Netflix in Italy?

Jun 13th, 2019, 06:07 PM
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Netflix in Italy?

Am planning to rent a VRBO vacation apartment in Italy. The unit is being advertised as having Netflix (which I am a subscriber of in the USA). I questioned the proprietor of the apartment and he stated that I would be able to access some Netflix programming in English. Has anyone had any first hand experience with this? Thanks for your response.
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Jun 13th, 2019, 06:21 PM
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We have had Netflix in France in a rental. It was nice on a snowy blowy night. I watched The Crown and we saw a documentary on the Eagles. We had it in Ireland but were so busy we really never watched tv except to see the weather.
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Jun 13th, 2019, 08:54 PM
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Netflix programming often, I believe, depends on the region you are in at the time. For example, as an US subscriber I do not have access to Doctor Who episodes on Netflix in the US. But did on two trips to Europe (Italy 2017, Iceland & Scotland 2018).

Using the Host's account, in Italy, will likely have their settings in the region they are in. I cannot say that Netflix Italy is different from Netflix, Germany, for example: but the programming may differ between regions.

I guess the question, though, is: why does it matter? Are you envisioning a lot of time in front of tv/computer on your trip? Maybe you're like me (I fall asleep to familiar movies/shows) but I never logged in simply to "watch."
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Jun 14th, 2019, 12:03 AM
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Netflix programming is specific to each country it operates in, so you won't get access to all the programs you have in US. To do so requires the use of VPN to fool the network into thinking you are still in US, plus smartphone or laptop and connections to the TV. Whether it will work in the apartment you are renting depends on which VPN you have and the wifi/internet setting at your property (some ban the use of external streaming service). You can ask the owner/agent about any restrictions. Restriction is more likely in hotels, where streaming can grab too much available bandwidth at the expense of other users.

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Jun 14th, 2019, 01:58 AM
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Partly it'll depend on the program. But in general you should be able to switch to English IF the program was originally in English.

But even without Netflix you can go into the SAP setting of an Italian TV and get English on various OTA channels. Netflix is often mentioned that it helps people learn foreign languages with the content in the original language.

https://help.netflix.com/it/node/13245

That's the Netflix Italia page telling you how to change the languages in the audio list.

NB that's using the apartment's account. NOT your home account
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Jun 14th, 2019, 02:12 AM
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To use your own Netflix service on you own device, download & sign up for ExpressVPN service. You can get a 1mo subscription for about $10. You may need to play around with different connection servers, or ask ExpressVPN for input on which server is known to allow streaming on Netflix. These VPNs and the video streaming co's are playing a constant game of cat & mouse with each other.
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Jun 14th, 2019, 07:23 AM
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We are at our house in the Caribbean right now using NORD VPN. We are easily using our US accounts including Netflix. We can cancel and get a refund within 30 days, but for a bit over $100, we can keep it for three years and continue to use it in Italy in the fall during an extended trip there. We also like to watch the US version of CNN, especially with all the current White House shenanigans. You will probably need your own computer or tablet, since it may be too complicated, and perhaps not appreciated, to try to switch accounts on your landlord's device.
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Jun 14th, 2019, 10:50 AM
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Thank you all for providing me with such great information!! This site & people like you really do make travel planning easier. At first I felt a bit silly making this inquiry, after all who travels to "Bella Italia" to watch TV -- but it is kind of nice at the end of the day to wind down with before bed. Yes, Whitehall, I too appreciate keeping up with the news although maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to take a break from all the White House insanity. Traveler Nick, thanks for the link as well as the info about going into the SAP setting,
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Jun 15th, 2019, 01:30 PM
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I live in Italy and have Italian Netflix. It has a fair amount of English content. As mentioned above, you can change the language, if English is available for that film.
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Jun 15th, 2019, 03:19 PM
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As another poster previously stated, you can down load the Netflix App to your Tablet. Sign in as per usual. You should get the Netflix Italian content. However, Netflix does give you the ability to view programs in their original language. So you really should have no problem at all with Netflix on your tablet or in the rental.
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Jun 15th, 2019, 09:44 PM
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I understood that Rosemary was renting an appartment which has access to Netflix. Her question was whether this Italian account would give her access to English content.It would, but not all the content she would get from an American account. It would be enough for relaxation at the end of the day.

For this purpose, if that's what she wants, she wouldn't be download in anything and a VPN is irrelevant.
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Jun 15th, 2019, 10:02 PM
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Yes but you would hope the apartment owner had a welcome package with instructions. And a reminder for the settings to be changed back. Can't count the number of times a hotel TV was almost unusable because somebody changed the language.
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Jun 16th, 2019, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Traveler_Nick View Post
Yes but you would hope the apartment owner had a welcome package with instructions. And a reminder for the settings to be changed back. Can't count the number of times a hotel TV was almost unusable because somebody changed the language.
I imagine that Netflix is installed on a smart TV, and I wouldn't dream of trying to set up a VPN on a smart TV. I don't even know if it's possible. Our smart TV has Netflix pre-installed, but it has a very crippled version of Android, and I was unable to install software at will.
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