How to Watch Rakuten TV Outside Japan

You can see Rakuten TV overseas with a VPN service

Rakuten TV is to Japan, as HBO is to the United States. They offer the latest Hollywood blockbusters, most popular TV Series, and the best films from independent filmmakers. Rakuten TV is, however, not available outside the jurisdictions of Japan. It’s something they call territorial licensing. Outside Japan, you’re not even allowed access to the website, let alone granted the chance to see a movie — “We are deeply sorry, but Rakuten TV is not available in your country.”

There’s an indescribable joy in knowing that regardless of your location, your sacrosanct connection with your movie series remains unbroken. Raise your bowed heads, folks. See the light at the end of the tunnel. You can watch Rakuten TV outside of Japan using a VPN service, and we’ll show you how. But first, why can’t you access Rakuten TV outside Japan?

Why does Territorial Licensing exist?

It is simply Business 101 to establish your business in a location where prospective customers are most concentrated. You wouldn’t, for instance, expect to make as much from burger sales, in a place like China relative to a city like Michigan in the United States. Profit-making is at the core of any business.

Let’s bring this analogy home. Rakuten TV can only boast of such a vast collection of films for its viewers because it has purchased distribution rights for each movie from their respective producers. However, these distribution rights only cover Japan because it is in Japan that most consumers of Rakuten TV content are based. This means that folks outside Japan who love Rakuten TV videos cannot access it.

In fact, residents of Japan will be locked out of accessing Rakuten TV content the moment they travel outside the country. Rakuten TV’s geo-restrictions help to enforce this.

The ultimate search

If there’s any life-hack you must learn, it is that every system has its loopholes. It’s up to you to search for it. This system is no different, and we’ve done your homework for you. You can watch Rakuten by changing to a Japanese IP address.

What is an IP address?

IP is an acronym for Internet Protocol. An IP address is the specific location of your computer or any device at all, on the vast spectrum, that is the internet. Having a Japanese IP address will qualify you for unlimited Japanese content on Rakuten.

How do VPNs fit into this jigsaw?

Usually, your IP address, is geographically specific, in that it is peculiar to the country you live in. If you’re in Great Britain, you cannot have an IP address that is unique to Iraq. Your IP address does not change on its own to a Japanese one. To change IP addresses, you need to use a VPN.

VPN is an acronym for Virtual Private Network. True to its name, it provides a somewhat fake illusion of an IP address that exists but really is not yours. This way, your computer is camouflaged amongst a group of real others, and you’re able to get benefits you would otherwise not have access to.

VPNs make use of servers in different locations, across different countries. These are what they are tethered to. For a VPN to offer you a Japanese IP address, for instance, it must have a server in Japan (or several servers located in Japan).

There are numerous Virtual Private Network providers out there, but the following are the most efficient for allowing you to access Rakuten TV video content outside Japan:

1. ExpressVPN

This is one of the oldest VPNs around. Over the years, it has witnessed growth and evolution of all sorts. Unarguably, it is one of the most reliable Virtual Private Networks. They have over 3000 servers in 160 locations across 94 countries around the globe.

ExpressVPN operates a strict no-logging policy. And it works. Combined with state-of-the-art encryption codes, they ensure a tight and secure connection on the internet. Your privacy has never been more guaranteed. The company achieves this by using her DNS servers to protect your network from unnecessary traffic. This doubles as an effective enhancer of your Internet speed.

Leveraging on Japan’s incredible Internet speed, ExpressVPN can bring Rakuten TV content to your device in only a matter of seconds, wherever you are in the world. The high number of servers in Japan makes live streaming as hitchless as a witnessed live performance.

They have non-ambiguous subscription plans, allowing users to make suitable and moderate choices. Like most providers, ExpressVPN works on a variety of operating systems. These include macOS, Windows, Android, Linux, and iOS, to name a few. With a single subscription, you can secure up to 5 devices, all at once. On an almost impossible outcome that you do not like the service within a thirty-day trial period after purchase, you get a refund.

2. NordVPN

Folks that complain about one problem or another concerning the internet most likely do not use NordVPN, for it is all you need for a better online experience. Airtight containers have no air in them whatsoever. NordVPN is hacker-tight. It operates a stronger no-logging policy than most other service providers. With NordVPN, you can rest assured that the details of your whereabouts on the internet are yours, and yours alone. What a breath of fresh air. This provider allows you to simultaneously secure up to 6 devices, regardless of their individual operating systems.

For servers to be highly effective for streaming, they should have unlimited bandwidth and must be close to where you are. NordVPN has over 5000 servers in 60 countries, including Japan. Each of these has unlimited bandwidth, ensuring maximum live streaming speeds to watch content on Rakuten TV. These speeds are also highly improved due to proprietary SmartPlay DNS features. These features work automatically, requiring only basic computer skills. The majority of their servers are Peer-to-Peer (P2P) friendly and are consequently capable of automatically choosing a server with the nearest location. Whether you’re in Panama or South Africa, or even in the most remote areas of the world, you can always catch a new episode of your favorite Rakuten TV series.

