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How to Watch Netflix Outside US

By Paul Nash | 15 October 2011 at 1:56 pm CET | 19 Comments

Netflix Outside US

Netflix is an online streaming service that is only accessible in specific countries. Many love Netflix simply because it offers a wide range of internet videos to “Watch Instantly” on computers or mobile devices.

But in order to watch Netflix, you need to be at least in the US soil. In this article we’ll describe how you can watch Netflix outside US.

Just by visiting Netflix, the system would immediately determine your current location. And if you belong to a restricted geography, you basically cannot watch Netflix. If you try to watch videos on Netflix outside US, this would only get this message, “Sorry, Netflix is not available in your country yet.”

So if you live outside the US or is travelling abroad, you will surely miss all your favorite American TV shows. But if you think the only way to access Netflix is physically being in the US, you’re definitely wrong.

Even though the service is only available for US, the Caribbean, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, there are various services that can make you appear as if you are in any of the countries where Netflix is readily available.

How does Netflix determine my location?

When you try to stream Netflix videos, the server will immediately detect your IP address, and this would allow them to determine your current location. So if Netflix realize that you are not located outside the US, you will be prohibited to watch videos.

What we can do to trick Netflix into believing that we are in the US is to fake our IPS address with an acceptable American IP address. Once you are connected to the internet with a supposedly US IP, Netflix will then allow you to stream its wide range of video contents.

Services that Hide Your IP Address

The only way to access Netflix outside US is to use a US IP. There are different services that offer to hide your IP address. These services or tools act as the middleman between your computer and the internet; in this case it’s Netflix.

Use Proxies to access Netflix outside US

Proxy services are probably the most popular method for hiding IP addresses online. Most proxies offer free services, but the bad news is that they are being run by hackers and this is exactly why proxies are not ideal to use. Plus, proxies tend to slow down internet browsing.

Download and install Browser Add-ons

This is basically the easiest method of accessing Netflix outside US. Simply install a browser extension such as Media Hint and you can already watch videos on Netflix. The big downside with this tool is that it will only work with Chrome and Firefox web browsers. You can’t use it on Safari, IE, Opera or any other browsers including those for mobile devices or streaming device, like Roku, PS3, etc.

Best Option: Connect Through a VPN Server

It’s worth mentioning that using the VPN service to access the web is the safest way of bypassing internet / geographic restrictions. Aside from unblocking Netflix, VPN will also encrypt all outgoing data from your network. Making your internet activities absolutely secured. But in order to use such service, you need to subscribe to a VPN provider.

Should I use a VPN to watch Netflix Outside US?

Netflix outside US

Among the 3 methods described above, VPN is the best option. It does not only bypass internet restrictions, it also makes you virtually invisible, thus having a private and anonymous internet browsing activities.

VPN works by masking your actual IP address with anything of your choice. If you want to use a European IP address or a US IP, you can basically do that with a VPN. Although it would still depend on the VPN provider you are subscribed to which IP addresses are available.

Configuring a VPN client app is not really a problem; installation tutorials are provided by the VPN service. What you need to worry about is finding the right VPN provider to subscribe to. You have to make sure that you only sign up to a VPN provider that can provide all your VPN needs.

We recommend that you subscribe to one of these two VPN providers: HideMyAss or VyprVPN.

Again, to use a VPN service, you need sign up to a VPN service. There are several VPN providers you can choose from but we recommend you to only subscribe to reliable brands so as to get the most out of your internet connections. Find out how you can use VPN to access Netflix anywhere you are.

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AUTHOR

Paul Nash

Paul earned his degree in Electronics Engineering in Manila, Philippines. Reporting from one of Asia’s fastest growing megacities, he has a first-hand perspective on technology development and how it influences and enables people to live better lives. Paul has been writing for VPN Creative since 2012 and is covering subjects related to Internet security, online privacy. In his own words, he is young, ambitious and weird (in the best possible way!).

19 Reader comments
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  • 06

    we located In Willemstad,Curacao
    we try so many times to watch the Netflix
    But sorry no way.
    all the time you click start movie is a window open and it tells you this
    Netflix Streaming ERROR.
    Can you please check this problem and let us know what to do.
    we call all this number; 866 7160414. 800 481 7209 and notting
    Thanks, rudygomez@onenet.an

    • 07

      Hi Rudy – I’d be happy to help. It does sound strange. Tell me, are you connected through a VPN server in United States? If so, who is your provider? I would recommend you to try connecting through Hide My Ass – they have 30-day money back guarantee.

  • 08

    we located In Willemstad,Curacao
    we try so many times to watch the Netflix
    But sorry no way.
    all the time you click start movie is a window open and it tells you this
    Netflix Streaming ERROR.
    Can you please check this problem and let us know what to do.
    we call all this number; 866 7160414. 800 481 7209 and notting
    Thanks, rudygomez@onenet.an

    • 09

      Hi Rudy – I’d be happy to help. It does sound strange. Tell me, are you connected through a VPN server in United States? If so, who is your provider? I would recommend you to try connecting through Hide My Ass – they have 30-day money back guarantee.

  • 10

    AM I the only one that finds VPNs slow down your internet dramatically. I have tried HMA and VPN using DD-WRT on my router so all my decives can use netflix, etc…

    I am in Japan and without a VPN on my router, using speedtest.net, I get about 50 Mbps down/ 30 Mbps up. The fiber I have is faster than anything I had in the states.

    However, once activate HMA or StrongVPN on my router (NETGEAR WNDR3700 flashed with DD-WTR) speedtest.net shows 3 Mbps down / 1 Mbps up.

    I am looking for any alternative to be able to play netflix and hulu on my whole network without seeing such a drastic loss in performance.

    • 11

      Hi Rick –

      If you are experiencing insufficient speed through your VPN, try the following:

      1. Connect to your VPN service to a server in the U.S.
      2. Open your browser
      3. Go to Netflix
      4. Choose a movie and click Play Now
      5. Wait until you see the “Downloading Movie Information” message in the movie player
      6. Disconnect from the VPN service and you are now using your full bandwidth

      Netflix will only check your location in the beginning. Let me know if it works for you.

  • 12

    AM I the only one that finds VPNs slow down your internet dramatically. I have tried HMA and VPN using DD-WRT on my router so all my decives can use netflix, etc…

    I am in Japan and without a VPN on my router, using speedtest.net, I get about 50 Mbps down/ 30 Mbps up. The fiber I have is faster than anything I had in the states.

    However, once activate HMA or StrongVPN on my router (NETGEAR WNDR3700 flashed with DD-WTR) speedtest.net shows 3 Mbps down / 1 Mbps up.

    I am looking for any alternative to be able to play netflix and hulu on my whole network without seeing such a drastic loss in performance.

    • 13

      Hi Rick –

      If you are experiencing insufficient speed through your VPN, try the following:

      1. Connect to your VPN service to a server in the U.S.
      2. Open your browser
      3. Go to Netflix
      4. Choose a movie and click Play Now
      5. Wait until you see the “Downloading Movie Information” message in the movie player
      6. Disconnect from the VPN service and you are now using your full bandwidth

      Netflix will only check your location in the beginning. Let me know if it works for you.

  • 14

    Amazing issues here. Thanks a lot for sharing this insight. HMA works great

  • 16

    Amazing issues here. Thanks a lot for sharing this insight. HMA works great

  • 18

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  • 19

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