Best VPNs for Netflix: 47 VPNs That Unblock Netflix

John Mason

John Mason

To make this article comprehensive and accurate, we tested 67 different VPN providers (including paid ones).

If you’ve tried to access Netflix from a Virtual Private Network in the last two years, it’s likely that you’ve encountered the infamous proxy-error message.

Netflix VPN streaming error
Netflix VPN streaming error for VPN users

The message — all-too familiar for streamers who use VPNs — was the result of a 2016 Netflix decree that would change the likes of streaming forever: They were issuing a crackdown on VPNs.

Prior to the announcement, using a VPN was a standard way to access region-locked content not available in certain countries. Because VPNs allow you to change your IP address, streamers in the U.S. could fake their location to stream early-release episodes from the U.K.; similarly, streamers in countries with small Netflix libraries, like Thailand, could pretend to be in a country like the United States, which has the second-largest number of titles available on Netflix (after Japan).

The problem? Netflix pays licensing fees by region. So, when users from outside that region access it using a VPN, Netflix doesn’t pay the content owners their fees.

Exactly how Netflix blocks VPNs is still somewhat up for debate — check out our full infographic that examines the possible ways Netflix has cracked down in the last two years — mostly because if the streaming service told us exactly how they do it, it would make finding workarounds much easier.

To determine how successful Netflix has been in cracking down on VPN use and region spoofing in the past two years, we tested 67 VPNs on servers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands to see if they were still able to access the streaming site.

In all, we determined that 47 of the 67 paid VPNs tested were still able to access Netflix content in some fashion.

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VPNs accessing Netflix

  1. From all tested servers (7 VPNs)
  2. From three tested servers (4 VPNs)
  3. From two tested servers (15 VPNs)
  4. From one tested server (21 VPNs)
  5. VPN providers blocked by Netflix (20 VPNs)

vpns accessing netflix from all tested servers
A total of six providers we tested were able to access Netflix from all the servers we connected to, making them your best bet for accessing the streaming site via VPN.

1. NordVPN

NordVPN

NordVPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States (3)
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Panama-based NordVPN was launched in 2008 and quickly became one of the most highly rated, often-featured VPNs in rating sites. Located in an independent country with nearly 4,000 servers spread across 62 countries, NordVPN has a lot to offer — including Netflix. The company’s website features an article that keeps a running tab of which of their servers are working for Netflix. Currently, the countries with working Netflix servers are the United States, France, the UK, and the Netherlands.

All three of the United States servers worked in our testing, although the connections were somewhat slow — possibly because NordVPN is one of the more reliable VPN providers for unblocking Netflix, and so has a lot of users. The U.K. server also worked, but we found it to be slow as well. Our best recommendation is the Netherlands server, which was quick and unblocked the streaming site.

Read our full NordVPN review.

2. GooseVPN

GooseVPN

GooseVPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Netherlands-based GooseVPN doesn’t mention anything on their homepage about streaming access, but a closer look at their blog reveals a post titled Binge Watch Anywhere in The World, which specifically mentions Netflix and is dated April 2018. In our testing, we were able to access the site from all four of the servers tested, although we were connected to a special streaming server for all except Canada.

3. LiquidVPN

LiquidVPN

LiquidVPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Wyoming-based LiquidVPN makes its stance on Netflix clear; its very first feature in the homepage reads “Unblock Facebook, Twitter, Google, Netflix, and websites that are only available in specific regions from wherever you are in the world.”

The website also includes an article on how to unblock Netflix using the VPN, and, unlike other providers who shy away from admitting that they’re attempting to circumvent the Netflix block, old support tickets demonstrate that the VPN provider is actively trying to bypass the ban. We were able to access the site on every server we tried.

4. Opera VPN

Opera VPN

Although Opera’s official statement is that they don’t purposely circumvent blocks when it means violating the terms of agreement, we were able to access Netflix on three of Opera’s servers; however, their recent announcement that the company is shuttering no long makes it a viable option for Netflix.

5. PrivateVPN

PrivateVPN

PrivateVPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Los Angeles
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Stockholm-based PrivateVPN has a custom-built VPN specific for Netflix. According to the provider, the VPN is built specifically to allow access to the entire U.S. catalogue of titles.

In addition to the special Netflix server, PrivateVPN has a guide on how to unlock Netflix from your native account, which includes a list of servers which might allow you to access the streaming service — suggesting that while they keep the list update, it’s possible that it could change from any time. We were able to access Netflix from several of the servers on the list, including two in the U.S.

Read our full PrivateVPN review.

6. StrongVPN

StrongVPN

StrongVPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Netherlands

Originally a PC selling company from South Lake Tahoe, California, today StrongVPN operates one of the most comprehensive VPN provider networks in the industry, with over 660 global servers and customers in 24 countries. Two of the U.S. servers we tried — New York and Chicago — had no trouble accessing Netflix. We were also able to bypass the proxy error in servers in the U.K., Canada and the Netherlands.

Read our full StrongVPN review.

7. VPN.ht

VPN.ht

VPN.ht servers connecting to Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: California
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

VPN.ht, a Hong-Kong based provider, is largely focused on protecting privacy and allowing access to blocked content. It’s no surprise, then, that the company calls out the ability to access Netflix specifically on their homepage. And it worked — in our testing, VPN.ht was able to access Netflix from six servers in five countries.

 
vpns accessing netflix from three servers

The VPN providers below fall squarely in the middle — they were able to access Netflix from three servers, making them slightly less reliable than some of the VPN providers above, but still a good bet in the midst of the ban.

