If you are travelling abroad the US or simply live outside the US you will soon learn that in order to watch Netflix you need to be a little sneaky. That is because Netflix is a US only service and the website will check your location by checking your IP-address, which will give away your location. So to trick Netflix into thinking you are inside the USA you need to get an American IP-address.
In order to get an American IP address you have to connect to a VPN server. VPN stands for private virtual network – it is far less complicated than it sounds. When you connect to a VPN server it will act as a middleman between you and the website you want to connect to, and if the VPN server is located in the US it will then look like you are too.
Most VPN providers can make you appear to be in the US, but frankly only a handfull have the bandwidth needed to stream high quality video. I prefer Hide My Ass VPN as they give me the best results and the setup is the easiest I have come across. To setup the connection you install a small app for either PC or Mac and select where in the US you want to hide – that is it. The app will allow you to test out what server will give you the best speed – a valuable tool for getting the most out of your connection. Basically it takes all the hard work out of setting up a VPN.
You can also do a manual setup if you prefer, and once signed up you get access to settings for iPad, iPhones and Android phones as well. Check out the service here
You don’t need an American credit card when signing up for Netflix – just make sure that you use a 5 digit zip code (90210 comes to mind) and you can use any valid card you like.
Don’t forget that a VPN connection can be used for more than watching Netflix outside the US. You can also use it to unblock Hulu and other American Websites. Netflix is just the top of the iceberg. That’s it – so if you travel outside the USA or go abroad this is the way to go. You can check out Hide My Ass here
Some devices can’t connect directly to VPN but instead you have 3 different options that will allow you to share your VPN connection to any device:
The first two options are the easiest as simply share the VPN connection from your computer. The last option requires flashing a router with special firmware, which can be a little tricky for some.
The Netflix USA library is the largest of any Video on Demand provider giving you access to more than 13.000 different movies and TV shows. As of May 2012 Netflix has signed a new deal with Twentieth Century Fox making Prison Break, 24, The X-Files, Arrested Development, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Wall Street, Office Space and lots more available for Netflix streaming and Netflix has just announced that Arrested Development will air new episodes exclusive to Netflix in May 2013.