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Netflix not working with VPN: How to bypass the Netflix Proxy block?

When it comes to blocking VPNs, Netflix is leading the way. In this article, we’ll explain; how Netflix controls its borders, which VPNs are currently fighting these blocks, and show you how to bypass the Netflix VPN block.

See also: BBC iPlayer not working with VPN? Here’s how to fix that!

Netflix not working with VPN: How to bypass the Netflix Proxy block?

The best way to bypass the Netflix VPN block is to simply use a VPN with servers that aren’t blacklisted by Netflix.

These can be tricky to find, so we recommend you use of the VPNs featured below. These VPNs play a game of Cat and Mouse with Netflix. When Netflix closes one of its IP addresses, the VPNs open a new one and direct their customers to it.

3 Best VPNs to bypass the Netflix block

Below you’ll find our pick of the three best VPNs you can use to get around the Netflix VPN block.

1. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is the current champion at this. What makes it so good for users wishing to bypass the VPN block is its 24/7 Live Chat. Here users can speak to an ExpressVPN representative and literally ask which servers are currently working with Netflix.

Get ExpressVPN (£4.70/month)


2. NordVPN

NordVPN also offers a very good service, offering customers a large number of servers to choose from. There’s no easy way to find which servers have been blacklisted though, so it may require some trial and error before finally finding a server with an IP that hasn’t been blocked by Netflix.

Get NordVPN (£2.32/month)


3. PureVPN

PureVPN is another good option for two reasons. First, it has a user-friendly app (Windows, Mac, Android and iOS) that lets you select your “Purpose” for using a VPN. It will then automatically connect you to its best Server for the job. To watch US Netflix for example, you would go to Purpose and then Netflix US.

The other service PureVPN offers is a dedicated IP. Which, in theory, means you are the only one who has access to the server’s IP. We have tried this service out with mixed success. It works well with BBC iPlayer, however, our dedicated IP was detected when trying to watch UK Netflix (from New Zealand).

Get PureVPN with a dedicated IP (£3.43/month)


Why does Netflix block VPNs?

It’s common knowledge that Netflix has different size libraries for different countries. This is due to the third-party content Netflix includes in its library.

Let’s use the TV show Frasier for example. You can watch it on US Netflix, but not on UK Netflix. This is because Netflix US has bought distribution rights from Paramount (the show’s producers and rights holders). However, Netflix doesn’t have the same distribution rights for the UK. Channel 4 and 4OD does.

But, if a UK Netflix subscriber uses a VPN to spoof their internet connection to somewhere in the US, they can use their same Netflix account to watch Frasier on US Netflix.

This is a global problem for Netflix. Part of the reason US Netflix has a much bigger library than any other region is because there are more subscribers in the US than any other country.

Data released by Statistica highlights the mismatch. In Q4 2017, Netflix had 54.8m subscribers in the US and 62.8m international subscribers. Netflix has customers in 160 different territories. With 159 of these only just overtaking the number it has in America. Which means more buying power for the US. Hence the bigger and better library.

TV & Film distributors recognise this and sell their content to Netflix accordingly. Netflix’s recent crackdown on VPNs is likely to be due to pressure put on them by the third-party rights holders it licences content from.

See also: How to watch Amazon Instant Video abroad.


How does Netflix detect VPNs?

The way VPNs operate makes it pretty easy for Netflix to detect and blacklist.

VPNs make money by sharing a small number of servers with a large number of customers. This naturally leads to lots of people sharing the same server. Which is an issue, because each VPN server only has a single IP address.

So now, when Netflix sees more an abnormal amount of activity or logins coming from the same IP address, it simply blocks that IP address.

An IP address is like a telephone number, complete with a dialling code. Every internet connection in the world has its own unique IP address. Your IP address reveals (to a website) which country/city your internet connection is coming from.


List of VPNs blocked by Netflix

  • TunnelBear
  • IPVanish
  • Hotspot Shield
  • VyprVPN
  • Windshield
  • CyberGhost
  • NordVPN*
  • ExpressVPN*
  • PureVPN*

*Indicates VPN has verified fixes


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