Netflix proxy error Fix – Here are 6 VPNs that still work in 2017
Published by on January 10, 2017 in Popular Posts, VPN & Privacy

Netflix VPN proxy erorr
Last updated march 16, 2017.

If you’ve been left frustrated by the dreaded Netflix proxy error message then your not alone and thankfully there is a workaround. Ever since Netflix implemented its overseas VPN ban–preventing customers from accessing its US, UK, and Canadian show catalogs from abroad–VPN providers and users alike have been scrambling for a solution.

When connected to most VPNs, Netflix gives the following error, accompanied by error code m7111-1331-5059:

“Whoops, something went wrong.Streaming error.You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again.”

The battle between Netflix, customers, and VPN providers rages on and viable alternatives are still very much in flux. VPN providers are engaged in a game of cat-and-mouse with Netflix. A server that works today may get blocked tomorrow, while a new servers and IPs are constantly being added.

That said, we’ve come up with a list of VPN providers that offer some means of bypassing Netlix’s proxy error message. Many of them require contacting customer service for a fix. Some only work when watching in a web browser, and not with the native Netflix app. Here are our top picks for the best VPNs to use with Netflix last tested in January 2017.

ExpressVPN
ExpressVPN locations

Our preferred option. Speeds are fast, stable, and every subscription comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can try it risk free (Update, March 15, 2017: ExpressVPN are offering our readers’ 3 months extra free with 12 month plans in addition to their money back guarantee – details via the link above). ExpressVPN does indeed bypass the Netflix ban on a couple server locations . These servers may change over time and we don’t want to draw undue attention to them, suffice to say they do stream video from US Netflix in good quality from out of country. We recommend subscribers hop on the 24/7 live chat support available on the ExpressVPN website and ask what servers to use. We got a response in about two minutes! Best of all, ExpressVPN is one of only two providers on this list that works with the Netflix iOS and Android apps. That means you can watch US Netflix on an iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone, or Android tablet.

Read our full review of ExpressVPN.

Buffered
buffered servers and connected

A test using US servers on Buffered’s network confirms US Netflix does stream from out of country. Some previous angry tweets at the company suggest otherwise, but Buffered seems to be functioning well now.  For further peace of mind that Netflix will work, Buffered is currently offering a 30 day money back guarantee here.  It’s worth noting that Buffered works well in a web browser but not on mobile devices using the Netflix App.

StrongVPNstrong vpn client

All but two US servers–Miami and Atlanta–bypass the Netflix proxy error when using StrongVPN. This is a particularly good option for Netflix customers in China, as StrongVPN has long been a top choice among expats there and caters well to them. You can also watch Dutch and UK Netflix using StrongVPN from outside of Holland and the UK, respectively. The only downside is that OpenVPN won’t work. We were instructed to use PPTP, which is not a secure protocol, but SSTP also worked when we tested it.  At the time of writing, StrongVPN offers a 5-day money-back guarantee and 41% off their 12 month package as standard, there’s a further 15% saving on all plans here and by applying the discount code ‘SAVE15’ at checkout. If you’re happy accessing Netflix via a web browser and don’t need it on a mobile device StrongVPN is a good choice.

NordVPNnordvpn android app

NordVPN has informed us it offers Netflix-optimized servers that do not require any special configuration on the customer’s side. In our testing, even the servers that say they work with Netflix in the app might get blocked, anyway. You can find out which servers work with Netflix on this help page or by contacting customer support. There you’ll find how to use NordVPN to watch US Netflix in a browser, on iOS and Android, and on a router. Update, December 9, 2016: NordVPN is running a deal here, which discounts 2 years’ access by a huge 72%, bringing the cost down to $3.29 per month. The coupon code is automatically added to the bottom of the checkout page with the above link.

VyprVPNvyprvpn android

VyprVPN now works with US Netflix again after a brief hiatus. We were able to log in and stream without any issues from a US server as we normally would without any configuration changes from the default OpenVPN setup. Not all servers work, but some do. VyprVPN are currently running an offer with a 3 day free trial and  50% off the first month here. VyprVPN works with Netflix in a browser but not with the mobile app. If you want to view Netflix on a mobile or tablet, we recommend ExpressVPN or NordVPN.