1. Astrill

Astrill

Astrill servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: Chicago
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Netherlands

Astrill servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • Canada

Seychelles-based Astrill was founded in 2009 and currently has more than 330 servers in almost 50 countries. While the company doesn’t mention Netflix by name, it does feature the ability to “unblock” favorite websites. In our testing, we found that Astrill was able to connect to Netflix through three servers in three different countries.

Read our full Astrill review.

2. Hide ALL IP

Hide ALL IP

Hide ALL IP servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago
  • United Kingdom: London

Hide ALL IP servers blocked by Netflix:

  • Canada
  • Netherlands

Hide ALL IP doesn’t specifically mention Netflix on its bare-bones website, but it does prominently display “access internet TV” as a main feature of the service. What’s more, it mentions Hulu by name, which is surprising given that Hulu began banning VPNs before Netflix. In total, we were able to access Netflix in three servers: two in the United States and one in the United Kingdom.

3. Norton Wi-Fi Privacy VPN

Norton Wi-Fi Privacy VPN

Norton WiFI Privacy servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Canada

Norton WiFi Privacy servers blocked by Netflix:

  • Netherlands

Norton WiFi Privacy VPN, the VPN service from renowned anti-virus software company Norton, seems more focused on protecting your information while you’re on public WiFi than it does allowing you to stream movies, but does feature a blurb on “global access” to content on the features homepage.

While a support statement that mentions that Netflix’s block may make the server unavailable in some regions, we were able to connect to Netflix through three servers.

Statement from website: Some streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Showtime, offer geo-restricted content that makes it unavailable in certain regions. These services also block the content if they detect a VPN, a proxy, or an unblocker service as a method to bypass the geo-restrictions. If the content is available in your region, make sure that you disconnect Norton WiFi Privacy VPN before you access the streaming services or apps.

4. VPNArea

VPNArea

VPNArea servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States (2)
  • United Kingdom

VPNArea servers blocked by Netflix:

  • Canada (not a Netflix server)
  • Netherlands (not a Netflix server)

Bulgarian-based VPNArea has made it a priority to create special Netflix servers enabling users to block the Netflix ban. According to their support forum, they’ve been successful in creating Netflix-specific servers for the United States (USA-0-NFLX) and the United Kingdom — to two servers we were able to successfully access.

VPNArea’s support team openly admits that it’s not possible to connect to Netflix from other servers; however, as of a year ago, they were working on creating a special Netflix server for Italy, suggesting that they intend to continue bringing solutions to different regions.

VPNArea error message
VPNArea error message

Read our full VPNArea review.

vpns accessing netflix from two servers

From timeout issues to proxy blocks, these 15 VPN providers had issues with all but two tested servers — and they have something to say about it. Six of the 15 have statements on their websites addressing the ban and their ability (or inability) to access Netflix.

1. Cyberghost

Cyberghost

Cyberghost servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States
  • Canada

Cyberghost servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Cyberghost, a Romanian-based provider founded in 2012, has a dedicated streaming option, called “Unblock Streaming” specifically unblocking streaming services such as YouTube, Hulu, and the BBC.

According to Cyberghost, the “Unblock Streaming” option is based on an internal list that’s updated daily. However, we were not able to access Netflix from this option — instead, we were met by the error message below.

CyberGhost Netflix error
CyberGhost Netflix error

However, Cyberghost notes that the streaming option sometimes gets blocked momentarily, and we were still able to connect to Netflix through their standard U.S. and Canadian server.

Statement from website: Please note there might be a narrow time window between the complete blockage of a streaming service and the removal or the update of the respective sub-profile from the streaming list. In general all services in the list are reachable, but in rare situations it might happen that a service got blocked in the time between two list checks.

Read our full Cyberghost review.

2. Encrypt.me

Encrypt.me

Encrypt.me servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago

Encrypt.me servers blocked by Netflix:

  • Canada

Interestingly, the official statement from U.S.-based provider Encrypt.me (below), is that the VPN doesn’t work with Netflix — in fact, they go as far as to suggest using StrongVPN in place of them if you’re looking for a VPN with Netflix capabilities. Despite this, we were able to connect the Netflix from two U.S. servers.

Statement from website: Short answer is no. Longer answer is encrypt.me is only about privacy on untrusted networks. We are a SaaS provider, meaning Security as a Service. Some users have used a VPN to get around geographic restrictions on streaming content, but that may or may not work at any given time. In our experience, some sites and services are more aggressive than others about enforcing their policies and they use different mechanisms. Some are willing to look the other way when it comes to VPNs and some work hard to detect them. Many services are starting to use information other than your IP address to identify your location, making VPNs largely irrelevant. This is not a market that we serve. If you need a VPN provider that you can use to access Netflix or other geoblocked content from another country, we suggest StrongVPN.com

3. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • Toronto, Canada
  • United Kingdom

ExpressVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: Canada
  • Netherlands

ExpressVPN has a Netflix page on their site detailing why using a VPN is the best choice for accessing Netflix (over a DNS or a proxy) — and it’s timestapped 2018. It’s clear that ExpressVPN still counts themselves among the VPN providers able to circumvent Netflix’s 2016 ban, and, with two servers able to access the streaming site, they aren’t completely wrong.

