What Is Netflix?
Netflix is a media streaming service that started in the USA and has now gone worldwide and is present in over 10 different countries.
How Does Netflix Work?
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 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 Italy (netflixitaliacatalogo), although they will share a general content catalog.
A Virtual Private Network (or VPN) uses an intermediate server to encrypt and protect the data that you put out on the internet. The network will hide your IP address, or you can choose the IP address (or more precisely, the country) that you will have while you surf the internet.
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.
How Does A VPN Help Unlock Netflix Content?
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 (netflix Italia) and watch their streaming content. This essentially allows you to connect to any country’s Netflix content from where ever you are in the world.
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.