Update. I no longer recommend Unblock US’ DNS service, but rather the alternative Overplay’s Smart DNS and VPN instead. Find out why. The rest of this guide is still relevant.
Not entirely happy with your Netflix subscription? Here’s a cheap and easy way to get way more out of Netflix.
It’s widely believed that the US Netflix catalog is the best there is, but this is not always true. It’s true that it by far have the most content, but a lot of it is just crap (pardon my french). In my experience, the Canadian Netflix has the best movies, and in some cases even the Scandinavian Netflix have some good stuff that’s not available in other regions. The one area the US Netflix in fact really shines above the rest is American TV series, but when it comes to movies it seems all regions have some hidden gems.
The good news is that you don’t have to travel from country to country to access all these goodies. It’s all available to you from the comfort of your own home, for the small price of 5 Canadian dollars per month. How? Using the two brilliant services, Unblock US and Moreflicks.
The first you’ll need is a subscription to Unblock US (or take it for a test drive with the free 7 day trial), the smartest VPN-ish solution to bypass region restrictions for media content on the web. Unlike slow and expensive traditional VPN services, Unblock US is fast, un-intrusive and works on all devices. All you have to do is to configure your device or (preferably) your router to use their DNS servers, and you’re good to go. If you set up your router, all devices connected to it will automatically be configured.
Unblock US detects when you’re trying to access region restricted content on all major streaming services, magically steps in and bypasses the region check for you, then steps back and let the content flow directly to you without channeling it through a slow VPN connection. But there’s more: Unblock US also let you chose wich Netflix catalog you want to access (US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, UK, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden or Finland).
After signing up for Netflix last year, I was using Unblock US alone, and I found it rather difficult to navigate the catalog in all regions, having to switch from region to region to see if the movie I wanted to see was available in any of them.
This led me to search for a site that listed the contents of Netflix in the different regions, but all the sites I found just listed all the content without any good way to search or filter through it. But then I stumbled upon Moreflicks, a free service that let you search for a movie or TV show you want to see, and subsequently show you on which streaming service and which regions the title is available in. Perfect!
So here’s my current “workflow” when wanting to watch a movie on Netflix:
Head over to Moreflicks on your phone, tablet or computer, enter the movie you’re searching for, and voila! Given that the title is available in any one of the Netflix regions, you’ll see a Netflix logo next to the search result. Click it and you’ll see the regions the title is available in.
Head over to Unblock US, go to the “How to set up" page and select the appropriate country. Click Update. (Edit: After their latest redesign, the Netflix region switcher is located at the welcome page)
Start up Netflix (you may have to restart it if it’s already open, so it performs the region check again - if you’re watching in your browser just open Netflix in a new tab) and search for the title. Press play and enjoy the show!
That’s it! Way better Netflix for only 5 bucks a month. If you found this guide helpful, make sure you do your friends a favor and share it with them. And please leave a comment below. Thank you :)
PS! I have tested one of Unblock US’ competitors, and I’ve recently made the switch. Find out why! (Hint: more features, access to more content, better support)