It has become fairly common knowledge nowadays that Netflix varies greatly from country to country. The shows and movies to pick from in India will be very, very different from what you might be allowed to watch in Brazil, Australia, The United States, or Canada. The reason for this is because studios enforce copyright rules and restrictions by country as different markets usually have different demands as it pertains to the type of content they want to see. In the United States for example, there are over 4,000+ titles to choose from while in Italy, there are only about 2,500. This is almost half of what the US gets to see which can be quite irritating to many people who don’t live in these regions. You may have noticed that even when you travel, you will be restricted to the content in that restricted country regardless of where you are from. This is why a VPN becomes a necessity.
The easiest to use and most consistent VPN at the best price has been Nord for a couple of years now. They are the Apple or Nike of this industry, dominating in every way imaginable. With servers all around the world, a remarkable uptime with great support - it’s quite easy to see why they are so dominant in their market. Using their VPN for Netflix has been a total breeze and offers you the ability to browse from the hottest Netflix locations such as the UK, Canada, EU, and of course - the United States. All of this is available for less than $4 per month on their best plan and this includes the money-back guarantee for the first 30 days. Overall its a no-brainer for most that this is the best and easiest VPN service to use for using Netflix in other regions.
- Wide range of features
- A huge server park
- Fast speeds
- Works with Netflix
- Satisfying user experience
- Highly secure
- No leaks
- Over 5,000 servers in 62 countries
- Expensive for some
- Does not refund app store purchases
Surfshark is similar to Nord in that it offers reliable and stable service to users all around the world. The main difference between the two is that Surfshark is quite a bit newer - being founded in 2018 while Nord has been around since 2012. Because of this, Surfshark is a little bit behind with only 1,700 servers (vs 5000+ by Nord) however this number is growing constantly as Surfshark adds to their network. They offer just as good (if not better quality) support than much of the competition, and they are arguably just as easy to use as Nord if browsing Netflix is your thing. Speed is terrific and reliability has not been a concern whatsoever in my time using this VPN.
- Unlimited simultaneous connections
- Rarely seen multihop and split-tunneling tools
- Well-designed app
- Excellent speed test scores
- High price
- Must complete broader audits of its service
Although this company is not quite the Goliath that Nord is, they are getting there. Depending on which plan you choose, you could get your subscription down to under $3 per month, which is really quite fantastic. They are also allowing unlimited devices on select plans, which is obviously not something that most VPN providers offer. This really sets them apart and the fact that they have servers in 63 countries this early into the companies’ life cycle already shows that they are going to be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.
Cyberghost is sneakily underrated. They may not be the flashiest service in town, however, they offer a pretty remarkable piece of software that should not go unnoticed. Cyberghost was founded in 2011 in Bucharest, Romania. Since then, they have steadily grown to become one of the largest players in this game and easily one of the 5 most reliable VPN providers you can go with. If you want variety - they are the ones to go with. Offering over 6,500+ servers to choose from in 89 different countries - this brand beats out even Nord in terms of options to choose from and something like that cannot be understated by any means. They — like Surfshark — are a force to be reckoned with. This service is also great to use with other streaming services on top of Netflix which is always a plus.
- Decent speeds
- Loads of features
- Unblocks Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+
- Speedy live chat support
- Only 24-hour trial for desktops
- Didn't unblock BBC iPlayer
- Basic iOS client
- Windows kill switch issue
Why You Must Use A VPN To Access Netflix in Other Regions
Unfortunately, there’s no way around it. If you are in Seoul, South Korea or Hamburg, Germany - you aren’t going be accessing the films and TV shows that are offered on Netflix’s US branch anytime soon if you don’t have either A) a plane ticket to the US, or B) a VPN that can mask your location and make it seem as though you are in the US. Obviously, it is much easier to just use a VPN rather than actually physically move your location into the US just to access some content that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
Outside of these choices, there isn’t much else you can do besides possibly using a ‘free movie site’ which generally isn’t advisable as there are a whole host of issues that can come with doing such a thing. To access the US variant of Netflix, you’ll have to use a VPN - point, blank, period.
