How to Watch Everything on Netflix No Matter Where You Live
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For anyone who loves movies and TV shows, Netflix is a must-have. The video streaming giant recently expanded to cover 130 countries, and in the process, added a whole bunch of new content. Unfortunately, the library isn’t the same everywhere.

If you’re part of this expansion, you might be surprised to find that Netflix has different movies and TV shows available for streaming in different countries. For example, Indian users of Netflix can’t watch House of Cards, a landmark Netflix series in the U.S. Heck, even the libraries of the U.S., the UK, and Canada are quite different.

In this article, we explore why Netflix content differs from country to country, and how you can watch everything on Netflix regardless of where you live!

Why Does the Netflix Library Differ?

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings explained why the same content isn’t available everywhere: territorial licensing. Here’s a brief explanation of how that works.

The producers of any movie or TV show want to maximize profits from their product. So they license their creation to different content distributors in different parts of the world. Naturally, the highest bidder wins the rights.

For the sake of example, let’s talk about Star Wars, one of the best geek movies of all time 42 of the Best Geek Movies of All Time: How Many Have You Seen? 42 of the Best Geek Movies of All Time: How Many Have You Seen? Geeks are people too. I am one, you're probably one, and we're a growing army that can no longer be ignored. Not even by Hollywood. Geek movies FTW! Read More . As a distributor (yes, streaming content counts as “distributing”), Netflix has to decide if enough people in the U.S., the UK, India, and other regions will watch Star Wars to recover the expense of buying the rights.

If Netflix’ research shows an interest for Star Wars in the U.S. but not in India, then it will buy the Star Wars territorial license for the U.S. but not for India. So U.S. Netflix users will be able to watch Star Wars, but Indian Netflix users will not.

If Netflix’ research shows an interest for Star Wars in both the U.S. and India, it will then bid for the territorial license for both regions. However, some other distributor might offer a higher price for the Indian territorial license, or perhaps already have the license. Then, once again, U.S. Netflix users will be able to watch Star Wars, but Indian users will not.


In short, audience interest and territorial licensing determine why the Netflix library varies depending from region to the next.

Hastings added that the company is trying hard to get global availability of all the content on Netflix so that geographic restrictions go away. But that will take some time. So, at least for now, different countries will have different Netflix libraries.

How to Watch Netflix From a Different Country


The good news is that it’s actually pretty easy to watch the Netflix library from a different country. In the ultimate guide to Netflix The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Netflix The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Netflix This guide offers everything you need to know about using Netflix. Whether you're a new subscriber or an established fan of the best streaming service out there. Read More , Mark noted that you can access any country’s library by using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). There’s also another technology called DNS tunnelling or Smart DNS. Both routes serve the same end purpose: they make Netflix think your device is not in the region you actually are in.

These methods have some limitations though. For instance, you won’t be able to use the fabulous Chromecast to relay Netflix from your phone onto your TV. The speed of buffering and streaming might also get affected through these methods. However, on the flip side, you’ll have a larger video library than ever before.

Using Netflix With VPN

We have previously made the case for using VPNs for region-blocked video instead of DNS services. But the biggest point in the favor of VPNs is how easy it is to get started.


Netflix is available on Web browsers, Android, and iOS. And all of these have some of the best free and paid VPN services The Best VPN Services The Best VPN Services We've compiled a list of what we consider to be the best Virtual Private Network (VPN) service providers, grouped by premium, free, and torrent-friendly. Read More . No matter which VPN service you use, the process is really simple…

  1. Install and switch on your VPN.
  2. In the VPN, choose the country whose Netflix library you want to browse.
  3. Start the Netflix app or go to the Netflix website.
  4. Enjoy that country’s Netflix library!

The easiest and smoothest of the lot is Hola, a free VPN available for all platforms, which anyone can use because of how little setup is required. Hola classifies itself as a P2P (peer-to-peer) VPN, which means it will be using your bandwidth to make VPN connections for others, just as you use their bandwidth. But this raises several security issues, so some experts advise against using Hola.


One of the newest free services that works well on all browsers as well as smartphones is Betternet. It’s as easy as Hola and seems to be safer, but you can’t choose the country unless you’re upgrading to a premium license.

Among paid VPN services, I can vouch for Tunnelbear and ExpressVPN, both of which are working smoothly with Netflix on all platforms Which VPNs Still Work With Netflix? Which VPNs Still Work With Netflix? Netflix is trying to stop people accessing its service through VPNs, but a handful of VPNs are managing to stay one step ahead of the streaming giant. Read on to find out which ones... Read More .

