How to Watch US Netflix in Spain
Updated: November 10, 2016
- Start by getting a VPN account setup
- Install VPN software on the device(s) you want to watch US Netflix in Spain on
- Connect to US-based server on VPN
- Go to Netflix and sign in to your existing account or signup for a new one
- Enjoy US Netflix in Spain
How to watch US Netflix in Spain in more detail:
NOTE: To watch US Netflix in Spain I use ExpressVPN because it gives me the best features for the price. If you want to check this VPN out now, then just click below. Enjoy the quick guide!
When I visited Spain just last week (early January 2016), I fell in love with Madrid. It was incredible, and most importantly it offered me everything I ever wanted. The sights! The people! The food! It was almost perfect...
However, once I got back to my friend's place to relax in the evening, I went to my usual entertainment to watch my favourite TV at the time -- Netflix. But, although I was able to access Netflix no problem, I couldn't find my favourite show.
I panicked! Had Netflix taking the show off the service? *Googles* ... "Hmm, nope. It says the show is still there." Then what was happening?
Here is what was happening. Even with Netflix now (as of January 6th, 2016) globally available in 190+ countries, it still places restrictions on certain media depending on the country you are accessing the service from.
What does this mean? It means that even though you can access Netflix from Spain now (woohoo!), you are not actually offered the same movies, TV series and media that someone from the US is given. You are essentially offered a different library of media to choose from, just because you are located in Spain.
Why US Netflix is Different from Spain Netflix
Well, the reason Netflix offers different libraries of its service to different countries is because of copyright and distribution agreements that the service makes with each and every owner of each and every media.
So some TV shows are only offered by Netflix under the strict agreement that they only offer it to users in certain countries. So the US, being the centre hub of media entertainment in the world, has distribution rights on the vast majority of the world's media.
For this reason, the US version of Netflix is the "ultimate" version, with a library offering the most and best movies, series, etc.
How does Netflix determine Your Location?
This is the important part to understand, in order to understand the solution I will show you below.
So Netflix uses a process called "Geo-blocking" to figure out where each and every user is accessing the service from in the world. Geo-blocking works by checking the IP address of a user when they come to the website.
By checking your IP address when you arrive on Netflix, they can determine your location and then present you with the country your in's specific version of Netflix.
Therefore, if you access Netflix from Spain; you get the Spain Netflix. Thus accessing Netflix from in the US gives you the US Netflix.
So the question is: how do you change your IP address to make Netflix "believe" that you are accessing it from inside the US (while you're sitting in your Spanish apartment)?
You do this by using a Virtual Private Network (or "VPN"). By using the Internet through a VPN connection, you are able to select which "server" you want to connect through. Each VPN offers servers that are located all over the world.
How to Use a VPN to Watch US Netflix in Spain
Now there are literally hundreds of VPN service providers around today, so you have a lot of choice. However, I researched and reviewed a lot of them and decided on ExpressVPN as the best quality for the price, so if you want to check them out, click below:
So I will use ExpressVPN to quickly walk you through how to watch US Netflix in Spain.
Step 1: Sign up for VPN
Go to the ExpressVPN and select the plan you want to subscribe to that fits your situation best. Here's ExpressVPN's plans and pricing:
Then you will confirm your account details and be directed to download the software onto whichever devices you want to watch Netflix from, wether you smartphone, laptop, smartTV, etc.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN
ExpressVPN automatically presents you with the download link for whatever device you're currently on, which is very helpful. For me, I was on my macbook so that's the link I clicked. Here's a list of all the other devices ExpressVPN supports:
Now once you have downloaded the VPN software just quickly follow the installation steps.
Step 3: Connect to VPN
Now that you have the VPN setup and installed on your device(s), all you need to do is open up the software then select a US-based server to connect to, which will automatically let you watch US Netflix in Spain.
Here's a screenshot I took from ExpressVPN open and ready to connect on my Android smartphone:
Once connected, that's it! You can now access the US Netflix Spain legally and securely. Pretty awesome, right!
The best part is, VPNs work very hard to protect your online privacy by encrypting your activity. This means by using a VPN you are taking your online freedom and privacy into your own hands. Good job!
In conclusion, using a VPN to watch Netflix in Spain is definitely the most secure, safe and fast solution. I use ExpressVPN when I travel all over the world, including Spain, and can always access the US version of Netflix, and it's great.
If you want to check out some other VPN providers that may better suit your situation or budget, then here are four more of the best VPNs I found for watching Netflix in Spain:
Thanks for reading this guide. I hope you found it useful. If you have any questions or comments at all then please let me know in the comments section below. I'll be happy to hear from you!