not working with VPN on Firestick

Usually, I watch on my Firestick, however I’m not based in the United States, so I use a VPN to gain access to the streaming service.

In my home country, New Zealand, it was working fine, however I have started running into some issues, and I can’t get to work reliably anymore.

The good news is I managed to fix the issue by going through some troubleshooting steps. I tried my older Firestick and still didn’t work with my VPN.

I subsequently found out that it was the VPN I was using that was causing issues. I managed to fix it temporarily, however I ran into similar issues a week later. When that happened, I changed to NordVPN and haven’t had any issues since.

But if you’re not keen on changing VPN I’ll let you know what I did to get my original VPN working with on my Firestick.

How I fixed not working on Firestick with VPN

  1. Try a different device

    The first thing I did is diagnose if it was my Firestick that was causing issues. To do this I tried to watch on a different device. For me it was my phone, but you could use anything else like a tablet or laptop.

    If works with your VPN on a different device, you’ll know it’s the Firestick that’s causing issues. However, it’s probably not your Firestick. For me, didn’t work on my phone either. Thats when I moved on to the next step.
  2. Changed to a different US server

    When I figured out that it wasn’t my Firestick that was causing issues I changed to a different server on my VPN (VyprVPN) and that fixed the problem. I intentionally chose a city that was close to my country, or at least as close as possible. I chose a West Coast city Salt Lake City and was able to watch for a while, however I ran into the same issue only a day later.

    To combat this I continuously changed servers, until I found one that would work. But this was a bit annoying.
  3. Reinstall my VPN

Unfortunately, this didn’t solve any issues, I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t a bug or an error inadvertently causing issues.

After reinstalling my VPN I knew I had a fresh install with all the latest updates but I still ran into problems.

This allowed me to determine that it was my VPN that was having issues remaining compatible with on my Firestick.

From here I got a bit tired of constantly changing server every time I wanted to watch on my Firestick, so I downloaded and tried a different VPN.

From my experience, and the opinions of a lot of other VPN experts I selected NordVPN, and I haven’t had a problem watching on my Firestick ever since. It works flawlessly, and has more servers than my original VPN.

I managed to get NordVPN quite cheap with this deal. You can grab it too. Also, if you are worried about purchasing another VPN, NordVPN has a 30-day money back guarantee. So you can feel comfortable trying it out.

Patch Bowen
Patch Bowen is an accomplished technology journalist with a solid academic foundation, holding a degree from Auckland University. His expertise spans across a range of tech topics, with a notable focus on product reviews, industry trends, and the impact of technology on society. With his work featured on major New Zealand websites like,, and The Press, Patch has established himself as a credible voice in technology media. His articles are known for their detailed analysis and practical insights, particularly in making complex technological concepts understandable for a broad audience. At ReviewsFire, Patch is renowned for his thorough evaluations and clear, informative writing style. He has a knack for identifying and explaining the nuances of the latest gadgets and digital trends, earning him a reputation as a trusted source for tech advice and information.


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