In case you are traveling to Europe anytime soon for a vacation, you may want to watch some Netflix US TV shows or movies in your PC, laptop or any portable devices during some travel downtime while you are billeted in some top-notch hotel. Learn how to access Netflix US.
Nonetheless, you cannot stream Netflix US while in Europe. Since Netflix US is only available to PC or devices that operate under an American IP address. There are several ways to fake your current location and get a US IP address and I am going to present them thoroughly.
Why Would You Want to Access Netflix US?
First of all, even you have access to a local version of Netflix (take Netflix Germany or Netflix Finland for example), you will not have the same content as the original, US-based, website. It is a matter of copyright and content distribution in different parts of the World. Also, there are significant delays between the premiers on Netflix US and the availability of local networks. These are sufficient reasons to wish an unrestricted access to the original Netflix streaming site.
If you don’t know what to watch on Netflix US here are 18 Best Movies You Haven’t Seen Yet.
Access Netflix US using VPNs
What exactly is a Virtual Private Network? How can it help me stream Netflix US media and content from my hotel in Europe?
A Virtual Private Network or VPN is similar to a proxy server, in case you have heard of that. You may have heard that due to some constraints, you can not stream Netflix content in Europe using a proxy as they are now blocked. VPN’s are in fact the best way that will work for you to obtain access to Netflix instantly outside the US. I personally had a hand at using it when I paid my brother in Germany a visit. He just can’t believe it, but it’s true – he’s seeing USA movies and TV shows right before his very eyes while in Berlin!
For just $5 – $10 dollars a month or so you can obtain a VPN subscription without any problems and have a denominated US IP address for your account. VPN’s are a great way to bypass any internet censorship, which may be attributed to one’s geographic location or country IP address. As you cloak your own IP address by getting a new one (all US-based), Netflix will assume your computer or laptop is in the USA, and thereby grant it access to streaming media from the United States.
VPN Services to Access Netflix US
There is a wide array of affordable VPN services available on the web today. But only those that have US IP addresses are specifically what you’ll need for this purpose. If you really wish to watch Netflix content where you are at the moment, then VPN’s are a good way to go.
In case you need suggestions on the VPN to choose, you may take a look below at the providers that I recommend (personally tested):
|HideMyAss||$11.52/month for the monthly plan||Lots of US servers, excellent Windows app, good support.|
|ibVPN||$7.95/month for the monthly plan||Good price, excellent support.|
|PureVPN||$9.95/month for the monthly plan||Good price, lots of US servers, good support.|
Access Netflix US using SmartDNS
SmartDNS is a modern way to unblock restricted websites. A SmartDNS service basically tricks geo-blocked sites to see a user from the right location. In the case of Netflix, such a service is able to make the streaming site see you as being in the US. As simple as that.
Comparing to VPNs, Smart DNS is significantly faster as it does not encrypt the traffic data. The streaming speed depends only on the user’s Internet connection. Thus, if you have a decent bandwidth with your ISP then you will not have any streaming delay while accessing Netflix.
I am not going to enter into technical details regarding the way SmartDNS works as you don’t really have to know. 🙂
There are no important differences between the SmartDNS providers, so you should probably go for the cheapest. I personally use ibDNS provided by ibVPN. They offer ibDNS for $4.95/month, but you may get the Total VPN package for $7.95/month with included access to ibDNS.
Access Netflix US using Proxies
Proxies are another way to get access to a US IP and thus allowing you to access Netflix US. The setup is quite simple and the streaming speed is acceptable. The downside is that they are not quite reliable and you may find them accessible or blacklisted (as they are heavily used by online marketers and spammers).
If, by any chance, you are not able to subscribe to a VPN or a SmartDNS service you may try the following proxy services:
Proxy Hub – Offers private proxy packages starting from $10 per month. Servers are located in the USA and Europe.
LocaProxy – Provides HTTP proxies in Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Singapore, United Kingdom, the United States from $19.95/month.
SquidProxies – Provides private proxies and shared proxies that are locked to your IP, so no username and password are necessary.
There are a lot of good solutions to unblock restricted websites (e.g. Netflix US). They allow you to access your favorite TV shows and movies online wherever in Europe, whenever you want without breaking the bank.
P.S. While traveling in Europe you may have access to local versions of Netflix with specific content and limitations. As of March 2015 the following European countries or regions have their own Netflix channel:
- United Kingdom
- Nordic countries (except Iceland)
Thus, even if you don’t get access to Netflix US you may enjoy a good, Netflix-style, movie.
Please feel free to share in the comments the experience you had with different VPN, SmartDNS or proxy providers while unlocking Netflix. Thank you!