Read our full ExpressVPN review.

4. FrootVPN

FrootVPN

FrootVPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Florida

FrootVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

FrootVPN includes the ability to unblock content and access “geo-restricted sites” on its homepage. In fact, the company released a statement following the ban in 2016 noting that they were “working together with larger Internet Service Providers to circumvent this blockage issue.” For now, it seems to have worked: We were able to access Netflix from two U.S. servers.

Statement from website: Right now FrootVPN is working together with larger Internet Service Providers to circumvent this blockage issue. That‘s why, we can confidently say that there is nothing to worry about.

Every users must not be threatened on this matter because Netflix is normally working on our VPN. Even if there are lots of controversies about VPN blockage crackdown that are coming along the way, we at FrootVPN continues to work hard in finding counter measurements to surpass this blockage so we want assure all of you that you can still enjoy Netflix using our best secure VPN service.

Read our full FrootVPN review.

5. ibVPN

ibVPN

ibVPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Miami

ibVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: Chicago
  • Canada
  • Netherlands

Romanian-based ibVPN, which was founded as a proxy services company in 2003 and switched to the world of VPNs in 2008, doesn’t callout streaming or unblocking content as a main feature.

However, an April 2016 announcement — published four months after the ban was made official — recommends that users who are “are still unable to access Netflix via ibVPN” contact support, suggesting that the provider has some workarounds. They’re working: we were able to access the streaming site from two U.S. servers.

6. Mullvad

Mullvad

Mullvad servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • Netherlands

Mullvad servers blocking Netflix:

  • United States: Chicago
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom

Mullvad’s features page makes no mention of Netflix, streaming access or unblocking content. And up until last year, the provider didn’t seem to have any Netflix support. However, our most recent tests found that both the New York and the Netherlands servers were able to connect to and access Netflix.

Read our full Mullvad review.

7. SaferVPN

SaferVPN

SaferVPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • “U.S. Streaming” option
  • Netherlands

SaferVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: East Coast
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom

SaferVPN makes no qualms about the fact that their VPN works with Netflix; the official statement on their FAQ page is simply, “Yes, Netflix works best with SaferVPN.” They also have an entire unblock Netflix page, which includes a Netflix-specific FAQ. They suggest connecting to the “U.S. Streaming” server option, which we did, and found the results quick and easy. The Netherlands server also worked for us.

Read our full SaferVPN review.

8. SurfEasy

SurfEasy

SurfEasy servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States
  • Canada

SurfEasy servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United Kingdom (timed out)
  • Netherlands

SurfEasy certainly has a history with Netflix — so much so, in fact, that it’s fight to replace banned IP addresses after succumbing to the Netflix ban has been noted in several write-ups for the service. Currently, we only found the U.S. and Canadian servers to be working.

9. Trust.zone

Trust.zone

Trust.zone servers unblocking Netflix:

  • Canada
  • Netherlands

Trust.zone servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago
  • United Kingdom

A Trust.zone blog post from January 2017 — a year after Netflix announced the VPN ban — references the ability to “watch Netflix … without restrictions” when connected to a VPN, presumably Trust.zone. However, that’s the only major Netflix reference we were able to find on the Trust.zone website, including in their FAQ section. We were still able to access Netflix through the Canadian and Netherlands servers.

Trust.zone can’t connect error
Trust.zone connection error

Read our full Trust.zone review.

10. VPN Unlimited

VPN Unlimited

VPN Unlimited servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: California
  • Canada

VPN Unlimited servers blocked by Netflix:

  • Hampshire, United Kingdom (BBC iPlayer)
  • Netherlands

VPN Unlimited promotes itself as a service with the ability to circumvent the Netflix ban — in fact, the company’s site has a Netflix tutorial that walks the reader through step-by-step instructions to access the streaming site. We were able to access Netflix perfectly through two of their servers: one in the U.S. and one in Canada.

Read our full VPN Unlimited review.

11. VPNSecure.me

VPNSecure.me

VPNSecure.me servers unblocking Netflix:

  • Canada
  • Netherlands

VPNSecure.me severs blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: East Coast
  • United States: West Coast
  • United Kingdom

VPNSecure does not explicitly say that their service is able to access Netflix; the company does mention “bypass[ing] internet censorship” as one of its main features and notes that certain governments have cracked down on different sites, including Netflix. Other mentions of Netflix in the site come in the form of blog posts or support tickets written before the ban. We were still able to access Netflix in servers in Canada and the Netherlands.

Read our full VPNSecure.me review.

12. VPNTunnel

VPNTunnel

VPNTunnel servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago

VPNTunnel serves blocked by Netflix:

  • United Kingdom: London
  • Canda
  • Netherlands

The only reference Seychelles-based provider VPNTunnel has to Netflix on the site is a FAQ answer from 2015 — a year before the ban was implemented. Although the features the company has chosen to display prominently are more around staying anonymous and protecting privacy, we were able to access U.S. Netflix from two of their stateside servers.

13. VyprVPN

VyprVPN

VyprVPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago

VyprVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Netherlands

VyprVPN is the product of Golden Frog, a Switzerland-based company founded in 1994 as a response to the infamous NSA surveillance incident Room 641a.

While older pages on the website reference the VPN’s ability to access Netflix, newer responses from customer service representatives note that the VPN wasn’t made to access streaming sites. We were only able to access the U.S. catalogue from the New York and Chicago servers.

