If you're planning a winter vacation overseas or have to travel outside of the country for any reason, you may discover your home Netflix content is unavailable while you're abroad.
As a paying Netflix subscriber, you might be frustrated, especially as prices continue to rise. But due to various licensing agreements, Netflix has deals to only show certain content in certain countries. This means you could potentially be blocked from continuing a show or movie you started back at home.With the help of a virtual private network, you can watch all the Netflix content you want, from wherever you are in the world. Using Netflix with a VPN can make it look like you're at home even when you're traveling overseas. Here's how to do it, with one caveat.
Yes, you can -- in four simple steps:
This works because, when you connect to a VPN server, your IP address changes to the address of the VPN server you're connecting through. Your real IP address and physical location are hidden from Netflix in the process. Netflix, for all intents and purposes, will therefore register your location as the location of the VPN server you're connecting through and will deliver the content it makes available in that country.
We can't guarantee that it will work for you 100% of the time, though, because Netflix does its best to block known VPN IP addresses and uses other methods to preclude its customers from using VPNs to unblock geographically restricted content on its site. But most mainstream VPNs -- especially our top picks -- are usually reliably capable of providing access to Netflix.
Also, keep in mind that while it isn't necessarily illegal to use a VPN to thwart geo-blocking (unless using a VPN is illegal in your country), Netflix could still potentially suspend or terminate your account if it determines you've violated its terms of service. So proceed at your own risk. That said, we haven't heard of any reports of people's accounts being terminated for using a VPN to unblock Netflix content.