To access Netflix you need to unblock Netflix’s geo-blocking mechanisms by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Using a VPN changes your IP Address (the address of your computer uses to surf the internet) and makes Netflix think you’re in in a different location and can get access to the full content library. The VPN we recommend to unblock US Netflix is ExpressVPN. It’s the simplest, fastest for streaming Netflix and allows you to unblock Netflix from anywhere.
As of our most recent update on March 12th 2017. We have tested all the above providers to be still working with Netflix. Note, when you connect to the provider. Some of the server locations might not be working. Because this is a fluid situation meaning sometimes one server location does not work and the VPN provider replaces it with another server. Please be patient. The best plan of attack is if you sign up and it is not working, try all the US server locations. If that is not working please email support.
Why do you need a VPN for Netflix ?
Unfortunately if you want to get the full experience of Netflix and access all 7000 shows and movies you can only do that if you live in the USA. If you live outside the USA, you need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to make Netflix think you are in the USA by using a VPN to change your IP address.
For example a recent report by the website UnblockUs shows that people with US Netflix have access to around 7000 movie and TV titles, while for example, Australia has access to 1900.
So, Why is this ?
Hollywood and other TV and movie creators have old outdated content copyright laws that only allow TV and movies to be shown in the country they are created. And then if another country wants to show that content they have to pay huge amounts of money to buy those content rights from the original creator.
THIS is why a VPN is so great. It allows you to get past those restrictions and route your internet connection to a different country to access that country’s content. E.g. if you are in Sydney, Australia, you can turn your VPN on, select a location in Los Angeles, USA and then start watching all of the US shows that you couldn’t get access too in Sydney.
Thus you can pick and choose which country you want to watch the content library off. Pretty neat!!
Is Netflix still restricted anywhere?
At this time Netflix is still restricted in China, North Korea, Syria and Crimea. You however, can use a VPN in the same fashion to access Netflix. You just need to have an account that is not registered in any of those countries.
Can you explain more about the Netflix Block Update?
Netflix announced they would try and start to block proxies and VPN’s. It is our opinion that this is just a ploy to keep Hollywood and the people that make the TV and movies happy. There is a lot of media like this article here, here and here that talks in more detail about the topic and the fact that it is impossible for Netflix to block all VPN users.
Netflix’s Chief Product officer even said this “Since the goal of the proxy guys is to hide the source, it’s not obvious how to stop VPN Users.” “It’s likely to always be a cat-and-mouse game.”
Here at Secure Thoughts we have a few theories. A large portion of Netflix users use a VPN to access their content. Netflix is a corporation that is publicly listed and has shareholders. I’m sure if they decided to say to 20% of their user base you can’t pay for our service anymore their shareholders would “NOT” be happy. I think it is a balancing act for them. Appeasing Hollywood and keeping their shareholders happy and I think the shareholders and the growth of the company gets priority over old outdated content laws.
Netflix everywhere update 6th January 2016: It’s official. Netflix is now available all around the world! However, just because you can setup an account doesn’t mean that you can access all the shows and movies that come from the USA. This is why you still need a VPN, to get a USA IP address and be able to get the full USA library. Case in point, there are 6,995 shows in the USA, only 4,362 in Canada, 2,475 in Australia, and 1425 in Italy. That’s a big difference.
So far our recommended solution, ExpressVPN, has been relatively unfazed. There have been a few instances where customers have been detected, however by contacting ExpressVPN’s support, they seem to have solved the problem. They also provide a 30 day money back policy if for whatever reason your IP address get’s blocked and there is no workaround.
18 April 2016 – Netflix CEO comments that he is standing firm in his decision to cut out VPN users saying they are a minority and do not cut into the firms profits.
June 2016 – Paypal shuts down proxy services like unblock.us to use Smary DNS to access Netflix
January 2017 – One of the largest VPN providers IPVanish can no longer support users accessing Netflix and permanently closes down any Netflix users.
3 Best VPN Services For Unblocking Netflix
Get the best and forget the rest. Here are our top 3 VPN providers to get US Netflix and unlock all 7,000 titles to watch right now!
