Netflix is a streaming juggernaut which recently just spread its wings to about 130 countries around the world, but depending on where you live, most of the content is rather limited unlike America.
For instance, if you live in the UK, you can’t really watch The Office US version. In fact, according to the latest UNOGS report, Netflix US has 5600 titles, while most European countries have between 2-3,000 titles. #firstworldproblems
So, why does the Netflix library differ, you ask?
Well, it’s mostly is because media houses that own the rights to different movies and TV shows make it geo-restricted. For example, let’s take “The Office”.
Netflix has to buy the distribution rights for The Office US for each country separately. So, if they see enough demand from the people in US and not so much from Australia or UK, then they’d only get the rights for America, while elsewhere, Netflix users from the UK and Australia wouldn’t get to watch it.
But thankfully, you can trick Netflix into thinking that you’re in a different country altogether, and thereby gaining access to Netflix America.
How do you circumvent geo-restrictions on Netflix, you say?
The trick here is really simple
Netflix uses your IP address to detect where you’re browsing from, so say, if the show is not available in Australia, all you have to do is masquerade your IP address to an American one and bypass these geo restrictions to gain access to the Netflix catalogue.
Before we begin, it’s important to understand that due to the excessive amount of pressure Netflix gets from investors, they had used firewalls to ban all free services. So, at the moment, there is no reliable service on the internet which will remove Netflix geo-restrictions, let alone the free one. So, if you want to get the job done, you’ve got to shell out some good money.
And with that out of the way, there are only two ways you can go about it.
The most obvious way to do this is by connecting it to a VPN aka Virtual Private Network. Say, if you live in Melbourne, you could connect using a US based VPN and then access the Netflix US catalog.
But as easy as it sounds, VPN is not an ideal solution for circumventing geo-restrictions on streaming sites.
For the past year and half, Netflix has been actively cracking down on all connections that use a VPN, so it’s hard to find a paid VPN that works, let alone a free one.
And the ones that do work are the ones that offer you a dedicated IP address, because Netflix blocks connections coming from shared IP addresses. But the problem with dedicated IP address is that it’s not that great for protecting your anonymity (which was the whole point of getting a VPN in the first place)
So, what’s a better solution?
Well, you can always use Smart DNS Proxy which uses a technology called smart DNS which, unlike a VPN, doesn’t change your IP address or slow down your streaming speed.
All you have to do is as follows:
If you go to Netflix and search for The Office, you can see it’s not available in your countries. Let’s try to overcome this geo-restriction with Smart DNS Proxy.
Head over the official website and create a free trial account. Smart DNS Proxy has a 14-day free trial, no credit card required. And if you get for 2 years, you can get it for as low as $2 a month. You can afford that.
Login to My Account, and there you’ll find setup instruction for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, etc. Or you can check out our setup videos in the playlist. Let’s setup Smart DNS Proxy on your Windows computer for now.
Go to network setting in your computer, and enter the two DNS servers closest to your physical location. Remember, entering the DNS server closer to your physical location will only make your connection faster, unlike a VPN server, which will unblock Netflix of any specific countries. SDP can only unblock Netflix US, and not Netflix UK or Japan, but then again, you can find almost all the Netflix content on the US, then what you’ll find in other countries, so it’s doesn’t matter much.
Next, go to your My Account on Smart DNS Proxy and activate your IP address on Smart DNS Proxy server.
And that’s about it, restart your computer, go to Netflix and search for any restricted content like “The Office”. You’d be watching it in no time.
That’s how you access American Netflix from anywhere.
Check out our videos to set it up on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and everywhere else. We highly recommend setting it up on router.
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