Indonesia is a fascinating place. Comprised of hundreds of small islands close to Malaysia and Papua New guinea in Southeast Asia. It is popular with tourists thanks to a colorful culture and friendly locals and is often a bucket list place to visit. If you’re planning to work, study or travel there, will you want to watch American Netflix in Indonesia? If so, this tutorial will show you how.
Indonesia is an amazing place to visit but I doubt you’ll like the TV much. Not that you’ll want to stay indoors that often. If you have internet, it is possible to watch Netflix in the country but you might be disappointed in the local catalog.
According to Finder.com, the US Netflix catalog has 1,157 TV shows and 4,593 movies. Indonesia has 170 TV shows and 431 movies. That’s almost 10% of what you get at home. If you want a taste of home, you’re definitely going to want to watch American Netflix in Indonesia rather than their own catalog of content.
We can do that with a VPN.
Indonesia and VPNs
Indonesia is regarded as a partly open society with some moderate censorship. The authorities took advantage of the fight against online hate and fake news to clamp down on social media, news websites and other content. It uses something called the ‘Cyber Drone 9’ web crawler to find content and flag it for censorship.
While you cannot blame the government for taking action given the amount of terrorist attacks that have happened, reports that political, LBGTI content, pornography and legitimate news have all been targeted means it isn’t all good news.
Indonesia does not yet fight against VPNs like China or Russia but that’s not to say they won’t. At the time of writing, VPN access is still available in the country and where internet is available, around 33% of the country, you can use a VPN.
How a VPN lets you watch American Netflix in Indonesia
A VPN is a premium service that allows you to secure all your internet traffic within an encrypted tunnel. You install a VPN app on your devices, connect it to a VPN server and all of your traffic is hidden from view. If you select a US VPN server, the traffic is decrypted in the US and is given an American IP address. This fools Netflix into thinking you’re at home rather than in Indonesia.
All of the following VPNs offer US VPN servers, use 256-bit encryption for security, offer apps for most device types and keep no logs tying you to what you do online.
ExpressVPN is one TechJunkie often recommends because of its network size and reliability. With over 3,000 VPN servers in 94 countries, it has the size and scope to manage all your internet traffic. The app is easy to use and works on most devices and is accessible from Indonesia as far as I can tell.
Private Internet Access
Private Internet Access features a lot in our VPN coverage too. It’s a cheaper alternative to ExpressVPN with a slightly smaller network of 3,321 VPN servers in only 32 countries. A few dozen of those servers are in the US, so your needs here are more than catered for. The networks is fast, stable and reliable and is definitely worth checking out.
IPVanish has over 1,300 servers in over 75 locations across the world and is another provider worth investigating. The service is fast, reliable and works for streaming as well as general browsing. With multiple US VPN servers and a straightforward app, IPVanish competes well with these other services.
CyberGhost is also worth checking out. The service has over 3,600 VPN servers in 60 countries with several dozen in the US. The network is large and easily capable of streaming. With a very intuitive app that works on most devices, competitive pricing, good security and reliability, it is deserving of its place on this list.
VyprVPN is another reliable provider than will let you watch American Netflix in Indonesia or anywhere. With over 700 servers in 70 countries, it is smaller than these others but just as fast and reliable. Pricing is competitive, the app stable and works on most devices, security is good and everything is taken care of.
Hotspot Shield is my final suggestion as a VPN service for Netflix. With over 2,500 VPN servers in 25 countries, it has a decent sized network that has proven itself secure and reliable. Streaming isn’t an issue and with a number of US-based VPN servers is ideal for watching American content elsewhere.