How to watch US Netflix movies and TV shows when you are in the UK. How to access US Netflix shows wherever you are. Use a VPN to watch US Netflix on Windows and Mac. Change DNS settings to watch US Netflix on Xbox, PlayStation, Android, iPhone and iPad.
Netflix is constantly hunting down the VPNs with which you can spoof being in the us, and blocking them from working. So you may need to try a few different products before this works. And, there is always the small chance that Netflix will start punishing those people who it finds cheating geography.
It’s a slim chance, however, you can access US Netflix content from the UK only by paying for a UK Netflix account. So although Netflix is bound by its licensing deals with content creators to appear tough on people watching TV an movies outside of the correct territories, it’s unlikely to start banning paying customers. And how would it be able to tell?
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First of all you need to be a subscriber to Netflix. So go to the UK Netflix site and sign up. There is a free trial if you have never used Netflix before.
Now you have access to UK Netflix, let’s get you those lovely US shows.
The workaround is simple: first we will install a VPN (virtual private network), then we will use this to spoof our IP address so that it looks as though you are in the US.
Choosing a VPN is key. There are many around, and most offer a free version. We’re going to use Total VPN as it is not currently blocked by Netflix. The free version offers you a choice of three virtual locations, but limits the amount of bandwidth and transfer data.
It should suffice for you to get cracking with US Netflix, however. And if you do need more bandwidth you should always try before you buy.
Head over to TotalVPN.com and select the Get Total VPN link. Sign up, then download and install the app. Once install, launch Total VPN. You will be given the option to choose the country from which you wish to browse: make that country the US.
It can take a few moments to connect. Once you are up and running, simply browse to Netflix and sign in with your UK account details. You should find that you have access to the US content.
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The bad news is that if you want to get US Netflix on your Xbox or PlayStation the process is a bit more involved. You need to change the DNS settings in your web connection. The good news is that – as always – the internet provides.
Changing DNS settings in itself isn’t hugely difficult – you simply head to the network settings of the console and manually configure the settings. You need to enter primary and secondary DNS (Domain Name Servers) numbers that will carry your internet traffic, and convince Netflix you are in the US.
You can find these by searching for them on the internet, as they change regularly. DroidKid has a good list which should be the first place you try. Using these DNS numbers is free, but when they become popular they get clogged up and slow, and can even occasionally redirect you to a third-party site in an attempt to sell you VPN software or worse.
If this all sounds too dodgy, try Unblock Us. It costs $4.99 Canadian dollars a month, which is only a few quid but still not as good as free. Fortunately there’s a free trial so you can test it out. The server numbers you need are 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.
Unblock Us is compatible with various devices including games consoles, media streamers, Android, iOS and more. Even better, it has plenty of guides as to how to change the DNS settings on specific devices, so it is a good place to try if you want to watch US Netflix, in the UK, on your iPad.