Many of you might not be able to stream US Office on Netflix due to pesky licensing restrictions. Fortunately, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) can help you get past such blocks and join up with the gang at Dunder Mifflin in no time. Here’s how.
Why The Office US Isn’t Available In Your Area
There are multiple factors involved in making a show available for local streaming. Most of the time, it just comes down to money. Rather than offer worldwide streaming rights to a single company (like Netflix), movie and TV studios prefer to cut better deals with local TV stations or content services.
Or better yet, why not just create their own platform and keep the streaming rights (and resulting profits) to themselves? That’s exactly the idea behind the US-based “Peacock” service, and why NBCUniversal shows like The Office and A.P. Bio aren’t available on Netflix in the area.
So how would a VPN help with the issue? Scroll on for the details.
How to Use a VPN to Watch The Office
Watching shows from abroad is just a matter of changing your device’s IP address. This identifier shows online services which country you’re from, which city you live in, and sometimes even your ZIP code. By connecting to a VPN server in a different country, most (if not all) websites will work as if you currently reside in that region.
Since you plan to watch The Office US in particular, all you need to do is:
- Sign up with a VPN provider that can actually unblock Netflix. See the link in the beginning for a few excellent choices that can currently bypass Netflix’s strict VPN filters.
- Download and install their VPN app on your streaming device. Most VPNs nowadays are compatible with all major platforms, including Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and Linux.
- Log in with your account details.
- Choose a VPN server located in a country that streams The Office. Right now you can find the show in the UK, Canada, Japan, and others.
Of course, the info on that last point is likely to change in the future. As such, we recommend bookmarking the StreamCatcher link at the start of the article for future reference. You can also use the service to look up other Netflix titles and which libraries you need to access to view them.
Will Netflix Ban You For Using a VPN?
Content providers like Netflix are contractually obligated to stop people from viewing geo-restricted shows. They continuously block VPN IP addresses, which is why free VPNs never work. Not for streaming purposes, at least. And even if they did, their glaring security issues would make your weekend binges more dangerous than they need to be.
Even premium providers are in trouble nowadays, as Netflix started blocking residential IP addresses to filter VPNs that use such IP’s. Of course, all they’ve managed to do was shut out thousands of innocent Netflix users. For VPN companies, that’s just business as usual, and they’ll continue finding ways to evade the Netflix filters.
Despite all the above, it’s unlikely that Netflix would ban you over using a VPN on their service. After all, why would they want to hurt their bottom line by blocking paying customers? Well, aside from the “Kevin drops the chili”-level blunder we’ve mentioned above.
In the end, you have nothing to worry about when it comes to unblocking shows with a VPN. At most, you’ll need to connect to a different server in case the one you’re on gets blocked. Try a server in another city from the same country, or see where else you can stream The Office on StreamCatcher.