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15 Best VPN for Streaming

Posted on the 18 January 2020 by Jyoti92 @Jyoti_Chauhan1

Here are the 15 best VPN for streaming which let you stream anything, anywhere in 2020. No restrictions based on your country or your ISP.

While picking the best VPN services for streaming, I had to pay special attention to the “streamer-needs”. Yes, they do differ significantly from what I look for in a normal VPN.

For starters, I had to make sure that all of these VPNs being included here provide acceptable speeds. It’s normal for VPNs to slow your connection down (not willingly) in most cases.

I also had to be sure of selecting only those VPNs which have the least effect on speed. Only a fast VPN could offer buffer-free streaming experience.

Then, I paid special attention to the bandwidth-policy of these VPNs. Some VPNs have restrictions on how much of a bandwidth you can use in a specific period of time. So I made sure all of the VPNs included here offer either unlimited, or really massive bandwidth allowances.

And finally, you only get to access a small part of Netflix (and most other streaming services). A lot of content is geo-locked and only available to people from specific countries. This is largely due to the streaming platform’s copyright agreements with the content creators. Streaming companies ban VPNs to prevent access to those restricted content.

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Infact, Netflix is often crowned with having the best VPN-detection system as well.  However, the VPNs listed below aren’t (currently) blacklisted by most streaming services.

When they are, almost all of these companies have the budget and technical capability to change their IP addresses as required, hence de-listing themselves from the blacklist.

So using these VPNs you’d actually be able to access the entirety of the Netflix library and other streaming services instead of just a smaller chunk of them.

We also took into account the number of “simultaneous connections” offered. The more connections, the more streaming you can enjoy. Let’s jump in.

15 Best VPN for Streaming

1. NordVPN

Website: https://www.nordvpn.com

NordVPN is my favourite VPN Company in general. It’s fully packed with all the streamer-sensitive features listed above (and more, a lot more).

For starters, its chat-bot lists a number of Streaming services it easily unblocks. Well the list isn’t all-inclusive.

NordVPN

We tried using Netflix with NordVPN and the VPN did deliver!

Almost all other streaming services (including some personally-owned platforms) were easily unblocked when we tried the VPN. The VPN also tells you the exact specialized streaming servers you need to connect to in order to stream.

It’s by far the fastest VPN on this entire list probably because of its 5578 servers live currently. You get to choose from a list of 59 countries, that’s pretty extensive as well.

It also offers unlimited bandwidth, speed and server-switching, no caps whatsoever. Also, you can use the same NordVPN account on 6 devices simultaneously. It’s officially stream-day for the entire family!

On top of all this, the VPN offers double-VPN, Onion over VPN, DNS Leak protection CyberSec and a strict No-Logs policy. Double VPN routes your traffic through not just one, but two locations on the planet (a very rare security feature!)

Onion over VPN is perfect for using the Tor browser or the onion network with added encryption. DNS Leak protection makes sure your OS doesn’t act dumb and leak DNS and the No-logs policy protects you from Judicial reviews!

 The kill-switch too is available. It’s available across all platforms, including Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, Linux, Mac, Android TV and many others.

Pros:

  • Specialized streaming servers.
  • Impressive speed.
  • 6 Simultaneous connections.
  • Unlimited bandwidth.
  • Company changes IPs whenever they’re blacklisted.
  • No logs policy.
  • One of the cheapest VPNs (starting at USD $3.49/month).

Cons:

  • Can’t extend simultaneous connections.

To get more info about NordVPN, read my detailed NordVPN review.

2. ExpressVPN

Website: https://www.expressvpn.com/

Express VPN too alike NordVPN has specialized servers for streaming! It explicitly mentions its streaming capabilities.

It offers a servers from 94 countries and hence that’s as many countries as you can stream content from! It’s just second in line after NordVPN and boasts 3,000+ servers. I’ve personally confirmed its ability to get its IPs unblocked, and/or offer multiple other server choices for streaming.

Additionally, it also offers split-tunnelling, which allows you to specify which apps/websites use the VPN and which don’t. In other words, you can add apps such as Netflix, Hulu, BBC, or a specific browser for split tunnelling.

