Netflix made a surprise announcement last week extending its services to 130 countries, including South Korea. Its video streaming services are now available in 190 countries total, spiking company¹s shares by 9 percent.
However, many are concerned that the international Netflix cannot offer the same library of shows and movies. For example, Australian Netflix selection of shows pales in comparison to American video library: there are about 7,000 more titles available on American Netflix. The same goes for Britain, Canada, and other older Netflix countries. The reason is because Netflix doesn¹t have global rights to some of its originals shows, like ³House of Cards.² While the company is negotiating global licenses, most of its users around the world remain left out for the time being from watching some of the best shows that Netflix has to offer.
So as Netflix brings exciting entertainment options to South Korea, there will also be frustrating limitations to what can be watched compared to U.S. selection.
There is also the other side of the coin. If you are from South Korea, and go on vacation to the U.S. or to any other country, you will not be able to access many of the shows and movies that were specifically targeted to South Korea.
These geographically-based restrictions are taking away the freedom of watching what we want from where we want. How is one tracked if they connect to one of these services from a ³wrong² country? When a user goes online, their IP address reveals their location. It¹s a unique address that their current wifi hotspot provides, giving away their current country, region and town. As a result, that user will not be able to access American Netflix from another country, including South Korea.
Those who want to have total freedom of watching Netflix without geographical restrictions, have one solution: VPN (Virtual Private Network) services. A VPN service links user¹s computer and Internet to a server in a country of their choice - so that person can appear to be in the U.S., while they actually are in South Korea, and vice versa. With a VPN, they can access most streaming services without limitations - and that includes Netflix, Spotify, Pandora, Hulu, YouTube and so on.
VPN service (legally) hides a true geographical location by masking user¹s IP address with the IP address of the server that they connect to. So when the streaming site looks at their IP, it will see the IP of the VPN server that person is using the Internet through and not the true IP.
VPNs also offer security by encrypting all data shared between the Internet and a user¹s system, so none of the data can be compromised.
NordVPN is one of the world¹s most advanced VPN service providers. The company has recently released a Mac app that is extremely user friendly. With a click of the ³ON² button a user connects to the fastest server in the country of their choice. With SmartPlay option users can connect to any server and immediately see all available resources ready for streaming - no need to connect to different servers for each option.
Instructions to connect to U.S. Netflix with NordVPN
If you have a Netflix account already in South Korea and would like to access U.S. Netflix movie/TV show library, follow these steps:
Download a NordVPN app or set up NordVPN on a specific device
Set your connection to one of U.S. Servers
Go to Netflix website
Log in with your user information
In the world where people move freely between countries, the content they want to stream should also be open for watching, wherever they are.
For more information on NordVPN¹s services, please visit www.nordvpn.com. To download new Mac app by NordVPN, visit https://nordvpn.com/download/mac.