Have you ever wanted to watch just that one show you know Netflix has, but you couldn’t? You’re essentially paying for a catalog that you don’t get full access to thanks to Netflix’s region exclusivity deals.
That doesn’t mean you can’t still access them, though! You can have instant-access to Netflix’s entire catalog of movies or shows with the help of a reliable VPN.
A closer look at region-locking
Region-locking is a pretty common practice among media streaming sites. Whether it’s Netflix, Hulu, or some other service, these companies restrict access to certain programming based on region.
For streaming services, the only effective method to dive in to a different region’s media is to physically change your location… or make it appear you’re connecting from another country. Modifying your IP through a VPN will make it appear as if you are connecting from a different region.
Region-locks restrict access to content YOU pay for
Okay, that’s wonderful, but you’re not a media pirate and you just want to be able to watch Portlandia while on vacation in Germany. How can you get around arbitrary region-locking that is clearly not meant to restrict you, the paying customer?
Since region-locks are almost exclusively based on geolocation data based on your IP, you just need to change it to a more region-friendly location. The easiest and most effective way to do this is through a VPN service like Surfshark.
Shows available in the United States
The United States enjoys the largest selection of available content of any Netflix based region. Most of Netflix’s library can be viewed by users within the United States.
Here’s an example of some of the shows available in the United States that may not be available anywhere else.
|Nature: Animals With Cameras||I’m Sorry||The Nineties|
|The Office (U.S.)||Portlandia||Twilight Zone (Original Series)|
|The Borgias||Star-Crossed||The Eighties|
|Into the Badlands||Houdini||The 4400|
|Nuestra Lucha Libre||Save Our Shelter||Hotel Transylvania|
|Safe||Ice Road Rescue||Mega Truckers|
|Paranormal Survivor||The Supervet: Bionic Specials||True Justice|
|Wild Ones||Yago||Homeland: Iraq Year Zero|
|Secrets of the SAS: In Their Own Words||The Apartment||A User’s Guide to Cheating Death|
|The Returned||Wild District||Adam Ruins Everything|
|Nikita||Earth’s Natural Wonders: Life at the Extremes||The Carbonaro Effect|
|A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories||Civilizations||Kingdoms of the Sky|
|History’s Greatest Hoaxes||Yukon Gold||Imposters|
|Animal Airport||The Five||Cold Justice|
|The Murder Detectives||Monkey Planet||Forces of Nature|
|Dead Set||Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell||Underworld, Inc.|
Shows available in the U.K.
Great Britain also enjoys one of the largest available Netflix libraries, with a ton of unique offerings only available within Britain. This includes a number of shows that only aired within the isles and are currently only viewable with a British IP address.
|U.K.: Ultimate Beastmaster Great Britain||Wild Australia||Little Boy Blue|
|Prime Suspect 1973||The Durrells||Porridge|
|The Great British Bake Off||Bear Grylls’ Survival School||Victoria|
|Beyond||Rillington Place||Almost Royal|
|Plebs||Making of the Mob: New York||Stag|
|The Doll Life||One Bad Choice||Last Call Food Brawl|
|America’s Got Talent||Love Island||Diana: Seven Days That Shook the World|
|Seraph of the End||Upstart Crow||Live from the BBC|
|The League of Gentlemen||Elfen Lied||I’m Alan Partridge|
|Prime Suspect||I Own Britain’s Best Home||Class|
|Harry Enfield and Chums||Floogals||Cold Feet|
|New Blood||Sam Faiers: The Mummy Diaries||A Bit of Fry and Laurie|
|Unforgotten||French and Saunders||Joel and Nish vs The World|
|Britain’s Darkest Taboos||Smart Phone||White Chapel|
|The Secret Agent||Outsiders||Underground|
|Stupid Man||Cook Your Ass Off||Hey Duggee|
|Emergency||How The World Ends||Dickensian|
|Him and Her||Hell’s Kitchen||The Thick of It|
Shows available in France
France enjoys a quirk among the various viewing regions; they have an extensive selection of hard-to-find Anime titles. There are a number of Japanese anime titles that French Netflix users get almost exclusively almost no other region in the world has access to outside of Japan.