Once done, only that app/browser would use the VPN. Your other internet activities are carried out off-VPN like a normal connection. It also has an in-built speed-test tool which helps you select the fastest server for your streaming purposes!

A number of connection protocols including TCP, UDP, IKEv2, IPsec, L2TP, and PPTP are available. Unlimited bandwidth is offered. The total number of simultaneous connections allowed is 5 and it allows purchasing more connections. 

It’s available on Linux, Windows, Android, iOS, Mac, as browser extensions and many other devices. This helps you stream content regardless of your device or OS.It too doesn’t store logs.

Pros:

  • 94 Countries
  • Streaming servers available.
  • Fast speeds.
  • 5 Simultaneous connections + extra purchases allowed.
  • Cross-platform support.

Cons:

  • More expensive than other VPNs (Cheapest plan- USD $8.32/month).

3. CyberGhost

Website:  https://www.cyberghostvpn.com

CyberGhost is one of the oldest VPNs in the industry. However it recently started showing off its capability to unblock and allow content-streaming.

Nearly every streaming service including Netflix, Disney+, BBC, Amazon Prime, Youtube, Hotstar, Hulu can be unblocked with CyberGhost.

Infact, it has a specialized section on the website which lets you choose what you’re trying to unblock. It claims to be the “first” VPN company to offer specialized streaming servers.

CyberGhost

As for servers, over 6,000+ servers in 90+ countries allow the VPN to offer really competitive speeds. It’s petty secure as well and offers OpenVPN, L2TP-IPsec and PPTP protocols. Kill-switch & DNS leak protection are available offering security with entertainment.

As many as 7 members of your family (and friends) can stream simultaneously. Again, is compatible with  everything including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, and Routers. Does allow split-tunnelling.

The bandwidth isn’t controlled and is unlimited, the same holds true for speed as well as server-switching. Is pocket-friendly, the cheapest plan goes for USD $2.75/month. Being based in Romania, it can easily offer the no-logs policy without govt. interference.

Pros:

  • Streaming-oriented servers.
  • Extensive 6000+ server list.
  • No limit on bandwidth.
  • 7 Simultaneous connections.
  • Affordable.

Cons:

  • The UI could be much better.

4. PrivateVPN

Website: https://privatevpn.com/

PrivateVPN is a relatively newer player in the VPN business, and yet performs like a Pro. Can it unblock Netflix, BBC and those other streaming websites? Absolutely yes. It claims to have a “Custom-built VPN for Netflix”

PrivateVPN

Although we’ve tried it with BBC iPlayer and some other streaming platforms and they were easily accessible as well.

A total of 6 simultaneous connections make sure no one is left out. Or maybe you’d like to stream on multiple devices (people have weird desires!) Unlimited bandwidth is provided for.

With servers in 60 countries, you can access almost any content from any country. The OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, IKEv2 And IPSec protocols make sure you get to choose the fastest protocol out of all.

It claims to purchase traffic directly from IP transit providers and hence offers acceptable speeds. Private VPN allows Torrenting and P2P which further show its speed, you can’t share files with a slow server, can you?

No logs are stored and it offers compatibility for Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS as well as routers. The cheapest plan can be purchased for USD $3.82/month.

Pros:

  • Fast speeds due to its traffic-purchase policies.
  • 60+ countries.
  • 6 Simultaneous connections.
  • Cheap plans starting at USD $3.82/month.

Cons:

  • Only 150 servers available.

5. VyprVPN

Website: https://www.vyprvpn.com/

VyprVPN outright claims to be the “best VPN for streaming”, period! It bases that claim based on its 700+ servers, 200,000+ IP addresses and 70+ country-choices. It also claims to have engineered the VPN for highest possible streaming speeds! The same is mentioned as one of its primary “features”.

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In our personal experience, it does unblock all the sites I tried to access (Netflix and BBC). Yet it wasn’t exactly the “fastest” but sure offered impressive speeds.

It’s one of the few VPNs with an audited and proven “no logs policy”! It makes use of the Chameleon

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technology to ensure firewall bypassing even in the most strict regions. In addition to that, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, and PPTP protocols are available.

A total of 5 simultaneous connections are allowed which as we’ve seen is the average in the industry. Is compatible with all the common platforms and OS including Windows, Linux, Android and Mac. The cheapest plan sells for USD $2.50/month.

