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Netflix Content by Country Showdown – Unlock More Movies & TV Shows On Netflix

Netflix Comparison by Country - US, UK, Germany, France, Brazil, Canada

Updated 2018

Netflix is the best best online streaming service for watching popular movies and TV shows in the US and around the globe. A quick glance at the FAQ page on the Netflix official website displays a quite extensive listing of all Netflix streaming-only countries.

However, each Netflix locale, be it the Netflix USA, Netflix UK, Netflix Canada, Netflix, Brazil, Netflix France, Netflix Germany, and more, all provide different content viewing options. A movie or TV show that is available in Netflix USA may not also be available in Netflix UK and vice versa.

Are There Major Differences with Available Netflix Content by Country?

The simple answer is most undoubtedly, yes.

Streaming movies and TV shows may only be available in certain countries around the globe due to the regional content distribution deals and ownership rights of those titles. When a company like Universal licenses titles from their US catalog, it is possible they may not control those same rights in a country like Brazil. It is also possible they may have not agreed on fees in that specific country.

Netflix does not go into detail on their website about policies regarding the use of your account when traveling outside of your home country. This means that when you travel to the UK for a vacation or business trip you will still be able to log in and access your US Netflix account abroad. However, you will not be accessing the same Netflix you would see while connecting from home. According to Netflix’s FAQ page: “Available content may vary by location, and will change from time to time.” …and boy, does it ever!

In many cases, a TV show or movie may not be as popular in a given international region when compared to US viewing numbers. A studio trying to syndicate a TV show or distribute a movie that is unpopular in Europe or Latin America will accept a less lucrative content distribution deal with streaming services like Netflix in these locales. This allows Netflix to purchase movie and TV show rights by country to certain shows and movies, which may be prohibitively expensive in the US,  at fractions of the cost in locations around the world.

Comparing Availability of Netflix Content by Country

At FlashRouters, there is a very large International customer base, and one which is full of Internet users who love their streaming.

With this in mind, this post will begin a new series of blog posts to showcase the varied content that is available in differing Netflix locales. We want you to know what country is the best place to find the best and most popular content from top actors, directors, genres, and other fun categories (like superhero movies).

Our series of Netflix Content by Country Showdowns will showcase the vast difference between movies available in Netflix US, Netflix UK, Netflix Latin America, Netflix Europe, Netflix Canada, and possible some other Netflix regions.

Over the coming months, we will scour the Netflix content by country specifically for superhero movies, classic TV sitcoms, movies from blockbuster stars, and much more. Our first Netflix Content by Country Showdown is one of the most popular movie stars in the world today, Denzel Washington. Check this post often for updates to existing movie start lists as well as new Netflix by Country showdowns.

Best Streaming Content on Netflix Canada 2014

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #1: Denzel Washington

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #2: Superhero Movies

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #3: 90s US TV Sitcoms

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #4: Johnny Depp

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #5: Jennifer Lawrence

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #6: Scarlett Johansson

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #7: Leonardo DiCaprio

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #8: Steven Spielberg

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #9: Charlize Theron

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #10: Robert Downey Jr.

And there is plenty more to come. Have an actor, genre or filmmaker you’d like to see us breakdown? Let us know in the comments down below!

How To Unlock Netflix Content by Country?

So now that you know that there can be huge differences in availability for your favorite actors or movies, the question becomes how do you switch to any Netflix country you wish.

Well that is our specialty here! FlashRouters partners with many reputable VPN and SmartDNS providers so you can access the content you desire and get the most out of their Netflix subscriptions while home or traveling/working anywhere in the world.

To unblock the content you want on Netflix, it is important to choose a VPN or SmartDNS provider wisely. In order to access content from any Netflix library, it is important to subscribe to a provider with a wide array of international servers and locales. There are countless titles and shows that may only be available in a single Netflix region. If your VPN or SmartDNS provider does not offer a server or DNS locale in one of these regions, you will be missing out on some great streaming content.

SmartDNS vs. VPN Service

Debating whether you should be using a VPN or SmartDNS service, here is a handy breakdown of the benefits/disadvantages of each.

VPN

SmartDNS

Unlock Netflix Content in Any Country

Encrypted & Private Internet Connection

Fastest Speeds

Lower Cost

FlashRouters Supported

To summarize, both VPN service and SmartDNS service provide excellent solutions for gaining access to worldwide streaming content. Both of these are also fully supported by the FlashRouters support team.

