VPN’s have helped so much when it comes to unlocking the full potential of online streaming as well as torrenting. Without VPN’s, most of the world would not be able to access certain torrent sites and also the full content of Netflix and other official streaming sites like Amazon and BBC, etc.
It used to be that you could access the American version of Netflix (that has the full general catalog) from anywhere in the world, all you had to do was make an account. Now it doesn’t matter what account you have, it depends on which country you register that account in (and that means what your IP address is at the time of registration).
For instance, if I make a Netflix account while I am on holiday in Italy, I will be registered for Netflix Italy. However, if I return to my home in the UK (carrying on the example above) and I want to access Netflix Italy then I wouldn’t be able to (even though I registered my account in Italy).
The content that Netflix has is also dependent on which country you are watching from (or more technically, which IP address they detect you are watching from). So Netflix in America or Netflix in the UK will have a different catalog of content compared to Netflix France, although they share a general content catalog.
A VPN can change where the world sees that you’re connected to by changing your IP address. This means that you can be using the internet in India, for example, and if you are using a VPN to hide your IP address then others won’t be able to see that you are connected to the internet in India. Or if you instead decided to change your IP address (to one in America for example), others would see that you are connected to the internet in America, but you are in India.
As mentioned above, you need to be present in a certain country if you want to browse the catalog of content that is specific to that country’s Netflix services. But what if they thought you were in another country?
You can use a VPN to change your IP address to that of the country’s in which you want to watch the Netflix content. So, for example, let’s say you want to watch the Italian Netflix content, but you live in the UK. You can use a VPN to make it seem as if you are connected to the internet in Italy and therefore access Netflix Italy and watch their streaming content. Using a VPN to watch Netflix will also make it more secure but since Netflix is a trusted application, the extra security is not actually needed. For more information on what VPN is right for you, see the miglior vpn website.