Netflix Is Coming to Japan
Netflix Instant’s plans for world streaming dominance – or, more specifically, to be in 200 countries by the end of 2016 – continues unabated. At long last, the streaming giant has announced their first foray into the Asian movies and TV streaming market.
Come September 2nd, 2015, our friends in Tokyo and Kyoto and Osaka will be able to enjoy House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and so much more, because Netflix is coming to Japan.
News is somewhat scarce at this point, so there’s no real way of knowing exactly how much content Japanese Netflix Instant viewers can expect. There is a Netflix Japan Twitter page, which will be useful to anyone who speaks Japanese. Unfortunately, that doesn’t include us.
Watch Netflix US From Anywhere With A VPN
So congratulations to our friends in Japan and across Asia, as this surely means Netflix will soon be available widely across the continent.
In the meantime though, those living in Asian countries without Netflix Instant will just have to be patient. Furthermore, given the uncertainty of the amount of content coming to Netflix Japan, Japanese people and people traveling to Japan on business or vacation may find themselves without a great deal of streaming options while the new venture is getting underway.
But you can still rely on Netflix US, even from Japan. All you need is a VPN.
VPN services, or Virtual Private Network services, are subscription-based services that serve two important functions. The first is to secure all of your private online information (sensitive emails, credit card numbers, etc.) by tunneling all of your online activity through encrypted servers set up all over the world. In the age of rampant hacking and governmental snooping, this service cannot be overvalued.
The second purpose, and the one that particularly applies in this instance, is to allow internet users greater online freedom. Geographical restrictions, often imposed by heavy-handed governments, can keep people off of important websites (Twitter, YouTube, Google, etc.), but VPNs allow users to circumvent those restrictions.
How, you ask? It’s quite simple. As we mentioned, VPNs tunnel your activity through servers that are scattered globally, and you, as the VPN user, get to pick which server you want to use. You are then assigned an IP address in the country of your choosing.
So if you’re in Japan and want to watch Netflix US, all you have to do is log in to your VPN, pick a US-based server, and you have access to your American queue. It’s that simple.
Get the Best Netflix Streaming Experience With A FlashRouter
So now you’re set up to access Netflix Instant from anywhere in the world, but in order to ensure the very best possible streaming experience – no skips, no stalls, just flawless, fluid streaming – you’re going to need a FlashRouter.
You might be wondering what makes a FlashRouter different from your average router. It all comes down to the firmware. At FlashRouters, we take already strong routers, remove the faulty firmware, and replace them with DD-WRT and Tomato. These replacement firmwares open up a whole new world of possibilities for users conditioned to expect basic features from their router.
Best Routers for Streaming Netflix US in Japan
We hate to play favorites with our devices, and if you’re looking to purchase a FlashRouter, you really can’t go wrong. But we think it’s worthwhile to simplify things a little for our users.
So maybe after you peruse this brief list of the current most popular routers, you can head over to our best DD-WRT routers of 2015 list to get a better idea of the range of options we offer. You’re sure to find something that suits your needs, be they big or small.
- Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT Router – Our highest powered Netgear router, and preferred as the top router for online console gaming.
- Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT AC5300 Router – The ultimate Asus networking centerpiece with power and style for future-proofing your WiFi network to next-gen Wireless-AC standards.
- Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato WiFi Router – Our most popular Tomato VPN Router.
Additional Benefits of a FlashRouter for Netflix VPN Users
Want advanced security options? Our routers have those. Care to extend your wireless range? Not a problem. Looking to prioritize your activities by bandwidth? Sounds difficult, but it’s no kind of issue for a FlashRouter.
What’s more, a FlashRouter even eases your VPN experience. If your VPN is on our supported provider list, we can send your router ready to work with your subscription right out of the box, saving you the hassle of dealing with the tricky installation process. Let our experts handle that.
Not only that, if you hold onto your old router, you can try out our popular dual router setup, which allows a user to have one dedicated VPN router and one router devoted to day-to-day, simple networking.
Plus we ship all over the world including Japan and the rest of Asia every single day via USPS and FedEx International!