Statement from website: Our mission is to provide security, privacy and freedom. That means we work hard to protect people from hackers, provide privacy to people, and open up the Internet to people living in restrictive parts of the world.

That is our focus and our passion. While we recognize that some users expect to use our service to access streaming services, we cannot guarantee that VyprVPN will work with Netflix or other streaming providers going forward (nor can any other VPN provider). We will, however, continue to provide the most capable and fastest VPN connection possible.

Read our full VyprVPN review.

14. Windscribe

Windscribe

Windscribe servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States (Netflix-specific)
  • United Kingdom (Netflix-specific)

Windscribe servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: Chicago
  • United States: San Francisco

U.S.-based Windscribe touts their ability to connect to Netflix directly on the features page, through “Windflix,” servers that are specifically designed for Netflix. If you’re not connected to a Windflix server, chances are you won’t be able to connect to Netflix, as their Knowledgebase statement suggests.

This held true for our testing: We were easily able to connect to the streaming site through Netflix-specific servers in the U.S. and U.K.; no such luck in on the non-streaming servers in Chicago and San Francisco.

Windscribe Netflix error
Windscribe Netflix error

Statement from website: Unfortunately, Netflix, Hulu, BBC and other streaming services have implemented algorithms that actively detect and block VPN traffic as a result of the pressure on them by content producers. At this time, there is not much we can do except let you know that we are always adding new IPs to our servers so that users are less likely to get connected to the blocked IPs.

Read our full Windscribe review.

15. Zenmate

Zenmate

Zenmate servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States (2)

Zenmate servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands
  • Canada

Zenmate claims that its VPN can unblock “almost any website in the world,” and “unblocking websites” is featured prominently as one of the VPN’s features.

Although the provider stops short of saying it can definitely unblock Netflix, the provider does hint at that ability in one of the situations it poses for using Zenmate VPN: “Maybe you are traveling and just want to watch the US Netflix library or stream sporting events from abroad?” We were able to access Netflix from two of its U.S. servers.

Read our full Zenmate review.

vpns accessing netflix from one server

Twenty-one providers tested were able to access Netflix from only one of the servers we tested. While this may not make them a noted “best VPN for Netflix,” it still means they’re able to circumvent the ban in some way, two years on.

1. AirVPN

AirVPN

AirVPN server unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: Dallas

AirVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: Chicago
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Based in Italy, AirVPN calls itself the “air to breathe the real internet.” It doesn’t look like the company has issued an official statement regarding Netflix, but there are plenty of forums on the site discussing which servers are actively working with the streaming site, suggesting that AirVPN is, at minimum, coming up with workarounds for the ban.

Read our full AirVPN review.

2. Anonymizer

Anonymizer

Anonymizer server unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: California

Anonymizer server blocked by Netflix:

  • Netherlands

U.S.-based Anonymizer as been around since 1998, making it one of the longest-surviving VPN providers. Despite their length in the industry, a major drawback to Anonymizer is that it only features two servers — but, with that said, we were able to connect to Netflix with one of them.

3. Avira Phantom

Avira Phantom

Avira Phantom server unblocking Netflix:

  • United Kingdom

Avira Phantom servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Washington
  • Canada
  • Netherlands

Avira Phantom VPN is another mainstay of the VPN industry; the German-based company was founded more than three decades ago in 1986, an offering from full-fledged internet security company Avira.

While the service doesn’t mention Netflix by name, it does note that some streaming services are available through Phantom VPN — but cautions that recent bans mean that may not always be the case.

Statement from website: Please note: a number of websites have started blocking the use of VPN and proxies. It is possible that this will impact the list of websites listed above. So if your primary purpose for purchasing a VPN is to stream your favorite shows, we recommend you first download the free version of Phantom VPN, and test it at no cost to yourself.

Read our full Avira Phantom review.

4. AzireVPN

AzireVPN

AzireVPN server unblocking Netflix:

  • Sweden, Stockholm

AzireVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: Miami
  • United Kingdom
  • Spain, Malaga

Founded in 2012 and located in Sweden, AzireVPN makes no note of Netflix on their website one way or the other — in fact, a site-wide search found that the website doesn’t make one mention of “streaming.” Despite this, we were able to access the streaming service from a Switzerland-based server.

5. BlackVPN

BlackVPN

BlackVPN server unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: West Coast

BlackVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: East Coast
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Hong-Kong based BlackVPN notes in its homepage its ability to “unblock websites not available in your area” and “watch movies and TV from around the world.”

Their support section includes a fix for Netflix, but it hasn’t been updated for four years, two prior to the ban’s implementation. While we experienced several connection errors on their servers, we were able to get the U.S. West Coast server to work.

6. BolehVPN

BolehVPN

BolehVPN server unblocking Netflix:

  • Canada

BolehVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Los Angeles
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

In BolehVPN’s January 2016 launch announcement of a new BolehGEO service, they quipped “Netflix ban, what Netflix ban?” Although the service may not be performing quite as well as the boisterous release may have suggested, one of their servers is still streaming.

7. Buffered

Buffered

Buffered VPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • Canada

Buffered VPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: East Coast (timed out)
  • United States: West Coast (timed out)
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Buffered VPN doesn’t have an official statement regarding Netflix on their website, but “watch from anywhere” and “unblock content” are two of the most prominent features listed on their webpage.