LiquidVPNliquidvpn android

LiquidVPN skirted the Netflix firewall without issue when connected to US servers in our testing, even though it doesn’t officially claim to do so. Fast speeds ensure high quality streaming without buffering. The apps are novice-friendly and come packed with some great security features, including both static, dynamic, and modulating IP addresses. Update, November 18, 2016: We’ve had a few comments that LiquidVPN is not working with Netflix, if you contact their customer support they are usually quick at resolving any issues and can direct you to the best servers to use. Some of these issues are due to Netflix only working in a browser and not via the mobile app with LiquidVPN. If you want to view Netflix on a mobile or tablet ExpressVPN is your best bet since this isn’t supported by LiquidVPN.

Read our full review of LiquidVPN here.

VPNs and Smart DNS providers that DO NOT work with Netflix

IronSocket

As of July 5, 2016, like most smart DNS services, IronSocket is now struggling with the Netflix ban and will only work on certain devices, if it all. We recommend opting for one of the VPNs listed above instead. 

Unblock-Us

As of July 5, 2016, Unblock-Us says it will not work on all devices. We’re recommending users go for one of the VPNs listed in this article instead since they have, on the most part, consistently worked during our testing. Update, November 17, 2016: Unblock-Us is now working with Netflix. We have tested this and can confirm that Unblock-Us is evading the Netflix Ban although it won’t work with the Netflix App on mobile devices. 

Unlocator

As of July 4, 2016, Unlocator is not working with Netflix anymore. We’ve have official confirmation from the company that Unlocator is blocked by Netflix. We understand a solution is being worked on but were not given a date for when this will be available.

Private Internet Access

PIA has said it does not officially support circumventing geoblocks, and it does not currently work with Netflix.

HideMyAss

Users report that HMA is blocked by US Netflix and has not been able to offer a permanent solution.

PureVPN

PureVPN has informed us directly that is does not support unblocking.

IPVanish

IPVanish has recently given up the fight against Netflix and has informed us it no longer can bypass the firewall. IPVanish may not work with Netflix but is a very popular choice for torrenting, due to its fast speeds and zero log policy. With a growing number of customers frustrated by the Netflix VPN ban, more and more are turning to torrenting.

Why do these VPNs work when others don’t?

Netflix usually blocks VPN users by their IP address. Most VPNs use shared IPs, which means hundreds of users are assigned to the same IP. This improves anonymity for users, but makes it pretty apparent to Netflix which IPs belong to VPN servers.

Alternatively, Netflix could have some network monitoring tools in place that detect VPN protocols.

A VPN can bypass Netflix’s firewall for one of two reasons. The first is that the VPN’s subscriber base is relatively small, so Netflix simply ignores its IP addresses. The second is that Netflix cannot detect the VPN due to some sort of obfuscation, which makes VPN traffic look like normal user traffic. The IP of that server might change periodically, which makes it difficult for Netflix to pin down.

Why do we advocate for using a VPN with Netflix?

A VPN is not simply a proxy tool to fool apps and websites into thinking the user is somewhere they are not. VPNs are in everyone’s best interest when it comes to privacy. We wholeheartedly recommend everyone use a VPN, whether they are a Netflix subscriber or not.

Netflix’s VPN ban is a blunt instrument put in place to appease copyright holders. It blocks VPN users no matter where they are located so long as a proxy is detected. This is not a fair policy to paying subscribers. Forcing users to turn off their VPNs could sacrifice privacy, especially those connected on unsecured wifi networks or traveling abroad to surveillance-heavy countries.

You have the right to use the VPN, and Netflix should respect that right by not forcing users to make the choice between privacy and entertainment.

I’m travelling and want to access US Netflix Abroad, which countries will these VPNs work in?

The VPN services listed should allow you to unblock US Netflix in any country you might be traveling to, other than those where media is censored and VPNs are actively blocked by a firewall such as China (see our list of the VPNs working in China and pick one that works there, too). In pretty much every other country, the VPNs in our list will work. In fact, we’ve received comments or emails from people in Canada, the UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, France, Israel, Spain, Ireland, South Africa, and Italy telling us they’ve successfully accessed US Netflix!

How to unblock the Netflix app by setting up the VPN on a router

When using a browser such as Chrome or Firefox, any of the VPNs recommended above should allow you to watch American Netflix without any issues. Both traffic and DNS requests are sent through the VPN, preventing Netflix from determining your true location.

