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Netflix Around the World and Billing Issues

December 6, 2017

Worldwide Workaround

Did you know that streaming services like Hulu and even YouTube have different content based on what country your account is currently based in?

It’s all due to convoluted licensing and distribution details that can be neatly summed up by the phrase “because money,” but that doesn’t make it any less annoying when I’ve just watched Season 1 and 2 at home and can’t make my way through season 3 on a night’s layover abroad.

Well, at least I couldn’t before I discovered this nifty little resource, Nord VPN. At less than $4 a month on a two year deal, this versatile tool allows you to mask your location so you can access all the content that your subscription monies are paying to finance, and also makes your browsing experience much more secure which is pretty good too.

Seller’s Remorse

Speaking of finances, we recently encountered a strange situation where cybersecurity concern Appriver (which I’ve always loved) began issuing back charges to our clients for sales tax on long past transactions, in some cases amounting to several years worth of sales taxes for enterprise resources like Office 365.

I always like to stay on top of the recommendations I make to our customers–that way they trust your recommendations–and browsing the NetVU boards turned up the revelation that it wasn’t just our clients…apparently this is a widespread practice they’ve enacted.

Now, I’m not a lawyer. I don’t play one on TV, and I didn’t even stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. However, I know this doesn’t seem quite right…personally, I would consult a legal professional before I paid a substantial unexpected invoice half a decade after the fact.

As it relates to alternatives for upgrading to this year’s latest software, I’ve had good experiences with B & H Photo and Video, which avoids the possibility of delayed misunderstandings by not collecting taxes on purchases delivered outside of NY and NJ.

Mind Business

My stepfather struggled with Alzheimers for the last years of his life, and although he did an amazing job working through his affliction and functioning at a high level, I believe earlier detection would have helped him live a better quality of life for a longer time.

It’s natural to forget things from time to time, especially with the number of social media passwords and business lunches and Groupon expiration dates we try to keep track of in our daily lives. However, the occasional checkup is just good maintenance, and you can take this test at home.

An Early Gift

The security and stability of your system also requires a fair measure of preventative maintenance, and we here at Archway are proud to offer a convenient resource to help our potential future customers get a better picture of their network resources.

If you’d like to take advantage of this free, no obligation system review, all you have to do is check it out here. No appointments necessary and you can do it from your favorite hammock if you like, it’s all performed remotely in just 5 or 10 minutes. We’re here to help any way we can.

The Last Word

All right, that’s about all we have time for this week. Going to be a bit rough getting back into the swing of things after such a long and relaxing weekend, but hey…just a few weeks until pretty much everything shuts down until the end of the year, I feel as though we can get by until then. Thanks as always for making time for this exciting edition of “Brad’s Blog,” enjoy Mexican Netflix!

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