Are VPNs Safe? How to legally watch Netflix shows blocked in the UK

Netflix regularly adds and removes our favorite shows from their platform, but did you know it’s still possible to watch many of these shows with a simple web browser add-on?

A “virtual private network” can be used to watch Netflix shows that are only available in other countries

Anyone who’s ever launched Netflix in another country will know that many of the shows available on the streaming giant can change depending on where you are in the world.

Aside from its original content, Netflix acquires the rights to stream movies and TV series for a limited time in each country where it operates. As a result, you may have seen your favorite show disappear from the site entirely.

In May alone, popular content such as Ben Stiller’s Zoolander, cult classic Sucker Punch and The Disaster Artist will no longer be available to stream in the UK.

Don’t worry because these shows and thousands more can still be watched with a simple web browser add-on that works much like an online pass.

Dubbed a “VPN,” short for Virtual Private Network, these services let you choose which country you want to connect to Netflix through — changing the catalog of content you have access to.

Is Using a VPN to Connect to Netflix Legal?

Yes, it is perfectly legal to use a VPN to connect to any streaming service and you will not face any legal consequences.

Contractually you have already paid for the Netflix service and if you physically travel to the country you are connecting from it would also be legal.

On a technical level, Netflix would have trouble telling the difference between connecting from that country and connecting through a VPN because your device connects to Netflix through an internet server in that country.

However, the streaming giant isn’t very keen on encouraging people to do so. According to their terms of service, such activity could result in your account being terminated – although there have been no reports of VPN users being kicked from the service.

How do I use a VPN?

A VPN also protects your identity online when you’re using a public Wi-Fi network


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There is a wide range of free and paid VPN services, ranging from simple browser extensions to more expensive options that allow Ultra HD streaming.

Many services, like ExpressVPN and Nord VPN, offer free trials or cheap signup deals, but it’s worth shopping around and reading user reviews before you download or buy anything.

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If you are looking for a specific show or want to see what content is available worldwide, there are many websites where you can search the international Netflix catalog such as: B. this one.

After that, all you have to do is choose which country you want to connect from. Once you load up Netflix, a whole world of content is at your fingertips.

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