Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’ve heard of Netflix and checked it out, even if you haven’t subscribed to the movie streaming giant and you are not a huge fan already.
Any binge-watcher worth their salt has access to Netflix one way or another. Depending on where you are in the world, you could either have access to more movies and TV shows that you could watch in your entire lifetime or you could be sorely disappointed.
Netflix used to be available solely in the U.S. but thankfully they have been expanding and Netflix is now available in almost all countries in the world. However, Netflix has different libraries for each country and not all the titles that are available in the U.S. are available in other countries.
Bored Of The Limited List Of Titles Available on Netflix?
A Netflix subscription allows you to access the company’s online catalog, regardless of where you are in the world. However, when you access their site or app, the catalog is tailored to the country that you are in. For example, if you are in Canada and subscribe to Netflix and then you travel to the U.S. for a holiday, you will still be able to use Netflix. However, you will be given access to the U.S. Netflix service for the time that you are there.
Netflix Libraries Differ Geographically
Internationally, Netflix has the rights to over 13,600 titles but they only have the rights to each of those titles in certain countries because of licensing deals. A media owner might have sold the rights to broadcast a TV show to a UK media company. If people in the UK watch that TV show on Netflix instead of through the channel that paid for the UK rights, that channel loses out on revenue it would have generated. This obviously creates huge legal consequences. Companies that have rights over different titles, license the rights by geolocation, so Netflix needs to acquire rights on a geographical basis.
This means that Netflix libraries in some countries are particularly small and may not be worth the subscription price.
Ssshhh… Here’s How to Override Netflix’s Restrictions
Netflix has more than 50 million subscribers all over the world and for a majority of them, ‘the grass really is greener on the other side. However, thanks to sophisticated technology, you can now use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and gain access to Netflix USA or any other Netflix library and watch hundreds of movies and TV shows you wouldn’t normally be able to watch.
Netflix detects your location depending on your IP address. So you have to disguise your location by using a VPN that is based in say, USA, and this will circumvent Netflix’s geographical restrictions. A VPN hides your IP and it appears that you’re from a different country.
For example, if you live in Denmark and want to access the Netflix U.S. store (because it’s the largest Netflix library in the world with over 5,000 titles) you will need to use a VPN based in the US. Netflix US will be tricked into thinking you are an American customer because of your virtual IP address and give you access to the US store. It is important you use a VPN service that offers you a dedicated IP as Netflix is aware of this hack and is very active when it comes to blocking VPN connections to its site.
Which VPN is Best for Netflix?
There are many VPN companies in the market and some of them are free. However, make sure you get a paid service because that is safer, quicker, and will not be flagged by Netflix. Check out our recommendations for the best VPNs for Netflix.