|Lastman||Junjo Romantica||Sekaiichi Hatuskoi|
|Spice and Wolf||Undercover||Saint Seiya|
|Gangsta||Ghost in the Shell:Arise – Alternative Architecture||Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures|
|Serangoon Road||Wolfblood||From Me to You|
|The Last Exile||Rock Lee||Hero Corp|
|Death Parade||Lucifer||Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures|
|The Tatami Galaxy||Kenshin Tsuioku Hen||Nisemonogatari|
|Basilisk||Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash||Lupin the Third Part 4|
|Log Horizon||Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing||Samurai 7|
|Three Times Manon||The Mick||All Out!!|
|Hunter X Hunter||The Invaders||Another|
|Scream Queens||Team Chocolate||Trio|
|Candice Renoir||Parasyte: The Maxim||When They Cry: Kai|
|Shigurui: Death Frenzy||Lockup: County Jails||March Comes in Like a Lion|
|Prison School||Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma||Gate|
|Kenshin Seisou Hen||When They Cry||Hero Corp|
|Elizabeth 1: The Virgin Queen||Lazy Company||Chefs|
Shows available in Japan
Japan gets a huge selection of Anime titles, some of which can’t be found outside the Japanese viewing region. In addition to a wide selection of Anime shows and movies, users with a Japanese IP also get access to a number of region-specific Japanese language shows that aren’t found anywhere else in the Netflix catalog.
|Sword Art Online Alicization||A Certain Magical Index III||That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime|
|Guardian: The Lonely and Great God||The Princess Wei Young||Ossan’s Love|
|Marriage Contract||Dragon Ball Super||Something about 1%|
|Sirius the Jaeger||Shopping King Louis||Prime Minister and I|
|The Girl in Twilight||The Bride of Habaek||Inazuma Eleven Ares|
|DARLING in the FRANXX||Kirakira Precure A La Mode||KoKo Gurentai|
|Blue Exorcist -Kyoto Saga-||Gegege no Kitaro 6||Yokohama Black|
|Citrus||Mitsuboshi Colors||Kimi wa Pet|
|The Idolmaster||Love That Makes You Cry||Mobile Suit Gundam AGE|
|Setoutsumi||Ingress: The Animation||Headhunter|
|Monster||Bloom Into You||Inazuma Eleven: The Seal of Orion|
|Yuri on Ice||Radiant||Goblin Slayer|
|Cinderella and the Four Nights||SSSS.Gridman||The Supporting Actors 2|
|From Miyamoto to You||Signal||School Counselor|
|Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files||Kaeshi||Hi Score Girl|
|Caligula||Magical Girl Ore||One Piece|
|Turn a Gundam||Rage of Bahamut: Genesis||The World God Only Knows|
|Dies Irae||She Was Pretty||Kinmoza!|
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can I unblock Netflix on my mobile device?
Surfshark offers both an Android and iPhone VPN application so that you can enjoy unrestricted internet, even when you’re away from home. Simply log in, pick a server, and watch your shows!
2. Will using a VPN affect my streaming experience?
Our high-speed servers are able to stream content without buffering or causing a drop in quality.
3. Why do streaming companies region-lock shows and movies?
Production companies and third-party distributors spend a lot of money to market, distribute, and produce content.
The reality is that not every country has strict standards for copyright laws, and limiting the locations these products can be viewed in has shown to reduce the ease with which movies and games can be pirated.
That’s not the only reason for region-locking. Sometimes it just doesn’t make financial sense to provide viewing access to certain titles in every region.
4. Does this violate my Terms of Service with Netflix?
Netflix makes it pretty clear that while they don’t endorse the use of a VPN to view region-locked content, it’s not something they don’t allow, either. So as far as the service itself is concerned, you’re in the green.