Despite some potential historical inaccuracies, Vikings definitely has one of the best portrayals of, well, Vikings in the history of television. The writing is “just one more episode” levels of good, the acting is amazing, and the music and sets aren’t the kind you’ll soon forget about.
But is this awesome TV series on Netflix?
The good news is that yes, it is. The bad news is that it’s not available everywhere Netflix is. You can actually use StreamCatcher (a tool from ProPrivacy) to see exactly which countries the show is available in. Judging from the result, it’s not as many as you might think.
What’s more, if you hover over the different seasons, you’ll see some of them are not available in all the countries on that list. For example, the first three seasons are available in all those countries, but you can only watch the last season in half of those locations (kind of defeats the purpose of even watching the show, really).
Quite a bummer, right?
It doesn’t have to be that way. We’ll show you how to quickly unblock this show on Netflix using one simple online tool.
How to Unblock Vikings on Netflix Quick & Easy – Use a VPN
If you were thinking you actually have to travel to one of the countries where the show is available, you can relax and stop browsing Booking or Airbnb. Unblocking Vikings is as simple as using a VPN – an online service that hides your IP address and encrypts your traffic.
If you’d like to know how it helps you, here’s a quick summary:
- You’ll use a VPN app to connect to a VPN server. NOTE: The server has to be in a country where Vikings is available (like France).
- The app and server will then establish an encrypted connection. Nobody will be able to spy on the data passing through it (not even your ISP, so say goodbye to bandwidth throttling).
- When you visit Netflix, all your traffic heading to it passes through the VPN server. It basically acts like a middleman, so your connection will look like this: You 🡪 VPN Server 🡪 Netflix.
- Due to that, Netflix will think your connection is coming from the VPN, not your device. So, it only sees the VPN’s IP while yours remains “hidden.”
- Because Netflix will see that your IP matches the country where Vikings is available, it will let you watch the show.
WARNING – Not All VPNs Can Unblock Netflix!
VPNs are great unblocking tools, but only a few of them can handle Netflix’s detection and blacklisting algorithms. Most providers, unfortunately, can’t keep up, so their users often end up on the Netflix proxy error page, which looks like this:
The only way a provider can avoid getting backlisted is if they refresh their servers IP addresses very often. But doing that requires a great deal of financial power since continuously leasing new IPs isn’t exactly cheap.
To find out which VPNs can do that, we recommend using StreamCatcher. Like we said in the intro, it’s an online tool that tells you where Netflix titles are available. But besides that, it also tells you which VPNs you should use to unblock the shows and movies you look up. And those recommendations are backed by ProPrivacy’s data (one of the biggest VPN review sites on the web), so they’re 100% accurate.
How to Optimize VPN Speeds When Watching Vikings on Netflix
One drawback of using VPNs is experiencing slowdowns. They’re usually not noticeable, but that really depends on your original speeds. If they’re already low (like 30-40 Mbps), the slowdown might be a problem. After all, you need a minimum of 25 Mbps to enjoy Ultra HD streaming on Netflix.
If you experience big VPN speed drops, here’s how you can fix them:
- Connect to nearby servers. The smaller the distance, the less time it takes data packets to travel between your device and the VPN server. Let’s say you’re in the US. Instead of using a server in France or Belgium, use one in Canada.
- Don’t use OpenVPN – use lightweight options like WireGuard, L2TP/IPSec, and IKEv2 instead. They’re much faster. If you’re stuck with OpenVPN, though, make it run over UDP instead of TCP to speed it up a bit.
- If split tunneling is available, use it to force the VPN to only route Netflix traffic. The less data it has to encrypt and decrypt, the smoother the speeds.
- Try unblocking Vikings over wired connections instead of WiFi. Weak signals can’t tank your VPN speeds that way.
Why Isn’t Vikings Available Worldwide on Netflix?
To keep it simple, Netflix wasn’t able to buy global licensing rights for this TV show. Don’t forget – they don’t own it, so they need to license it. Otherwise, they can’t legally stream it on their platform.
Why didn’t they get global rights, though?
It’s hard to say, but we suspect it might be because the copyright holder already sold the rights for other regions to different streaming sites and TV networks. For example, you can’t watch Vikings on Netflix in the US, but it’s available on Amazon Prime Video instead. That likely means Amazon owns the licensing rights for the US.
Another reason might be the lack of interest in the show from people in your country. Basically, Netflix’s analytics might show them that buying licensing rights for your region wouldn’t trigger subscription renewals, reduce churn, or attract new users. Without a positive ROI, there’s no way Netflix would make such a huge investment (licensed content accounts for a large part of their budget).
Do You Know Other Ways to Unblock Vikings on Netflix?
If you do, please tell us about them. If you also use a VPN, please let us know which provider it is. Oh, and if you’d like to share other VPN speed optimization tips with us, go ahead and leave a comment below.