Netflix Proxy Error? Here are VPNs That Still Work

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Update on Netflix Proxy Error 2017

We’ve been doing a large amount of testing and listening to VPN users on social media as well as talking to customer live chat agents from various VPN providers. It’s been nearly a year now since Netflix starting the Netflix Proxy Error crusade!

When I first encountered the Netflix Proxy error, I had a bad feeling that Netflix wouldn’t so easily back down from their proclamation. Now, in 2017, Netflix is becoming even HARDER to access with a VPN to avoid the now mythically evil Netflix Proxy Error. However, despite many blocked IPs and user frustrations–we still have one VPN that we can confidently report working with Netflix tested to be working with Netflix.

TorGuard still works to prevent the Netflix Proxy Error. Talk to their 24/7 live chat here. It works with pretty much any Netflix version and they have servers available for US, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, Canada, and UK.

TorGuard is selling dedicated IPs that are AMAZING for accessing Netflix since no one else uses them and it doesn’t raise as many flags as free shared IPs. This is the best solution to access Netflix to avoid the proxy error on a more permanent basis. They are also continually working on free solutions for users.

Some VPNs that no longer work with Netflix (tested and verified):


Best Free VPN for Netflix Proxy Error?

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DON’T DO IT!

Using a free VPN to avoid the Netflix Proxy error is a recipe for disaster. You won’t be able to find a free VPN that works with Netflix AT ALL. Most free VPNs are incredibly slow, have 0 customer support representatives, and could be scams that screw with your data and sell it to advertisers or trick you into purchasing paid add-ons.

I’d check out this article here on free VPNs to get a better idea of why free VPNs are just bad in general. Free proxies are the same too.


Do you have a Netflix Proxy Error?

Netflix recently announced a press release detailing their new aggressive stance against VPNs. David Fullgar, Vice President of Content Delivery, explained “for now, given the historical practice of licensing content by geographic territories, the TV shows and movies we offer differ, to varying degrees, by territory. In the meantime, we will continue to respect and enforce content licensing by geographic location.”

For those of you who subscribe to Netflix because you can use a VPN with it–Netflix doesn’t want your money. They only want customers who are willing to stay restricted by geo-location. Even if you’re a paying Netflix customer in the US traveling to China for vacation, or even if you’re in the US just using a VPN–everything is a no go when VPNs come into play. And surprisingly, Netflix’s attempts to block VPNs have been surprisingly active.

Many users who use Netflix with VPNs are reporting difficulties with the service. The issue stems from Netflix blacklisting VPN IP addresses that VPN clients use. This has been an issue for awhile, but Netflix is stepping up their game. For example, if you’re using a VPN with a Los Angeles server, that  IP address might be 102.21.3210. If Netflix blacklists “102.21.3210” as an invalid VPN IP address, then every user connecting to that VPN server will face difficulty.

Some users on Reddit are reporting issues with Tunnel Bear VPN, and for those who are brave enough to use Hola (botnet much?), they are encountering errors that show this message:

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As of right now, there are also reports coming in from Private Internet Access VPN users that they cannot access Netflix on US connections. One user from PIA explained “PIA told me they can’t help me access geo-blocked content illegally,” and that he “didn’t know violating licensing agreements between third parties was illegal.” This makes sense given this page here. We’ve also noted users complaining about DotVPN.

For now, some VPNs do work. If you’re looking for the most reliable VPN to access Netflix, I would recommend TorGuard as a reliable solution since many people still report it to work well with Netflix. It has special Netflix servers and a new dedicated IP address feature as of 2/5/2016. If you’re looking for help unblocking the Hulu proxy error, check out this new article.


What causes Netflix Proxy Error?

So what really causes the Netflix Proxy Error?

Netflix has advanced detection techniques that allow them to trigger a warning to users when they detect a shared IP. We have covered the differences between a shared IP versus a dedicated IP many times, like in this article here, but the main idea is that when you connect to Netflix without a VPN, you have your own unique IP address. However, when you connect to a popular proxy or VPN server, you are sharing that same IP with thousands of other users (which is great for anonymity) but bad for accessing Netflix.

So the only TRUE way to get permanent access to Netflix is by using the dedicated IP approach so Netflix can’t eventually root and detect your proxy/VPN use.


Will Netflix Give up on Netflix Proxy Error?

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So will Netflix ever give up on blocking VPNs and proxies? It’s hard to say in a lot of ways, but we’ve already seen some indicators that no, Netflix WILL not give up on blocking proxies and VPNs, so you might have to suck it up and buy a VPN to unblock the Netflix Proxy Error.  They still have this page live, after all.

