Some of you might find that streaming The US Office on Netflix is impossible thanks to unfair geo-blocks. Luckily, those can easily be bypassed with the help of a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. Read on to see how you can start your 8th re-watch of the series right away.

What Is a VPN and How Does It Work?

VPNs are fairly versatile apps. Not only do they secure your network data against hackers and ISPs that want to sell it to advertisers, but VPNs also help you get around Internet censorship, firewall rules, and geo-restrictions on platforms like Netflix. We’ll be focusing on the latter part.

To get around Netflix’s geo-blocks, VPNs simply need to change your IP address. Basically, IP’s tell online services to your country, city, and even ZIP code. That’s how content services know which shows should be available for streaming in your region. By connecting to a VPN server in a different country, you trick Netflix into showing you a version of their library that’s exclusive to that region.

Which Country Has The Office on Netflix?

In this case, you’d have to connect to a server in the United Kingdom, Sweden, or any of the other locations provided in the link at the start of this article. We recommend bookmarking it in case The Office is removed from any of the aforementioned libraries in the future. And as we’ve seen last December, that could happen at any moment.

You can also use the StreamCatcher service to look up any of your other favorite titles and see where they’re streaming. The site also shows you how many seasons are available at each location, whether the show is available in different languages (subs and dubs), and more details of interest.

Does Netflix Ban People for Using VPN?

While it’s technically against the terms of service to use unblocking software to get around geo-restrictions on Netflix, the company shows no interest in banning people from doing so. After all, they’d be hurting their own profits.

However, since they license content from different studios (such as NBCUniversal), they are still contractually obligated to enforce those geo-blocks in any way they can. In this case, by blocking VPNs (primarily by filtering out their IP addresses).

To give you an idea of how far they will go, we only need to take a look at what happened this past August. Netflix managed to lock thousands of users out of their accounts by adding residential IP’s to their VPN blocklists. And yes, even users that don’t use VPNs were affected.

So no, you don’t need to worry about getting your account banned or closed just for using a VPN. Just keep this in mind for when Netflix pulls off another one of these Dunder Mifflin-tier blunders in the future. Considering this “cat-and-mouse” game has been going on for at least 6 years now, something similar is bound to happen sooner or later.

What Can I Do If My VPN Is Blocked?

Can’t watch The Office while connected to your usual VPN server? Just check the link at the start of the article and connect to one of the other countries listed on the page. Otherwise, try a different server located in the same country.

Fortunately, subscription-based VPNs always find a way around Netflix’s extreme filtering methods. If your VPN stops working on the platform, it’s just a matter of time before things are up and running again. Check with customer support if you aren’t sure about an ETA.

Author: Jeremy Stone

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