How to watch Canadian Netflix in Europe
Jeff, TV analyst for WatchTVAbroad hails from Pennsylvania, United States and after growing up disinterested in sport found his sport calling in his late teenage years. Now he loves nothing more than streaming boxing, MMA and other combat sports.
People around the world love and admire European countries for their rich history, culture, great food, and many other aspects.
However, when it comes to watching Netflix in Europe, you may not be satisfied, and for a good reason, especially if you’re Canadian.
While Netflix is available in pretty much all European countries, it is severely limited in many of them.
As a result, whether you are a local in one of them, or if you are a foreign expat, or even if you are travelling to visit from countries like Canada, you might find that you are missing some of the most popular content once you log into your Netflix account.
Canadian Netflix has a lot of shows and movies not available in Europe and to unlock it you’ll need a VPN app which I’ll explain more about below.
What is a VPN?
VPN, or ‘Virtual Private Network’, is an app that allows you to become semi-anonymous and keeps you protected while browsing the web.
One of the features is allowing you to alter your location and disguise where you are.
Whenever you connect to a server within the VPN’s server network, one in another country, such as Canada, any websites you visit or apps you use will think you’re in that country.
When you access Netflix, the streaming service scans your location and decides where you are to give access to which catalogue of movies and TV shows.
So if you connect to Canada on the VPN, Netflix will think you are in Canada, instead of France, the UK, Germany, Spain or wherever else you are in Europe.
Where to get a VPN?
The next big question is where to get a VPN, or rather, which one to use.
This can be a big problem for new users who do not know which service to go for, especially since there are hundreds of VPN services out there.
After some lengthy testing, I settled on ExpressVPN.
It has excellent speeds which make it perfect for streaming content. It also has affordable prices, and even a 30-day money-back guarantee, which is great if you change your mind within a month from purchasing one of its plans.
Alternatively, you can also try out Surfshark and CyberGhost, which are also pretty good options and the choice is yours.
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A step-by-step guide to setting up a VPN
If you’ve never used a VPN or any similar software, you might be intimidated by the idea, especially if you are not especially tech-savvy.
However, the good news is that you don’t have to be. Setting up a VPN is a straightforward process that anyone can do, and it can be done in only a few minutes.
Here is what you need to do:
1. Pick a VPN
The first step is to choose a VPN service, and once more, we recommend ExpressVPN. It works with Netflix, and it can unblock Canadian Netflix and a few other countries.
2. Sign up
Next, go to the VPN’s website and sign up. You will have to enter your email address, choose a payment plan, and enter your payment details.
3. Download the app
Next, you should decide which device you wish to watch Canadian Netflix on, and then download the app for that device, either from the VPN site, or the app store for mobile devices or Smart TVs.
4. Setting up the app
After that, install the app (it is installed automatically on a mobile device), launch it, and log in. It is that straightforward.
Lastly, you need to find a list of servers once inside the app. Select any server in Canada, and connect to it.
That’s all there is to it. You can now go and watch Netflix with all the Canadian content you can ever want.
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Why is Canada better for watching Netflix?
You might be wondering, why go through all this trouble?
Surely Canadian Netflix cannot be that much better than what some of the leading nations in Europe can watch? Let’s see what the numbers say, and then you can decide if you still believe so.
At this time, Canadian Netflix offers access to 629 TV shows and 2942 movies. Now, let’s see how Europe compares.
For example, in France, you can only watch 387 TV shows and 1541 movies. The situation is similar in Sweden (342 shows; 1738 movies), Norway (337 shows; 1762 movies), and even the UK (542 shows; 2425 movies).
Meanwhile, Albania has only 33 shows and 200 movies, Italy has 196 shows and 1000 movies, Greece has 204 shows and 581 films, and even Germany only has 350 shows and 1435 movies.
It’s not just a difference in numbers either, Canadian Netflix and those countries in Europe all feature different movies and TV shows.
Is that all that a VPN can do?
If you are thinking that having access to extra content on Netflix would be great, but you aren’t willing to pay the price just for that – don’t worry, a VPN does much more than only unblock Netflix in other countries.
It uses its privacy and security features to hide your traffic from online surveillance completely.
It makes you semi-anonymous on the internet, it encrypts your content so that nobody can see what you are doing, and it doesn’t keep logs, so all information on your activities is deleted.
Not even your internet provider will know what you did with a VPN active, so you can move through the web and leave no trace behind.
In addition to that, you can unblock pretty much any other service, TV channels like CTV, Bravo and more, websites, games, or anything else on the internet.
With a VPN, you can even keep hackers at bay while using a public WiFi, which is too often a hunting ground for cybercriminals.
If you are travelling from Canada to Europe, and especially if you live in Europe, you might want to consider getting access to Canadian Netflix, so that you can enjoy a much bigger and different Netflix library.
Doing this is effortless with a VPN app. I recommend using ExpressVPN but there are other recommendations earlier in this article.
All you need to do is follow the instructions above and you’ll be watching Canadian Netflix wherever you are in Europe in minutes.