Pros:

  • Hardware-backed streaming servers.
  • Cheap plans (starting at USD $2.50/month).
  • 70+ countries to choose from.
  • Proven “no logs policy”.

Cons:

  • Comparatively lower number of servers.

6. Ivacy VPN

Website: https://www.ivacy.com/

I vowed to only include streaming-specialists in this list of the best VPNs for streaming, didn’t I? Well Ivacy too is a VPN with “streaming” as one of its goals.

Infact it mentions explicitly with its pricing plans that all plans will be unlocking all the streaming platforms.

Ivacy VPN

Infact it offers “Purpose selection”. So you let the VPN know what you wish to do, there’s a dedicated “streaming” option. Selecting that helps you connect to the fastest server for the purpose.

Split-tunnelling too is offered so you can stream with and without the VPN simultaneously as per your needs. A total of 1,000+ servers and 100+ countries to choose from are offered.

Choosing one of the available protocols from TCP, UDP, L2TP, and IKEV is possible. Decide if you wish security, speed or both.

5 Simultaneous connections are allowed.  Massive support for OS and devices is offered including Windows, Roku, Android TV, Linux, Xbox, PS4, BlackBerry, Kodi, Routers etc.

Internet Kill-switch and a no logs policy eliminate any and all privacy risks which may otherwise exist. The cheapest plan goes for USD $0.99/month.

Pros:

  • Purpose-selection.
  • 100+ countries.
  • Secure connection protocols.
  • Extremely cheap pricing available.

Cons:

  • Not the fastest VPN.

7. ProtonVPN

Website: https://protonvpn.com/

ProtonVPN too alike most other best VPNs for streaming offers special help when it comes to unblocking streaming platforms. It’s capable of unblocking the US, German, and UK Netflix versions which is pretty acceptable and impressive.

It has special servers marked “P” it’s for their “Plus” and “Visionary” users and these are the most suitable for streaming. The speed isn’t a downer considering how it’s currently capable of 739 Gbps connection! A minimum of 1 Gbps and upto 10 Gbps bandwidth on each server is available.

Its 632 servers ensure a fast and block-free streaming experience. Users can choose from 44 countries although the streaming is only possible on some selected servers. It uses “Secure Core” to route the traffic through multiple servers for added privacy.

It also supports Forward secrecy. The only two most secure protocols are supported- IKEv2/IPSec and OpenVPN.  Is based in Switzerland and hence offers a strict no logs policy.  Tor over VPN alike NordVPN is supported as well.

As many as 10 Simultaneous connections are supported, although varies depending on the pricing plan. Cheapest paid plan goes for EUR 4.00/month. Is available for Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android and iOS. No restrictions on bandwidth.

Pros:

  • Specialized streaming servers.
  • 10 simultaneous connections supported.
  • Very secure connection protocols.
  • Multi-hops for traffic.
  • Swiss-based, established reputation.

Cons:

  • Features/servers/devices vary depending on pricing plan.

8. SurfShark

Website: https://surfshark.com/

SufShark is so excited about being one of the best VPNs for streaming that it publicly sells itself on that!

SurfShark VPN

It unlocks Netflix from USA, UK, France, Australia, India, Italy, Japan and Netherlands.  Although sure a lot more than just Netflix is unblocked. Our personal favourite feature with the VPN however is its “unlimited” simultaneous connections!

You can literally buy one account and let the whole world (or atleast your friends and family) enjoy free streaming! The server count easily exceeds 1040+ and you get to choose from a list of 61 countries.

It also offers split-tunnelling however has re-branded it as “Whitelister”. Also is capable of blocking malware and ads. There’s a kill-switch and it supports P2P traffic and file sharing.

Unlimited bandwidth for streaming, and unlimited server-switching for streaming from various locations is offered. Has a more secure, stronger and anonymous “camouflage” and “No borders” mode. Double-hop/Multi hop too is available.

Alike ProtonVPN, IKEv2 and OpenVPN are available. Works with Chrome, Firefox,Android, iOS, macOS, Window, Linux, FireTV, and Trust DNS.

Cheapest plan starts as low as USD $1.99/month. Speed isn’t very impressive, but does facilitate a buffer-free stream. No logs kept.

