You pop open Netflix for some mindless fun after a long day, look up Family Guy, and it’s not there. What gives? Well, you’ve run into a classic problem with the platform – pesky geo-restrictions. Basically, Family Guy isn’t available on Netflix locally because Disney decided not to license it in your region.
So what can you do about it? Open the link above (you’ll need it for later) and read on for the details.
Watch Family Guy on Netflix with a VPN
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a useful app for securing your network data and bypassing annoying geo-blocks. How does it work, though? Essentially, it changes your IP address (and thus your virtual location) to a different one, depending on which VPN server you connect to.
Not only can you access Netflix’s worldwide library with this method, but even region-exclusive streaming platforms like Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and others. Read on for a quick rundown on what to do to start watching Family Guy and other titles from abroad.
How to Use a VPN
Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to use one. Just:
- Sign up with a reliable provider that works on Netflix
- Download their app on your PC, laptop, smartphone, or tablet
- Launch the app and sign in with your login details
- Choose a VPN server in a country that has the show you’re looking for
- Try looking up Family Guy (or other titles unavailable in your area) on Netflix
And there you have it – your weekend binge session can begin.
Two problems, though. Which VPNs work on Netflix and which of its library streams your favorite shows? Both issues are easily solvable with one click. If you haven’t already, open the link at the start of the article for several VPN providers guaranteed to unblock the full Netflix experience. You’ll also find which countries currently have Family Guy.
Well, the seven seasons (12 to 18) currently available on the platform, at least. Seasons 9 to 11 used to be on Netflix Canada, though they’ve been removed this August. These things tend to happen pretty often. As such, we recommend bookmarking the link at the start for an easy way to look up which Netflix library currently has your favorites.
Why Don’t All VPNs Work with Netflix?
It would be nice if every streaming platform got rid of geo-restrictions altogether. Until that happens (if ever), we still need to use VPNs to unblock content online. Unfortunately, Netflix and co. aren’t exactly happy about people doing so.
In fact, they’ve been blocking VPNs for years now. Want to know how bad this cat-and-mouse game has gotten? Well, just this August, Netflix locked thousands of users out of their accounts when they added residential IP’s to their blacklists. To make matters worse, most of these users weren’t even using a VPN.
The situation is unlikely to change any time soon. Fortunately, subscription-based providers can afford to refresh their IP addresses when Netflix blacklists them. Sadly, this can’t be said about free VPNs, as their server networks are usually much smaller. Of course, they wouldn’t be a good option for streaming even if they did work on the platform.
For one, their performance is often lacking, and only useful for light browsing at best. Even worse, most of them suffer from serious security issues and sell user data to advertisers. Save yourself the trouble and try out one of the providers recommended in the beginning. They all have 30-day money-back guarantees available, so you risk nothing but the few minutes it takes to create an account.