When choosing between VPN or SmartDNS, it is important to identify what advantages are most important to you.

Advantages of VPN Service over SmartDNS

If you are concerned about general privacy and would like to make sure that your network and personal data are secured, then a protective VPN service would be preferable. A VPN service will actually change your browsing IP address and make it seem as if your IP address is in the country of your choosing.

This will also fully encrypt and anonymize your Internet activities from your ISP, other Internet services (Google, Facebook etc), or government oversight. Netflix servers will see you as visiting from this new VPN location and thus display the content for that Netflix region.

Advantages of Smart DNS Over VPN Service

If your main goal is to stream content that may be blocked in your region while maintaining your full network speed, without the need for extra encryption, then you should choose a SmartDNS provider.

How does Smart DNS Work? When you connect to a streaming service (or any website for that matter), that site will be resolved by Domain Name Servers (DNS) that are automatically passed through to your router or computer by your ISP, unless you manually input alternate servers.

At the simplest level, SmartDNS providers offer unique DNS addresses to input into your router or computer, so that when you visit a specific streaming website, that streaming website is resolved through the SmartDNS servers. These servers are specially configured to make your query appear as if it originated from the “smart” locale of your choosing, and not your real geographical location.

Since network masking is only occurring as the webpage is being resolved, your activity and connection is not encrypted. Therefore, there is no extra processing power required, which often causes a drop in the overall speed of the network. As this service does not need the same type of server maintenance as a full VPN solution, the price is typically a bit lower than that of a VPN service.

Best Routers for Netflix with VPN Service & SmartDNS

While it is possible to use both VPN and SmartDNS on single devices in your network, the only way to fully broadcast your VPN or SmartDNS network to any wired or wireless device in your home network is to configure the service on your router. Every FlashRouter is compatible with services from the best VPN and SmartDNS providers now available.

Top SmartDNS Providers For Netflix

ExpressVPN – One of the newest features to the ExpressVPN router app is their new MediaStreamer function. This new feature is a unique DNS management system that allows users to access streaming video content without encrypting your online traffic through a VPN.

This feature is built in to the ExpressVPN router app, allowing users to use their VPN service or their MediaStreamer option!

Check out our ExpressVPN Routers!

Smart DNS Proxy – Smart DNS Proxy founders have been in the Internet security business for nearly 20 years and have introduced the dedicated, safe-browsing, easy to use, no logging Smart DNS service with the ability to get access to the streaming content in the region you want no matter where you are located. For only $50 you can get the service for a full 2 years. SmartDNSProxy subscription now includes VPN service as well!

Check out our SmartDNS Proxy Routers.

Top VPN Service Providers For Netflix

Great deals on IPVanish Netflix VPN DD-WRT & Tomato Routers

Running a VPN connection requires a large amount of processing power, so if you choose to use a VPN for streaming needs, it is recommended you use a router with a large processor to handle the network encryption and HD streaming requirements (usually a minimum of 600 MHz).

This will help avoid drops in network speeds, due to high processing requirements needed from a router hardware to tunnel encrypted traffic around the globe. As VPN services need more maintenance and upkeep the price is usually a bit higher than that of a SmartDNS service.

HideMyAss! – Over 700 servers in over 100 countries 90000+ IP addresses available.

Check out our HideMyAss FlashRouters.

IPVanish –  Offers some of the fastest L1 server speeds worldwide with 60 plus country servers & most popular users in the Middle East & Asia.

Check out our IPVanish FlashRouters.

 

How to Watch Netflix US in Germany

Unblock Netflix US in Germany

Enjoy Netflix US in Germany

Regardless of changes in availability in Germany and the EU, the US version of Netflix is still the premiere option for the most popular content. It provides streaming TV and movie lovers with the latest and msot popular options including popular TV programs like The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and Netflix’s own House of Cards arriving in the US first. Using Netflix with a US American IP address is the best way to watch Netflix US in Germany.

How Can I Watch Netflix US in Germany?

So you are ready to get stated watching Netflix US on an Xbox, PS4, Roku or other streaming device from Germany? Well, the solution to your frustration couldn’t be simpler. Subscribe to a VPN service provider with US-based IP addressed.

