How to get discount on Netflix subscription worldwide

Ruheni Mathenge Last updated: September 19, 2022 Read time: 13 minutes Disclosure

The global nature of Netflix means that the service is available globally at different local prices. This pricing structure means that you can use a VPN to create a Netflix account that will save you some subscription money relative to your currently available local plan.

Sneak peek at getting Netflix discounts

Netflix is the world’s leading video streaming platform. It’s a global service, but the pricing scheme is localized to suit every national market according to the local economic development. Thus, you can take advantage of this pricing scheme with a premium VPN service to create a Netflix account that will serve you your usual content at a much lower price.

Netflix is the world’s largest video streaming service, and it’s exceedingly popular worldwide. In addition, it offers a vast catalog of movies and TV shows. Yet, some among us still think it’s a bit on the pricey side of things since the basic plan will cost you about 107 USD for a whole year. Of course, you can always have a month free of Netflix on a trial basis. But by the end of the month, you’ll probably find you like it enough to keep using it at your own cost. But here’s the thing about Netflix and fees: they are different in every country, and the difference can be significant.

Did you know that already? Are you wondering why Netflix charges different prices in different countries? But more importantly: did you know that you can beat the system by using these differences in price to your favor? Keep reading, and let us tell you all about Netflix, country-specific fees, why it happens, and how it can help you save some money.

Netflix as a localized service: A different content library for a different price in any given country

Netflix is a legal video streaming platform. It is such an obvious fact for so many users that they rarely stop to think about its implications. Any digital service that is streaming content legally had to acquire the rights to do so by negotiation with the copyright owners.

The negotiations include where a given company can show a specific title. That agreement is usually done on a country-specific basis. So Netflix has paid for the rights to show every show or film on its servers in a well-defined set of countries. And that’s why the Netflix catalog is different in every country. But is this a factor in the price difference we can see across borders? Not really.

The reason we don’t think that content variety is very influential in setting Netflix prices is easy to see through an example: the cost for Netflix in the US and the Netherlands is almost the same. But the US catalog is three times larger than the Dutch one.

While we can’t tell you the precise formula Netflix uses to set a domestic price, it seems to be mainly determined by a country’s overall economic wellbeing. Internet users in more affluent countries are used to paying higher prices for everything. Therefore, they will likely be willing to pay a higher Netflix fee — especially if they don’t know they have an option. And how do we know that? Again, let’s see some examples: the fees for Switzerland and Sweden are 13.02 and 9.99 USD, respectively.

On the other hand, you can find Brazil and Argentina on the other side of the world (and on the economic spectrum). Their citizens can have Netflix access for 3.94 and 2.58 USD. And then, the geopolitics of the world have an effect as well. For example, as the value of the Turkish Lira plummeted recently, the Netflix cost there has gone down to 2.30 USD.

So as you can see, the differences can indeed be vast. For another example, a Swedish user spends more than 10 USD than an Argentinian user.

And what is the point of knowing all this? Saving a bit of money is the point. Of course, these price differences in Netflix can work against you if you live in the world’s most developed economies. But they can also work in your favor if you want. Let us explain to you how.

Getting a Netflix account in a country other than yours

Netflix doesn’t want your address. Have you noticed that? Getting a Netflix account requires an email account, a password, and a means of payment. That’s it! We like that about Netflix, and so should you. This means that you can sign up for Netflix in any country; it doesn’t have to be the one you plan to use.

In other words, you can get your Netflix account in Argentina if you’re a Swedish resident (or Dutch, German, whatever). Then you can use it back at home and save 120 USD yearly on your Netflix payments. No, we’re not kidding, and the most exciting thing about this is that you, too, can do this if you want! And no, you don’t need to get on a plane to Buenos Aires. It’s far more straightforward (and cheaper) than that.

How to change your virtual location using a VPN

A VPN lets you change your virtual location. Moreover, it’s easy and quick. All you need to do is to get your VPN vendor app for your preferred device and install it. Then you log into the VPN network and choose a server within the network.

Naturally, this server will be in a specific country. After this point, the rest of the internet will not see your IP address. Instead, your VPN will make the rest of the world think that your IP address is the one your server assigns to you. So, for instance, if you choose a server in the US, you will get a USA IP, and everybody else will think you’re in Italy. And yes, that includes Netflix.

Fortunately for us, the VPNs suitable for Netflix have servers in many countries around the world. So once you’re a customer, you can pick a country to “be in” any time you want.

So let’s say that you join one of the VPNs that give you the best Netflix experience, such as Surfshark, NordVPN, or ExpressVPN if you enter the VPN network by choosing an Argentinian server. Then, you point your browser to Netflix. What you’ll see next is that Netflix will offer you to join at Argentinian prices.

Please notice that we mentioned a handful of specific VPN vendors. Unblocking Netflix with a VPN is not a trivial feat. Very few VPNs can manage it successfully — the very best ones. So while using a VPN to pretend to Netflix you’re elsewhere in the world and save a lot of cash on your subscription is perfectly possible, you must use the correct tools. The primary tool, in this case, is a VPN — a top-notch VPN.

Suppose you don’t plan to keep using a VPN with your Netflix account and just want to secure a cheaper fee. In that case, you can take advantage of the 30-day money-back guarantee many VPNs offer. That would enable you to use the VPN to sign up for Netflix in the cheapest country possible. On the other hand, suppose you’re going to be happy with what the Netflix catalog has for your country of residence. In that case, you can just cancel your VPN account and live happily ever after.