When using a Netflix native app, however, the app can override the DNS routing used by a VPN and send requests to your nearest public DNS server. This means Netflix can determine the user’s true location and block them accordingly, even with a VPN app switched on. ExpressVPN and NordVPN have figured out how to overcome this behavior, so they both work with the iOS and Android Netflix apps so this won’t be a problem for if you are using one of these two VPNs.

ExpressVPN and NordVPN will unblock the Netflix app on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. But other devices–Roku, Chromecast, smart TVs, game consoles, Fire TV, etc–do not support any VPNs. As such, even ExpressVPN and NordVPN have no apps for them. For those devices, you need to configure a router or buy a pre-configured one.

For the VPNs that don’t unblock Netflix on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, router configuration is also the best alternative.

The VPN must be set up on the wifi router that your device is connected to. This process varies depending on your router’s firmware, and you may have to flash a new firmware onto the router that supports VPNs (Tomato or DD-WRT). You can usually find router setup instructions and configuration details on your provider’s website.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing all that, ExpressVPN sells pre-configured routers and also offers free router firmware that can be installed on select routers. You can simply buy a router or flash the free firmware onto a compatible router and save yourself the hassle of a complicated procedure. This should unblock Netflix on any device.

Once the VPN is set up, you’ll also need to configure your firewall to forward DNS queries to our DNS servers (or whatever DNS servers the VPN service in question uses to bypass the Netflix ban). Again, look to your provider for instructions on how to accomplish this.

Netflix app vs Netflix in a web browser

A VPN that unblocks Netflix in a web browser might not unblock the Netflix app on your mobile device, set-top box, or smart TV. That’s because a web browser must use the DNS servers specified by the operating system. Most VPN apps take care of this for you and route all DNS requests to their own in-house DNS servers, which ensures that DNS requests match the location of your VPN server.

The Netflix app, however, can override a device’s DNS settings and force DNS requests to be sent to either a public DNS nameserver or the default ISP’s nameserver. This results in a mismatch between where the user’s IP address is located and where their DNS requests come from. That’s a red flag indicating the viewer is using a VPN or some other type of proxy, resulting in the dreaded proxy error message.

ExpressVPN and NordVPN have both figured out how to overcome this obstacle. If you want to watch Netflix through the app and not a web browser, they are the best options.

Unblocking Netflix on Apple TV

Apple TV does not have built-in support for VPNs, which means you’ll need some other means of routing traffic through the VPN. There are three options we know of:

  • Connect to a VPN on your iPhone or iPad, then stream Netflix on your device and cast it to Apple TV using Airplay. This isn’t exactly the same as just watching Netflix on your Apple TV, but it works so long as you’re using one of the two VPNs we’ve confirmed work with the Netflix app: ExpressVPN or NordVPN.
  • Use a laptop to configure a virtual router. Connect to a VPN on the laptop, then connect the Apple TV to the laptop’s wifi hotspot. This works with most modern Windows and Mac laptops. You can find more detailed instructions in our tutorial on how to turn your Mac into a VPN-secured router. Windows instructions can be found in this tutorial on how to accomplish the same result with Chromecast, Roku, or FireTV.
  • Flash your wifi router with a VPN-compatible firmware and configure the VPN on it. This is the most technically advanced option, so make sure you know what you’re doing. The process varies from router to router, and not all wifi routers are compatible with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. If you’re not comfortable with replacing the firmware on your home wifi router, you can opt to purchase a preconfigured VPN router from ExpressVPN.


Are the solutions listed here no longer working for you? Do you know of any other VPN services that bypass Netflix’s anti-VPN firewall? Drop us a note in the comments!

Read more: How to hide OpenVPN traffic using Obfsproxy on a Windows PC and Linux EC2 server

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53 thoughts on “Netflix proxy error Fix – Here are 6 VPNs that still work in 2017

  • Best is to have Tomato -Usb router which you can buy cheapest cisco linksys E900 for 20$ and load with following Firmware
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    Also easily you can get 3 days trial acc

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    ​ 99$ or might be less and you can use the provider router app which is easy to use and easy to install with one click

    simply after you load firmware then connect to your router via cable or wifi ” tomato ” then then type 192.168.1.1 username and password is admin

    make sure your main router IP is 192.168.2.1 if main router 192.168.1.1 then you need to assign new IP to your VPN router

