Netflix made a surprise announcement extending its services to 130 countries, including Africa. 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 as the company doesn’t have global rights to some of its originals shows, like “House of Cards.” For example, Australian Netflix selection of shows pales in comparison to American video library: there are about 7,000 more titles available in the U.S.
Netflix comes to Africa bringing exciting entertainment options, but also frustrating limitations to what can be watched compared to the U.S. selection.
There is also the other side of the coin. If you are from one of African countries, 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 your country.
How is one tracked if they connect to one of these services from a “wrong” country? When a user goes online, their IP address reveals their location. As a result, that user will not be able to access American Netflix from another country, including all African countries.
Those who want to have total freedom of legally watching Netflix without geographical restrictions, have one solution: VPN (Virtual Private Network) services. A VPN service links user’s 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 Africa, 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 hides a true geographical location by masking user’s 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. VPNs also offer security by encrypting all data shared between the Internet and a user¹s system, so none of the data can be compromised.
If you have a Netflix account already in Africa and would like to access U.S. Netflix movie/TV show library, download a NordVPN app or set up NordVPN on a specific device.