Why are Residential VPNs Best for Streaming?

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This is a question that’s on every user’s mind today. Why is residential VPN a better website unblocker than traditional VPNs? Well, the answer lies in the operating principle of residential VPNs.

As you already know, a residential VPN generates 100% true residential IP addresses. These IPs are (or similar to) those that are provided by real internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and Cox in the United States. Using such an IP makes you appear like a true resident of the country you are routing through. For example, if you are in China and are routing through Austria, you will get an Austrian ISP-generated IP address.

In a traditional VPN, you end up using an IP address generated by a server. Browsing the web through this IP will make your actions anonymous. But you won’t be considered a true resident of that country. That is where residential VPNs stand out.

To better understand this, let’s take the help of an example.

Why You Should Use a Residential VPN to Unblock Streaming Sites

Assume you are a user in a US city trying to watch a sitcom on Netflix. To your bad luck, that show is available only on Netflix UK. So, what do you do?

You use a VPN to route your traffic via a UK server and try to unblock the geo-restricted content. When it comes to Netflix, you are essentially trying to break its geofence. This is a virtual perimeter enforced by Netflix to prevent users from streaming content licensed solely for another country.

Here’s where a problem might arise: Netflix has blacklisted the VPN IP address that you are using. This is more common these days where streaming sites have begun blacklisting commonly used VPN server IPs. Although a majority of the IPs that are in these blacklists are part of free VPNs, you can’t tell if your VPN provider is affected or not.

Netflix identifies VPN IPs by gauging their source and physical location. The website’s infrastructure is capable of distinguishing a real IP location from a server’s.

When you use a residential VPN, on the other hand, the problem does not even arise. Netflix will consider the residential IP as a true one, assuming it to be that of a real user browsing from a UK region. While some reports suggest that residential IPs have also fallen prey to this blacklisting in recent times, we are yet to see a first-hand incident at TuxlerVPN.

This ease of streaming through quick unblocking is what makes residential VPNs the best way to bypass geo-restrictions. 

Tips to Use TuxlerVPN as a Website Unblocker

While using a residential VPN to unblock your favorite content on streaming sites may sound easy, we recommend using caution while doing so. Here are some useful tips next time you try to break through a geofence.

  • Log out of all instances (of the streaming site) across devices before connecting via a VPN
  • Clear your browser cache before logging in
  • If you are unable to unblock via a browser, try the site’s desktop or mobile app
  • Use a streaming guide to check which countries a movie or a show is available in
  • After unblocking and streaming, log out and start afresh

Following these tips will help you stay safe and secure while streaming. While we don’t expect streaming sites to come down heavily on their users for circumventing their geofence, it is best to play safe.

Want to try TuxlerVPN to unblock a movie or a show of another country? Check it out today!

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