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SmartPlay by NordVPN

Access your favorite streaming sites securely with no extra steps.

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Forget buffering and censorship. Enjoy safe streaming experience anywhere you are.

What is SmartPlay and how does it work?

SmartPlay is a NordVPN feature that helps you securely access the content that would otherwise be unavailable. Best of all, it does it in a way that you never even have to think about it. It’s implemented in our apps seamlessly, so there’s nothing to set up, update, or activate.

All that is possible because SmartPlay combines the best features of the VPN and Smart DNS technologies. If you used a regular Smart DNS service, you would set its server as the preferred DNS server in your router or network settings. That would give you more access to various streaming content but add no extra security to your connection. Besides, it would involve manual setup on your router or separate devices, which may be complicated depending on your tech skills.

With the SmartPlay technology, all you need to do is connect to the right NordVPN server. That’s it: you can access your content safely without any manual configuration.

Key benefits of SmartPlay


Access content away from home

Watch movies and TV shows in full security and privacy – even when abroad.


Stream with no extra steps

Just connect to a NordVPN server and stream away – no special setup required.

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Stay secure every step of the way

Enjoy your favorite content with the full protection of next-generation encryption.

3 situations when NordVPN makes streaming safer and more flexible

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When you’re on public Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi turns any train ride, airport connection, or lonely lunch into an opportunity to catch up on some TV episodes. NordVPN turns all that into a hacker-free experience.

When your ISP starts throttling your traffic

NordVPN reroutes your traffic and encrypts the online data. This way, your ISP can’t shape your connection according to their preferences.

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When you travel abroad

NordVPN can help you access online services that may not be available in that country. It also allows you to enjoy the full range of the streaming content to which you subscribe.

Access your favorite content securely in 3 simple steps



Choose a VPN plan and download the NordVPN app for your computer, smartphone, or tablet.



Pick a server in a country of your preference. Or just click Quick Connect and let our smart algorithm do the picking.



Enjoy secure access to 400+ streaming services. Just make sure you have the service subscription if you need one.

One more thing: Even though SmartPlay provides safe access to most streaming services, we can’t promise there will be no exceptions. If you are experiencing any issues, check the SmartPlay Help Center or contact our friendly customer support.

Stream smartly and safely