Last year, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings admitted that he didn’t really care about users who couldn’t access Netflix they wanted to. They don’t CARE that they are blocking people. “It’s a very small but quite vocal minority,” Hastings said.

“We are but a little boat in a vast sea,” the company’s executives wrote in a letter to shareholders. “We earn a tiny fraction of consumers’ time and money, and have lots of opportunities ahead to win more of your evenings away from all those other activities if we keep improving.”

Doesn’t look good right?

Fortunately, VPNs like TorGuard still continue the good fight. We will keep updating this Netflix Proxy Error article in 2017, so bookmark it, and stick around!


Is Netflix That Great in 2017 Anyway?

So since the Netflix Proxy Error is so annoying, is Netflix worth the hassle?

Well, unfortunately, in a lot of ways, Netflix still continues to be king in 2017. Netflix now has a crazy good catalogue with new and continually updated shows like Stranger Things, DareDevil, House of Cards, Luke Cage, Sense8, Narcos, Black Mirror, The Defenders, Orange is the New Black, Iron Fist, The Crown, Master of None, Voltron, Making A Murderer, and the list goes ON.

They are also the premier provider to feature Disney content, so Star Wars fans rejoice!


Best Netflix Alternatives in 2017?

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Well, if you hate Netflix, but still want to stream content, you could use something like Hulu or Amazon Prime. Both of these providers do block proxy use too–but not as liberally, and a VPN like TorGuard still works.

I’d recommend Hulu if you want to catch up on old shows since it has a TON of old shows like the Simpsons, Shark Tank, Survivor, and more. It’s also great for Rick and Morty.

If you want some amazing exclusives, definitely check out Amazon Prime since it has great shows like Sneaky Pete from an amazing director (the director was Walt in Breaking Bad, and he’s also in the show as Vince!!!).


How to Unblock Netflix Proxy Error on Xbox One

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Watching Netflix on the Xbox One is a great experience–since it’s so user friendly and intuitive on the console, but if you are trying to connect to the US content library through your Xbox One but you aren’t in the US, you are going to have a hard time and you will encounter the dreaded Netflix Proxy Error.

Step #1

The first thing you will need to do to unblock the Netflix Proxy Error on Xbox One is to get a VPN subscription. Click here, and start your checkout. I’d recommend the 6-month deal since its the cheapest. You will also need to purchase a dedicated IP on checkout.

Step #2

Secondly, you will need to get a VPN router. I know this sounds like a pain in the ass, but it’s the best and probably the only way! VPN routers are great for many other things too, like encrypting all of your internet connection (on your phone, computer, etc) I’d recommend getting this  TP-Link one. The good news is that you can easily set it up with TorGuard’s free VPN router tool!

Step #3

Once you get your tool downloaded, you can use it and integrate your dedicated IP into it and connect your Xbox to the router.

Step#4

Connect to Netflix with your new dedicated IP integrated into your connection and you are good to go!


How to Unblock Netflix Proxy Error on PlayStation 4

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I love watching Netflix on my PlayStation 4, and many others do, but the only problem is that the best Netflix catalog for PS4 requires you to be within the US. So in order to avoid getting a Netflix Proxy Error, you need to look as if you are in the US to watch US Netflix content.

Step #1 

The first thing you will need to do to unblock the Netflix Proxy Error on Playstation 4 is to get a VPN subscription. Click here, and start your checkout. I’d recommend the 6-month deal since its the cheapest.

Step #2

The second thing is to get a VPN router. I know I know, it’s not something you want, but in order to watch Netflix on your Ps4 without any restrictions, you will need it if you live outside of the US! I’d recommend this one since it works well with TorGuard’s VPN router setup tool. Simply plug in your US dedicated IP into the setup and your router will be good to go.

Step #3

Connect the Ps4 to your router’s connection and Netflix will work!


How to Unblock Netflix Proxy Error on Kodi

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Kodi is one of the best ways to watch streaming content on a budget since most Kodi compatible sticks/boxes can be purchased on Amazon cheap. The good thing about Kodi boxes is that you can also play Android games or stream free movie content from less reputable sources. To do all of this, however, you will need to use a VPN to hide your streaming content and give you access to Netflix if you are outside of the US and you want to avoid the Netflix proxy error.

Step #1 

The first thing you will need to do to unblock the Netflix Proxy Error on Kodi is to get a VPN subscription. Click here, and start your checkout. I’d recommend the 6-month deal since its the cheapest. You will also need to buy a dedicated IP.

Step #2

The next step is getting a VPN router and using this VPN router setup tool. This tool allows you to use a  US dedicated IP address within the tool automatically.

Step #3

Once your VPN router is setup with the dedicated IP, you can now watch Netflix unblocked on your Kodi device.


