Best VPN for Unblocking Netflix & Gaming 2016-2017

Netflix has in recent years begun to activately block VPN services, and they’ve been quite successful at it. From what I can understand they mostly ban IP ranges associated with various VPN services, but nobody knows for sure all the measures they are taking to block virtual private networks.

However, there are a number of services which have consistently been working or been able to circumvent the bans by Netflix through various methods, and in this video I am going to list a few of them that I’ve personally tried out and verified.

These VPN services can also be used for gaming. While it is generally not recommended as it might lower your ping and put some extra strain on your CPU which may affect your performance, there are still some circumstances where VPN service are useful for gaming. For example, if you want to access geoblocked servers, if you are using a shared IP that has been banned, if you want to circumvent firewall restrictions at your school or workplace and if you want to protect yourself from DDOS attacks, then a VPN service might provide some solutions.

# Name VPN Protocols Country Locations Speed Latency Security Privacy Rating
1 ExpressVPN OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, SSTP US, UK & 85 more countries Great Great Great Good 9/10
2 Buffered VPN OpenVPN UDP & TCP US, UK & 34 more countries Great Good Great Good 8/10
3 Vanished VPN PPTP, L2TP* US, UK, Australia Great Average Good Average 7.5/10

 

#1 ExpressVPN

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ExpressVPN was founded in 2009 and is based in the British Virgin Islands. It is one of the biggest VPN services at the moment with 1000+ servers in 87 countries including the US and UK. ExpressVPN supports most common VPN protocols such as OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP and SSTP, although L2TP and SSTP have limited availability. Performance wise I was able to max out my internet connection with their servers both in the US and UK. Latency was good in relation to my location on all the servers I tested. I was able to login and watch US Netflix.

Their privacy policy is fairly good, VPN protocols are secure and the fact that ExpressVPN is based in the British Virgin Islands helps to protect their users as well. Their custom VPN client also does not leak DNS information.

Unfortunately there are no free account or trial options, but they have a 30-day moneyback guarantee. The cheapest plan for ExpressVPN is a annual subscription for $99.95, or $8.32/month. Payment options include credit cards, Paypal, Paymentwall and Bitcoin.

ExpressVPN gets 9 out of 10 points.

ExpressVPN Homepage | Signup for ExpressVPN

 

#2 Buffered VPN

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Buffered VPN is a VPN service based in Hungary but incorporated in Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory. The service was founded in 2013 and now has servers in US, UK and 34 other countries. Buffered only supports one VPN protocol, OpenVPN, although it can be used in both UDP and TCP modes. My home internet connection using their US and UK servers was maxed out and the latency was normal in both country locations, although with OpenVPN the ping is slightly higher than with less encrypted protocols like PPTP and L2TP. I was able to successfully login to US Netflix and watch movies and TV shows.

The privacy policy of Buffered is OK, but because they are based in Hungary they have to follow EU data retention rules. The VPN connection is secure and their VPN client does not leak DNS information.

Buffered offers no free account or trial options, however the service comes with a 30-day moneyback guarantee. The cheapest plan on Buffered VPN costs $99 per year, or $8.25 per month. Payment options include credit cards and Paypal, but there is no Bitcoin payment option.

I’ll give Buffered VPN 8 out of 10 points.

Buffered VPN Homepage | Signup for Buffered VPN

 

#3 Vanished VPN

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Vanished VPN is a new VPN service based in Australia which was founded in 2016. Australia does not have the best data privacy laws, but Vanished does not focus on privacy, rather it is based more on unblocking streaming services such as US Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, BBC iPlayer and many others. Vanished has servers in the US, UK and Australia, as well as a special set of servers for unblocking sports streaming sites. They support PPTP and L2TP VPN protocols, with OpenVPN support coming soon. I tried out their servers on speed testing websites and was able to max out my home internet connection on both their US and UK servers. The latency was a bit higher than normal, but still pretty average, although it may affect gaming performance.

Their privacy policy is OK, but they do log a bit more data than most VPN services and must follow Australian data retention laws. Vanished also does not have custom VPN client, users must use the built-in VPN clients on their operating system or third party clients. However I found that their connections were fairly secure and there were no DNS leaking when I tried out the service on Windows.

There are no free account or trial options available by default, although their terms of service does say that they reserve the right to offer free trials at their own discretion. So it might be worth it to contact them about a free trial, if you feel like you need to test out their service before subscribing. Vanished has only one plan which costs $8.99 per month. Payment options include only credit cards, no Paypal or Bitcoin. They are a fairly new service, but I would still appreciate more payment options.

I will give Vanished VPN 7.5 out of 10 points.

Vanished VPN Homepage | Signup for Vanished VPN

 

 

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