Is Using A VPN To Access Netflix Safe?
Using a VPN just for Netflix is entirely safe and it is something that people have been doing for many years. In fact, it is actually one of the most common reasons people use VPN’s in the first place! Aside from providing you with much-needed privacy and adblocking, the ability to use your favorite streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime is easily reason enough to switch over and use a VPN for all your streaming activity. Whether you decide to go with Nord, Cyberghost, or Surfshark - you will be making a wise decision if you are someone that wants to enjoy some content that is only available overseas.
Other Benefits To Using VPN’s (Aside From Netflix Access)
It’s no doubt that many of our readers are looking at this article just for the simple fact that they need access to Netflix from another region, however, there are a plethora of other reasons as to why you might want to use a VPN. For starters, it provides you a great deal of anonymity on the web. Sure, your ISP can still see that you are accessing the net through a VPN, but actual web hosts, trackers, and webmasters will be unable to track your real machine and/or location. This is hugely beneficial to many people alone, and the other aspects are the cherry on top.
By using a VPN you can also be sure that many ads will be automatically blocked as advertisers are generally not very satisfied with VPN traffic, and these VPN’s come with built-in adblockers often. This means that not only will your real physical location be masked, but you will also have a generally more pleasant experience online as you won’t be bombarded with so many ads constantly. It is true that you would be able to do the same thing with any free adblocker on the web, but the fact that it comes already built-in just makes your browsing experience a whole lot more pleasant to begin with.
How to pick the best VPN for you
This is generally a tough question to answer since most of them will work fine for your needs. However, be sure that whichever VPN you go with has plenty of IP’s to choose from and many server locations in the countries you are interested in browsing from. This is because many IP addresses can become blacklisted and/or banned when heavily abused, which is somewhat common with the biggest VPN’s. However, since so many server locations are offered with so many separate IP’s, this is not something that is typically too big of a problem for most users.
Another important element to consider is pricing. If you are on a budget, you are clearly going to be aiming for a cheaper VPN service. Those in this financial position would also be wise to get a longer-term subscription as it would reduce your costs significantly. It’s also great that all of the biggest VPNs offer some sort of money-back guarantee which essentially means that you could theoretically try them all before deciding which one is best for you.
Many of the biggest players in the industry are quite similar at their core, so much of the decision process will come down to personal preference. You may like one user interface over another or prefer the server locations offered by one VPN over another. Regardless, we think it’s fantastic that so many VPN service providers are allowing their customers to give their product a try with a money-back guarantee in place.
Will Netflix Block my Favourite VPN?
Generally speaking, blocking has been going on with many of the biggest players but it is something that can be bypassed/avoided with some effort. If you find yourself in a situation in which you can’t access Netflix from a specific server, you could quite easily switch server locations to another region in the same country to gain access. Thankfully VPN giants like Nord have had much experience in this cat-and-mouse game so they are able to provide a plethora of options to choose from should you find yourself in a sticky situation.
Can I Use a Free VPN for Netflix?
This is a controversial question to answer. Some will say yes, while others will say no. While it can technically work, many of the servers and IP addresses used by free VPNs have already been abused to death which makes it hard for the average user to enjoy streaming using their product. On top of that, streaming speeds and uptime will not be anywhere near what you could expect to receive on a paid VPN, so unless you’re a fan of buffering and constantly having to refresh the page - using a free VPN is most likely not going to be in your best interest here.
Many VPN’s are so cheap these days that they are almost free. In developed nations like the US and Canada, a simple cup of coffee will often be more expensive than your monthly payment for a VPN - and a VPN will oftentimes provide a much greater value to our lives than just a single cup of coffee. For this reason, many people view it as a valuable investment that is well worth it.
Name: Mason Deroche
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Source: MoreCyberDeals Inc
Updated: April 20th, 2021
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