We were able to access Netflix from the Canadian server, although it was slow; when we tried the U.S. West Coast servers they timed out, which made us unable to accurately test. The same thing happened when attempting to use the East Coast server.

Buffered VPN Netflix timeout
Buffered VPN Netflix timeout
Buffered VPN connection error
Buffered VPN connection error

Read our full Buffered review.

8. FastestVPN

FastestVPN

FastestVPN server unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: Florida

FastestVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Interestingly, the official statement from FastestVPN regarding Netflix is contradictory to both our real-life experience and other content on the company’s website.

Officially, FastestVPN’s statement regarding Netflix is: No, FastestVPN does not support Netflix. This is somewhat contradictory to their blog post which states that “streaming blocked content” is one of the “main reasons we all use VPNs.” The post also calls out Netflix by name and links to an internal page that calls FastestVPN the “best VPN for streaming TV shows, movies, dramas, and sports.”

It could be that FastestVPN simply hasn’t updated their FAQ page in a few years. Or, they may be trying to give the appearance that the respect the ban, while quietly coming up with workarounds. Whatever the reason for the conflicting statements, we were able to access Netflix through their Florida server.

9. HideMyAss VPN

HideMyAss VPN

HideMyAss server unblocking Netflix:

  • Netherlands: Amsterdam

HideMyAss servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: District of Columbia
  • Canada, Montreal
  • United Kingdom: Glasgow

Like several VPN providers, HideMyAss doesn’t mention Netflix by name, but does feature unblocking content as a prominent feature. In fact, their official headline is “watch anything anywhere,” which is watered down a bit by a small-font lega statement: The use of HidemyAss! VPN and any parts of our technology are subject to local laws and regulations.

A closer look at the HMA support forums shows that the provider is testing and making changes to different servers, and has a few preferred ones when connecting to Netflix (Liberty Island, N.Y. for U.S. Netflix and Donkey Town for the U.K.). We were able to connect through Amsterdam.

Read our full HideMyAss review.

10. HotSpot Shield

HotSpot Shield

HotSpot Shield server unblocking Netflix:

  • Canada

HotSpot Shield servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

U.S.-located HotSpot Shield is one of the largest VPN providers in the industry, 500 million users globally. According to HotSpot Shield’s most recent statement, Netflix is only compatible for Elite users. We were able to access Netflix through the Canadian server. Both the U.K. and U.S. servers didn’t work for us.

HotSpot Shield connection error
HotSpot Shield connection error
HotSpot Shield U.S. server error
HotSpot Shield U.S. server error

Read our full HotSpot Shield review.

11. IPVanish

IPVanish

IPVanish server unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: Chicago

IPVanish servers blocked by Netflix:

  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

U.S.-based IPVanish has no official statement regarding Netflix on their website, and our previous review of the provider in 2017 found that the service didn’t have any compatibility with the service. This time we found that the Chicago server was working, but extremely slowly. We also ran into an issue connecting to OpenVPN.

IPVanish connection error
IPVanish connection error

Read our full IPVanish review.

12. Perfect Privacy

Perfect Privacy

Perfect Privacy server unblocking Netflix:

  • United Kingdom

Perfect Privacy server blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago
  • Canada
  • Netherlands

Perfect Privacy, a VPN provider located in both Panama and Switzerland with a focus on providing privacy and anonymity in even the strictest countries, doesn’t mention Netflix by name on their site.

However, a broader article about accessing IPTV through their VPN service makes it clear that, while allowing access to streaming services is an advantage of their VPN, it’s not always possible.

Statement from website: Note that streaming will only work on sites who do not explicitly disallow the use of a VPN. It is a trivial matter for any website to block VPN ranges and there is nothing the VPN provider can do about this.

Therefore in these cases we cannot guarantee that a VPN connection will circumvent the restriction. However, many streaming services only check where the IP address is located and grant access if the server is in the correct country.

13. PIA

PIA

PIA server unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: California

PIA servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Private Internet Access, or PIA, had a history of attempting to find workarounds for the Netflix ban, as demonstrated by their support forums. We found that the California server is the only one currently working.

Read our full PIA review.

14. ProtonVPN

ProtonVPN

ProtonVPN server unblocking Netflix:

  • Netherlands

ProtonVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States (2)
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom

The official statement from Switzerland-based ProtonVPN is that “you can watch Netflix using ProtonVPN from certain servers.” While their statement focuses in U.S. Netflix, we weren’t able to stream from any of their U.S.-based servers, but did have success with their Netherlands server.

Statement from website: ProtonVPN users can securely watch Netflix when connected to any ProtonVPN Plus server located in the US. These servers are available for Plus Plan subscribers. For the fastest and most reliable connection, please connect to the servers that are closest to your current location. Note, you should have a valid Netflix subscription and your access to Netflix should be legal.

Note, Netflix may not always work. If you have tried all possible options and still having issues or if you have questions, feel free to contact our Support team.

15. SlickVPN

SlickVPN

SlickVPN server unblocking Netflix:

  • United Kingdom

SlickVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago
  • Canada
  • Netherlands

SlickVPN seems pretty confident in its ability to unblock Netflix, despite the two-year-old ban that’s taken the feature away from countless VPN providers.

In fact, SlickVPN goes so far as to include the Netflix logo on their homepage, with the headline “Stream From Anywhere.” Their blog post, Five Great Reasons to Use SlickVPN With Netflix, makes it clear that they think they can stay one step ahead of netflix to beat the ban.