Using a VPN to Watch Netflix US in Germany

A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is a subscription-based service that is designed to ensure the online security of anyone using it. When you run your devices through a VPN connection, all of your online data and activity is securely tunneled through encrypted servers and locations of your choosing all over the world. This high-level encryption guarantees that malevolent online forces – hackers, identity thieves, snooping governments – are incapable of tracking your behavior and accessing your sensitive information (e-mails, credit card information).

Better still – and this is the important part for those looking to watch Netflix US in Germany – when connected to the top German VPN providers, you’re given the choice of which encrypted server you’d like to use. So if you’re in Berlin on vacation and you log into your VPN and pick a US server, you’ll be given a US-based IP address.

Effectively, this tricks your computer and the website into believing it’s somewhere that its not, and voila! Unblocked! You are unblocked from access to US Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant and any other website/content that is blocked outside of America. You can use this same trick for unblocking the ability to watch Netflix US in Germany to access Google in China, or UK Netflix in America.

How To Set Up Router To Watch Netflix US in Germany

Your VPN and Netflix US streaming experience could be made a whole lot better with the help of a FlashRouter. Using a router specially equipped with a VPN will allow for you to change your IP address with ease. So what is so special about a FlashRouter? Here’s a little video to help you out.


VPN Provider Integration:
Each of these routers comes with built-in VPN integration, saving you the trouble of installing the tricky VPN installation software on your own (a process that has led to its fair share of bricked routers). If you have subscribed, or intend to subscribe, to any VPN on our Official Supported Provider List, your router will come ready to work with your VPN right out of the box!

Easy VPN Setup for Netflix: Hold on to your old router, and go with our popular dual router set-up which will allow you to switch between your local connection (for normal day-to-day usage) and your VPN (for advanced security and accessing geographically restricted material) with ease.

Best VPN Router & Providers for Netflix US from Germany

Popular VPN service providers for US IP addresses from Germany include:

Looking for more provider options, read our VPN provider comparison list to help you find the virtual private network that best suits your needs.

We haven’t even mentioned the primary appeals of owning a FlashRouter (although the video above should give you some idea of what FlashRouters offer). Every single router we offer is flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares that are designed to super-charge routers.

Using a device flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato allows you to access advanced security options, extend your wireless range, or even control how your bandwidth is allocated (something particularly important for those who are trying to stream movies from their Netflix Instant Queue in the best quality possible).

Have a question about our products or service? Just open a support ticket or e-mail us!

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The Difference Between Wireless-N, Wireless-AC and Wireless-AD

Difference Between Wireless G, N, AC

UPDATED 7/17/2018

People generally refer to all Wireless Internet as WiFi but, as with a lot of technical jargon, WiFi as a term is often misused. Are you one of those people constantly asking: Why is my Internet or my WiFi so slow?

Very often, it is not the Internet provider’s fault. Rather, it all comes down to the type of router you are using and the speed it offers.

Table Of Contents

What Are The Different Wireless Standards?

The wireless standard that we know today was created by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or IEEE.

IEEE 802.11 is a wireless networking standard created to keep manufacturers wireless routers and wireless networking devices (PS4, Laptops, Tablets, SmartTVs,  XboxOne, iPhones, Roku) on the same page. These standards include IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, and 802.11ad. So what are these standards and what do they have to do with you?

What is Wireless-G & Wireless-N?

Wireless-G and Wireless-N are terms referring to 802.11g and 802.11n wireless networking standards set by the IEEE.

802.11g was a wireless standard is on its way out from modern usage. It offered speeds of up to 54 Mbps and was quickly adopted due to its upgrade in speed over 802.11b.

For example, most coffee shop hotspot routers run on Wireless-G (54 Mbps) or even Wireless-B (11 Mbps). They are constantly being shared by many people so it can be somewhat slow to connect and actually surf the web.

Wireless-N was created to improve network throughput (maximum speed and transmission capabilities) over the two prior standards—802.11b and 802.11g.

Wireless-N was a significant upgrade from Wireless-G for the following reasons:

  • Increased maximum data transmission rate from 54Mbps to up to 900Mbps
  • Wider bandwidth capabilities to 40 Mhz
  • Increased security and improvement of stability and range

While these features may have been an upgrade from Wireless-G, Wireless-N is now being phased out with a new successor. Luckily, new routers and wireless standards will still support Wireless-N and the older wireless standards.

Looking for a router that supports your Wireless-N devices? Check out our Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 DD-WRT FlashRouter!

