Since its launch in September 2014, Netflix has established itself as the benchmark streaming service. If it has managed to seduce viewers in France, some subscribers regret not having access to its entire catalog, especially the one available in the United States.
Indeed, due to broadcasting rights, the platform cannot offer the same content from one country to another. Movies and series are added, while others are removed as licenses expire.
To prevent the illegal downloading of Netflix series and films, some subscribers have managed to access the entire catalog of the American broadcaster through VPN services.
However, in recent years, the firm has banned the use of this software and sometimes manages to block its use. “Some subscribers use a proxy server or unblocking tool to access programs available outside their country. To counter this practice, we employ the same or similar measures as those employed by other companies.” can we read on his site.
Please note that if you choose to install a VPN, Netflix reserves the right to cancel your subscription.
What is a VPN?
A VPN or “Virtual Private Network” is a service that allows you to send or receive data over a private connection, confidentially, while using the Internet network.
For example, a VPN can be used by a large company for security reasons and thus allow its employees to access their computers remotely.
A VPN is used in particular to hide your location. Thus, more and more individuals are using this service to consult sites that are inaccessible from their country of residence. If you are abroad and want to take advantage of the French Netflix catalog (and vice versa), installing a VPN will be your best solution.
How to use a VPN?
Using a VPN is very easy, especially if you purchase an online subscription. Take for example NordVPN.
There are several subscription types to choose from, and as always, the longer your subscription the more you save on the total cost. The one-month NordVPN plan is at € 9.56 while the one-year one, currently on sale at -58%, is at € 3.98 / month. NordVPN also offers 59% reduction if you sign up for two years.
Note that you can use it simultaneously on 6 devices, via more than 5,500 servers worldwide and that you have a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Once you’ve subscribed, download the software to your computer or the app to your smartphone. Then all you have to do is log in with your account in the country of your choice, in this case the United States. After which, open Netflix and enjoy exclusive US content.
In addition to being compatible on computer, tablet and smartphone, VPNs can be installed on your SmartTV or game console. To do this, all you need to do is enter your VPN settings into your home router. Otherwise, you can also buy a Fire TV Stick or a media player that natively supports VPNs.