Netflix – the glorious meeting point between Television and Torrenting. The whole world seems to have fallen in love with the streaming platform, yet not everyone can make use of it. No one is stopping you from getting a Netflix subscription, regardless of where you are in the world, but the truth is not all libraries are the same. Most people want access to Netflix US, where content is virtually endless.
In recent years, Netflix got a lot more hostile towards VPN services. As a result of their blocking efforts, many providers have simply given up. But don‘t despair – there are still a good few who‘ll get you where you need to go. NordVPN is one of them!
NordVPN Netflix field testing
As mentioned, many don’t get past the ‘does it even work?’ point.
First, we tried streaming Netflix US from Europe. The idea was to pick a number of servers at various distances from our European location and try watching one of those awesome shows everyone’s talking about. None of the servers we tried were blocked by Netflix and we were able to stream without any issue. Perhaps more surprisingly, with Playback Settings on ‘High’, there were no interruptions or buffering issues, even using servers on the other side of the American continent.
The NordVPN Netflix key is just as effective in other popular locations. We tried it with:
- United Kingdom (UK)
All Netflix Europe locations and Canada worked flawlessly as expected. Japan was slower due to its significant distance from Europe, but it still worked, and Australia was slower still. When connected to an Australian server, we had to wait approximately 20 seconds for the show to buffer, after which it was smooth sailing. Of course, if you’re the kind of person who likes to skip backward and forwards, it might get frustrating.
We’ve already established the absence of NordVPN Netflix troubles, but we’d also like to give you some numbers. In 2016, Netflix launched their own free speed test (https://fast.com) to measure users’ connections to Netflix servers. We’ll skip the more obscure details and focus on download speed.
According to the Netflix website, the recommended download speeds are:
- 0.5 Megabits per second – Required broadband connection speed
- 1.5 Megabits per second – Recommended broadband connection speed
- 3.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for SD quality
- 5.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for HD quality
- 25 Megabits per second – Recommended for Ultra HD quality
Keep in mind that the ‘High’ Playback Setting is either HD or Ultra HD, depending on your connection speed.
Our regular speed for reference and connection speeds with different NordVPN servers:
As you can see, at 33 Mbps, the speed on NordVPN US servers is more than enough to stream Ultra HD Netflix content. The same can be said about Canada (30 Mbps). Japan (6.1 Mbps) and Australia (4.4 Mbps) are too slow for Ultra HD but passable (as our NordVPN Netflix field tests have shown) for HD. Europe is completely fine regardless of location (the speeds are well into the 50-60 Mbps range).
A word of caution before you guys start poking us with pitchforks. The speeds should be considered as a percentage of your regular download speed – if you have a worse connection than we do, your VPN speeds will accordingly be lower. Additionally, we’re quite confident that these speeds (or, rather, percentages) should apply for more or less the entire region of Europe, but we’re not sure how they’ll hold up somewhere else!
How to use NordVPN for Netflix?
So, you’ve already subscribed for and installed NordVPN (if you haven’t, more detailed instructions are available in our NordVPN Review). and now you want a piece of that sweet promo video content.
You can subscribe to Netflix on their website. It’s simple:
- Go to Netflix.com and click “Join FREE for a month”.
- Choose one of 3 pricing plans: Basic, Standard, or Premium.
- Create an account using your email address.
- Enter your payment details.
Now it’s time to decide which Netflix library you want to access. Let’s say you’d like to use Netflix US – the most popular location.
For that, you will just have to connect to one of NordVPN’s US servers. There are a few ways you can do this:
- Just click on the US in the NordVPN map.
- Go to ‘Countries’ and find the United States on the list. Hover over the US and click the on/off button.
- If you want to connect to a specific server, hover over the entry for the United States in the list of countries and click the ‘List’ button. This will open the server list, which you can order by proximity, load, alphabetical order, or by how good they are specifically for you.
Believe it or not, that’s it – isn’t the NordVPN-Netflix combination awesome?