It is getting harder and harder to stream Netflix with the use of a VPN due to the fierce ongoing battle between the powerful entertainment company and VPN providers. That is why we have taken it upon ourselves to regularly test popular VPN services and report back whether they still work with Netflix, so you do not have to waste your time or money on services that cannot satisfy your streaming needs. Here is our latest update on the ExpressVPN vs. Netflix battle.
ExpressVPN Still Winning
ExpressVPN is one of the mightiest VPN services on the market, so we were not that surprised to see that it still allows its customers from around the world to stream US Netflix in spite of Netflix’s best efforts. Although there are some speculations, it is quite unclear how this service manages to continue unblocking Netflix long after so many of its competitors have given up the fight. However, it is probably for the best, as the information would soon reach the folks at Netflix and fans around the globe would be left without one of their last streaming options.
Note that you can only connect to Netflix US through the New Jersey 2 server. New York 3 used to work in the past, but it is now blocked. ExpressVPN also allows you to connect to Netflix UK and Canada without any problems. When we tested ExpressVPN, the best-performing server location for the UK was the Midlands. We were not able to access Netflix Australia, which is somewhat unfortunate since it features some interesting options not available in the US. If you’re into anime and other Japan-exclusive content, you can also connect to Netflix Japan, but keep in mind that ExpressVPN’s ability to evade the implemented geo restrictions isn’t that great, so its performance may vary on a day-to-day basis.
Proud of its achievement, ExpressVPN boldly states that it allows you to watch US Netflix on any device (laptop, desktop, smartphone, tablet, and AppleTV) from any location and even offers advice on how to achieve the maximum streaming pleasure. It advises you to use the speed testing option available with ExpressVPN Windows, Mac, and Android apps and find the fastest US server. It further informs you about Netflix’s speed recommendations, which range from 500 kbps for minimum quality to 25,000 kbps for ultra HD quality of 1,080p or more. In our experience, if you want to stream without any glitches, you should not go with servers that offer speeds lower than the medium recommended speed of 3,000 kbps.
Another word of advice – do not believe everything you read on the websites of VPN providers. Many of them still claim to be able to help you stream Netflix while, unfortunately, they have stopped offering this option a while ago. Luckily, this is not the case with ExpressVPN, at least not for now, so enjoy it while it lasts.