We have some good news for fans of galaxies far, far away: Star Wars episodes 1 (A New Hope) through to VII (The Force Awakens) are now available on Netflix! The only catch is that you'll need a virtual private network (VPN) with access to servers in either the Netherlands or Belgium. Here's how it's done.
Star Wars is one of the brightest feathers missing from Netflix's extensive aviary. (It's not even available in the US.) However, in an unexpected coup, the Dutch and Belgian versions of the service just bagged the rights to the entire film series. Here's the announcement from the Star Wars NL Twitter account:
— Star Wars NL (@StarWarsNL) August 15, 2016
It's worth noting that these are the most recent "Special Edition" cuts, not the untarnished originals. Still, it's better than nothing.
So how is this relevant to Aussies? While it's true you can't access these movies on the Australian version of Netflix, it's possible to trick the service into thinking you're in the Netherlands or Belgium via a VPN.
Here are our top five VPN service providers for 2016; some of which provide access to VPN locations in more than 80 countries. Naturally, you'll need to ensure that the service provider in question has checks in place to ward against Netflix's geoblocking measures — otherwise, your account won't work at all when the VPN is enabled.
Thankfully, VPN providers aren't giving up without a fight. Here's what some of the leading services in Australia are doing about it. Good luck (and may the Force be with you!)