    ​go to tools and paste the following copy from eval …..to sh’
    eval `wget -q -O – http://www.goldenfrog.biz/downloads/vyprvpn/router/app/tomato/mipsel/install.sh`
    ​ and execute wait 5 minutes and refresh the page you can enter your username password and choose any server to connect it works for almost 2 years with no issue

  • I’ve been using Express VPN for over 3 years and it’s always worked well for Netflix. The servers which unblock Netflix sometimes change so if you find you can’t get on just ask their live chat which one to use and they will tell you. I’ve used a number of VPNs including Private Internet Access and HMA (which both stopped working with Netflix) and all of them slow you internet speed at least a little, Express VPN does too but it’s better than some and generally plenty fast enough for Netflix from what I’ve found.

  • In recent months Netflix has been catching the Buffered VPN IPs with greater frequency with all U.S. sever locations being blocked for a few days, sometimes a week, at a time. It’s a bit of a pain to deal with (how long am I willing to wait before switching VPNs?) but eventually Buffered always works again.

  • ExpressVPN works fine for me. Make sure to go to the “All” tab and don’t check just the “Recommended” servers, as they have a lot of servers for US, some of which still work.

  • Hi Guys,
    Just to update you that StrongVPN managed to solve the technical issues that I had with Netflix and it now works perfectly well.
    Erica

  • With StrongVPN I get the following message: “Netflix is currently unavailable. Please check your Internet connection”.
    My Internet connection is fine by the way.

  • ExpressVPN works perfectly out of Hungary – browser on Mac and PC, Apple TV, Samsung smart TV and with router config as well. The only thing had to be done additionally on the SmartTV and on Apple tv to change the auto allocated DNS server to (at least what I did) to Google dns 8.8.8.8. on the TV app and AppleTv directly and it works now perfectly. With the auto DNS setup where the router was copied interestingly it was not working on Appletv and smarttv and showed the geoblocking message only.
    Switched from IPVanish just because of that – however IPVanish servers were faster than ExpressVPN but no Netflix. Now ExpressVPN is a very good compromise and cust. Service is quick and excellent, router setup on Tomato is very straightforward.

  • Netflix **cks, even more in Brazil where I’m living at the moment. I have an official address in the US provided to Netflix and they continually to insist that only my present physical location counts, not my official address. The programming grid is outdated and every single movie I or my kids would like to watch is not available. It’s a cheap service and that’s why I still keeping it, but always having second thoughts. I watch one movie each month as I’m never able to find what I’m really interested in, I’m not talking about blockbusters. Using a VPN or any other available method to circumvent this limitation means spending more money, and it’s not a guaranteed method nor a plug and play solution for my kids to turn on the TV and watch what they want.

  • I live in South Africa and like my kids to watch Netflix movies in Dutch. The audio options don’t include Dutch. Therefore I like to access the Netflix content in the Netherlands. I have express VPN but they don’t support that. Any suggestions?

    • You can try to contact Netflix and explain the situation. It’s possible that they allow you to use the audio and subtitles you need. I have seen this happen with a friend.

      I have tried the same thing but I still can’t access the audio and subtitles I want. (I contacted them two weeks ago).

    • Hi Willem,

      At this point in time the demand for testing VPNs with Netflix in countries other than the US is too low to warrant testing, sorry. We may look into it at some point in the future.
      -Paul

      • You could setup a VPN to a dutch IP using something like DD-wrt and plug the TV into that router and then the router into your network.

        Using something like a WRT-54G it could be a cheap option and should work.

        Alternatives could be to setup your own DNS/SNI proxy with a VPS in .NL or configure a VPN for say VyprVPN ( which a user stated works for .NL content ) directly on your router/gateway and when you want to watch, just connect the VPN on the router and you should be good.

        Safer.

  • I live in the US and my desire is to access UK and Australian netflix. Many of the proxy options seem more focused on getting into the U.S. and not in the other direction. Any thoughts on which is the best option for reaching foreign markets from within the U.S.?

    • I don’t understand why you would want to access Australian Netflix. It has 1/10th of the content on the US Netflix. The U.K. Netflix, however, does have some great programmes that I don’t believe are on the US Netflix.

  • Strong VPN seems to not be working anymore for Netflix, at least from Japan. It had been blocked, then was usable again for at least the past 3 weeks or so, and is blocked again, as of today.

