When Netflix announced its crusade against VPNs and proxies, no one expected it to be as successful as it proved to be. Numerous popular services have waved the white flag and given up on battling against the mighty entertainment company. Still, there are a handful of VPN services that are still putting up a fight and NordVPN is one of them.
Playing It Smart
The service has upgraded its SmartPlay technology in order to enable its users to continue bypassing geo-restrictions and view US Netflix from around the world. It regularly updates its support pages in order to inform users of the most secure ways to access Netflix. At the moment, it claims that on desktop and Mac, users can stream Netflix via any server and for other devices, the recommended US servers for Netflix are #707-710, 722-725.
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The bad news is that this is not entirely true. Just like many users report, even the specialized Netflix streaming servers do not always do the trick. While we have eventually managed to access Netflix during our first round of testing, it took us a while to find the right server and we were not too happy about the speeds. What is truly disappointing is the fact that during the second round of testing, our associates from different countries did not manage to access Netflix using the same server that we found to be working.
Still Going Strong
NordVPN boasts a large number of servers and keeps on adding new ones, making it hard for Netflix to take them all down. However, the entertainment company is getting more and more efficient and the servers working at the moment may not be the right solution tomorrow. We can conclude that for now, NordVPN can still be used for streaming US Netflix, but it is far from a smooth process. Still, that is more than what we can say for most other VPN services.