Updated: May 1, 2017
- First setup a VPN account
- Then download + install the VPN software to the device you will watch Amazon Prime in France on
- Next, open the VPN software and connect to a location that you want the Amazon Prime version of (e.g. connect a US-based server to get the US version of Amazon Prime)
- Either login to your existing Amazon Prime account or setup a new one for the location you have connected to the VPN through
- Enjoy Amazon Prime in France
How to watch Amazon Prime in France
in more detail:
I was pretty excited when the boss asked me to go and run a project out of our Paris office for the next 2 years. I had taken the ‘Missus’ to Paris twice for very successful romantic breaks and she was excited at the chance to get to know the city better. The money was a big improvement on what I was on and a free apartment was thrown in as well.
I was even told my lack of French wasn’t a problem as the office operated in English. Everything was set up perfect for me. The only thing I missed was entertainment. All the TV in France is, understandably, in French and most of the films are either dubbed into French or covered with very annoying subtitles which I have always found distracting.
I agonized for a while over which online subscription service to use to solve my problem. All the French versions were hopeless, so it would have to be the real deal. Then I read some news which made my mind up for me. Jeremy Clarkson and the British Top Gear team had signed up for Amazon Prime. Well if it was good enough for my favorite presenters, it was good enough for me too.
Only problem was, Amazon Prime seemed to be restricted in Paris. A bit of research soon led me to my solution, and it was called ExpressVPN.
Why is Amazon Prime not available in France?
The UK version of Amazon Prime is not available in France because of the issue of rights. The content that Amazon streams is mostly owned by production companies who sell Amazon the rights to use it. These rights are sold by country, so whilst Amazon may hold he rights to show a particular show in the US, it does not mean they have the rights to show the same show in France.
Therefore, they have to restrict access to the site in other countries in order to ensure that they are not broadcasting shows in places where they do not hold the rights to do so.
And to do this they use something known as geo-blocking.
How is Amazon Prime Blocking Access in France?
Geo-blocking is a pretty simple technology that involves websites and streaming services like Amazon Prime analyzing the IP Address of each of their users. An IP Address is a data set which everyone using the internet broadcasts to each and every website they visit. It contains various bits of information, including details of your geographic location.
So Amazon Prime will look at your IP Address and if it indicates that you are located in Paris rather than the US, it will not allow you to access your account and stream content there.
The only way to evade geo-blocking is by changing your IP Address to fool sites into thinking you are in different countries. And the best way to do this is by using a VPN.
VPNs work by rerouting your internet activity via a server located overseas and in doing so changing the IP Address received by websites you visit from your machines to that of the server. Therefore, if you connect to a UK-based server while in France, Amazon Prime will still believe you are in the US, and their geo-blocking will not be triggered. This means you can use Amazon Prime as usual.
The best VPN for streaming Amazon Prime in France is, in my view, ExpressVPN, and if you read on I will explain the very simple steps by which you can do this.
How to Use a VPN to Watch Amazon Prime in France
Step 1: Sign up for VPN
First off you will need to visit the ExpressVPN website to sign up with them. You can do this by clicking any of the links you can see on this page.
Once there, you will need to choose which of their subscription packages you want to sign up for. After making your choice, you will be taken to their payment page where you can follow the simple instructions to pay for your package. Don’t worry too much about this. ExpressVPN offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if you are not completely happy with their service.
Once you have paid, you will need to click on a link sent to your email address, and they your account will be enabled.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN
Once you have confirmed your account, you will be invited to choose an option from the menu below to download the ExpressVPN software. As you can see they support almost all devices so all you have to do is make the correct choice, click on the link, and follow the simple instructions to download, and then install, ExpressVPN.
Once the software has downloaded, and installed, all you need to do is open it up.
Step 3: Connect to US-based Server on VPN
When the ExpressVPN user interface opens up, all that is left for you to do is choose which server you want to connect to. If you are looking to connect to Amazon Prime, you will need to choose one of their US-based servers. It doesn’t matter which but if you are in France, East Coast servers will generally be a bit quicker than West Coast ones.
Click on the connection and wait a few moments while ExpressVPN connects you. Then you are ready to go. Here's how this looks on my Android device:
Step 4: Setup Amazon Prime Account
If you are already an Amazon Prime user then all that is left for you to do is log into your account as usual.
If you are new to the service, you will need to sign up. This can be done at the Amazon.com website as usual, and the service accepts Visa and Mastercard credit cards from anywhere, so payment is easy. All you will need to do is provide a US postal address, but this can be any address as Amazon are not in the habit of checking.
And once you have done that, you are ready to go.
With this method I have been able to watch anything I like on Amazon Prime… although I am still waiting for Clarkson and Co. to make their debuts.
Please do leave any comments you may have about your experiences using this process in the comment boxes below.
And if you are not sure ExpressVPN is the one for you, there are of course other VPNs you can choose from. Above you will see my pick of the Top 5 VPNs for watching Amazon Prime in France.