If you’ve been watching Amazon Prime with ExpressVPN and it’s stopped working, the streaming service has managed to block all of the IP addresses ExpressVPN can provide.
This can be frustrating but don’t panic. This article will explain some fixes you can try to resolve this problem. So you can watch Amazon Prime with a VPN again.
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ExpressVPN not working with Amazon Prime: Fixes
Below is a list of fixes you can try to resolve ExpressVPN not working with Amazon Prime. Try each fix in order, if one doesn’t work, move on to the next, and you’ll be watching Amazon Prime with a VPN again in no time:
You may or may not have noticed that some websites and apps ask you to accept Cookies when you visit them.
These are small files used to make your online experience faster and more streamlined. In order to do that, they contain information about your physical location.
Amazon Prime can potentially access this information to find out if you’re inside its broadcast zone or not. It can do this regardless of if you’re connected to an ExpressVPN server or not.
If you’re outside the correct broadcast zone, Amazon Prime will block the IP address ExpressVPN has given you, and your VPN will no longer work with the streaming service.
A good place to start when trying to fix ExpressVPN not working with Amazon Prime is deleting your Cookies.
Change to a different server
If the ExpressVPN IP address you’ve been using has been blocked. It doesn’t mean that all the IP addresses in that location have been.
Changing to a different server in the country where you want your Amazon Prime library to be based could fix this issue. If Amazon Prime hasn’t blocked the new IP address, ExpressVPN will work with the streaming service again.
Upgrade to a better VPN
If deleting your Cookies and changing to a different server doesn’t fix ExpressVPN not working with Amazon Prime, you need to upgrade to a better VPN.
ExpressVPN isn’t working with Amazon Prime because it doesn’t have measures in place to stay ahead of Prime’s VPN blocking techniques.
The best VPNs getting around Prime’s blocks are Private Internet Access ($2.03/month). This VPN plays a game of cat and mouse with Prime. When an IP address provided by this VPN is blocked, Private Internet Access ($2.03/month) will close that IP and open a new one.
This means you won’t run into the same issues watching Amazon Prime as you have with ExpressVPN. And you’ll be able to watch Prime anywhere in the world reliably.
Why does Amazon Prime block ExpressVPN?
Amazon Prime tries to block all VPNs from accessing its service.
It does this to protect itself from potential copyright and licensing issues.
Amazon doesn’t have the rights to broadcast all of its content worldwide. Some content can only be broadcast in certain geographic areas. This is because Amazon has a content distribution agreement with content creators that stipulates where the content can be broadcast. For example, the US Amazon Prime library differs from the UK library due to these agreements.
Because VPNs are a good way to watch Amazon Prime libraries outside of their broadcast zones, Amazon tries to block them. If it didn’t, it could breach its content agreements and face financial punishments.
This is why ExpressVPN is no longer working with Amazon Prime.
How does Amazon Prime block ExpressVPN?
Amazon’s VPN blocks are all to do with the IP addresses ExpressVPN can provide.
ExpressVPN is a popular VPN, and because of that, it has more customers than IP addresses. Because it cannot keep up with the high customer numbers, ExpressVPN users are forced to share IP addresses.
When Amazon Prime sees an abnormal amount (more than an average household) of connections coming from the same IP address, it knows it’s an IP address provided by ExpressVPN, and it blocks it.
Does Amazon Prime still work with VPNs?
Although ExpressVPN has stopped working with Prime, the best VPNs won’t run into these sorts of problems.
Private Internet Access ($2.03/month) has measures in place to get around Prime’s VPN blocking techniques. Not only does it have a large amount of IP addresses, meaning you will have less chance of sharing an IP address with other customers, its also capable of staying ahead of Prime’s blocks.
When Amazon Prime blocs an IP address provided by Private Internet Access ($2.03/month). This VPN will close that IP address and open a new one. This will allow you to watch Prime anywhere in the world reliably.