Upset you can’t watch Pan’s Labyrinth on Netflix? The movie is available on the platform, just not in your country.
It’s a shame, we know. But don’t worry – we’ll tell you how to quickly unblock this awesome title with a VPN right now. We’ll also offer you some useful speed optimization tips.
How to Find Out Where You Can Watch Pan’s Labyrinth
Before you learn how to unblock this movie, you need to find out where it’s available. You can ask people on Reddit or look up online articles. But, really, the easiest thing to do is use StreamCatcher. It’s an online Netflix library checker, which basically means it crawls Netflix’s content to tell you where specific titles are available.
When we looked up Pan’s Labyrinth on StreamCatcher, we got these results:
So for now, it seems that you can watch the movie if you’re in South Korea or the US.
DISCLAIMER: StreamCatcher doesn’t display all the locations where a title is available – just the countries the team behind the tool (ProPrivacy) tested to make sure the shows/movies are actually available there. If you know other countries where you can watch Pan’s Labyrinth on Netflix, please let us know in the comments.
How to Unblock Pan’s Labyrinth on Netflix
Just follow these five simple steps:
- First things first – get a VPN subscription. We recommend NordVPN, PrivateVPN, or ExpressVPN.
- After you’re done signing up, download the provider’s apps.
- Install and run the VPN client.
- Use the VPN app to connect to a South Korean or US server.
- All that’s left is to log into your Netflix account, look up Pan’s Labyrinth, and enjoy it.
How Do VPNs Unblock Pan’s Labyrinth on Netflix?
It’s actually really simple – VPNs hide your IP address from Netflix. To do that, they send your traffic through a VPN server which sits in the middle (between you and Netflix).
Basically, your connection will look like this:
As you can see, Netflix will only see the VPN’s IP address. Why does that matter? Because IPs contain important geo-data: what country and city you are from.
If you use a VPN with a South Korean or US IP address, Netflix will think you are actually in those countries. So, the site will send your traffic to each country’s respective content library. Since Pan’s Labyrinth isn’t geo-blocked there, it’ll show up in your searches.
Are VPNs Slow?
Not really. While they will slow down your speeds a bit, it shouldn’t be noticeable. Most of the top providers average small slowdowns, so you should have decent Netflix speeds.
To give you an idea of what speeds you can expect, we tested three different providers with Ookla. For reference, we have 200 Mbps speeds, our testers were based in Germany, we used US and South Korean servers, and we tested the speeds over OpenVPN.
Here were our results:
- NordVPN: 90-100 Mbps
- PrivateVPN: 80-90 Mbps
- ExpressVPN: 100-120 Mbps
Netflix requires 3 Mbps for SD, 5 Mbps for HD, and at least 25 Mbps for 4K quality. Our VPN speeds were nothing short of perfect.
How Do You Speed Up VPN Connections?
Experiencing annoying slowdowns? That can happen, unfortunately. Yes, even if you use the VPNs we recommended. If your original speeds are already slow (20-30 Mbps), your VPN speeds won’t be better.
The good news is you can try some things to increase your Netflix speeds while using a VPN. Here are the most actionable tips (ranked from most to least efficient):
1. Use Servers That Are Close to You
If they’re too far away, your speeds will tank because it’ll take much longer for the VPN server to communicate with the VPN app on your device.
The problem is that you only have two options with this movie: South Korea and the US. But you can still make the most of it.
For example, if you’re from Canada, it makes more sense to use US servers. Similarly, if you’re from Asia, use South Korean servers.
2. Use Fast VPN Protocols
We used OpenVPN in our speed tests for a reason – it’s a very resource-intensive protocol, so its speeds aren’t very fast. That way, we were able to see how NordVPN, PrivateVPN, and ExpressVPN performed under stress.
For some people, OpenVPN isn’t a good option for streaming. You’ll likely get way better speeds with alternative protocols like L2TP/IPSec, WireGuard, and IKEv2.
3. Use Wired Connections
Using WiFi means your speeds will slow down whenever you’re too far away from the router. Don’t forget – WiFi speeds 100% depend on the strength of your signal.
If you connect your device directly to the router, you don’t have to deal with that. Just use an ethernet cable and your speeds will double if not triple.
If you can’t use ethernet connections for some reason, you’ll need to make sure your device is very close to the router (to get a strong signal).
4. Use Split Tunneling
This is a feature that lets you force VPNs to route only specific traffic (Netflix traffic, in this case). That way, your speeds will be slightly faster because there’s less strain on them (not as much data to encrypt and decrypt).
If your VPN has this feature, use it to make the app only encrypt traffic from the web browser you’re using to watch Netflix (obviously, you should close all the unused tabs), or the Netflix app.
5. Shut Down Background Apps
If your device doesn’t have enough RAM, background web-connected apps can slow down your VPN speeds. So be sure to disable any app you don’t need (like torrent clients or Steam).
We can’t say how efficient this tip is since we have a lot of RAM memory. But some people swear by it, so it’s worth giving it a shot.
Got Any Tips You’d Like to Offer?
If you know other methods to unblock Pan’s Labyrinth on Netflix, or other ways to increase VPN speeds while using Netflix, please let us know in the comments below.
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