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A few days ago I got a VPN to watch stuff on Netflix that's only available outside my region (Japan).

For 2-3 days it worked perfectly, but today all of a sudden it doesn't work any more. Just my luck I guess.

I'm getting the error "You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again."

F*ck everything. *sigh*

Anybody else having the same problem? Or does anybody know a workaround? (I'm using Surfshark, btw. This was advertised as working well wit Netflix.)



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My experience with VPN's is that they always advertise it as a way to circumvent netflix and others regions restrictions, but it never actually works.
I have tried Surfshark, NordVPN and ExpressVPN but Netflix always identifies I'm using VPN.
My guess is that those companies keep a list of all IP's used by VPN companies and lock the connection when it comes from one of those blocked IP's. I may be though as I dont have proper knowledge on the subject.



I have Express VPN and also run into those kind of problems. What I usually do is change location within the country, so if USA - New York doesn't work, I try USA - Washington DC and I usually end up on one that works. I'm not sure if that's something available with Surfshark.



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Play around with the settings a bit and you might be able to get it to work. I used to use a VPN a few years ago and I did have some issues, but it worked most of the time. Although IIRC they have tried to limit VPN use in recent years.



TruckOSaurus said:

I have Express VPN and also run into those kind of problems. What I usually do is change location within the country, so if USA - New York doesn't work, I try USA - Washington DC and I usually end up on one that works. I'm not sure if that's something available with Surfshark.

Yes, that is possible, the region I want (Canada) has 3 different locations, but unfortunately all give the error.

I was on the chat with a few people on the help line and the last one suggested to use the browser extension and not the app. That seems to work for now. *fingers crossed*

Thanks for the info about Express VPN, I was contemplating that one also.



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Ka-pi96 said:

Although IIRC they have tried to limit VPN use in recent years.

Yes, it seems they're trying harder now.



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EnricoPallazzo said:

My experience with VPN's is that they always advertise it as a way to circumvent netflix and others regions restrictions, but it never actually works.
I have tried Surfshark, NordVPN and ExpressVPN but Netflix always identifies I'm using VPN.
My guess is that those companies keep a list of all IP's used by VPN companies and lock the connection when it comes from one of those blocked IP's. I may be though as I dont have proper knowledge on the subject.

It really seems like a cat and mouse game between Netflix and the VPNs.



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manuel said:
TruckOSaurus said:

I have Express VPN and also run into those kind of problems. What I usually do is change location within the country, so if USA - New York doesn't work, I try USA - Washington DC and I usually end up on one that works. I'm not sure if that's something available with Surfshark.

Yes, that is possible, the region I want (Canada) has 3 different locations, but unfortunately all give the error.

I don't suppose the content you want is available elsewhere too, is it?

It probably is harder to connect with VPNs in some countries than others, so if you could go for the US instead that might work more easily.



Right now I'm trying to stream Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 7, and Canada is the first one I found to have that.



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