Amazon Prime customers in the USA and Great Britain get more films and blockbuster hits sooner than in Germany - with a VPN you can be there too.
If you use Amazon Prime, you also get a large range of streaming services delivered free of charge. Meanwhile, many series and films from Amazon Studios easily keep up with the productions of HBO or Netflix, such as the series "The Boys" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" or the Oscar-winning drama "Manchester by the Sea". For example, you can currently only find current films such as "Tom Clancy's Gnadenlos" (by "Gomorrah" director Stefano Sollima) or the horror comedy "Spontaneous" in Prime Video's US offerings. In general, Amazon Video has a lot in store for film fans; in addition to current films, the streaming giant also has many classics from film history. But while the films in this country are often only available digitally for rental or purchase, those in the US counterpart are already included in the Prime flat rate, including the Gene Hackman classic "French Connection - Brennpunkt Brooklyn", which Stephen King film "Dead Zone" or the science fiction film "The Abyss" by director James Cameron. The latter is not yet available from a single streaming provider in this country. So it pays to travel virtually to the USA via VPN and pay a visit to the US streaming service.
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Amazon Video VPN: Bypass country lock
Amazon has no problem with where a user created their account. However, the provider looks carefully at the country from which the customer is accessing the streaming service. The company recognizes this from the IP address with which the user accesses the Amazon website. Similar to a telephone area code, where the request comes from can be assigned directly. Accordingly, with a German IP address, the service only makes the German media library accessible. The situation is different if you use a VPN service to hide your true location.
To avoid verification emails from Amazon, first log into the desired Amazon region with your German login data, for example at amazon.com for Amazon USA - this is also possible without a VPN. Then connect to an American VPN server using the VPN provider of your choice. For example, "Arrival", which is only available to borrow or buy in the German Amazon store, is available as Prime content in the US equivalent. So that you can see the Prime button after a successful connection, you may have to reload the page or clear the browser cache. You can find some recommendations as to which VPN services are suitable below.
The film "Tom Clancy's Merciless" is already available as a "Prime" title in the US offering from Amazon Video via VPN.
Amazon Video VPN: is it legal?
Prime Video's terms and conditions explicitly state that "does not use any technology or techniques [may]to cover up or disguise your location. "Amazon categorically excludes the use of a VPN within its streaming offer. If you do, you are not committing a crime, but you have to face the consequences. In the worst case, Amazon could give you Block the account without prior notice. The group also goes to great lengths to identify VPN servers as proxies and to blacklist them. Access to the streaming service is then no longer possible via these servers.
With NordVPN you can stream "The Abyss" for free on Amazon USA as a "Prime" customer. The film has not even appeared on Blu-ray in this country.
The best VPN services for Amazon Prime Video
Not all VPN services are equally good at activating foreign streaming libraries. Many providers advertise their streaming qualities, but this usually only means unblocking US Netflix. Other streaming platforms such as Prime Video or HBO Max, Disney Plus and Hulu are not supported at all or only sporadically by the VPN providers. The following VPN providers are particularly good at the aforementioned streaming providers and Amazon Prime Video.
NordVPN for Amazon Prime Video
The test winner NordVPN is not impressed by the geoblocks on Amazon Prime Video and unlocks both the US libraries and the Prime content from the United Kingdom. Other streaming services such as Netflix or BBC iPlayer are also no problem for the premium VPN from Panama. NordVPN is also convincing across the board when it comes to other security functions and therefore rightly received a grade of 1.4 (very good) in the test.
- Large infrastructure: around 5,400 servers in 59 countries worldwide.
- Strict no-log policy: NordVPN does not collect any user data.
- SmartPlay function reliably unlocks streaming services.
- WireGuard support with in-house NordLynx protocol.
Surfshark for Amazon Prime Video
Thanks to the new WireGuard implementation, Surfshark is a real pacemaker and also offers a lot of performance for little money. In the large VPN comparison test, the service based on the British Virgin Islands scores above average in all points (test rating: 1.5 - good). The international offer from Amazon Prime Video could be reliably unlocked in the test. Surfshark does not provide any designated streaming servers - but they all worked fine with Amazon Prime Video in the test.
- The VPN service is available in a 2-year package for just 2.06 euros per month.
- Special "No Borders" mode for unlimited surfing.
- No device limitation.
- Strict no-logs policy.
- Surfshark offers a 30 day money back guarantee.
ExpressVPN for Amazon Prime Video
ExpressVPN is only number 3 in the overall comparison, but the COMPUTER BILD winner in the test section "Best scope of services". ExpressVPN's servers are optimized for streaming Amazon Prime Video and many other video providers and deliver high quality streams in resolutions up to 4K. With the right app, you can watch the streams next to PC & Co. directly on the television.
- Works with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, HBO Max, Hulu, Disney Plus, YouTube, and more.
- Huge device support, including smart TVs. The ExpressVPN app is easy to set up on the matching TV.
- Media streamer can also be used to stream to devices that do not support VPN, such as game consoles.
- Own app for VPN routers: All devices connected to the VPN router benefit directly from VPN protection.
- Over 3,000 servers in 94 countries at 160 server locations.
CyberGhost VPN for Amazon Prime Video
CyberGhost is a real specialist in streaming services. Foreign Amazon Prime Video works straight away with CyberGhost VPN, so the VPN service unblocks regions such as the USA and the United Kingdom. Finding the right server is particularly easy with CyberGhost: You simply select one of the special servers provided and connect to it. The full Prime program of the respective Amazon region is then available in Amazon Video.
- Very large selection from 6,800 servers in 91 countries.
- Own special servers for streaming, gaming and torrents.
- Low price: Available from 2 euros per month.
- Many systems supported.
Free VPN for Amazon Prime Video?
Note that these VPN services are not free. Free providers or free versions with reduced functionality usually do not have sufficient data volume for streaming or no suitable VPN server. COMPUTER BILD therefore regularly determines the best VPN offers for you. By the way: VPN services can be used in a variety of ways beyond the pure streaming purpose, for example to surf the Internet anonymously. You can find more about VPN in our guide: "VPN: What it is, how it works and which providers are the best".