Using Netflix With Smart DNS

We have previously written about how VPNs are old technology and advised today’s Netflix users to instead use Smart DNS services to watch region-blocked video. Unlike VPN, Smart DNS does not route data through an intermediary server between you and Netflix, so it’s faster. Plus, the process is just as simple…

  1. Install and switch on your Smart DNS-enabled Netflix app.
  2. Sign in with your Netflix credentials.
  3. Check out the entire Netflix library from all across the globe.

Smart DNS used to be more complicated but has recently become quite easy to use, thanks to several services that offer it as paid apps. In fact, there are Netflix-specific Smart DNS apps that you should check out.

For Windows and Mac: Smartflix


The best Netflix unlocking program is Smartflix. It shows every movie and TV show from Netflix worldwide, and it’s as simple as clicking on what you want to watch. You can try it free for a month, and it doesn’t require a credit card for the trial. After the trial, you’ll be required to make a one-time payment of $7.99.

The downside of Smartflix is that it is restricted to 720p content, much like what you will get on Google Chrome. Also, the program’s interface isn’t as smooth and user-friendly as Netflix itself. But hey, at least it’s simple!

Download: Smartflix for Windows and Mac (Free Trial / $7.99 one-time payment)

For Android and iOS: Getflix


On Android and iOS, the best Netflix unlocking app is Getflix. While primarily meant for Australian users who want the Netflix library from other countries, it works just as smoothly when used from any nation.

Download the app and follow the on-screen instructions to set up Getflix. Once Getflix says you’re good to go, just launch Netflix like you normally would and start watching. It’s a 14-day free trial, after which pricing starts at $3.95-per-month.

Download: Getflix for Android (Free)

Download: Getflix for iOS (Free)

If you want options apart from Getflix, or you are not on Android or iOS, then we have a detailed guide on how to change a smartphone’s DNS to bypass region locking.

Watching Netflix on Linux isn’t that difficult How to Watch Netflix Natively on Linux - the Easy Way How to Watch Netflix Natively on Linux - the Easy Way Using Netflix on Linux has been simplified considerably in the past few months. With the right browser, you can enjoy your favorite shows and movies from the popular streaming subscription service on your Linux device. Read More , but it’s not as simple as on Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS. Most Linux users recommend UnoTelly as the best way to bypass region-locks.

How to Find What’s Available Elsewhere

So, now you know how to access Netflix from other countries, but that still leaves one problem. Apart from Smartflix, every solution above requires you to change countries until you find the movie or TV show you’re looking for.


Fortunately, for us lazy people, there’s now a handy Web app called Flixed which lets you search Netflix’ library across the world. One quick search and the service will tell you which country’s library you need to change your VPN or DNS to.

Flixed also has nifty “new arrivals” and “most popular” sections, as well as filters for your search to narrow down the results. Among similar “universal Netflix search engines”, I found Flixed to have the most updated library of all.


Alternately, if you simply want to browse a country’s catalog instead of searching it, I recommend trying out Netflixable. While Flixed also lets you browse, Netflixable is a more pleasing interface.

Share Your Tips or Netflix Favorites!

It’s important to bear in mind that Netflix has publicly stated it will be cracking down on proxy connections soon, making it difficult for those using VPNs or other such technologies to bypass regional licensing. So while the methods listed above work right now, we cannot guarantee they will work forever.

If the methods and services outlined above have indeed stopped working by the time you read this, please share your insights in the comments below. We suspect the battle between Netflix and people bypassing their territorial licensing restrictions will be a game of cat and mouse for many years to come. Thus, any tips you can share with your fellow readers may prove invaluable.

If that’s too boring for you, how about sharing the best movie 10 of the Best Original Netflix Movies Worth Watching 10 of the Best Original Netflix Movies Worth Watching Not all of the original Netflix movies are good, of course, but many of them are. Here are some of the best original films that Netflix has funded to date. Read More or television show from your region. Add an IMDb link while you’re at it. It’ll be a fun way to discover new content from other regions! My recommendation is Ship of Theseus, available on Netflix USA, Australia, and India. Now, it’s your turn!

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  1. Jose
    August 5, 2018 at 12:16 am

    In Puerto Rico you can only access USA not fair because not all Puerto Ricans understand English...when I travel to Dominican Republic (25 minutes flight) you can see a very interesting not fair.

  2. Cameron Warren
    June 20, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    It's not that hard to access, for example, US Netflix content, just use a good working VPN. Thebestvpn has an article on which services are still not blocked and work smoothly, if interested - google it, it's very informative. I personally use NordVPN as it not only works with Netflix but is one of the most secure services you can find. I have a discount code 'save75', just not sure if it's not outdated yet.

