Don’t pay for a private VPN service when you can watch Netflix outside the US for free!
Netflix instant streaming is only available within the US. If you’re living abroad or travelling and want to watch Netflix while you’re away you can get around the location block by using a VPN (Virtual private Network). A VPN routes all your internet traffic through a server located in the United States which will trick Netflix into thinking you’re in the US. Now you can enjoy watching Netflix outside the US. There is more, if you want to watch Netflix outside the US for free you’ll need to dig a little further.Most people who have gotten this far in their quest to watch Netflix abroad opt for using a paid VPN service which runs anywhere from $7/month to $50-60/year. There is another way around paying for a VPN service.
First go to privatetunnel.com (or you can google free vpn servers and use a different one if you’d like but their service works fine for me). Sign up on their website for their free VPN account, this gives you access to 100mb of data using their VPN server (don’t worry about the 100/mb limit we will get to that in a second). Install their software and connect to your new free VPN!
Next go to Netflix in your browser. You should no longer be seeing the message “Netflix is currently not available in your area” message. You can now browse to any movie you want and fire up their instant streaming service. Now the 100mb limit is nowhere near close enough data to watch Netflix outside the US but it will get halfway there.
Now for the trick!
Play your movie and when the loading screen comes up, wait for it to get to about 50%, go to your task bar and disconnect from the free VPN server. Your connection to Netflix will not be interrupted and your movie will begin playing shortly!
Enjoy watching Netflix outside the US without paying for a VPN! Next time you hear someone wishing they could watch Netflix outside the US be sure to tell them how to do it.
UPDATE: I’ve written a new post about streaming Netflix outside the US. While this method still works perfectly fine I found it much more convenient to sign up for an account with StrongVPN instead of using this workaround.