We’ve all been there; wanting to watch a show on our favourite streaming site, only to discover it’s blocked in our region and only available to watch in another part of the world. Whilst not only being annoying, it comes across as unfair that we pay for the service like everyone else but we get access to different content. Amazon Prime Video uses geo-blocking to block content in their catalogue in certain regions of the world, typically citing copyright and licence agreements as their reasoning behind this. There are ways around these regional blocks, however, with the solution being to use a VPN to trick the site into believing you’re in a different location to where you truly are.
Amazon Prime Video is growing increasingly popular around the world, now producing its own content in a bid to take on the streaming giant that is Netflix. Amazon Prime original shows and movies have proven to be award winning. With Amazon Prime Video you also get all of the benefits of Amazon Prime, such as access to Kindle Unlimited and unlimited free next day delivery – all for a similar price to Netflix. This is what makes it all the more annoying when a programme you’ve been desperate to binge isn’t available in your area. Continue reading for a breakdown of some of the best VPN services to help you bypass the regional blocks in place, letting you watch anything you want no matter your location.
Before we get into the best VPN services you can use for watching Amazon Prime Video content, you’re probably wanting to know what a VPN actually is. Well you’ve come to the right place because here we will discuss what a VPN is and how they work – as well as whether they’re actually legal and what you can use a VPN for. The benefits of VPNs are all well and good, but there are also concerns around their usage, which will also be covered further along in this article.
A VPN (with the full name being Virtual Private Network) is a term that is mentioned more and more in an age where people are more sensitive about online privacy and security. In short, a VPN is a safe passage for all of your online traffic, such as browsing, streaming and downloading. A VPN will route your traffic through a VPN server (with you being able to choose where the VPN server is located – which is how you can get around the regional blocks of services such as Amazon Prime Video) by spoofing where you are actually located (which websites are able to work out by your IP address) and assigns the location of the server you have chosen instead. Any website you visit will subsequently think you’re somewhere else and they won’t know who you are – which is great for bypassing regional blocks on content.
To use a VPN, you will need to download software so that, following the establishment of your internet connection via your ISP, you can connect to your provider’s VPN server whether you are using a desktop or a mobile device. Most providers will supply you with mobile phone apps (working with most major operating systems) to allow you to use a VPN for your on-the-go internet activity. Throughout the process of connecting to a VPN server, your traffic will be encrypted, which will also provide you with an extra layer of security when you’re browsing the internet – this keeps you safer online by keeping your data away from prying eyes, such as hackers.
Anyone is able to use a VPN and they’re extremely easy to set up and use, with many providers offering this service for varying prices – meaning anyone can access a VPN server regardless of their budget. Some providers will even offer you a free trial so that you can try out the software prior to purchasing it.
A VPN can also allow you to bypass regional restrictions primarily implemented by streaming services, such as Amazon Prime Video, as well as the restrictions imposed by oppressive governments, such as that of China or even the restrictions imposed by schools and workplaces that may block sites you need for research purposes or social networking sites. The best thing about a VPN is that they allow you to access the entirety of the internet without restriction whilst also securing your connection and keeping your data safe online.
VPN services can secure your online communications as well as assist you with online gaming by keeping your data secure and protecting you against a DDoS attack. Gaming can also be enhanced by a VPN by unblocking the geo-blocks that some games and sites may impose upon their players and allow them to access a faster server for a faster gaming experience or opening up a region-specific library.
Many online stores will target specific regions by providing lower prices in those places or they may increase prices in certain regions due to “local competition” or “price equality”. By using a VPN, you’ll be able to unlock cheaper prices when shopping online.
The short answer to this question is that using a VPN is perfectly legal, as long as you’re not using it to partake in illegal activities, such as fraud, scamming, spreading viruses or viewing child pornography to name a few. Assuming you’re not doing anything illegal whilst using a VPN, there is no issue with you using such a service – with Saudi Arabia and North Korea being the exceptions, and Russia having very strict guidelines as to when and how you can use a VPN. VPN service providers will not condone illegal activity and if you check their terms and conditions, you’ll find very clear usage policies.
A misconception of VPNs is that they serve to assist in illegal activity, which simply isn’t true. They’re primarily designed for the purpose of providing you with greater security online and, as long as this is why you use a VPN, you’ll run into no legal complications.
To put this answer in the simplest of terms, with the exception of a few countries, it isn’t the use of a VPN that’s illegal, but it is what you do on the internet whilst using a VPN that is illegal. If you partake in illegal activity online then that is considered illegal, regardless of your VPN usage, and VPN providers will have strict policies against illegal usage.
Continue reading to find out our top recommendations for VPN services that work best with Amazon Prime Video, which will provide you with various advantages, such as the best overall performance and the best customer service.
PureVPN comes in towards the top in terms of performance and reliability. However, it can be slightly difficult to access Amazon Prime Video content that’s only available in the United States with this VPN, as you first need to select stream mode before you find a US server that you can connect to in order to view that show you’ve been dying to watch.
It may not be the fastest VPN service, but the attractive design and overall service makes it a worthy choice and it’s likely to be able to serve your needs when it comes to accessing Amazon Prime Video. Competitively priced at £2.35 per month, PureVPN beats its rivals in both performance and cost. On the negative side, however, this service doesn’t offer a free trial – meaning you will be paying from the get go with no option to try the VPN first to determine if it meets your criteria.
In order to access the Amazon Prime Video catalogue of a different region, all you need to do with NordVPN is connect to a server from that region and then you’ll be good to go. This makes NordVPN one of the easier services for accessing online content only available in a different region, and it provides excellent value for money too.