  3. Netflix Viewer
    April 15, 2018 at 12:46 am

    This doesn't seem to work, but you can use VPN to add items to My List and then it seems they will play when you shut VPN off.

    • bobby
      August 10, 2018 at 12:42 am

      that doesn't work either

    • bobby
      August 10, 2018 at 12:43 am

      That doesn't work

  4. Lola
    March 10, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    I know I commented above but just in case I want ppl to see my little solution, since the VPN crackdown is ruining our lives and we the people should not be limited to knowledge regardless of region! I use to buy US iTunes credit, then get the Netflix app in the US iTunes Store and voila u have all the new shows! If you email the company and have trouble registering they help set up and provide US info for you to use, I love them ??

    • Monica
      June 5, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      I am familiar with this site too!!!!! They really are the best, I get US Visa Giftcards to register like a credit card on Netflix and have to admit at first I was worried because they asked for a lot of personal information to verify me as a customer. I saw their Facebook has a lot of good reviews so I TRIED IT AND IT WORKED lol this is great info to spread, thank you Lola !

  5. Anmol
    January 29, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Any other way to bypass the region since VPN isn't helping anymore?

  6. chris
    January 9, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Yeah netlfix blocks you form using vpns so that's not happening.

    • Anmol
      January 29, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      Hey Friend,

      If you find something pls do inform me. thanks

      • Lola
        March 10, 2018 at 7:41 pm

        I have a simple yet efficient solution, I too had issues with the VPN since they have updated their software and a friend recommended . It's cool cause they provide US billing info to access the US media! Its kinda annoying to verify your account, but once you do its really fast and easy to get ur credit and worth it. I always use it to buy new movies, music and apps in iTunes, including Netflix.

  7. Net94
    October 4, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Hi! Great article.
    We just moved from the UK to Switzerland and our programs now are horrible!
    how can we do this on a smart TV? and also a TV running on amazon fire-stick?

    thanks :)

  8. Nixiso
    September 29, 2017 at 6:18 am

    From Smartflix's website: "Smartflix has cancelled their service."

  9. Harley Quinn
    August 9, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I'm Nigerian, and I think it's just silly that we pay the same subscription fee as everyone else, and only get 10% of content. Less than 500 movies, less than 200 TV shows, and half of the already limited content is just rubbish!

  10. Shawn
    June 28, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Netflix has to make sure there's enough interest in content in a specific region to recoup their cost of buying that content. My takeaway from that nugget of information? Netflix truly believes people in America are stupid and will watch anything. The content here in the States truly sucks compared to the content in Canada. I was experimenting with their new option to download content (which is awesome--thank you Netflix) and while in Canada I was pushing off shows I would have loved to download, here in the States I had to scrounge just to find three movies I might want to watch sometime. Seriously, Netflix. Just give us the same stuff that you have up in Canada. We're smarter than you think we are.

  11. Loggins
    May 15, 2017 at 3:30 am

    I'm traveling from America to a couple of European countries and want to know if I can log into my Netflix account on my laptop I bring with me. Thoughts?

  12. Gabriel
    January 3, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    It's not working anymore

  13. ALEx
    December 30, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Netflix now can tell if you are using a proxy to watch stuff from another country. Is there a way to bypass this? I use SurfEasy VPN. Any help please reply below email. Thanks

  14. Wendy
    December 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    So if nothing works and your library is limited, watch what you want on illegal sites. I have an empty tablet I keep just for that purpose in case I catch a virus. You can watch literally anything in myriad sites across the world. I wouldn't mind paying a reasonable amount for watch anything, anywhere but with these restrictions, companies will only drive people to use unofficial sites. Tough on them!

    • Rahul
      July 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Which unofficial websites are you talking about?

    October 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I live in Japan.. No. of English movies are very limited in Japan... So i d like to get access for watching netflix library of US... How can i ?
    Hussssh........ Platform is my LG WebOS3.0 Smart TV which has installed netflix APP.....

  16. iwanbahaya
    September 25, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Sounds like an old article!

  17. angry ex-customer.
    September 18, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Paid IPVanish no longer words as netflix has gone all fascist. If i pay for a subscription, I should be allowed to watch it as i paid for the damn service. Well it turns out Netflix does not work in Bosnia where I am working. It just cut the VPN that has worked for the longest time. It should not be about contract with producers when i pay for the damn service. I can not even get on to cancel it.

  18. Alessandro Mazza
    September 7, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    We're sorry.
    As of April 22, 2016, Flixed will be shutting down. We sincerely appreciate all the support that you guys have given us.

    For any inquiries, please contact

    All the best,

    Flixed Team

  19. Bony
    September 3, 2016 at 8:25 am

    I use proxy from, and have no problems with netflix.

