How to Watch Everything on Netflix in Any Country Internationally

Mihir Patkar Updated 15-11-2018

For anyone who loves movies and TV shows, Netflix is a must-have. The video streaming giant is available in 190 countries. Unfortunately, the Netflix library isn’t the same everywhere. But there are a few tricks to get access to other libraries, e.g. watch Netflix USA when you’re in the UK.


You might be surprised to find that Netflix has different movies and TV shows available for streaming in different countries. 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 Internationally?

According to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, the Netflix library or catalog differs in each country because of territorial licensing. Here’s how it 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 an 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? 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 US, the UK, India, and other regions will watch Star Wars to recover the expense of buying the rights.

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


If Netflix’s research shows an interest for Star Wars in both the US 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, US 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 region.

Netflix is trying hard to secure international 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 access to different Netflix libraries.

How to Watch Netflix From a Different Country

couple on couch watching Netflix


The good news is that it’s actually pretty easy to watch the Netflix library from a different country. Our ultimate guide to 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  notes that you can access any country’s library by using virtual private networks (VPNs). There’s also another technology called DNS tunneling or Smart DNS. Both routes serve the same end purpose: they make Netflix think your device is in a different region to the one you are actually in.

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

Check this article on live TV streaming services for more options.

Changing Your Country by Using Netflix With a VPN

ExpressVPN setup to watch Netflix


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

Netflix is available on all platforms, which gives you some freedom in choosing a reputable VPN that works for you. (Netflix is vigilant about VPN usage and blocks most free VPNs, but many paid VPN services still work.) The process is the same for all of them:

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

Not all paid VPNs are equal. For the best chance of success, we recommend using ExpressVPN (use this link to get up to 49% off).

Watching Netflix From Another Country With Smart DNS

With things like YouTube, it’s better to use Smart DNS services to watch region-blocked videos. But Netflix has made it harder than ever to use Smart DNS to access another country’s catalog.


The advantage of using this technology is that unlike VPN, Smart DNS does not route data through an intermediary server between you and Netflix, so it’s faster. This is especially evident with high-quality streams like 4K videos.

But unlike VPNs, your options are severely limited if you want to use a Smart DNS for Netflix. The only one that still works is Smart DNS Proxy, and that too supports mainly the U.S. and Canadian Netflix catalogs.

Right now, unless you have some specific other reasons apart from Netflix to pay for Smart DNS Proxy, we recommend paying for a good VPN instead.

How to Find What’s Available in Netflix Regions

uNoGS is a universal search engine for Netflix catalogues in any country

So, now you know how to watch Netflix from other countries, but that still leaves one problem. How do you search for a movie to know which country’s Netflix you can stream it on? That’s where uNoGS comes in.

This web app searches Netflix libraries 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.

You can filter your search results by IMDb rating, the year the film was released in, the genre, and other categories. And of course, you can choose which of the 28 countries on offer you want to search in.

Visit: uNoGS 

Which VPNs Work With Netflix?

Netflix is routinely cracking down on VPNs, making it difficult to bypass regional licensing. So while the methods listed above work right now, we cannot guarantee they will work forever. However, we do regularly check on what methods are still functioning, so it’s worth bookmarking this article.

Overall, ExpressVPN and Private VPN are among our favorite options. The first always works with Netflix US, which is one of the best catalogs among all countries. And Private VPN supports the most number of countries for Netflix libraries. You can try either of them with a free trial, or check our updated list to find which VPNs still work with Netflix Which VPNs Still Work With Netflix? Netflix is cracking down on VPNs, but there are a few that still work. Here are the best VPNs to use with Netflix. Read More .

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  1. MadUser
    October 17, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Yup, agree with every advice here, I was furious when after paying for Netflix I noticed I don't have access to all content. Right now I'm unlocking it using Surfshark, used a few bigger VPN providers before, but their IPs tend to get banned by Netflix, so switched to this one, no problems so far. I'm not happy I have to pay even more for an open internet, but to be honest, I paid only 30e for a 1-year plan using "columbusday" coupon, I think that's pretty cheap. Most importantly their server speed was enough for HD stream, not really using VPN for anything else.

  2. John Vlcan
    October 17, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Netflix has included films that promote sodomy, pedophilia and suicide. Now they are promoting outright Satanism.

    A new series, "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" focuses on the life of a 'half-human, half-witch' that is trying to decide between remaining a witch or being 'normal' in high school. This is an unabashed promotion of Satanism and witchcraft as something normal and acceptable.

    • Trevor
      July 16, 2020 at 3:16 am

      Exactly! What a great time to be alive.

  3. albert
    October 16, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    NordVPN is the best VPN for Netflix streaming. I'm using it more than a year and it never disappointed me, runs without buffering, blocking or speeds drop. More, the price is inexpensive with the coupon code 66OFF

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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 giftcards2u.com 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 !

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

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

  9. 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 giftcards2u.com . 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.

  10. 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 :)

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

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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?

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

    It's not working anymore

  16. 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

  17. 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.....

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

    Sounds like an old article!

  20. 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.

  21. 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 thenuka@admark.co.

    All the best,

    Flixed Team

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

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

  23. 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).

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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

    is this legal?

    • HANS
      August 28, 2016 at 12:52 pm


  27. 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.

  28. 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! :(

  29. Sohrab
    January 19, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Unogs.com 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

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

    The timing of this article is odd. Netflix just announced (http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/14/10767982/netflix-blocking-proxies-vpn-country-restrictions) 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?

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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!