How to Unblock Netflix Proxy Error on Roku

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Step #1 

The first thing you will need to do to unblock the Netflix Proxy Error on Roku is to get a VPN subscription. Click here, and start your checkout. I’d recommend the 6-month deal since its the cheapest. You will also need a dedicated IP address.

Step #2

The next step is getting a VPN router and using this VPN router setup tool. This tool allows you to use a  US dedicated IP address within the tool automatically.

Step #3

Once you connect your Roku to your new router, you can now access the US version of Netflix with your US IP!


How to Unblock Netflix Proxy Error on Apple TV

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Step #1 

The first thing you will need to do to unblock the Netflix Proxy Error on the Apple TV is to get a VPN subscription. Click here, and start your checkout. I’d recommend the 6-month deal since its the cheapest.

Step #2 

The next step is getting a VPN router and using this VPN router setup tool. This tool allows you to use a  US dedicated IP address within the tool automatically.

Step #3

Once your connect your Apple TV to your new Router, you can now watch the US version of Netflix!


How to Unblock Netflix Proxy Error on Amazon Fire Stick

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Step #1

The first thing you will need to do to unblock the Netflix Proxy Error on Amazon Fire Stick is to get a VPN subscription. Click here, and start your checkout. I’d recommend the 6-month deal since its the cheapest.

Step #2

The next step is getting a VPN router and using this VPN router setup tool. This tool allows you to use a  US dedicated IP address within the tool automatically.

Step #3

Once you connect your Amazon Fire Stick to your new Router, you can now watch the US version of Netflix!


Let us know in the comments if you need help with any of this information on how to unblock the Netflix Proxy Error of 2017!

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30 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this info! I just signed up for Torguard and got my flix back! PRO TIP: Make sure you ask the torguard support for access to the netflix servers as they keep these on the down low. All the other servers I tried were blocked so you have to ask them to give you access.

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  2. TorGuard is working well for Netflix/Hulu/ABC, only provider i have found to work for me.

    Thanks TorGuard

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  3. I DON’T use a VPN and am getting this error. Netflix will not speak to my ISP about it and my ISP is at a loss as to what to do. My $7.99 a month isn’t much, but Netflix is about to lose me as a customer.

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    • Profile photo of Tom Spark

      I’m sorry to hear this is an issue for you. Since Netflix is being so aggressive with VPNs, many customers are finding that their IP addresses have been mistakenly blacklisted. You have two options. Cancel Netflix, or use TorGuard like we suggested to get around your Netflix block.

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      • I just spoke with Netflix about the error and they told me it had nothing to do with them it was the ISP they said they are global with no restrictions the guy just kept dismissing everything you talked about in the article as being not true and he said even the iPhone app for Netflix wasn’t made by Netflix! In response to that whopper of a statement I asked him directly how the App Store Netflix listing says it’s provided by Netflix Inc. and he said no that’s not true just call Apple and they will tell me Apple made it. The information I was given was laughably ridiculous but he was very very clear Netflix is not having any thing to do with the VPN blocking he claims it is the ISPs or someone it wasn’t quite clear trying to put Netflix out of business he says because they’re taking their customers or something. It didn’t really make a lot of sense most of what he said was patently nonsense. Very irritating very frustrating so I thought I would share.

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        • Profile photo of Tom Spark

          Sounds like Netflix wasn’t being honest with you. They ARE blocking shared IPs to protect their licensing agreements.

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  4. Hi, I read somewhere that ExpressVPN is the best for Netflix. I just signed up, and can’t access netflix where i want to. I’m still well within my day money back period, so I can always get my money back if needed. Would you advise leaving ExpressVPN and moving to Tor?

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    • Profile photo of Tom Spark

      Yes checkout TorGuard VPN. They have a special Netflix server, as well as dedicated IP addresses. They also have live chat support for Netflix issues!

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      • Brilliant. Thanks ever so much for that. I’ll head over to Tor now.

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        • Profile photo of Tom Spark

          Just to be clear TJ, I’m not recommending the use of “Tor”, but TorGuard VPN. Tor is much different than a VPN. Tor will most likely be blocked for Netflix and will only give slow speeds.

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          • That’s fine. I figured it was TorGuard VPN. Thanks again.

  5. Doesn’t work as advertised.

    The free IP they give you ONLY unlocks access to Netflix USA.

    If you want to watch Netflix in any other region you have to buy a dedicated IP address ($55 per year) for each region you want to unlock.

    So, to clarify, if you want to watch Netflix Brazil it’ll cost you $60 + $55 for Anonymous VPN and a dedicated IP.