Statement from website: Our Netflix Pledge: Here at SlickVPN, we work tirelessly to ensure our customers have access to the entire internet. If we find that our IP addresses start to become blocked we will migrate to new IPs as needed.

We also offer the option of static IPs which eliminates the problem entirely. If at any point we are unable to provide our customers with our usual fast, unrestricted, and anonymous access to the entire internet, we will gladly refund those customers.

16. Speedify

Speedify

Speedify server unblocking Netflix:

  • Netherlands

Speedify servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom

Philadelphia-based Speedify has actually issued a statement (below) declaring that the service doesn’t work with Netflix. Despite this, we were able to connect through a server in the Netherlands, suggesting that the service may be continuing the develop workarounds despite their issued position.

Statement from website: Unfortunately, Netflix has blocked Speedify users from being able to stream movies while connected.

One bright spot in this situation is that Netflix has added downloads of many shows and movies. If you download videos while disconnected from Speedify (perhaps on a fast Wi-Fi network), you can then reconnect to Speedify and watch the episodes in the Netflix app.

17. SpyOFF

SpyOFF

SpyOFF server unblocking Netflix:

  • United States

SpyOFF servers blocked by Netflix:

  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

San Marino-based SpyOFF makes no mention of Netflix by name, nor does it mention the ability to access geo- or region-blocked content on its homepage features, as many VPN providers do. Despite this, we were able to access Netflix on one of its servers.

18. SwitchVPN

SwitchVPN

SwitchVPN server unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: Chicago

SwitchVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Netherlands

SwitchVPN, a U.S.-based provider that’s been in the market since 2016, claims to “make the internet free again.” The service also claims to allow you to “stream television and films from anywhere,” although it doesn’t mention Netflix by name.

Digging deeper, a blog post outlining reasons to get a VPN nots that “even some of the strongest VPN providers in the market can’t unblock Netflix” and cautions th reader the be careful when choosing a service, before promoting its own. We found SwitchVPN’s Chicago server was the only one that would unblock the streaming service.

19. TigerVPN

TigerVPN

TigerVPN server unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: Denver

TigerVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: Chicago
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

When the ban was announced in 2016, Slovakia-based TigerVPN assured customers that they were “working hard testing different ways to fight Netflix” and were “confident [they would] find a solution soon.

Today, the provider keeps a semi-updated spreadsheet outlining which of their servers are working with Netflix; although it hasn’t been updated since October 2017, and the server we found to be working (Denver) is currently noted as blocked.

Statement from website: Netflix is hard on VPN’s in general and we have seen massive restrictions all across the globe. TigerVPN is constantly working on improving the streaming success rate.

Read our full TigerVPN review.

20. TorGuard

TorGuard

TorGaurd server unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: New York

TorGuard servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: Dallas
  • Canada
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom

Most of the recent responses to Netflix issues in TorGuard’s forums state that paying extra for a dedicated streaming IP to add onto the VPN is the only way to access Netflix through the provider — in fact, that’s the same answer we received from TorGuard support when we tested its compatibility less than a year ago. At the time of this writing, however, we were able to access U.S. Netflix through the New York server.

Read our full TorGuard review.

21. ZoogVPN

ZoogVPN

ZoogVPN server unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: Chicago

ZoogVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: Washington
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Unlike other VPN providers who have taken a toned-down, cautious approach following the Netflix VPN ban, ZoogVPN still claims to allow “access to US Netflix” on their homepage. In fact, the company has several pages on their website dedicated to explaining how Netflix works with the service. We were able to access U.S. Netflix from their Chicago server.

Statement from website: As soon as you sign up for ZoogVPN account your subscription becomes immediately active so you can start accessing any online services such as BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and Spotify. In short you can access online services of any country on our VPN Network.

Read our full ZoogVPN review.

vpns blocked by netflix

Several VPNs we tested — 20 in total — seemed to have fallen victim to Netflix’s ban. Whether they’ve been blocked permanently by the streaming service or are trying to find a temporary workaround, these are the VPNs that didn’t work for us.

VPNs that didn’t work with Netflix (5+ servers blocked)

  1. Anonymous VPN
  2. Avast Secureline VPN
  3. CactusVPN
  4. Celo VPN
  5. F-Secure Freedome
  6. Hide My IP
  7. Hide.me
  8. Hoxx VPN
  9. Ivacy
  10. iVPN
  11. Kaspersky Secure Connection
  12. OneVPN
  13. PersonalVPN
  14. Private Tunnel
  15. ProXPN
  16. PureVPN
  17. Ra4w VPN
  18. SecureVPN
  19. TunnelBear
  20. VPN.ac

1. Anonymous VPN

Anonymous VPN

Anonymous VPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Netherlands

Seychelles-based Anonymous VPN is relatively new to the space; the lesser-known service was founded in 2015. Although it has certain features its more well-known counterparts lack, like a kill switch and jurisdiction outside the fourteen eyes countries, it currently doesn’t work with Netflix.

2. Avast SecureLine

Avast SecureLine

Avast SecureLine servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: Washington
  • United States: New York
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Founded in 1988 and headquartered in the Czech Republic, Avast is a multinational cybersecurity software company that manufactures everything from VPNs to antivirus protection.

Their VPN, Avast SecureLine, boasts the ability to unblock content — specifically, their website notes that, with SecureLine, you can “Enjoy your favorite TV shows as you choose.” However, we found that Netflix was blocked on all the servers we tried.