  • Well, this all means we are cancelling our Netflix subscription and won’t be renewing with PureVPN either – well done both for putting the customer second. We’ll just torrent content for free and the industry can go cry into its cornflakes.

  • Signed up for the ExpressVPN deal you listed and so far so good. Speeds fast, easy to use and working fine with Netflix on my iPad and Windows laptop. Will report back if anything changes.

  • Buffered VPN as of two days ago is NOT working for Netflix US library while trying to access Netflix overseas. I have tried all of their solutions and none has worked. Netflix has officially declared war on freedom of data transmission. 😉 Are you hearing of others having problems with Buffered VPN and Netflix?

  • Hi there. I am in France with the VPN EXPAT TV. I have been watching NETFLIX US only up until last week and now have permanent problems … errors, cannot seem to connect , retry messages…( but no proxy error messages as such). I can access all my UK programming as normal.

    Could you check the status of EXPAT TV for me where Netflix is concerned?

  • Too bad those VPNs aren’t for free. I will cancel my Netflix subscription and go back to live streaming. They don’t want my money anymore, zo back to everything for free

  • I’m outside the US and coming to the end of my 30-day ExpressVPN trial, using L2TP in an Asus RT-N16 router so I can connect a Roku to the VPN. Here’s my experience so far:
    1. initially, their Denver server worked with Netflix when used through their PC app (connected via my non-VPN router), but Asus could not connect at all.
    2. They had me try their Chicago server, and while the Asus would connect. Netflix was proxy blocked.
    3. After trying other servers, finally found one of their LA servers that Asus would connect to and was not proxy blocked. That worked for about two weeks until last night when that server went down and wouldn’t connect at all. Tried another LA server and it connected, but was proxy blocked.
    4. They had me try Denver again this morning with the Asus, and it connected and worked with Netflix.
    5. The big problem is that their IP addresses in various geolocation databases are widely inaccurate, enough so that it affects performance. One LA server geolocates to Chicago. The Denver server geolocates to NYC and I only get about 4 Mbps instead of my usual 19-20 Mbps. Speedtest ping times to these incorrectly located speedtest servers are atrocious. Since Netflix uses geolocation on the incoming IP address to connect you to a “nearby” media server, my Netflix traffic has to travel from NYC to Denver before being sent out of the country to me.

    I like ExpressVPN. Their chat line is excellent and their website is very clear with setup information. But the geolocation problem is real, and I may just say bye-bye to Netflix at the end of this trial and go back to Hide My Ass, which still works for Pandora and Amazon Prime, and geolocates very well.

  • There’s another option. Enjoy any VPN you like, and torrent Netflix exclusive movies and shows. Privacy should not be a bargaining chip. This sends a message that there’s a market being ignored. Do you think the music industry wanted to convert their stone age business model to distribution? Hell no! But Napster dragged them kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Netflix can ignore their users, or they can adapt and find a better solution..

  • Good list – thanks. I’ve gone with ExpressVPN and used the three extra months free offer you mentioned. So far so good, it seems to be beating the Netflix VPN ban successfully. I’ve been using it for Hulu too and also it works well for that.

  • Getflix still issues over proxy error by Netflix I use Apple TV with Netflix Australia, I use getflix vpn still error proxy, Netflix banned? Why? I want watch vpn getflix with Netflix to use regions all countries, but still issues, I tried to join new vpn betternet trial but few days still proxy error block by Netflix , why issues again ?

    • Hi Tanni,

      Thanks for the heads up. We’ve been speaking with Unlocator this morning and you’re correct, they are now blocked. We’ve been told there is a solution in the pipeline but there’s no word on when this will be so for now we’re recommending Unlocator customers use one of the other providers in our list. We’ll post an update if and when Unlocator is working again.

      Thanks,

      Paul

  • We are in Canada and have been using Iron Socket for almost a year. We started getting the Proxy Error on U.S. Netflix this week.

    • IronSocket works to unblock Netflix, depending on your device. However, using Netfix apps on certain devices may not be unblocked, no matter which service you use. It’s best to stream without any application (use a web browser instead) and through a nearby VPN location.

  • It might come as a surprise to you, but you are delusional…

    Of course the majority of users want the US Netflix that has more and better comtent than the sh**ty european one…

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