    If you want to watch Netflix Netherlands on top of that it’ll be another $55 for another dedicated IP, and so on.

    NOT the service I’m looking for…

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    • Profile photo of Tom Spark

      Hey Jon, thanks for your comment.

      TorGuard is the service you are looking for, from what I can tell that you want anyway. As I described in the post, there are two different sorts of IP addresses TorGuard is using. It’s a bit complex, I know that, but it’s a complex problem Netflix has created here…

      TorGuard is offering free shared dedicated IP addresses for users upon their request. If you ask for shared dedicated IP to access Netflix in Brazil, Netherlands, and the United States, they will give you one for each location without charge.

      If you want to purchase your own unique dedicated IP (not shared dedicated IP) you would have to purchase one for each location, but that is not necessary for Netflix, or very plausible for any need.

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      • Hi Tom, I am trying to TorGuard, and the Netflix regions they told me can be used are US, UK, Germany, and Canada. I tried these 4, and they do indeed work. For any other region with TorGuard, one needs to get a dedicated IP for that region I was told.

        I am also testing NordVPN, and it’s working (on my computer) for Netflix USA, Amazon Prime, and Hulu so far. I have some other regions to check out when time allows.

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        • Profile photo of Tom Spark

          Glad to hear it’s working out for you. We recommend TorGuard over NordVPN in any case, since TG has better speeds and applications.

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          • After trying out both, I came to the same conclusion, and went with TorGuard for a whole year. NordVPN’s speeds are lower and the implementation on the iphone is extremely cumbersome. Even though NordVPN’s app has a leaner appearance, it’s not possible to select different servers within the app, only by going into System Preferences.

  6. This NetFlix access problem just started for us using UnoTelly VPN. I doubt NetFlix cares that much about protecting content since they looked the other way for so many years. What’s changed is that the company is pushing to make inroads into foreign markets. And I think this is just part of the marketing strategy. We’ll probably drop UnoTelly and switch to local NetFlix. Yet, I do find it really annoying that I no longer have an English subtitle option and less selection.

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  7. Hi,
    So the tutorial is for PCs. Seeing as Macs are completely different, I was wondering if you could help me with configuring this on my Mac
    thanks

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    • I have a Mac too, and was able to set it all up without any problems through the tutorials for Mac users which TorGuard offers on their website.

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  8. TorGuard definitely works for accessing netflix in US, Canada, UK, and Germany with any of their normal VPN memberships. Once you purchase a membership, you will want to submit a ticket asking for the shared IP links for the country you need. Any other countries will require a dedicated IP to be purchased.

    Once given, simply ping the link(s) in your cmd prompt and input the IP that appears into a new server within their install client.

    Thanks best10vpn for the discount as well!

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  9. Does TorGuard work in china to? Plus accessing netflix also?

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  10. does Torguard work in Italy?
    only with dedicated IP?
    thanks

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  11. Torguard works as described except for Roku clients. I can’t seem to push it through a VPN tunnel. Any suggestions?

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  12. is torguard still able to access us netflix from uk?

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  13. I just enquired about the shared dedicated ID with TorGuard before suscribing and it seems they don’t offer it anymore. They only offer dedicated IP adresses, which is much more expansive and not worth it, I won’t pay couple hundred dollars a year on top on my netflix membership. At that price, you buy or you rent the movies/tv shows you really want… Is there any OTHER affordable options available ?

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    • Profile photo of Tom Spark

      Dedicated IP is only $8 a month. How is that hundreds of dollars per year? It’s really still the cheapest option seeing how some other VPN providers that offer the ability to work with Netflix are even MORE expensive.

      I understand your frustration with the issue, but TorGuard is not to blame here. It’s really Netflix is pushing harder and harder against VPN providers. You might be thinking–why doesn’t TorGuard give you these things for free?

      Well, even though I’m not a part of the TorGuard team–just a reviewer here giving recommendations, I can imagine it’s a huge drain on their resources to constantly find new IPs and swap them for free. Dedicated IPs are much more reliable, and in the end, more useful for users wanting to access Netflix. See this article we wrote on dedicated IPs. In the end, there is a reason why almost every VPN provider is having the same issue, and a vast majority have simply given up.

      If you want to access Netflix without a dedicated IP, you might be able to find some gimmick options springing up that always fail in a few days. Besides that, these free fixes are often scam–or unsupported projects, and you can’t know for certain how they handle your data.

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  14. Once your account is blacklisted by Netflix, can you stop using the VPN completely and then have Netflix working for you again. Or once it recognizes your account used a VPN at one point your account is banned forever?

    I just want to use my local US netflix account as normal since I live in the US and use my vpn separate for other things not Netflix.

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