Read our full Avast SecureLine review.

3. CactusVPN

CactusVPN

CactusVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: Chicago
  • United States: California
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Netherlands

Moldova-based CactusVPN, which has been around since 2011, is a smaller VPN provider founded by just three people less than a decade ago, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that the company doesn’t have the resources to unblock Netflix. None of the severs we tested worked, but then again, we didn’t expect them to after reading the statement on their website.

Statement from website: CactusVPN usually delivers only great news. Unfortunately today is an exception. Probably you’ve heard that Netflix started a war on VPN and Smart DNS providers trying to make our services unusable for people who want to unblock it’s content from different countries.

We have fight back and this was a titanic work. It was six months while David resisted Goliaths attacks and we’ve done well as CactusVPN was among a couple of VPN and Smart DNS providers who fought to the end. Unfortunately we can’t compare to Netflix’s resource so we have to admit: starting today, CactusVPN does not unblock Netflix with Smart DNS or VPN.

Read our full CactusVPN review.

4. Celo VPN

Celo VPN

Celo VPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States (2)
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

We found Netflix blocked on all the servers we tried for Celo, a small tech company based out of New South Wales, Australia. However, it’s something the company is working on: an announcement from March 31, 2018 notes that the company has “a working US and UK Netflix/TV streaming solution in place” and encourages the user to log a support ticket to learn more.

5. F-Secure Freedome

F-Secure Freedome

F-Secure Freedome servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: East Coast
  • United States: West Coast
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

The tagline for F-Secure, noted directly on their homepage, is “Protect your privacy. Access blocked content.” which makes it somewhat surprising that all the servers we tried — five in total — were blocked.

Digging deeper, we found that the site issued a statement from 2016, following the ban, which they still reference in support forums today, noting that they have limited ways to prevent third party blocking, and expect customers to respect third-party terms.

Statement from website: Netflix has started to block VPN users, including our F-Secure Freedome customers. We have limited possibilities to prevent external 3rd party from blocking us.

There are multiple ways how such blocking can be done. For instance, should someone want to block connections coming from our network addresses in their firewall, they are completely free to do so, and they do not need our permission to do that.

We expect customers to respect the terms of third-party services that they access via our services. The Terms of Service for F-Secure Freedome can be found here:

You could also contact Netflix to change their VPN blocking policy.

6. Hide My IP

Hide My IP

Hide My IP servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Netherlands

U.S.-based Hide My IP pitches itself as a VPN dedicated to anonymous browsing, with a nod toward its ability to let users access blocked websites (although not Netflix specifically). Although the company wrote about its compatibility with Netflix before the block, such posts stopped after its implementation in 2016.

7. Hide.me

Hide.me

Hide.me servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: East Coast
  • United States: West Coast
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Hide.me, which touts itself as “the world’s fastest VPN,” doesn’t have a statement on their website regarding the VPN’s ability to connect to Netflix specifically, but does note that the service enables the user to “access any website, app or channel safely.”

The site also features a blog post noting the ability of VPNs to unblock Netflix, but it’s time stamped 2015 — a full year before the Netflix crackdown. We were unable to access Netflix on the following Hide.me servers.

8. Hoxx VPN

Hoxx VPN

Hoxx VPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Netherlands

Germany-based Hoxx VPN mentioned the ability to bypass blocked websites, and makes reference to “geo-based content,” but doesn’t mention streaming specifically, and we were unable to access Netflix using it.

9. Ivacy

Ivacy

Ivacy servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Ivacy, a Singapore-based VPN provider that’s been around since 2007, seems almost resigned to the Netflix crackdown: the Ivacy blog has been posting updates about the situation since the ban was announced two years ago, with one such posting noting that, “as the situation stands, internet users will have to cope up with Netflix’s ban policy over the VPN.” This position can be seen in the inability to access Netflix servers though Ivacy.

Statement from website: Now, as the situation stands, internet users will have to cope up with Netflix’s ban policy over the VPN. It is understood that not all internet users, use VPN for streaming purposes.

There are many users, who just want to safeguard their privacy over the web by using a VPN. And then there are many people, who don’t care about using VPNs to stream Netflix content, because they don’t use any. The fact though remains that Netflix is not going to change its stance on VPNs, at least for now.

Read our full Ivacy review.

10. iVPN

iVPN

iVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: California
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

iVPN, a Gibraltar-based company founded in 2009, is all about privacy and protection; unlike other VPN providers who boast “content unblocking” as a key service, iVPN’s objectives include enabling freedom and privacy in the pursuit of advancement, safety and an open society.

It may come as no surprise then, that we weren’t able to access Netflix from their servers; the company even notes that they’re “focused specifically in protecting our customers privacy” and don’t guarantee access to the service. An update notes that Netflix’s campaign to block VPN connections is quickly making it “impossible to get around this block.”

Statement from website: A VPN service can be used to not only protect your privacy but also to gain access to services not available in your current location such as Hulu or Netflix.

However IVPN is focused specifically on protecting our customers privacy and although many customers do use IVPN to access these services we make no guarantee about the availability of these services when connected to our network.

Netflix is currently on an active campaign to block all VPN and Proxy connections. They are targeting massive amounts of IPv4 addresses at this time. Due to the exhaustion of the IPv4 space and strict registrar reporting requirements it is quickly becoming impossible to get around this block.