ExpressVPN is by far and away, the best VPN service to Unblock US Netflix and get the US library. We have been recommending it for the last 3 years and we have had no problems with it nor have the people that we recommend it too.
They have a great server network in the US with multiple servers on both the east and the west coast. Here is a map of their server locations. Wherever you are in the world, you just pick one of these locations when you turn on ExpressVPN, and that will then give you full access to the 7000 titles that Netflix has.
Pro’s: As soon as the signup was complete, I got my login details, downloaded and setup the software, and because their program is so simple to use, I was logged into Netflix in less than 10 minutes.
But what I love more than the easy setup is the customer service. The one time I forgot my email address and couldn’t log in, their support staff responded to my ticket in less than 11 minutes. That’s really good!
Along with the easy use and the great support, you get everything else you’d want from your VPN:
Over 43,000 IP addresses to choose from, meaning that you don’t have to share and won’t be slowed down
Incredibly affordable ($8.32 a month for a 12 month package)
Top rated security
And most importantly, no issues connecting to or watching my favorite shows on Netflix.
Con’s: Nothing really to report.
Summary: If you’re outside the US and still want to enjoy your favorite shows and movies and unblock Netflix, do yourself a favor and get ExpressVPN. It’s will allow you to circumvent the geo-blocking restrictions that Netflix has so you can watch any show you like.
If you’re in a place where you can’t access an ExpressVPN server to unblock Netflix, give Buffered a look. While they don’t quite have all of the perks, you still get a pretty good deal for the money. They also seem to like Express VPN be consistently working with Netflix. We believe this is because they are a smaller provider.
Pro’s: Buffered has a very fast connection. Though the speed may not be quite as good as your connection with ExpressVPN, it’s still plenty fast enough to make it suitable for streaming services.
If you’re worried about protecting your privacy, Buffered has great security, with 256-bit encryption that comes standard with all of their service plans.
If you’re new to VPN software, and a little intimidated by the concept, Buffered is great because it’s easy to install and use, no matter what your experience level.
Con’s: The main differences you’ll notice between ExpressVPN and Buffered is with their customer service. Though Buffered offers the same 24/7 service through their live chat feature or by e-mailed support ticket, you’ll probably experience longer wait times
VyprVPN for the time being is working. We have summarized the service below.
Pros: One thing VyprVPN really touts is their speed, and I was looking forward to seeing just what it could do. However, it definitely isn’t the fastest connection on the market. It was fast, but unreliable, cutting in and out at times, forcing me to restart TV shows and movies I was in the middle of watching.
VyprVPN is a really great option if you’re having a hard time connecting to an ExpressVPN server, because they have servers in 151 countries all over the world – a truly massive network.
Cons: That being said, there were some fundamental problems with VyprVPN s service.
Firstly, software installation and set-up is pretty complicated, making VyprVPN a poor choice for people who are new to the concept of VPNs. Set up is overly complex and unintuitive.
Their connection is fast, but spotty, often going in and out at the most in opportune moments. If you plan to use your VPN to access Netflix, make sure you stick with one with a more reliable connection.
Is Your VPN Working with Netflix?
We try a variety of VPN’s every month as well as read user feedback as to what is working and what isn’t. At the time of writing this (Novemeber 16), we have found the following VPNs are not working with Netflix.
Buffered.com (Paid) – Working (our recommendation)
NordVPN.com (Paid) – Working
PureVPN.com – some locations, mainly not working
IPVanish (Paid) — Not working
SurfEasy (Paid) — Not working
Betternet VPN – Not Working
PrivateInternetAcess – Not Working
Hola Unblocker (Free) — Not working
TunnelBear (Free+Paid) — Not working
TorGuard (Paid) — Not working
CyberGhost (Free+Paid) — Not working
How To Watch Netflix While Abroad Overseas
This still works even if you are outside the USA. A VPN allows you to create an IP address within the USA so if you are in say London. You can get a US IP Address and access the 7000 shows that aren’t accesible outside the USA.