Because of copyright agreements, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and other streaming media providers cannot broadcast all content outside of the USA. This means: many movies and shows are blocked to users in the UK, Canada, South America, Australia, Asia, and Europe. This geographical enforcement is managed by reading your user login IP address and tracing it to its country of origin. Each country has its own Netflix library, and some shows are unique to different areas.

With a VPN, you can watch your country’s Netflix library securely without ISP throttling.

A VPN service encrypts your IP address and keeps your browsing session private. This was a preferred method to bypass Netflix access-control until recently, when the streaming service started detecting and blocking VPNs.

Netflix operates as a separate entity in each country because when it buys the rights of a movie, it has to write a separate contract for each country. It is, therefore, legally bound to restrict cross-border access.

Using a VPN service to bypass this restriction is unlawful to a certain extent. Netflix has tight control over VPNs, and can easily detect and block these proxy servers. That hasn’t stopped people from trying to come up with other workarounds. Whenever Netflix blocks one workaround, VPN services come up with another.

By using a VPN service, you can manipulate your machine’s IP address to be from within the USA, therein unlocking access to more Netflix and Pandora streams. You will need to configure your television movie player or mobile device to use the VPN connection, but if you are a streaming fan, then the effort and cost of a VPN are worth it.