If you are a dedicated Netflix user, you might believe that you have already seen all, or most of what the platform has to offer. You have watched all of your favorite shows, and maybe even gave a chance to several others. The same might be true for movies, and you are now out of interesting content to watch on Netflix, right?
Wrong. Netflix features thousands of movies and shows, not to mention other types of content. However, it is all hidden, and not accessible unless you use some additional tools that could help you out. Before we tell you what you need and how to do it, you might be wondering why is this so?
Why can’t I access all that Netflix has to offer?
As you probably know, this is the era of censorship and geo-restrictions, where more and more services wish to make sure that no one can access their content apart from those who they want. This is especially true for services in the UK, Australia, the US, and similar countries.
They have a very short list of regions that are allowed to access their content, and in the UK’s case, that list doesn’t really expand far from its coasts. Som geo-restrictions are one problem. Another problem is the legality of it, since Netflix doesn’t have permission to stream all content in all regions.
So, the solution is to give each region what it can, and deny it the rest. This is why you often hear for some show on Netflix, only to discover that you can’t find it. Netflix also tends to remove content that is not popular in certain areas. After all, if nobody’s looking for it, why should it be there in the first place?
These, and similar issues prevent the service from giving everyone everything. However, there is a reason to get to it anyway, and it lies in using a VPN service.
What is a VPN?
VPN is a technology that has many uses, most of which revolve around keeping your data safe, and maintaining your privacy while browsing the web. However, VPN can also provide anonymity by hiding your location, and making you appear like you are located elsewhere.
This interesting feature is what made it extremely popular in recent years, since censorship and geo-restrictions started becoming worse.
VPNs do all this by combining several advanced tools, features, and techniques. Put together, these features create an ultimate online security tool, which we call a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
Some of these features include:
- Security protocols, which shield traffic from view
- Encryption, which makes your data unreadable to others
- Server networks, which allow you to hide your identity and bypass censorship and geo-restrictions
- Kill switch, which cuts your internet connection if the VPN malfunctions
- DNS leak protection, which ensures that your traffic doesn’t leak from the secure tunnel that it flows through
VPNs use many other features, although that can vary from one service to another. Not all of them are equally as good, which is worth remembering when the time comes to pick a service.
How does a VPN help you access foreign Netflix?
So, now that we have a problem, as well as a solution, it is time to learn how to implement the solution. However, before that, let us quickly explain how it all works.
You see, the problem lies in your IP address, which is given to you by your ISP (Internet Service Provider). When you use their servers, you get an IP address that is only yours. That way, all of your activity gets tied to this IP address, and stored on ISP’s servers, so they know who you are and what you do.
As you may recall, we have mentioned that VPNs have their own server networks, with servers located around the world. When you use a VPN, you can connect to these servers, which feature their own IP addresses. By doing this, you achieve two things:
1) Your data no longer gets stored to ISP’s servers
2) Your online address changes
Now, since, your IP address is now different, online services like Netflix are no longer receiving true information about you. This information includes your location, which now appears to be the same one as the one of the servers you are connected to. Simply put, if you live in France and you connect to a server in Canada — Netflix will think that you are Canadian.
As a result, it will let you access all of the content available in Canada, meaning that you can expand the number of movies and shows multiple times, depending on where you live and what you can already access.
How to get a VPN?
Finally, it is time to talk about how to actually get a VPN. The process is actually very easy and you can complete it in a matter of minutes. To start with, you should choose a service that works with Netflix, but be careful, as many VPNs do not. This is an issue that appeared when Netflix figured out that people are accessing its content, so it started hunting down different VPNs’ IP addresses and blocking them. But, some services still persist.
After choosing a VPN, go to its website and sign up for an account. You will likely have to enter only your email address and payment details. However, don’t worry, these are not expensive services, and most of them cost pretty much the same as your Netflix subscription, so around $10-$13 per month.
Then, simply download and install the VPN app from the site (or app stores, if you prefer mobile devices for watching), and you are almost set. The last step is to launch the app, log in, and locate a list of servers, where you must choose a server of a country whose content you wish to access. All you need to do is choose a server on the list, hit connect, and you are done.
After that, you can log into your usual Netflix account, and you should be able to see all the new content that you could ever want. Netflix doesn’t require you to have a separate account for something like that, and it is designed to grant you access to new stuff as you move through different countries, so the switch should be completely automatic.
If you are bored with your Netflix content and you want something new, you should know that there is an entirely new world of content out there, available on this platform. All it takes is for you to get to it, and the easiest way to do it is through a VPN.
With a VPN, you can hide your identity and location, unblock new content of any country in which your VPN of choice has servers in, and enjoy hundreds of hours of new content, for only a minimal monthly fee. Best of all — it is perfectly legal, so give it a go as soon as possible.