Pros:

  • Unlimited Simultaneous connections.
  • Specialized focus on streaming.
  • Multi hop available.
  • Secure, doesn’t store logs.

Cons:

  • Speed needs improvement.

9. Private Internet Access

Website: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/

PIA is a VPN for large households. That’s because even if 10 members of your family wish to stream content simultaneously, that’s possible with PIA.

Let’s be straight, it has no “Streaming-specialized” VPN servers. But even then, is totally capable of unblocking most restricted streaming platforms. It also supports Torrenting and P2P file sharing which are just as hardcore tasks as streaming.

The standard OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP/IPSec protocols are available. It’s advanced-enough to block Ads, viruses and other malware. Keeps no logs whatsoever.

As for servers, a total of 3271 of them are available offering a country-list of 29 countries to choose from. Is compatible with as many as 39 platforms and OS in total, including the most common ones.

Bandwidth or server-switching isn’t limited.  Offers impressive speeds with its Gigabit VPN ports. Cheapest plan starts at USD $3.33/month. A responsive, informative and usable 24X7 live-chat is available to help us with streaming-related and other problems.

Pros:

  • Focuses heavily on speed.
  • 10 Simultaneous connections.
  • Extremely secure and anonymous.
  • Unlimited speed & bandwidth.

Cons:

  • No dedicated streaming servers.

10. Hotspot Shield

Website: https://www.hotspotshield.com/

Hotspot Shield offers specially crafted, optimized servers for streaming which makes it one of the best VPNs for streaming. Currently it’s capable of unblocking Netflix, Hulu, BBC and some other streaming services. However Amazon Prime, Twitch, Youtube and some other platforms aren’t completely accessible using the VPN.

It offers unbelievably fast speeds , better than most other options on this list probably because of its “Catapult Hydra” protocol.

As of today, 3200 servers in around 80 countries are available. If you wish to watch American or USA-friendly content in general, the VPN offers 27 city-choices from U.S.A alone!

Unlimited bandwidth and HD streaming is offered (on the paid plan). No logs are stored, and pretty secure encryption protocols offered. A total of 5 devices can be connected simultaneously to the paid plan.  

The cheapest plan is available for USD $7.99/month. Also throws in a secure password manager and identity-theft protection just in case for free. Is available cross-platform.

Pros:

  • Unlocks Netflix, Hulu, BBC etc.
  • 80+ countries available.
  • Extremely fast.
  • No caps on streaming.

Cons:

  • Can’t unblock a number of streaming services.

11. Phantom VPN

Website: https://www.avira.com/

Phantom VPN is offered from Avira, one of the biggest names in the Antivirus industry. It totally mentions its special capabilities of unblocking streaming platforms. Hulu, BBC and most other companies were easily unlocked.

It’s one of the few best VPNs for streaming which offer unlimited simultaneous connections along with unlimited bandwidth. Hence, no matter how many members are streaming, and how much data is being streamed there’s no cap.

There’s a no logs policy. A total of 38 countries are available for selection, U.S with the most number of cities. The speed sure wasn’t very appealing and is the reason why it’s listed at the lower end of this piece.

P2P and Torrenting is allowed. The cheapest plan start from around USD $3.06/month (for mobile-only subscription). There is a free trial available as well.

Pros:

  • Unlimited connections.
  • Streaming is officially supported and encouraged.
  • Trustworthy and established company.

Cons:

  • Lower number of servers and lower speed.

12. Hide My Ass

Website: https://www.hidemyass.com

Hide My Ass trumps a number of other VPNs on multiple fronts. For e.g. it’s the only VPN on this entire list to offer as many as 190+ countries and 290+ total locations to choose from! I tested it with Netflix and BBC and it worked like charm.

The servers are equipped for 20Gbps speed further enforcing its stream-capabilities. The IP addresses aren’t logged, there’s DNS-leak protection as well as a Kill-switch. The software automatically connects to the fastest server for best streaming experience.

The total number of simultaneous connections allowed is 5. It works on almost all the OS and devices including but not limited to Windows, Linux, MacOS, Android, Routers etc.  The cheapest plan is available for USD $3.99/month. Doesn’t limit bandwidth.

