If you are the kind of person who would rather binge watch a couple of TV shows over the weekend, or you’d be just comfortable staying indoors to watch a movie or two instead of going out, then there’s a very high chance that you have a Netflix subscription. These online streaming companies have surely changed the way we access content by making it available to us regardless of wherever we might be.
The only issue that could be challenging to deal with is the fact that based on your location, some of the movies and TV shows you might want to stream might not be available to you. This is a form of geographic restriction where, for example, viewers from Argentina, India, Australia or even Canada may not have access to a popular TV series being streamed on American Netflix. This might beg the question, are there ways to bypass geographical restrictions on Netflix?
How To Unblock American Netflix
Yes, there are solutions you can put into place to to work around territorial streaming restrictions put in place by streaming companies like Netflix. I’m going to mention three below, and I’ll ask you to keep in mind the one you prefer most:
Using a VPN Service or App
Netflix blocks users who are not within its allowed region by checking their IP addresses; this is the main reason you receive that geo-error when you try to access American Netflix while outside the US. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to hide your actual IP address and use a remote one that is within the country whose content you’d like to stream. For example, if you live in Argentina, Canada, Germany or France and want to stream American Netflix, a credible service provider should allow you to connect to one of their remote servers in the US, and this way, your virtual IP address will allow you to stream geo-restricted content.
Of the many VPN apps that are available, only a few of them still work with Netflix. All you would need to do is to download and install the VPN apps on your computer.
Tor is one software that became popular over time since it allowed its users to access and stream regionally restricted content. The only disadvantage that came with it is the many layers of encryption that slowed down the load time of large video files; especially the ones in HD.
Using Smart DNS Proxies
This was by far the easiest solution you could adopt to bypass regional restrictions since all you had to do was to change your device’s primary and secondary DNS server addresses. Unfortunately, this can no longer be considered as a viable option since Netflix blocked such services.
Conclusion on How to Unlock Content on Netflix
As you have seen, there are a couple of ways you can bypass the geographical restrictions put in place by Netflix, but then again, not all of them are equally effective.
Take the time to do your research online by reading credible reviews and browsing through user opinions to find out which app/software is sure to work well for you to unblock content on Netflix.
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