The Netflix European invasion is underway, and even if you’re in the US, there are still plenty of reasons to get excited about it.
The Newly Launched Netflix France
As of Monday, September 15th, 2014, the streaming giant known as Netflix is offering their inimitable services to all of our friends and relatives in France.
Good news for the French, but good news for those of us living stateside as well. There are certain shows, movies, and other programs that are just too expensive for Netflix to license for streaming in the USA. Shows like FX’s critically acclaimed crime drama Fargo, or Showtime’s horror series Penny Dreadful, and huge family hits like Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory are all available on Netflix France, not Netflix US.
It’s not so expensive to license those shows for overseas streaming, and that’s exactly what Netflix has done. Now, you might be thinking, what good does overseas streaming do for me in the US? Well, despite geographical internet restrictions, accessing overseas streaming material is easier than you may be aware…
How to Watch Netflix France with a VPN
The first and most important thing you’re going to need is a VPN subscription.
What’s a VPN, you say? Glad you asked. A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is a subscription-based service with a dual purpose. First, it secures your network from the many malevolent forces that exist on the internet these days. One need only think of the NSA PRISM scandal, and the recent Heartbleed bug to realize just how many dangers linger out there for us internet-based lifeforms.
When you log into your VPN service, all of your online information is tunneled through encrypted servers set up all over the world, thus keeping your sensitive data (e-mails, credit card numbers) safe.
The second thing a VPN does – and this is where you overseas streamers may want to really pay attention – is allows you to circumvent geographical internet restrictions. When your VPN service tunnels your info through their encrypted servers, you’re assigned a new IP address in the country of your encrypted server, which makes your internet-capable device think that it’s in an all new country. And since you’re allowed to pick the country of your encrypted server, you can make your device behave like it’s in any country you want. Want to stream Fargo off of Netflix France (we know we do)? Log in to your VPN service and pick a France-based server. Voila (as they say)!
Any and all VPN services on our official supported provider list are recommended by FlashRouters, but the very best VPN service providers for France-based IP addresses are IPVanish (4 servers), Earth VPN (6 servers), and HideMyAss (6 servers).
Enjoy Netflix France with a FlashRouter
Okay, now you’ve got your VPN service and you can stream Netflix France anytime you want, but is your router strong enough to handle overseas streaming?
That’s the type of thing you won’t have to worry about if you’ve got a FlashRouter. As the above video demonstrates, we offer superior routers at FlashRouters, the kind guaranteed to boost your wireless performance immeasurably and future-proof your network.
How do we ensure that? By taking already powerful routers and flashing them with DD-WRT and Tomato. These replacement firmwares open up a whole world of networking possibilities for users, such as the ability to extend your wireless range, access advanced security options, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated (something overseas streamers of Netflix will want to take advantage of).
If you’re not convinced yet, you should know that a FlashRouter even improves your VPN experience. If you’re subscribed to a VPN service on our supported provider list, we’ll send your FlashRouter ready to work with your VPN right out of the box! Better yet, hold on to your old router, and try out our popular dual router setup, which allows you to have one dedicated local router, and one dedicated VPN router, allowing you to switch back and forth with ease.
Picking a FlashRouter is no easy task, as they all have plenty to offer, but we’d recommend looking at our best of 2014 list to get started. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter, the knockdown MVP of our line, with unbeatable power and speed on its side. If you’re looking for a more modest upgrade, then sleek, excellent options like the Linksys E2500 Tomato FlashRouter and the Linksys E1200 DD-WRT FlashRouter are the perfect choice.