Canada was the second country after USA to get Netflix. However, content wise the Canadian version has lacked behind since day one and has shown no real sign of improvement. This is due to licensing restrictions that prevent Netflix from introducing the same catalogue to the Canadians. Thankfully there is a clever little service that allows you to use your Canadian Netflix account to get access to the US Netflix content.
The name of the service is Unlocator and it can be used with just about any device that supports Netflix. You use the service by changing network settings on either your home router or the individual device you want to watch Netflix on.
Your Internet speed will remain the same and only the requests going to Netflix will appear to come from the US instead of Canada. This makes Netflix think you are American and in return the US content will be loaded.
In order to get started here is a quickstep guide:
This is really all it takes if you want to get your hands on American Netflix. Read on if you want a little more info on
what to expect from the US version of Netflix.
So what if you want to switch back to the Canadian version of Netflix to catch a show that is not available on American Netflix? Well then you head on over to the account section of Unlocator. The cool thing is that you can switch between any region that Netflix is currently available in. That way you can watch content from the combined catalogue of Netflix as a whole.
To put it in numbers – Netflix USA has more than 14.000 titles where are Netflix Canada has about 900. I think that says it all really. As mentioned above the Unlocator trick gives you access to more than just the US version of Netflix so the actual number of titles you get access to after the switch is even higher. Either way the most hardcore Netflix fan should be pacified for a while with this selection.
As I mentioned above, all you have to do is change a couple of network settings on the device you want to switch from Canadian Netflix to American Netflix. The most popular way is to setup the home router to use the Unlocator DNS. That way you won’t have to fiddle with every device in the household. You can find a list of setup guides for common routers here: Unlocator router guides.
Some user can’t change the DNS settings on their routers as these are provided by their cable companies and act as modems as well. In that case you simply have to setup your device manually to use the Unlocator service – take a look at the guides on the setup page.
So besides American Netflix you can also unblock Hulu, Hulu Plus, ABC, CBS, NBC and about 65 other sites (new sites are added regularly). Some of the sites are Canadian like CTV, TOU.TV, Much Music and TSN. So if you are travelling outside Canada and want access to Canadian Netflix or other Canadian content while on the go you can get that with Unlocator as well.
So if you are into getting American Netflix in Canada or simply need a handy tool while travelling outside Canada, then Unlocator is well worth a look. You can create a free Unlocator account and give it a go for yourself.