How to Watch Netflix in Saudi Arabia

by Mike on March 6, 2012

in VPN

Internet services are strictly censored in most of the countries in Middle East and Saudi Arabia is not at all an exception. Like many other countries in the Middle East Saudi people are also deprived of a lot of internet services, especially the services that allow the flow of westerns news and media into the country. Therefore, most of the US based, entertainment related web services are completely blocked in Saudi Arabia. So even if you try to access Netflix through a proxy server or software, your activity will be monitored and you might be warned for that.

Netflix: Is it possible to enjoy this service in Saudi Arabia if there was no censorship?

For this specific service, Netflix you actually cannot enjoy this service even if it was not blocked by the Saudi authority. This is because Netflix has some sort of geography based blocking system in its website so that it can differentiate between the users from various countries and can go in line with the existing copyright law of the United States. Netflix is basically a US based service and most of its contents are licensed for US distribution only. Due to this copyright issue, Netflix check the IP address of each of the users trying to get into the Netflix website and its contents. If the IP address does not appear to be from any of the Netflix enabled countries, then the user is blocked from the web service based on his or her IP address. So without being able to fabricate a US IP address, it is not at all possible that you can enjoy Netflix from Saudi Arabia.

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 Use VPN and Fake Your Location:

To be able to watch Netflix and get through the geo blocking employed in the Netflix website, you need to fake your location and that can only be done through the using of a VPN service. A VPN service lets you log into a US server and all your data packets are trimmed of your IP address after they go through the server. The forwarding data packets from the server contain the US IP address that is basically the IP address of the server itself. Therefore, while you are accessing Netflix content database, Netflix cannot identify you as an outsider and you able to use everything included in their services.

Besides the use of VPN also provides you a secure internet usage as all of your data packets are encrypted before they are reaching the server. So no authority can monitor your activity. Again, no third party cookie or no hacker can sneak into your personal information stored in your device and no fishing websites can track your actual identification. A VPN service basically provides you with the ultimate anonymity.

Best Saudi VPN service for US Netflix:

When you are picking your VPN service provider for watching Netflix contents, you need to check whether they have stable US based server and it is always better if they have more than one server in the States. Another issue is obviously the bandwidth or data transfer speed and the usage limit. You definitely would not want to get a buffering experience with Netflix and neither you would like to get in the mid of an interesting movie since your usage has been finished. So look for the best services with the aforementioned criteria and seek help from the list below containing the best services in the current market.

Rank Provider Starting Price Visit Provider Site
1 ExpressVPN $8.32 /Month Visit Provider Site
2 TotalVPN $7.49 /Month Visit Provider Site
3 IPvanish $10.00/Month Visit Provider Site
4 StrongVPN $21/ 3 Months Visit Provider Site
5 VyprVPN $14.95/Month Visit Provider Site
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