If you’re seeing the Netflix Error Code m7111-5059, it means Netflix has detected that you’re using a VPN or Proxy. Continue reading to find out how to fix the Netflix Error Code m7111-5059.
Netflix Error Code m7111-5059: Quick fix
The easiest way to stop the m7111-5059 error code appearing is to turn off your VPN or Proxy. This, however, will result in Netflix serving you your local library. If the show(s) you want to watch isn’t in your local library – see how to watch The Office US on UK Netflix for example – then “fix” probably isn’t the end-result you’re looking for.
If you need to use a VPN or Proxy to access another country’s Netflix library, you’re going to need to switch to a VPN provider that Netflix doesn’t block.
- Sign up to ExpressVPN ($6.99/month) or Ivacy ($1.99/month)
- Download and install the app
- Connect to a server in the US (or whatever Netflix region you want)
- Clear your browser’s cookie and cache (optional)
- Open Netflix and watch from anywhere in the world
Why am I seeing Netflix Error Code m7111-5059?
Netflix explains that its m7111-5059 error code is served when “our systems have detected that you are connecting via a VPN, proxy, or “unblocker” service. Because our content library can vary by region and and these services hide your region, you may not be able to stream some movies and TV shows when connected in this way.
How to fix Netflix Error Code m7111-5059
Turning your VPN off is the obvious way to fix this. But the knock-on effect means you’ll only have access to your local Netflix library.
If you want a fix that lets you access the US, UK or Canadian Netflix libraries, for example, then simply turning off your VPN won’t work. Turning your VPN off means you won’t be able to access different Netflix libraries anymore.
Before we go any further, it’s important to understand that while Netflix Error Code m7111-5059 means Netflix has detected your VPN it doesn’t mean that Netflix can detect all VPNs.
In fact, Netflix can’t detect any VPN. It can only detect IP addresses that it suspects belong to VPNs.
If you’re using a low-end VPN that shares its servers (IP addresses) with too many customers, it’s going to result if your VPN’s server’s IP address(es) getting blacklisted.
ExpressVPN ($6.66/month) is the best VPN on the market for unblocking US Netflix (and many other Netflix libraries too). If you want to spend a little less, I recommend using Ivacy ($2.25/month) or NordVPN ($2.99/month) – both of these VPN’s work with US Netflix too, but they’re not as fast (consistently) as ExpressVPN. Meaning you’re more likely to stream Netflix in SD or HD when Ivacy or NordVPN’s servers have a high use load compared to streaming Netflix in 4K with ExpressVPN.
How does Netflix detect VPNs?
I’ve written about this at length – head over to my Netflix detecting VPN article to learn more.
However, the tl;dr version is as follows:
Netflix doesn’t detect VPNs; it detects IP addresses it suspects belong to VPNs. The way it does this is simple. When too many accounts connect to Netflix using the same IP address – more than an average household, for example – Netflix knows the IP address is a VPN server, and it blacklists it.
This is why you are currently seeing Netflix Error Code m7111-5059.
Which VPNs work with Netflix?
Below I’ve listed the three best VPNs you can use with Netflix. I’ve been using each of these VPNs for the best two years, and they’ve provided reliable connections to US, UK and Canadian Netflix libraries. Take a look at my article Which VPNs still work with Netflix to find out more.
This is the best VPN on the market. It’s the best in terms or speed, security and reliability. And it’s also the best at providing working connections to US, UK and Canadian Netflix. If you want a VPN that will just work with Netflix, get ExpressVPN.
Part of the reason ExpessVPN costs noticeably more than its competition is because it invests more in its technology and infrastructure than its rivals. The results prove this too.
I’ve been using VPNs heavily since I moved to New Zealand in October 2017 (New Zealand’s Netflix library is tiny). There hasn’t been a single day when ExpressVPN hasn’t been able to unblock the US or UK Netflix library for me. I also use ExpressVPN to watch Hulu, BBC iPlayer, All 4, ITV Hub, and Amazon Prime.
The final reason ExpressVPN is the best VPN for Netflix is speed. To watch Netflix in UHD (4K), you need a reliable download speed in the region of 20mbps. ExpressVPN is the only VPN I’ve used (and I’ve tried them all) that delivers a connection with reliable speeds.
Ivacy is a good VPN, but – as its price suggests – it’s not in the same league as ExpressVPN. That said, the value Ivacy offers is hard to ignore. It’s a lot cheaper than ExpressVPN.
If you’re looking for a good VPN with an impressive record as unblocking Netflix libraries, Ivacy is a good alternative.
The main difference between Ivacy and ExpressVPN is speed, not Netflix uptime. Ivacy’s speed fluctuates between ridiculously fast to laboured. The speed is enough to stream Netflix in SD or HD on mobile devices. However, if you want to enjoy 4K Netflix on your big-screen TV, Ivacy (from my experience) is going to drop your quality down to HD or even SD from time to time.
But on the other hand, it’s really really cheap. And it also unblocks Hulu, BBC iPlayer, NBC, ITV Hub, et al.
NordVPN is the best VPN for unblocking US Netflix. It has 1883+ servers and a dedicated technical team that monitors each connection (with US Netflix).
In the unlikely scenario where you’re unable to find a server that works with US Netflix, don’t panic. Just head to the Netflix Support page to find a list of servers that are “open” and verified by Nord’s dedicated tech team.
The NordVPN app is available for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Linux (plus a Chrome extension).
Which VPNs are blocked by Netflix?
- VPN Unlimited
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 that 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.
Read next: How to watch Amazon Instant Video abroad.