Read our full iVPN review.

11. Kaspersky Secure Connection

Kaspersky Secure Connection

Kaspersky servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Netherlands

Kaspersky Secure Connection VPN is powerhouse antivirus company Kaspersky’s first foray into the VPN space. Users of the VPN service have put in support tickets related to Netflix last year, suggesting that the service may have once worked to unblock streaming; it currently doesn’t.

12. OneVPN

OneVPN

OneVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Atlantic City
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

It’s cut-and-dry with Hong Kong–based VPN provider OneVPN. Their knowledgebase lays it out for users who want a VPN that supports streaming services: “No, OneVPN does not support Netflix and Hulu.

13. PersonalVPN

PersonalVPN

PersonalVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Netherlands

PersonalVPN, launched in 2005 by encryption and privacy company Witopia, makes note of their product’s ability to “access blocked content” through IP address changes that make it look as though you’re in country the content is located. However, the VPN makes no note of Netflix specifically, and we weren’t successful at accessing the streaming site on any of the servers we tested.

14. Private Tunnel

Private Tunnel

Private Tunnel servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Netherlands

Private Tunnel, a California-based VPN provider, wasn’t able to connect to any of the Netflix servers we tested — a limitation the company knows about and isn’t attempting to fix, as demonstrated by the statement below.

Statement from website: Private Tunnel does not block objectionable content while you are connected to our services, with the exception of destinations that have been reported to be spreading malicious malware or associated with viruses and network worms.

As much as we try to ensure content availability for all of our users, we cannot provide any assurance that geo-restricted services can be accessed over our services. This includes streaming services such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, and other services that prohibit access from anonymizers and public VPN services.

15. ProXPN

ProXPN

ProXPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Netflix was once a driving source of revenue for ProXPN; the California-based company reported a 600 percent growth in Canadian users in 2012, which they attributed largely to streaming services:

The top reason reported for using proXPN was to unblock videos ordinarily restricted to people in the USA. Netflix was their primary interest, followed closely by Hulu. “Netflix is definitely a popular service for our Canadian users,” added Mr. Ingle, a senior technician at proXPN.

Six years later — and two years into the Netflix ban — the company has no feasible option for unblocking the streaming service.

Read our full ProXPN review.

16. PureVPN

PureVPN

PureVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Based in Hong Kong, PureVPN is a commercial VPN service that’s been around since 2006 and currently boasts more than 750 servers in more than 140 countries. The VPN service also boasts the ability to connect with Netflix — the site has a specific page with instructions in using Netflix with PureVPN. Despite this, none of our connections worked.

Read our full PureVPN review.

17. RA4W VPN

RA4W VPN

RA4W VPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Netherlands

According to the “Advanced Search” section of RA4W VPN’s FAQs, “Netflix” is one of the most popular searches among users — but the search lends no results, perhaps not surprising given that the VPN service wasn’t able to connect with any of the servers we tried.

18. SecureVPN

SecureVPN

U.S.-based provider SecureVPN seemed unphased by the original Netflix ban, even publishing a blog post titled “Why Netflix Latest VPN Ban Announcement is Not That Big of a Deal!,” which went on to explain that Netflix would have difficulty monitoring and limiting the use of VPNs due to their use of different IP addresses, and called the announcement Netflix “talking tough.”

Two years into the ban, the site’s tone as changed: their latest post, “How to Hypothetically Use Your VPN to Responsibly Bypass the Netflix Ban,” called the ban “selfish” and noted that a peer-to-peer VPN protected network may be the only way to bypass it; unsurprising, then, that none of the three servers we tested worked.

Statement from website: Netflix, Hulu and others are being selfish. They are putting their contracts with their content partners ahead of the best interests of their customers.

Customers should not have to compromise their security online in order to access a product, which they pay for.

At the very least Netflix should be demanded to provide an alternative encryption service to replace the VPNs they are no longer allowing.

A P2P VPN protected network might be a great way to force their hand.

19. TunnelBear

TunnelBear

TunnelBear servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

TunnelBear, a VPN provider located in Ontario with the stated goal of bringing “the benefits of privacy to everyone,” wasn’t able to provide a connection to Netflix from their U.S., Canada, U.K. or Netherlands servers.

Read our full TunnelBear review.

20. VPN.ac

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VPN.ac servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States
  • Canada (2)

Unlike many providers, Romanian-based VPN.ac makes no mention of content unblocking or content access on their features page.

In a blog post published after Netflix’s 2016 announcement, the company said they had “seen [the block] coming” following Netflix’s global expansion, and that they they found the lack of Netflix transparency around their regional content offerings to amount to “false-advertising.”

A further statement notes that the reason Netflix blocked VPNs in the first place — and the behest of the content owners — was an “archaic entertainment distribution model.”

Statement from website: Content owners and studios should get their heads out of the sand and re-think their business models. It is 2016, folks. People from all over the world would gladly pay for your content, if they are allowed to do so in the first place. Yet, they aren’t. Which we believe to be an unfair and bad practice in modern times. /2cents

The war between Netflix and VPN providers following the ban hasn’t been pretty, with VPN users declaring that they’re cancelling their Netflix subscriptions as a result of the ban to VPN providers desperately trying to find workarounds only to be blocked again. But, until the licensing model changes — or until Netflix can find a way to make all of their content globally available, the goal they mentioned in their 2016 statement announcing the ban — it’s a war that will continue to rage.

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