What is Wireless-AC?

Wireless-AC is the next iteration of the IEEE’s wireless standards. The 802.11ac standard greatly improves nearly every aspect of Wireless-N.

Wireless-AC has increasingly become more formalized and is essentially the minimum for every wireless-capable device. Some improvements include:

  • Increased maximum data transmission rates of up to 5300 Mbps
  • Wider bandwidth capabilities of 80 Mhz as well as an optional 160 Mhz channel
  • Additional 5 GHz frequency band for faster speeds and less wireless clutter

For the best Wireless-AC speeds we recommend the Linksys WRT3200ACM DD-WRT FlashRouter.

What is Wireless-AD?

Wireless-AD is among the newest wireless standards to hit the consumer market. As with any new wireless standard, nearly every aspect has been improved and upgraded. Some of these upgrades include:

  • Increased maximum data transmission rates of up to 7200 Mbps
  • Additional 60 GHz frequency band
  • High-quality 4K movie downloads in mere minutes

However, Wireless-AD is not backward compatible. Simply put, there are few very Wireless-AD compatible devices that support the new 60 GHz frequency band.

What is Wireless-AD? The Netgear R9000 DD-WRT

Currently, that makes Wireless-AD a great future proofing feature on the routers that support it, such as the Netgear Nighthawk R9000 X10 AD7200 DD-WRT FlashRouter. When Wireless-AD becomes adopted as the standard, you will be ready.

Why Should You Upgrade To Wireless-AC?

Hanging onto an older Wireless-G or Wireless-N router means you are sacrificing overall speed and security while actually hindering the wireless capabilities for newer devices.

Using a Wireless-G or Wireless-N router with your iPad may feel like trying to catching a fish with a stick. It may eventually work, but it certainly not the most efficient way to get the job done. This is not an iPhone 6S to iPhone 7 type upgrade where you have a little bit sleeker device and a few new features to play with. When a wireless standard is jumped, you are talking MAJOR wireless connectivity improvements.

Want to see the differences between Wireless AC, Wireless-N, and Wireless-G? Well, here’s a quick breakdown for you.

 Wireless-GWireless-NWireless-ACWireless-AD
Max Throughput (Speeds):54 Mbps900 Mbps5300 Mbps7200 Mbps
Max Wireless Range (Radius):75 Ft200 Ft500 Ft500 Ft
Wireless Channel Widths:20 Mhz20/40 Mhz20/40/80/160 Mhz5/10/20 Mhz
Wireless Bands:One 2.4 Ghz (Single Band)One 2.4Ghz & One 5 Ghz (Dual Band)One 2.4 Ghz & Two 5 Ghz (Tri-Band)One 2.4 Ghz, Two 5 GHz Bands, & 60 GHz Bands (Quad-Stream)

Of course, these ranges are maximum distances in optimal conditions. Most of us don’t live in a world where there is no other wireless interference. Even if you don’t see any other wireless signals in your range, there is still a laundry list of devices that can cost you range, such as cordless phones, baby monitors and even microwaves.

While Wireless-AD is the latest iteration of the standard, getting a premium Wireless-AC router is the best way to ensure compatibility with the best performance.

Here is a handy list of some of our most popular Wireless-AC Routers and their manufacturer speed maximums:

Top FlashRouters By Maximum Speeds

Wireless-AC 1900 Mbps
Linksys WRT1900ACS/AC v2 DD-WRT Top Budget Wireless-AC Option
Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT

Wireless-AC 2600 Mbps
Netgear R7800 X4S DD-WRT

Wireless-AC 3200 Mbps
Linksys WRT3200ACM DD-WRT – Best Recommended Wireless-AC Router

Wireless-AC 5300 Mbps
Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT – Best Range Router of 2018

Wireless-AD 7200 Mbps
Netgear R9000 DD-WRT – Most Powerful DD-WRT Router of 2018

If you are looking to get “faster wifi,” these are the devices you want to buy.

Upgrading these router’s firmware to the powerful DD-WRT firmware platform on all of these routers, as FlashRouters does, allows you more control over the signal while improving signal strength and stability. Many of these routers have excellent hardware but the manufacturer’s firmware actually hinders their abilities.

Buying one of these routers with a DD-WRT upgrade can make a world of difference in their overall performance and create a new bedrock for your networking gateway.

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