  20. Radaghan
    July 24, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Sadly, Netflix has begun forcing the content for the country your account is in rather than the country you're visiting. So, if you're signed up through the US but happen to be traveling through the Netherlands, you will no longer get the Netherlands library. You will only be able to access the US library. This sucks big time. I travel all over the world and enjoyed being able to view regional content based on where I was at at the time I accessed the service. Seeing the cultural differences provided insight into the peoples for the areas I visit. Now I'm stuck with being able to only watch the US library which is doesn't provide access to shows and seasons of shows that aren't being streamed in the US.

    • Zistersdorfer
      September 4, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      My experience is the opposite. At first I was psyched that Netflix worked here at all (last year it didn't for some reason; I chalked it up to not being viewable abroad, period). This year we're back vacationing in Austria, have a US account, but my daughter is unable to continue her Powerpuff Girls dependency. At first I thought Netflix just removed it as of September but friends back home assure me it's still viewable. Kind of frustrating! Although the peek into regional viewing habits (or predicted regional viewing habits, if I'm reading this article's reasoning correctly) is interesting, it's hard to forgo something you are paying for. Honestly, I think travelers should have both options.

    • Mo
      August 12, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      Just returned home to Canada after a visit to the UK. Had downloaded some content to my ipad before I left but was unable to watch it in the UK because it was not available on Netflix UK. So before we came home, I downloaded some uk content and was able to watch it at home provided I did not connect to my Wifi (I stayed in airplane mode until I had watched the movie).

  21. Baby$now
    July 9, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    I've tried all VPNs' and smart DNS' and none are working for more than a day before I get shut down. Heaven for bid a company would give it's customers what they want. Like watch uk movies is really going to hurt their customer base in US or UK...makes no sense to me.

  22. Thomas
    May 18, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I was fed up with all these Netflix rubbish. I tried different VPNs to access Netflix and none of them worked for more than 5 days. It was irritating. Then one of my friends suggest me to use Hide-My-IP and fortunately it is still working. Hope it will keep working.

  23. mohammed
    March 25, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    is this legal?

    • HANS
      August 28, 2016 at 12:52 pm


  24. Larry Horricks
    March 4, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Czech repblicc finally has netflix and the library is crap...I love to watch old star trek series, M.A.S.H. and other newer series I have never watched here in the Czech Republic. But they are available...Very few american TV show are. I was using a VPN successfully for well over a year but now im being blocked. Frankly the library here isnt worth paying for so i will be stopping my subscription.

  25. Donna
    January 27, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    I've been getting proxy error messages with HideMyAss since about an hour ago. It was working perfectly up till then! :(

  26. Sohrab
    January 19, 2016 at 3:25 pm is the best Netflix worldwide search engine I have used yet. You can filter by year, genre, IMDb score, Netflix rating, and you can search by title as well as cast and director too.

    • Anonymous
      June 17, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      I watch movies on. There you will find new items in 2016 in good quality

  27. Brian
    January 19, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    The timing of this article is odd. Netflix just announced ( that they will begin blocking VPN access more aggressively. Whether they do this through blacklisting or by some other means has not been announced.

    That said, I will be placing a Raspberry Pi running OpenVPN at my brother's house to help ensure I maintain Netflix access.

    • kirit
      July 28, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      How do I manage without a Raspberry Pi?

  28. Pat
    January 19, 2016 at 7:20 am

    I saw an article a couple of days ago saying that Netflix were planning to clamp down on people who avoid georestrictions. Currently using PIA and have had no problems for a year...fingers crossed.

  29. Tony
    January 19, 2016 at 1:22 am

    I use us-unblock. My favorite feature is that you can update the DNS on your router so everything that connects to the internet from your home (tablets, cell phones, laptops, Rokus, Smart Tv's etc) will look like they are in the country you want them to be in.

  30. gbswales
    January 19, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Looks like Netflix have started blocking proxies and Smartflix - when I try to run I get an error saying that I have a Proxy or Unblocker running - when I went to the link this is what I found

    Netflix says “You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again.”

    This error occurs 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 these types of connections are frequently used to bypass geolocation methods, you will not be able to stream when connected in this way.

    Disable any proxies, VPNs, or other software that might route your Internet traffic outside of your current region.
    For best results, we also recommend ensuring your device's network settings are set to Automatic.
    If you need assistance disconnecting from one of these services or returning your connection settings to their defaults, please contact your device manufacturer or internet service provider.

    I do wish these companies could turn a blind eye to this sort of thing

    • Antoinette Manker
      April 25, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Could you please tell me how to use us unblock for my Roku? Thanks!