Here we go again. You're not home, maybe on holidays, and you want to keep watching (or bingeing) the show you just started on Netflix. But as you lie on your hotel bed and check the library… Oh the horror, you can't find the damn thing! Welcome to a world restricted by television and movie rights. Good news is: You found the right place. In a few minutes, you'll be able to unblock Netflix UK. And get your dose of (insert genre here).
Why you can't watch UK Netflix abroad
It's very simple. The owners and/or the producers, sold the show to Netflix for a broadcast in the United Kingdom only. You have to be in the UK to watch the show (or in Europe, see below). If you're outside the UK, you won't have access to any show that's exclusive to our market. There won't be any error message like “The uploader has not made this video available in your country.” Nothing, just you don't get access to the UK library. But you get access to the library of the country where you are.
“House of Cards? What on earth is that? I want the real deal, I want House of Cards (UK), with Francis Urquhart! Where is my S1:E3 episode?” Ok, maybe I'm caricaturing. And you prefer a newer show. However, none of the UK catalog titles are available outside UK. But don't go party just yet (even if you probably should…), there's something you can do to unblock Netflix UK.
How to get UK Netflix: The solutions
Obviously some illegal solutions exist: Illegal streaming websites and torrent websites are the most popular. But these solutions have many drawbacks: First of all, piracy is a crime. Second, it requires someone (let's say a fan) to upload the episodes. Third, the quality is not always that good. And last but not least, opening UK Netflix and watch a show in HD is the real McCoy.
That's why I always recommend the same solution. It's 100% legal and you'll be able to watch UK Netflix abroad. And this miracle solution is: (drumroll) To use a VPN software. But what's a VPN? Basically, this software will manage all your data (both the ones you send and the ones you receive). The data will travel through a server located in the UK, instead of using the ISP's network.
Therefore, Netflix will get the IP address of the server in the UK (and not the IP address of your hotel's ISP). That means that Netflix will consider that you're located in the UK. And it will connect you to the UK library. Mission accomplished!
How much is a VPN to unblock Netflix UK?
Not much, but it's not free. You can find free VPNs, but they'll mostly fail to unblock Netflix UK. Or their speed will be too slow for a proper streaming. Make yourself a present and invest in a proper VPN to enjoy Netflix fully. If you're on holiday, you can subscribe for only a month. It's easy and you won't have any unpleasant surprise.
Most VPN services will cost you between £5 and £10 for a month. But if you subscribe for 6 months to 2 years, you can get much better prices, with over 50% discounts.
Can I only use it to watch UK Netflix abroad?
No, with a VPN you can unblock Netflix UK. But you can also unblock all content that is geographically blocked. If you use a UK server, you'll access all the UK content: Netflix, but also BBC (Peaky Blinders, Top Gear…). If you use a US server, you'll access all the US content, etc. All that with a single subscription.
I must also mention that a VPN increases your privacy and your security on the Internet. You'll be able to surf anonymously and to protect your data from hackers and governments.
With some VPNs you can increase your broadband, you can limit the data used on your phone, you can download torrents or you can play online.
The possibilities are unlimited, really.
Is it safe for my data?
It depends. I can't vouch for the free VPNs. You know the saying: “If you're not paying for it, you become the product”. Your navigation data have a value for companies and marketers. Some unscrupulous companies might use them for commercial purpose…
For the VPN software I review on this website, there's no risk. None. These companies won't collect your data. Most of them were created as a mean to fight against surveillance and censorship online. They value your privacy and security. You should know that all large companies use this kind of software to secure the internet connections of their employees when they're abroad.
The best VPN to watch UK Netflix
To rank the best VPN for Netflix, I focused on these three criteria: First criterion is the simplicity. I know you want a simple software, you may not be a geek. I prefer a software that is launched once and forgotten. The second criterion is as important as the first one: The speed of the service. Indeed, as you watch a video, you need to have a perfect connection and a high speed. Otherwise, you'll see the loading screen way too much. The last criterion is important, but not that much if you're on holidays: It's the value for money. We're talking about a £5 difference here… As long as you get it done, you'll have the value for the money.
The end of roaming for UK Netflix in Europe
On April 1st 2018 – it's not an April fool's joke – a new European regulation on cross-border portability of online services entered into force. And it requires content providers like Netflix to give you access to your content wherever you travel in Europe. So if you travel to a European country, you'll be able to watch UK Netflix abroad, with exactly the same content and subtitles. And you won't have access to the local Netflix library (French in France or German in Germany, for example).
While it sounds nice at first, the other side of the coin is that you can't access any other European library anymore… So if you're an English expat living in Spain, with a Spanish account, you won't be able to watch UK Netflix anymore. Even with a VPN… Because you'll get the Spanish library! So no matter where you connect your VPN in Europe, you'll get the content from where you've registered your Netflix account.
As a result, if you realized you can't unblock Netflix UK anymore, I'd recommend you to cancel the subscription with your local account. And to create a new account in the UK, using a VPN. Or – and that could be even better – you can create an American account. And get access to any European library! Because American accounts aren't covered by the limitations of European accounts.
Here I'll show you how to subscribe to a US Netflix account:
- Subscribe to a VPN with an American server, compatible with Netflix
- Connect to an American server
- Visit Netflix.com
- Register with a NEW email address
- Enter an American ZIP code (90210 if you wonder…)
- Use your credit card to subscribe
- Enjoy your US account that gives you access to all Netflix libraries in the world (with a VPN of course)
Concretely, how to get Netflix UK?
Sorry about that, I write a lot. But I'm trying to help you here! Let's see how to get UK Netflix from abroad. This is a very simple step-by-step guide to use Netflix with VPN. And it should work with most VPN services. Let me know if you're stuck somewhere. Of course, I don't want you to miss the last Planet Earth.
- Choose a VPN software from my list above (honestly those are all worthy)
- Click on the “WEBSITE” button to access the VPN official website
- Create an account and subscribe to the service
- Download, install, and launch the software (easy as pie so far)
- In the software select a server in the UK
- Click on the “Connect” button
- Go back to Netflix, login
This is a miracle! Now you know how to get Netflix UK. It feels like home again. But don't forget to get out of your hotel room tomorrow. It would be a shame if you missed your flight.
This was my guide: How to unblock Netflix UK from abroad? Stay tuned for more articles coming soon.