Due to the large number of servers and locations that NordVPN has under its belt, the service is able to allow a connection that doesn’t reduce your speed. The service has around 5,100 servers across 62 countries – making it a wise choice for your Amazon Prime Video streaming needs.
NordVPN is also amongst the best when it comes to privacy and security. With this, service traffic passes through two VPN servers that are separate, maximising the security. As well as this security boost, NordVPN operates a policy of not logging your data – meaning your details are completely secure and shouldn’t be seen by anyone you wouldn’t wish to.
With the best price being around £2.29 per month, NordVPN is a cheap and reliable option for your VPN needs and is an excellent all-rounder when it comes to streaming the Amazon Prime Video content of another region, simply needing to connect to a server from that country (and NordVPN is likely to have one available to you) and then you’re good to start streaming.
What you do need to consider with this service, however, is that it doesn’t boast the simplest and most understandable of designs. You may want to do some research before subscribing to NordVPN and ensure you know how to use the service before signing up.
In terms of the design, StrongVPN definitely comes in near the top. It boasts a great design that is straight forward to get your head around and won’t leave you with a headache when trying to figure out how to use it. Whilst not offering the most features, when compared to the two services above, StrongVPN does have a very simple and easy design, which makes it a good choice for those who are new to using VPN services and may not know how to use them particularly well.
With apps for all major operating systems, including Windows, Mac and Android – StrongVPN has a catalogue of over 650 servers across 26 different countries, making it a relatively good option for streaming content from Amazon Prime Video. StrongVPN is especially reliable when you wish to watch the content of a major country, such as the United States or the United Kingdom.
StrongVPN offers around the clock customer support, allowing you to feel as though someone is always there to lend you a hand if you run into any difficulties. The service also provides a 30 day money back guarantee, giving you peace of mind that if you don’t get along with the software, you’ll be able to leave and receive a full refund. StrongVPN may not have the most features and best performance, but it’s more than adequate for the majority of users and is perfectly acceptable for streaming Amazon Prime Video via a VPN.
The cheapest rate is around £3.35 per month, which whilst not the cheapest offering is a fairly standard rate for a VPN service, and given the round the clock customer support and money back guarantee, it could be well worth the investment – especially for the great design that is easy to use. Consider with this service, however, that no free trial is offered, meaning you’re paying from the beginning – but with the money back option it is fairly risk free even though you do need to pay straight away.
If you wish to watch the Amazon Prime Video content available in the United States from the United Kingdom, this would be pretty easy with StrongVPN. All you’d need to do in this instance would be to connect to the United States and select Seattle from the list. StrongVPN also provides native apps for Fire TV, which is a streaming box that many people watch Amazon Prime Video from.
When it comes to customer support, ExpressVPN has the best offering. It is also a good service for watching Amazon Prime Video content from different locations. You’re able to use ExpressVPN to access content simply by connecting to the appropriate server for the country’s content you wish to access. Providing servers from just about any country in the world, and speedy ones at that, ExpressVPN has a great service offering, as well as one of the best customer support systems to help you along the way. ExpressVPN operates from 94 different countries, meaning the service won’t deteriorate if you’re travelling around.
This VPN service provides custom apps for both iOS and Android, meaning you can easily access Amazon Prime Video content on the go from your mobile device, as well as your main computer at home. Providing no free trial, you’ll want to be certain of the offering before signing up as paying upfront with no trial can be a slight risk. However, to alleviate any risk on your part, ExpressVPN offers a 30 day money back guarantee if you aren’t happy with the service they’re providing.
ExpressVPN isn’t the most straight forward of services, unlike StrongVPN, and is the most expensive option of these four providers listed, but you get a great and fast service for your money and you also get the most amazing customer support, which makes up for the heightened cost.
Now that you know some of the best VPN services for streaming content from Amazon Prime Video’s region-specific catalogues, you’ll be wanting to know what things you should look out for when choosing a VPN provider. Here, we will now discuss what you should keep an eye open for when shopping around the different providers of VPNs, especially if you want to stream Amazon Prime Video content.
We’ve already discussed the legality of VPNs at the start of this piece, and as you’ll remember they’re generally perfectly legal for you to use depending on what you’re actually doing whilst under the protection of a VPN. People are often concerned that using a VPN is illegal and will get them into trouble with the authorities, but besides a few restrictive countries this is not the case and is not something that should be of concern to you.
You may be concerned with the privacy aspect of using a VPN. By connecting to a different server is your data secure and will your identity remain private? In the world of VPNs, you will often hear the term “no data log policy” which, when put simply, refers to the amount of data your provider will or won’t collect. In general, it means that your data will not be collected by the provider and thus you’re completely safe online and your data will remain private to you and secure. Such a policy will generally be listed on the main features page, as it is something that is highly desirable for most users. You should look into what data the provider will collect, because it’s unlikely that none will be collected at all and therefore, you’ll want to know what they will be collecting about you. Naturally, if you want a VPN so that your online usage can be kept secure and private, then you’ll want to find the provider that collects the least information about you and stores the information they do collect in the most secure manner – typically through encryption and by implementing the best security protocols, such as those of OpenVPN.
In summary, we’ve explored the best VPN providers that can be used for viewing the geo-specific content of Amazon Prime Video, as well as other streaming sites. We’ve looked at what a VPN actually is and what benefits you can enjoy by using a VPN, as well as whether it’s actually legal to use one. The common concerns with VPN usage have been addressed too so that you have peace of mind, as well as knowing what you should look out for when looking for a VPN provider. With a VPN, you will now have access to the entire internet without restriction and your data will be more secure than ever. Have fun exploring the different VPN providers and we hope you can have many happy hours of streaming from Amazon Prime Video without those pesky geo-blockers that stop you from viewing your favourite shows and movies just because of where you are in the world.
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