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Netflix: this tool tracks which VPNs are blocked

Many Netflix users are familiar with hopping through VPNs and DNS tools in a bid to access foreign versions of the service.

But it can be a rather infuriating process, as Netflix and VPN/DNS providers play ‘whack a mole’ with each other.

Fortunately, a new tool has popped up recently, showing users which VPNs are able to access the US version of Netflix. Dubbed CheckFlix, the tool attempts to keep an up-to-date list of working and blocked VPNs.

“Our proprietary software does a complete check of each VPN every hour; giving you up-to-date, accurate information on which VPN you should use to get American Netflix right now,” the website explains.

CheckFlix aims to help users easily circumvent Netflix restrictions

It’s by no means a comprehensive list, featuring five services, while there are also “purchase” buttons next to each entry. It’s unclear whether CheckFlix/AddOnHQ gets a financial kickback from purchases via this route.

The company has explained its reasoning for listing the five services though.

“We chose to list StrongVPN, NordVPN, Buffered, ExpressVPN, and PIA based on our research, which seemed to indicate that these 5 VPNs have been the most successful in being able to access the American Netflix post-proxy-crackdown.”

Although you are paying for the content, hopping through Netflix regions is still considered rather dodgy by the company. So keep that in mind if you plan to use this tool.

Author | Hadlee Simons

Hadlee Simons
Terrible puns make Hadlee Simons difficult to work with, but he brings over seven years of tech journalism experience to the table. When he's not at work or watching motorsport, he's in the foetal position on a jiu jitsu mat. More


  1. sergey shiskin

    December 15, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    This looks like useful tool, but they should add more providers to the list. Purevpn also work without problems as they have largest number of servers and IP’s.. you can grab it cheap for 24 months from here https://vpntrends.com

  2. Caitoothom

    December 15, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    You forgot to mention PureVPN in the list which has been by far the most successful and best one when it comes to accessing Netflix.

  3. katetaylor

    December 15, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Undoubtedly ExpressVPN is the best VPN which is still working on Netflix US, use its LA servers and unlock the American Netflix library

  4. Walter S.

    December 15, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I tried Expressvpn but it never worked even when contacting support. It really seems like a scam to advertise the service like this.
    https://traceless.me is working fine with US version of Netflix and they have a trial account to test the service, I would never go with a service that I can’t try out.

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