Last Updated on October 27, 2023
It was in 2015 that Netflix expanded it’s network onto a truly global platform, adding over 150 countries to it’s reach. Your Netflix account could be used in just about every developed country in the world with only a few exceptions like North Korea and Iran. However although it could be argued that a Netflix account was global that didn’t mean you had complete control over the programmes that you were able to watch.
The main problem people who travel a lot have with their Netflix accounts is that what they can see is largely determined by their physical location. For example if you take out a Netflix subscription in the US and then travel to France, when you sign on to your account you will see the French version of Netflix not the US one. Of course, the French version of Netflix is very different to the US version and obviously contains more French and European content. If you’re a fluent French speaker this might not be a problem, but if you’re half way through a US only boxed set only available in the USA then it might just be.
The reality is that the US version of Netflix has far and away the largest range of content available. In fact compared to some smaller countries you’ll find literally thousands more movies, TV series and documentaries. All this disappears as soon as you travel outside the geographical borders of the United States. Cross over to Canada for example and the same thing will happen, when you log onto Netflix you’ll be redirected to the Canadian version of the site.
So Can I Watch US Netflix in Canada in 2017?
Actually there is a way to control which version of Netflix you see as you can see in the following video:
Simply by using a VPN server to hide your real location, you can actually access the US version of Netflix from Canada or anywhere else for that matter. In fact many people will open a Netflix account in Europe and then only ever watch the US version. You can’t blame them, when you see the amount of movies on the US version of Netflix compared to other countries you’ll be amazed.
For instance, I love the Zombie apocalypse program Z Nation which is available on Netflix. However whenever I check in most European countries there’s only a single series. Whereas on the US version of Netflix you can find four series available for streaming or downloading. This is quite common, you’ll often find that the non-US versions of Netflix are several series behind on many popular shows.
The only time these restrictions are lifted is with content produced directly by Netflix because they own the copyright and distribution rights. So as their model switches more towards Netflix produced movies and shows then this will be slightly less of an issue. However until then if you want to watch the best version and access US Netflix in Canada or any other country in 2017 then you should check out a VPN service.
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