“Whoops, something went wrong…
You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again…”
Isn’t that the most dreaded error you come across?
You wanted to enjoy Netflix. You installed a free proxy and, in fact, you were able to open the US Netflix website successfully. However, as soon as you clicked on any show to watch, your screen turned black and showed the above message, such as in the image below:
Regardless, it is not the case for US Netflix alone. If you try to access Netflix of a country other than yours, you will get the same Netflix proxy error message (netflix.com/proxy). It is all due to the copyright or licensing issues of the Netflix service which are reserved for the country it is operating in.
Moreover, as long as there is a proxy or a VPN service provider and Netflix geo-specific licensing policy, you will continue to see the infuriating error.
Luckily, you don’t need to be upset about not being able to access Netflix anymore since you can successfully access it with PureVPN…pretty easily, at that!
But before we get to the Netflix proxy error fix, let’s take a quick look at what makes the service so popular.
Why Is Netflix So Popular?
Did you know that Netflix had already exceeded its 100 million subscribers mark by the second quarter of 2017? Amazing, isn’t it?
Well, believe it or not, around a billion hours of videos are watched on this popular streaming channel on a weekly basis. Well, these stats are outstanding on their own, but there’s more to it than stats that make the service simply popular.
Initially started as a DVD rental service, Netflix switched its DVD rental to online streaming service after the dawn of broadband. Soon after it gained great popularity in the US, the service began its expansion that reached to other countries such as Canada, the UK, etc.
However, the fact that makes Netflix popular is its infinite gallery of movies, TV shows and other entertainment media content such as sports. After all, the US has its own movies and shows and so as UK, China, and so on.
The Crown is the one of the best Netflix original series based on the life and regin of Queen Elizabeth II
Narcos is a popular Netflix series amongst crime drama fans. It sketches the real-life stories of the 1980’s drug lords or kingpins.
Moreover, you don’t have to subscribe the streaming channel for different countries. You can use the same account of Netflix in the US and other countries easily. However, there’s a bummer…You may access Netflix with a single account, but you won’t be able to access your country content in any other country.
Suppose you are on vacation in the UK and you want to access the US Netflix. Unfortunately, when you try to access the Netflix, it will open the UK version of the service and shows UK content instead of US.
Here a Virtual Private Network (VPN) comes into play, allowing users to enjoy their favorite shows regardless of the country. Best of all, PureVPN is the VPN that works with Netflix and thus can help you get instant access to it.
How to Fix Netflix Proxy Error with PureVPN
There are many services that does not offer uninterrupted and seamless Netflix access, but PureVPN does. It has more than 2,000 servers in 140+ countries, all of which are lag-free and easy to connect to. To get around the Netflix proxy error, here are the following methods you can opt for:
Step-by-Step Guide for Chrome or Firefox Browser
Subscribe to PureVPN and Download the Extension/Add-on
There are not many services that offer uninterrupted and seamless Netflix access. But PureVPN does. However, you first need to subscribe to the service by going through its website. Choose the deal that best meets your need.
We recommend you to choose the 2-year plan so that you don’t have to re-subscribe at least for another two years and thus enjoy Netflix for a prolonged period.
After getting your PureVPN credentials, go to the PureVPN extension page where you can download the add-on or extension for your preferred browser: Firefox or Chrome.
Check Your Real IP
Before connecting the PureVPN, first of check your real IP and location. Visit the website: whatismyipaddress.com to check your IP.
Since you are not using a VPN, your browser will show your actual IP and location.
Open up the device where you want to stream your favorite shows on Netflix.
Launch the app.
Now, click on the Popular Websites tab and you will get a list of streaming services that you can connect with PureVPN. Currently, PureVPN offers instant access to a list of streaming portals other than Netflix.
Click on the US Netflix server.
Check Your IP Again
To make sure that the VPN is working , you may visit the website: whatismyipaddress.com again to check your IP.
You should be able to see now that your IP has changed to a different one as well as your location.
Visit Netflix and Enjoy
Now, visit the Netflix website.
You will see that you access the website without any hindrance.
Now click the show you want to watch and enjoy seamless streaming without worrying about any Netflix proxy error.
Step-by-Step Guide for Android & iOS
- Sign up for PureVPN premium account
- Download and Install the respective app on your Android or iOS
- Launch PureVPN app and select Stream Mode
- Now tap Channels and then tap Netflix US
- Once connected, launch Netflix US app and enjoy on your smartphones or tablets
Step-by-Step Guide for Windows & Mac
- Get PureVPN premium account
- Download and Install the application
- Open PureVPN client on your system and select Stream
- Click on Channels and then select Netflix US
- Enjoy unlimited Netflix US streaming on your desired browser
Setup Guide for Other Devices via Router
You can also access Netflix on other devices using PureVPN via a DDWRT-supported router. Following is the list of devices on which you can access Netflix with PureVPN:
- Smart TV
- Apple TV
- Windows Phone
You can learn more about the setup guides by visiting the following link: https://support.purevpn.com/how-to-watch-us-netflix-with-purevpn
The Age-Old Battle between Netflix & VPN
You get the Netflix proxy error because Netflix has a smart detection system that not all VPNs can evade. As mentioned earlier, some VPNs might be able to get you to the Netflix website of the country you want. But, it won’t be able to help you stream the content.
Netflix has long been against the use of VPNs or proxy servers. And, it is not simply because it has some grudge against the services themselves. On the contrary, Netflix has some restrict obligations that require service to show licensed content to only agreed-upon countries.
In fact, Netflix has mentioned in its Terms of Services that users can only access the content of the country where the user has created the account. Moreover, the service has all the rights to, “use technologies to verify your geographic location.”
How Netflix Detects a Proxy or a VPN?
You get the Netflix proxy detected error because the streaming service follows advance proxy detection practices. By verifying user authentication and thoroughly analyzing the content delivery, it can detect a proxy or a VPN.
As a result, when you use a VPN that is not compatible with Netflix, you get the Netflix proxy error.
Regardless, you don’t have to worry about the Netflix proxy error when you use PureVPN.
The Existing and Upcoming Netflix Competition
Netflix is popular indeed, but its “streaming hegemony” may soon come to an end due to fierce competition.
Netflix already has some big competitors like Hulu and Amazon that have some good level of fan following around the world. Just like Netflix has its exclusive shows that are gaining worldwide popularity such as Stranger Things, Amazon and Hulu also have their exclusive shows that are not behind in the lines such as Transparent and The Handmaid’s Tale, respectively.
Here Are The Current and Upcoming Threats to Netflix Dominion
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But Hulu and Amazon aren’t the only names Netflix has to worry about in the coming months or years. There’s also the granddaddy of entertainment stepping into the world of online streaming, the Walt Disney Company.
With outstanding shows and titles like Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and Disney’s live-action, Walt Disney Company may soon get ahead of the competition.
Well, that’s all for now.
Say goodbye to that annoying Netflix proxy error for good, and enjoy Netflix on your PC, laptop, SmartTV, Amazon Fire Stick or any other device with PureVPN.