Did you know that Netflix has some hidden codes you can use to find highly specific genres you might be interested in? We don’t blame you if you don’t, as the company doesn’t really advertise them anywhere. Fortunately, finding the hidden Netflix codes is as easy as clicking the link and scrolling down.
Already peeked at the list? Then you’ve noticed there are quite a lot of categories you might not have seen before. Makes you wonder why Netflix would be hiding some of these. In any case, all you have to do is add the code you want at the end of this link https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/
Want to pop open a few cold ones and enjoy some late 90s/ early 2000s camp? Add the code 1252 and stream classics like Scary Movie, Starship Troopers, or Austin Powers. Of course, depending on where you live, these titles might not be present in your library. No worries; there’s an easy solution to that as well. Read on for the details.
How to Get More Content on Netflix
The sad reality is that many movies and TV shows on Netflix are only licensed in specific regions. That’s how countries like Denmark or Switzerland end up paying more for less content. To put it in perspective, Danish Netflix users pay anywhere between 117% and 129% more per title than Argentinians. That’s just one example, but you get the point.
Fortunately, you can get around such unfair licensing practices by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). They allow you to change your IP address to one from a different country, essentially unlocking all the content available in the region.
Want to see what’s on in Canada? Just connect to a Canadian VPN server, refresh the Netflix homepage, and there you have it: loads of movies and TV shows that were otherwise inaccessible. Mind you, that’s not the only function of a VPN. They also encrypt (or garble) your traffic to make it unreadable by your Internet provider, hackers, or government surveillance.
Not only is this great for privacy and security, but there’s a neat little side bonus for streaming as well. Since your ISP can’t monitor your online activity, this prevents them from throttling your bandwidth. No more pesky buffering and slowdowns during a weekend binge session.
On the other hand, VPNs themselves can affect your streaming speeds. Your traffic is basically rerouted through the provider’s servers, making it travel for longer than it would otherwise. Here’s how you can minimize slowdowns and smoothen your streaming experience.
Speed Up Your VPN for Streaming
Most VPNs let you tweak how they operate, and those settings could speed things up considerably. Here’s what you can do:
- Connect to a VPN server close by. Pretty straightforward explanation – the closer the server is, the less your data needs to travel before it ends up on your screen. Luckily, the top 10 Netflix libraries are pretty evenly spread across the world. As such, you shouldn’t have any problems balancing speed with content.
- Get a VPN with split tunneling. This feature lets you choose which apps use the VPN tunnel. Just “whitelist” the Netflix app (or your browser) and let your ISP’s servers take care of the rest. Useful if you find yourself doing other network-intensive activities while streaming content. Say, downloading large games or work files.
Finally, you can use a faster VPN protocol. Multiple VPNs are rolling out WireGuard right now, a more lightweight alternative to the OpenVPN protocol. If your VPN doesn’t support it yet, go to your app settings and select OpenVPN UDP as the default protocol. You’ll see some infrequent dips in video quality, but your overall speeds should increase. Conversely, if your network is usually unreliable (i.e. frequent disconnects), then we suggest using OpenVPN TCP to stabilize things.
Alternatively, some VPNs have come up with their own in-house VPN protocols that promise better speeds. Some examples include ExpressVPN’s Lightway and NordVPN’s NordLynx protocols. Try asking customer support if you’re not sure which protocol is a better fit for your particular needs.