NordVPN customer care service is second to none. While you’re not likely to encounter any problems with this VPN, you can be sure that peradventure you do, you’re in good hands.

3. ProtonVPN

The hallmark of this service provider is their passion for security and privacy. Everyone deserves a degree of privacy, and the internet, as we know it, does not seem to respect that fact anymore. You can think of ProtonVPN as the Cavalry, restoring order in a world that has known only “anarchy” for a while.

ProtonVPN is a high-speed Swiss VPN. Switzerland is an important location for a VPN service provider to be headquartered, and you’re about to see why. Switzerland has some of the world’s strongest privacy laws, is also outside of EU and US jurisdiction, and is not a member of the fourteen eyes surveillance network. Security and privacy are as tight as they come. Their no-log policy claim is valid and active too. ProtonVPN exclusively uses ciphers with Perfect Forward Secrecy. What this means is that encrypted traffic cannot be captured and decrypted later, even if an encryption key gets compromised in the future.

No one knows for sure the number of servers they have, but their speeds hint us that they run into the thousands. With many located in Japan and its environs, streaming speeds are ecstatic, and you can enjoy Rakuten TV like you were in Tokyo.

ProtonVPN is capable of securing up to 10 devices all at once, the highest number among the service providers in this article. The cherry on top is that ProtonVPN offers a free version of such top-notch privacy. Unlike other free Virtual Private Networks, ProtonVPN’s actually works, and there are no hidden clauses. To get the full package of fantastic steaming speed and more features, however, you would need to subscribe.

4. Trust.Zone

Trust us; you can trust the services of Trust.Zone. Too much?

This service provider is relatively new to the business. Regardless, the waves they’ve been making are quite impressive. With only about 156 servers in 35 countries, they sure have good speeds. Many of these servers are located in Japan. Watching Rakuten TV from Greenland or Antarctica will be no problem at all.

Trust.Zone ensures your privacy and protection by making your connection appear transmitted from many servers. It is thus impossible to localize the origin of the signal – your location. It’s like trying to discover the beginning of a thousand labyrinths in one.

5. HideMyAss

This VPN surely performs more functions than your ordinary towel. With the coverage of its servers, this provider sure does hide a lot of asses. Take a wild guess. HideMyAss has thousands of servers in over 290+ locations across a whopping 190 countries. No other Virtual Private Network service provider even comes this close. With such coverage comes commensurate speed. Accessing Rakuten TV video content from wherever you are in the world is no biggie. In their own words exactly, “Over 6 billion Web pages. Unblock them all.” Each server at core data centers can stream 4K videos 800 times in parallel. Livestreaming all the way!

HideMyAss uses United States military-grade encryption (256-bit AES). You should only become bothered when the US military is hacked, and probably one of the nuclear warheads is deployed. Till then, you can sleep with cucumber slices over your eyes. Their strict no-logging policy ensures that your Internet businesses and transactions are indeed yours alone.

Like the others we have reviewed, HideMyAss can function across a broad range of operating systems. Like ExpressVPN, it can also secure five devices at once, with a single subscription.

Why should I use VPNs?

Just in case you haven’t been ‘listening,’ VPNs go beyond catching your favorite TV shows when you’re outside Japan. VPNs do not just bypass geo-restrictions and get you undue benefits. They are integral for protection and privacy in a world that those words have become foreign to. If you never want to be the victim of a hack, especially as someone with a lot to lose, you’re wrong without a VPN.

Are VPNs legal?

A better question is – is it illegal to take precautionary measures?

If it is legal to kill a person in the name of self-defense, it’s safe to say that VPNs are legal. It’s not a crime to care about your privacy and protection.

While VPNs are not directly illegal, they can prove to be unlawful in secondary ways. This means that any illegal activities you use VPNs to facilitate are still unlawful. You can surely be charged with a crime if you’re caught.

Take note that VPNs are totally illegal in most Arab nations, Russia, and North Korea. If you’re in any of these countries, whatever you do, please do not be caught.

Disadvantages of VPN

Every coin has a flip side.

VPNs can be disadvantageous in several ways. These include:

  • With a VPN, the Internet speed is usually not as fast as it should be. Even with the best of VPNs as discussed above, the Internet speed is reduced, albeit by an insignificant percentage. With many other VPNs, however, there’s a noticeable plummet in rate. This is because the connection has to go from server to server. Remember Physics? The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. There are too many zigzags with VPNs.
  • There’s no way to test the strength of their privacy and protection claims. The only way you get to confirm is when you’re caught. It wouldn’t take a genius to figure out that’s too late a time.

In conclusion

A bird in hand is better than ten in the bush. How about you release the bird in your hand, eh? Everyone deserves some freedom. You do too. Whether in Africa, or America, or Antarctica, your mobility and liberty shouldn’t come at the cost of losing dear Rakuten TV. That’s why you should subscribe to one of these VPN services today.