Changing your Netflix Region
I've had numerous people ask me about watching Netflix U.S. from places other than the United States. Here's some basic facts about this:
- If you have a Netflix Account (trial or paid) from ANY region, you can login to Netflix while physically in any OTHER region and watch their content. So if you are traveling in the United States and login to Netflix, you'll be able to watch American content.
- Netflix is able to determine by your IP address (and perhaps some other magic) where you are logging in from, and show you the content for that region.
So how do I watch American Netflix?
The key to this process is to fool Netflix's system into thinking you are in the U.S. You could do this manually by sending your Internet traffic through an American proxy, or perhaps tunneling traffic through a connection to an American server...but that's beyond the skills and patience of most people.
So then what?
There are a number of services out there that will make other Netflix regions available to you wherever you are in the world. One that works very well is Blockless...
I found the Blockless system super-easy to setup, and it worked for all my devices without hassle. Plus, they have a 7-day free trial that lets you see for yourself that it works.
Free trial? Sure ... they take my credit card information and then hope that I don't cancel in time, right?
Actually, I was quite surprised to see that all they need is your email address and a password. Because their system has to recognize the IP address you're coming from in order to work, I guess they don't have trouble with people abusing their free trial system.
Here's how it works...
Step 1: Signup
Go to blockless and sign-up (if you use my link, I get a small kickback, so please use it :-) ). As promised, all you need to enter is your email address and a password.
Step 2: Setup your devices
After creating your account, you'll be presented with two DNS IP addresses (write these down) and a link to the Setup Guide. There are two ways to get going with their system:
Setting up your whole house or network is the easiest for getting everything working all at once, but from my experience, dealing with routers can be tricky. However, they have instructions for 8 different brands of internet routers, and I can't think of one they've missed.
Setting up a specific device is probably the easiest way to try out the system really quickly to see if it worked. For my first test, I setup my laptop (since it was already right in front of me).
In either case, what you are doing is changing your DNS servers to the two IP addresses you wrote down earlier.
What's a DNS server?
A DNS server is what translates www.google.com into 126.96.36.199, or www.netflixable.com into 188.8.131.52. It's the real ip address that your computer needs in order to visit a website, and it gets this from a DNS server.
Step 3: Reboot...maybe
They suggest restarting your device (either your router, computer, or other device), and I know why. Even though you may not need to, a reboot is the easiest way to refresh all your settings...just do it...
Step 4: Enjoy
Now you can go to netflix.com and watch American videos...easy! If you only signed up for the trial, they'll eventually send you an email about signing up for real.
Step 4.5: There's more than just American Netflix
When you login to their system, you can actually choose which Netflix content you want: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Panama, Brazil, Sweden and the Netherlands. Cool!
You may also have noticed on their homepage that this service is for more than Netflix U.S.A. You can also access other American-only content from the following sites:
the Daily Show
the Colbert Report
the History Channel
...and more I didn't feel like typing...
If you're looking to watch American web-content, but don't live in the United States, Blockless is a great system,
and I recommend it.
Full Disclosure: The link to Blockless is an "affiliate links", meaning I do receive a kickback if you use those links and sign up for their service. I do still think that my review is reasonable, but it's only fair to let you know.