch of countries to gain access won’t be until the end of March 2020. Yeah, so that kind of sucks that a good chunk of Europe has to wait four months to even get access to it.
The United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Ireland will be able to purchase the service on March 31, 2020. Let’s get serious about one thing: Disney knew this would be a problem. They had to, which is why after a couple of weeks since launch, we are getting information that access is being shut down.
While many people are complaining about the action, Disney blocks VPN makes sense from a business standpoint. Some people may not know how VPN devices work, they are generally used to mask your IP address from your computer (which is attached to your region), and this determines where you can access certain content. If you live in Spain, and want Disney+ access, you can set your VPN location to somewhere in Oklahoma, and you suddenly have access.
The bigger issue is that this could lead someone to copy the content and upload it to torrent sites. That isn’t to say they couldn’t do it here, but that is the basic fear. You will hear some people complain that it isn’t fair, the truth is that you shouldn’t have access to it any – so there’s that.