Until recently, Netflix described themselves thusly: “We are movies and TV shows.” That has now been changed; Netflix now says, “We are a movies and TV series network.”
A small adjustment, but a telling one: Netflix is no longer just a medium through which you view other production company’s work; they are a content producer in their own right.
And they’ve got the content to back up the claim too. Just about everyone we know has been raving about Orange Is the New Black, and there’s no question that House of Cards made its mark (they’ve got the Emmy nominations to back it up too). So with Breaking Bad coming to an end in a couple of weeks and the Mad Men crew working on their final season, it’s time to get ready for a new generation of great television, and Netflix may have a lot to contribute.
But though Netflix is expanding their global presence at a steady rate, it can feel awfully slow to those in countries with no access to the streaming service. Neither of the sovereign states in Korea have access (though if you’re in the North, we imagine you have bigger problems to worry about), and whether you’re a resident or simply visiting on business or otherwise, we’d like to remind you that don’t need to be without Netflix simply because you’re in a country that lacks direct access to it.
How to Unblock Netflix in Korea
The solution is simple: if you want to watch Netflix in countries where it’s not available, and access other geographically restricted content, you’ve got to subscribe to a VPN service provider.
A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is a subscription-based service designed to ensure the online safety and privacy of its users. When you log in to your VPN, all of your transmitted online data is encrypted by tunneling it through secure servers set up all over the world. This allows you to hide your sensitive info (such as credit card numbers and e-mails) from the prying eyes of intelligence gathering agencies, hackers, and identity thieves.
Additionally, and as though greatly increased online security isn’t enough of a reason to utilize these services, a VPN will allow you access to freer and more open internet. Geographically restricted websites will be available to you, no matter where you happen to be. When you log in to your VPN service of choice, you’re given the option of choosing the location of your encrypted server. This means that, if you’re in Korea and you wish to access a service or website like Netflix that isn’t available in your country, all you have to do is pick a server in a country that offers Netflix, changing your IP address and effectively tricking your computer into believing it’s somewhere else entirely. You’ll be watching House of Cards in Seoul before you know it!
And that same trick works for people in Korea who want to watch Hulu or Crackle, or use Spotify or Pandora, or really any regionally restricted services. You can use UK servers to access British programming on Channel 4, or German servers to access Watchever. The possibilities are endless!
Some of the most popular VPN service providers for Korean and Internet users in the rest of Asia to use US & UK IP adresses include Overplay VPN, HideMyAss VPN, IPVanish VPN, and PrivateInternetAccess VPN. FlashRouters also offers a new VPN provider comparison list to help you find the virtual private network that best suits your needs.
How FlashRouters Can Help You Use VPNs in Korea
Now that we’ve shown you how to use VPN services to stay in touch with Netflix in Korea, it’s time to demonstrate how a FlashRouter can greatly improve your streaming experience.
At FlashRouters, our number one priority is to provide top-notch and affordable devices that give our users a network that is safe and reliable. By flashing our routers with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware – replacement firmwares that supercharge already powerful routers – we’re making sure that our users have a device that allows them to extend the range of their wireless network, control how their bandwidth is allocated (e.g. prioritize heavy traffic jobs like streaming video), and gives them access to advanced security options.
It also means that, no matter what FlashRouter you order, it will come equipped with built-in VPN-connectivity, which saves you the time and trouble of attempting to install the tricky VPN installation software on your own (that’s how good routers end up bricked). You can also use your old router in conjunction with your new FlashRouter to improve your VPN performance. Our popular dual-router set-up allows you to switch between your local connection and your VPN with tremendous ease.
You can’t go wrong with a FlashRouter, but if we had to pick a few that are particularly adept at handling big streaming jobs, we’d have to start with the Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Tomato Router, a towering monolith that can crush any job in its path. Another powerful router that we’re quick to recommend also happens to be our most popular router. If it’s lightning speeds that you’re looking for, then you have to check out the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk with DD-WRT Installed, one that beats the speed of any other router by a wide margin.
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