If you have been stuck inside for the past six months, you might feel like you have “finished” Netflix. Yes, new content is being released monthly, but if you are binging, you get through it pretty quickly. The good news is that, throughout video streaming services, there is a wealth of international content. This content is extremely worthwhile if you just have the patience to read subtitles (or use English dubs).
Not all content, however, is available anywhere in the world. Streaming services have rights to certain content in some countries and not others. So, a series that airs on cable TV in America might be available on Netflix in Asian countries.
You can get access to international content fairly easily by using a VPN and other measures. Read more about the best VPN for streaming. Then consider using it in the following ways for the most popular streaming platforms.
Although Netflix famously went on a “purge” of VPN services, denying access to content if they detected you were on a VPN, they are still the easiest streaming service to get around. There are a number of VPN providers that are able to get past Netflix’s detection.
These include ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and others in the article linked above. If you are using one of these VPNs, and Netflix detects it, simply try another server. Usually, one or two servers are detectable, but the rest work.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon is somewhat better at detecting when you are using a VPN. So, you might try a number of servers before you find one which works. For this reason, if you want a VPN for Prime Video in particular, you should try the different options before committing.
Different VPN providers offer free trials or money-back guarantees. If you simply cannot find enough servers to work with Prime, you can move onto your next option. Fortunately, Amazon does have a lot of international content regardless of your location. In particular, they have a massive library when it comes to Bollywood films.
That said, if you are using a VPN for security purposes (which you should be), their VPN block is incredibly frustrating.
Hulu is somewhat more complicated than other streaming services. This is because it is not yet international. If you are in the US, you can get easy access, but if you live elsewhere, a VPN on its own is not enough.
With Hulu, in order to sign up and pay, you need a US address and credit card. For people with close family and friends in the US, this may not present such a problem. However, for everyone else, you need to find a workaround.
You can start by using gift cards to pay for a Hulu subscription. If you have an American Apple account, you can use that to make your payments. Alternatively, you can set up an American PayPal account. That way, you can load money without the issue of your credit card itself being American.
Try out these options and you will have a whole new range of content to choose from!