There’s no getting around it: we’ll be spending the next few weeks at home. You may have finished Netflix by now. But did you know that you can watch hundreds of extra movies and series on the streaming service? We explain how.
The offer on Netflix is constantly changing. Movies are added and removed every week. That has to do with copyright. The streaming giant does not own the rights to show the same films and series all over the world. That also explains why Netflix Originals are available in (almost) every country. These productions are in-house.
The Netflix offer varies by country. That is also related to copyright. If we look at the statistics, the Netherlands is somewhere in the middle bracket. And Belgium is just above that. The country with the widest range is America.
Wide range on the American Netflix
Does it stop there, should we simply resign ourselves to it? America has a lot, we have little? No that is not necessary. It’s quite possible to watch Netflix as if you were in America – including the full range. You do that with a VPN, a Virtual Private Network.
A VPN secures your internet connection and encrypts your data, allowing you to browse the internet securely and anonymously. The technique has the additional advantage that you are assigned an IP address from the (foreign) VPN server you connect to. In short: if you select an American VPN server, you will receive an American IP address and you can watch American Netflix without restrictions.
The number of movies and series on the streaming service is the largest in the United States. But the offer is also quite good in other regions. For example, Anglo-Saxon countries such as England, Australia, and Canada also have a wide selection. Each country often has its series, Japan, for example, has a rich anime tradition. Nice if you want to taste the color locale.
If we look at the quality of the films, we see that South Korea offers the highest number of Oscar and Emmy winning films. The movies and series with the highest IMDB ratings can be found in Azerbaijan, but it should be noted that this country has the smallest library. So the picture is a bit distorted. The fact remains: in America, you have more choice.
Take out a cheap subscription
Although the offer in the Netherlands is limited, we pay quite a lot per month for a subscription. In other countries, including within Europe, the monthly rate is much lower. If you don’t have a subscription yet, you can consider taking out one with a VPN in an affordable country. Prices are favorable in England, Canada, and South Africa, among others.
How do you approach that? You connect to a foreign server in the country where you are cheaper. You then pay with a foreign Netflix gift card. You can easily search them on the internet.
Netflix Vs VPNs
Is Netflix happy that people are bypassing the geoblocked? No, of course not. Is it illegal? No, neither. There is a long battle going on – a cat-and-mouse game – between streaming services, copyright watchdogs, and VPN providers.
Streaming services do everything they can to tailor the offer to every country, but let’s be honest: putting a fence around the internet is not easy. For every banned IP address, a multiple will take its place.
Ultimately, VPN services will always win. It’s as simple as setting up a new server with new IP addresses, and new customers can watch foreign Netflix again.
In some countries, using a VPN is illegal. Fortunately, this is not the case in the Netherlands. Here it is best to use a VPN to surf the internet safely. And the fact that you can also see blocked content with it is a nice bonus.