Netflix has got it all. Cheesy rom-coms, mind-bending thrillers, old-bud comedies, spine-chilling horrors, action-filled car chases, life-riveting tragic plots — heck, it even has a dedicated section for your little ones to keep them busy. Talk about the ultimate family entertainment platform.
Unfortunately, though, not all content is available to all Netflix users, and the big red N serves you up titles depending on your location. That means if you live in Australia, for example, you can only watch shows and movies available on the Australian catalogue and not outside it.
This makes things a little less fun.
The good news is there is an easy way around. You can use a VPN to change your location virtually and get any version of Netflix anywhere at just a click of a button. Imagine watching American Netflix from your home in Australia in your slippers. How cool is that?
However, you can’t just use any VPN with Netflix. The streaming service has recently upped its anti-VPN game and may block you out if it finds you’re using a VPN to access geo-restricted content. So, first and foremost, you need a reliable VPN that can dodge Netflix’s VPN trackers effectively. Furthermore, the VPN needs to be fast and stable so that you can enjoy your favourite Netflix shows and movies lag-free.
Let’s discuss in more detail the types of specs you need to look at when choosing a VPN for your daily Netflix fix.
The VPN must offer some sort of network coverage in your desired Netflix region. If you want to watch Netflix UK, it should have (physical or virtual) servers in the UK. Likewise, if you want to unblock Netflix DE, it should have servers in Germany.
Number of servers
The VPN should also have a good number of servers. This is important for two reasons. First, with more servers, you can avoid the risk of server congestions on high traffic days. Second, having multiple servers means if one server temporarily goes down, you can always switch to a new server and stream Netflix without any interruptions.
The tunnelling protocol is what essentially keeps your VPN communications undetected and secure. While there are many tunnelling protocol types with different strengths, OpenVPN and WireGuard have been found to work best with Netflix.
Speed is, of course, important. The last thing you would want is to use a slow VPN that would keep you waiting for your Netflix stream to get through the buffer. What numbers are we particularly looking here at? Netflix recommends a minimum of 3Mbps for SD viewing, 5Mbps for HD viewing, and 24Mbps for Ultra HD viewing.
VPN kill switch
Choose a VPN that comes equipped with an in-built kill switch. The kill switch provides protection against accidental IP leaks in the event of a sudden loss of VPN connection by temporarily disconnecting your internet. That way, your actual location remains hidden to Netflix.
Look for a VPN that can run on a wide range of devices. Windows and Mac support are a must. Mobile compatibility can be a handful for watching Netflix on the move. Support for TV set-top boxes is required if you want to enjoy a big-screen experience.
It’s normal to run into issues when using a VPN. You’re quite likely to face problems too. If (and when) that happens, having a friendly customer service by your side will give you peace of mind. Opt for a VPN that offers a live chat option on its website. Talk to the agents to check if they are responsive and knowledgeable. Make your decision accordingly.
Money back guarantee
This is optional, but it’s great to have a VPN that offers a money-back guarantee. It allows you to test the services risk-free. Change your mind, and you can get your full payment back as long as you file for a refund within the guarantee period.
Will my Netflix account get suspended if I use a VPN?Â
That’s an obvious concern to have. But don’t worry, you are safe on that front. There has never been a reported case till date where anybody had their Netflix account suspended for using a VPN. The worst Netflix does is it blacklists the VPN server you use to access the content. Not really a problem though, as you can always choose another server.
So, ready to light up your Netflix nights with a VPN?