Pros:

  • Streaming is prioritized.
  • 290+ location choices.
  • 15 Years+ experience.
  • Impressive speed.

Cons:

  • Limited connection protocols.

13. Bullet VPN

Website: https://www.bulletvpn.com/

Another best VPN for streaming which uses its stream-capabilities as a selling point. BulletVPN claims to unlock Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer etc. I verified it with Netflix and it wasn’t lying.

Unlimited bandwidth “and streaming” along with “ultra HD” is one of its pre-included features. Also allows for unlimited server-switching so you can switch back and forth regions to access entire content libraries.

Offers a choice of 49 countries backed by 115 specialized servers. Allows 6 devices to be connected at the same time. Long list of available connection protocols include OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP,and IKEv1/2. Doesn’t log activities and guarantees “unlimited speed”.

Is available for Windows, Android, MacOS and iOS. Linux isn’t supported. Cheapest plan costs USD $3.75/month.  

Pros:

  • Does unblock Netflix (verified) and other platforms.
  • Unlimited bandwidth.
  • 6 Devices supported.
  • Multiple connection protocols.

Cons:

  • Speed isn’t very fast.

14. PureVPN

Website: https://www.purevpn.com/

PureVPN is one of the few VPNs still brave-enough to offer “Streaming” to their users. It clearly markets its ability to unblock Netflix and other streaming services. It offers Netflix not just from the U.S but also from UK, France, Australia, Japan, Germany and Canada!

I did test it with Amazon Prime as well as Disney+ and the results were positive. It offers dedicated streaming servers as well.

Unlimited bandwidth, server-switching, no logs policy, DNS-leak protection, Kill-switch etc. are some of the other available features. It boasts compatibility with Routers, Kodi, Android, DD-WRT, Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Firestick, Android TV and many other devices.

Its arsenal consist of 2,000+ servers, 140+ countries and 180+ location choices offering as many as 300,000+ IP Addresses! The standard encryption protocols include OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP,  IKEv2 and the “stealth Protocol”.

 The cheapest VPN plan currently being sold is for USD $1.32/month. 5 Simultaneous devices allowed.

Pros:

  • Verified Netflix/Amazon Prime/Disney+ access.
  • Acceptable speed for streaming.
  • Compatible with almost any device and OS.

Cons:

  • Comparatively lower number of servers.

15. IPVanish

Website: https://www.ipvanish.com/

IPVanish isn’t a new name in the industry. It has been one of the best VPNs for a lot of different reasons, one of them is streaming.  In our personal experience, it didn’t work well with Hulu or Amazon Prime. But Netflix, BBC and some other platforms were totally unlocked. 

It has 1300+ personally managed servers, 14,000+ IP addresses and offers 75 locations to choose from. No best VPN for streaming restricts or limits bandwidth, and the same holds true for IPVAnish as well.

It offers simultaneous connections on a total of 10 devices. Without doubt is secure and offers, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec and IKEv2 VPN protocols. Doesn’t log activities or anything else.

The speed needs improvement. The pricing too could use some adjustments, as the lowest plan is priced at USD $4.12/month. Supports FireTV, Routers, Chrome, Windows, Linux, Android, MacOS and iOS.

Pros:

  • 10 simultaneous connections.
  • Extensive location-list.
  • Unlimited bandwidth.
  • Secure.

Cons:

  • Can’t block all streaming platforms.

Final Words

Wrapping this piece on the best VPN services for streaming, I have but only a few words. Let’s start with the fact that this article is completely subject to change.

Streaming platforms have waged a war against VPN companies. Hence no VPN is “guaranteed” to always work with a streaming platform. However, most of the ones listed above only suffer temporary bans and revive themselves quickly.

Secondly, try connecting to different servers within the same country while accessing a streaming platform if the first choice doesn’t work.

And not that using a VPN to access streaming services is completely legal. Your accounts too are mostly safe without any major repercussions.

Finally, a VPN’s speed, compatibility  and overall result varies greatly depending on a number of factors. Hence I do not guarantee that you’ll obtain the exact same result as for the exact same VPNs.

All in all, I’d say pick NordVPN if you need a quick solution to your streaming problems. Or go through the entire list if you’ve the time. Either way, let us know which company you think offers the best VPN for streaming.


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