I have read that a VPN is needed to watch Amazon Prime abroad. Is that really so? Do I need to use a VPN for all the content included with my Amazon Prime subscription, or is it all a lie? Can you please tell me what’s up with stream Amazon Prime abroad and whether I need a VPN or not?
First of all, if there wasn’t a need for a VPN, you probably wouldn’t have heard about it. How come? Lots of people go abroad and as they try to stream Amazon Prime content, they discover that it cannot be done. They get all sorts of error messages, and as a consequence, they turn to Google, Ecosia, or Presearch, and ask for help. What can they do to stream Amazon Prime abroad? And yes, that is when the VPN solution comes as an answer.
So a VPN is needed… but!!!
Yes, a VPN is needed, but there is a big but to this answer as well. Because, just like Netflix is getting bigger and bigger at producing original content themselves, Amazon is moving in the very same direction. What is the result?
There is a lot of content you can stream with your Amazon Prime content that is original content, and do you know what? Amazon has the rights to broadcast this material in other nations as well. The result is, you will be able to watch this content also when abroad.
As you can see on the image above, there is quite a lot of content available on Amazon.com that you can stream with your Amazon Prime subscription, also when abroad. This is all Amazon original content, and Sneaky Pete, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Hanna, Forever, Good Omens, The Grand Tour, Chasing Happiness, Jack Ryan, Goliath, The Man in the High Castle, and Transparent are only some examples of such series.
In other words, you can simply start streaming these when abroad, without a VPN. But, if you want to get access to the non-Amazon original content as well, a VPN is needed. However, you cannot just pick any VPN, as most VPN providers are blocked by Amazon.com. That is why I do frequent tests in order to always be able to recommend VPN providers really working with Amazon Prime in the USA. To find my latest recommendations of VPN providers working with Amazon Prime, check out the main article here at http://amazonprime.fromabroad.org/
In other words, you only partly need a VPN
If you need a VPN or not depends entirely on what you would like to stream on Amazon Prime. Give it a try first, and if you can stream whatever you are interested in without a VPN, be happy about it. But, if you start getting error message 4601 or some other geo-restriction message, follow the instructions here at this site and sign up for a VPN service that actually helps you unblock Amazon Prime.
I hope this answer will help you. If you or anyone else has questions or comments or something to add to the information in this article, write a comment. I always love hearing from you, learning from you, and helping out (whenever that is needed)!