Watch Netflix Outside The US
Netflix has been an extremely popular in the US since its inception. Starting around 2009ish when it began really beefing up its digital library and offering better streaming service, watching Netflix outside the US was not uncommon either.
Very soon Netflix blocked non-US IP addresses. Users responded by using free proxy services to bypass these IP restricting firewalls. Again, Netflix blocked these. But as with most things digital, there’s always a little hack or trick somewhere to get around the rules.
People are now using VPNs to access Netflix outside the US. Most VPNs work most of the time, and this post was lasted updated in 2013 (Yes, it’s still working).
International Netflix Problems
Why would you need a VPN if Netflix is actually available in many countries outside the US? Because Netflix is different in every country.
Netflix in Canada
One of the first countries Netflix expanded to was Canada. Canadian customers were sorely disappointed to find out that the version they received had fewer titles, most notably fewer new releases. Those that had previously been accessing the US version most likely quit their Canadian accounts and resumed VPN usage.
Netflix in Non-English Speaking Countries
Countries in Latin America and Europe can enjoy Netflix, but it’s even further from the original, US version (yes, I know that Latin Americans had when we say “American”). But their versions not only have a different selection of titles, but they are in a different language. I’m not sure what the status on dubbing is, but I know that the site language will be different, and subtitles will of course be different. On top of that, you’re sure to find lots of local-language content too.
So, though Netflix has done a lot better than Hulu in expanding overseas, and content will slowly get better over time for all countries, the original Netflix is still the best.
How to Use a VPN
VPNs, or virtual private networks work kind of like proxies in that they use a server located in the US to provide a ‘detour’ for communications between you and Netflix. Rather than Netflix communicating directly with your non-US IP address, they stream to the VPN server, and the VPN server streams to you.
The process is a bit more complicated of course, but that’s the nuts and bolts of it. VPNs still work (while proxies don’t) because they have better privacy measures in place and are harder to detect. They are typically used for businesses’ private communications, while proxies are typically used by teenagers trying to access Facebook at school.
Below is a video of my getting a US IP address using a VPN service. You can see that its very easy. The software featured in the video is Hide My Ass. I use this for most videos because it’s a great piece of software and comes with access to lots of countries so it appeals to many types of users.
Video: How to Change Your IP using a VPN
However, there are lots of VPN services that have servers in the US and allow you to watch Netflix with good streaming speeds and limited buffering. Getting a good service is important because while your data is rerouted through the VPN server, if there are too many people in the server or the server is poorly configured, there’s a good chance you can lose speed.
Here are two more VPN services I recommend for streaming Netflix outside the US.
Another popular service is called StrongVPN, and this service is featured a lot on my Top 5 VPN lists because it’s a great service. But it’s important to note that StrongVPN does not have unlimited server switching like the services featured above, so I do not recommend it for Netflix. Sometimes you may need to hop around servers to find a fast one for better streaming.
Enjoy your Netflix movies! Remember that if you are signing up for Netflix you can use any Zip Code during the sign up process and I suggest using Paypal if you do not have a US credit card. I have not personally used a foreign credit card, but there’s a chance you could get denied service by using it. If you do test this, please let me know the results.
If you have any questions, comments, or experiences with the topics discussed here today, please leave a comment. It’ll help out future readers!