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Is it possible to stream US Netflix without paying for a VPN?

If you are considering getting a VPN - to feast your eyes on more Netflix - you may be wondering if you can get away with streaming Netflix with a free service

Free VPN for Netflix

Although it seems like an awesome idea - it is sadly not possible nowadays. This is because Netflix is working hard to stop people from accessing its service using VPNs. So, if you want to unblock Netflix you will need to choose from one of the few Netflix services that still actually work.

Using a Free service for Netflix

Some of the VPNs that do unblock Netflix have a no quibbles money back guarantee. This means you can actually watch US Netflix for free for up to a month and then get your money back. 

VPN IP addresses are blocked by Netflix

Free services don’t spend money ensuring that they have up to date servers that aren't blocked by Netflix. This is because they don’t have the cash to stay one step ahead of Netflix (or don’t want to spend any money doing it). 

The few VPN services that do unblock Netflix in 2018, work hard to ensure that they always have backup servers specifically for Netflix  (just in case Netflix blacklist their existing IP addresses).

The only VPNs that work with Netflix come with a cost; however, there are many affordable options and you can use a money back guarantee to gain access to Netflix for free. 

But wait, I hear you saying! Some premium VPNs do have a free plan! Although this is true, sadly those services are usually restricted and will not actually let you watch Netflix...

Bandwidth restrictions

Most free plans limit users to between 500MB and a few gigabytes of data per month. Even the most generous free services are not suitable for watching Netflix. Why? 

Firstly, by limiting bandwidth to 10GB per month (this is the most generous unthrottled free data allowance we have ever discovered) - you would be lucky to watch more that one or two movies in 720p each month (and if you want to watch in 1080p, you are likely only to be able to watch one.) 

Throttling Speed

Instead of placing bandwidth limits (data usage limits), some trusted free services permit subscribers to enjoy the VPN as much as they like. However, these services restrict the service in a different way. They throttle the service to make it slower. 

The result is that you will not be able to watch content on Netflix because it will be forever buffering. With this kind of VPN, it is technically possible to access Netflix US. However, in practice, it is an absolute nightmare (believe me we have tried).

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Stop Netflix from blocking your VPN


It would be great if free services could unblock US or UK Netflix, but in reality, those days are over. If you want to unblock Netflix, your best bet is to select one from one of the best VPNs for Netflix.

However, here at BestVPN.com, we are always happy to hear from our readers! So, if you have discovered a free service that unblocks Netflix, we would love to hear about your experience.

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Written by: Ray Walsh

Ray Walsh is the no.1 VPN & no.4 Internet Privacy authority in the world according to rating website Agilience.com. Ray's expert digital privacy opinions have appeared in The Express, Washington Post, the Scottish Herald, and CNET to name a few.


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