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To put it simply, VPN services trick your computer and internet connection into thinking it’s located in the U.S or another country, in order to access content exclusive to that region. If you trick Netflix’s servers into thinking you’re accessing the service from a location inside the US, you will be able to access their entertainment library.
Technically speaking a VPN service routes your traffic though a secure encrypted tunnel and masks your real IP address by substituting it with a VPN server IP address. Your internet service provider and the site you are trying to reach would see the IP address of the VPN provider and not yours, making you both secure and anonymous online.
Back to Netflix. For countries that have a limited Netflix content library ( uhm… the entire global Netflix network ) – connecting to a VPN service to ‘manipulate’ geographic location is an easy option to access content exclusive to the U.S on Netflix.
Due to copyright regulations and heavy costs in licensing content for each different country, Netflix varies the content that is made available in each country. Some tv series and movies are only available in a particular region because it is much cheaper to make it available in only that region. US Netflix tends to have the biggest library of content, however there might be unique releases at each country where Netflix is available. The VPN workaround works for every country you want to connect to. Just switch a server on a NordVPN app and you are seen as if you are physically in another country
VPN service is also a great option for people outside the US to access entertainment services like Hulu, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer, and more.
If you have a Netflix account already in your country and would like to access US Netflix movie/tv show library. Follow these steps.
It’s really that simple.