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Why YOU Need a VPN for Netflix

Netflix went (almost) global yesterday, with a surprise simultaneous launch in 130 new countries, including India and Russia. There are now only a few places in the world, such as Syria and North Korea, where Netflix is unavailable.

With that in mind, you’re perhaps wondering why I’m suggesting you might want to use a VPN for Netflix – after all, the likelihood is that if you’re reading this article, Netflix is now available to you anyway, so there’s no immediately apparent need to mask your location. I shall therefore explain my reasoning.

Why Use a VPN for Netflix?

Wherever you are, Netflix offers a wealth of TV and movie content to keep you entertained, including the ever-growing library of Netflix exclusive shows such as House of Cards and the controversial new documentary series Making a Murderer. 

VPN for Netflix

However, the content libraries in different countries vary hugely, with some nations having access to far more titles than others. As an example, based on some figures produced last year by UnblockUs, users in America could access over 6000 titles, while their counterparts in Australia could get to fewer than 2000.

So why is this?

Well, a lot of it is to do with copyright restrictions, and sometimes related to deals that may have already been made for certain shows and movies. If, for example, a TV network in a certain country has paid for exclusivity on a particular show, Netflix won’t be able to make the same show available there.

This issue can result is some glaring disparities between the Netflix libraries in different countries – but it’s not the only factor.

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Netflix also likes to keep content fresh, so in each country content is frequently rotated, with some movies and shows temporarily disappearing to be replaced by others.

THIS is why using a VPN for Netflix is such a great strategy. A VPN service allows you to route your Internet connection via a server in a different country. So, for example, you can sit in Spain, connect to a VPN service in the USA and – hey presto – you have Netflix’s entire American catalog at your fingertips.

Netflix Catalog

This means that instead of being limited to whatever Netflix happens to have available to you at the time, you can pick and choose from other countries’ libraries too – giving you multitudes more TV shows and movies to choose from.

As well as vastly increasing the value of your Netflix subscription, using a VPN also means far less chance of looking for a movie only to find it’s not available in your current country or, even worse, going to watch something and finding it’s been removed from the catalog due to Netflix’s policy of rotating content.

You can also easily keep track of what’s available where too – check out this link for an example.

What’s Involved in Using a VPN

Using a VPN service is simple; Generally, you just install a simple piece of software on your computer, choose the country you want to connect via, and you’re good to go.

We’ve already put together a list of the 5 best VPN services for Netflix, which you’ll find here.

If you’d like to save a bit of time, our top choice for Netflix is the VPN service from Buffered. This provider offers a money-back guarantee, so there’s no risk in giving it a go, and you’ll immediately be able to choose from servers (and Netflix catalogs) in 16 countries.

Using a VPN for Netflix is no longer really about using Netflix from abroad – now it’s all about that extra content that you really shouldn’t miss out on.


Ben Taylor Ben was a geek long before "geek chic," learning the ropes on BBC Micros, before moving on to Atari STs and IBM compatibles. He was "online" using a 1200bps modem before the Internet was even a thing. Now, after two decades in the industry, he writes about technology for various publications, operates a few websites of his own, and runs a bespoke IT consultancy based in London.

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3 responses to “Why YOU Need a VPN for Netflix

  1. Hi Folks, So let me get this straight, I have a VPN, I also belong to Netflix here in the US. I would have get another membership to Netflix for another Country? If so, What country should get a membership in. Thanks so much.

    1. Hi Harold,

      You don’t have to get another membership to access content from another country… simply geospoof your location using VPN while using your existing account. However, since you live in the US you already enjoy access to the largest Netflix library in the world, so unless you want to watch region-specific content there is little real advantage in you doing this.

  2. With a VPN, it is possible to pay cheaper in Europe, because Netflix uses stupid $1=€1 exchange rate. You can create an account on the US version (or restart your membership if you tried Netflix already), then pay $9,99 instead of €9,99 for the standard plan. You can disconnect your VPN after that (or switch it to your own country, if available) in order to check your local version of Netflix. I just paid $9,99 in order to check what’s in Poland.

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