StrongVPN – Working again to Unblock US Netflix – March 2017

We’ve gotten word directly from StrongVPN (that’s our coupon code, explained below) that their service is working to connect to American Netflix again! That means if you’re anywhere outside the US, you can connect through a Strong server inside the US and stream shows/movies that are only available there. According to Netflixable.com, there are currently 6,407 shows/movies on Netflix USA, and 5,089 on Netflix Canada.

(Updated 2/27) Verified working by CheckFlix:

You can use the desktop app (that’s what I do), browser plugin, iphone/ android apps, etc.; or you can set your router up for VPN (even just for the Netflix site), so whatever you use to watch from your home network including Smart TVs, Chromecast, Fire TV, etc. will work as well. Just follow the instructions on their Setup page.They’re currently running a deal for $2.91/month if you buy 12 months (41% off) instead of the usual $5/month. Get the coupon price through our code here: http://strongvpn.com?offer_id=4&aff_id=2705

We use it for more

I’ve been using StrongVPN ever since Netflix started cracking down on the various Smart DNS tools, not letting people get American Netflix by simply using an American DNS (though you get StrongDNS for free when you buy StrongVPN, in case they ever allow it again). Since then, I’ve realized I use it for a lot more than just streaming shows, but any time I don’t quite trust the site I’m on or don’t want tracked. For example, there are plenty of perfectly legal torrents that companies put out to cheaply distribute their software, but it’s definitely best to connect to any peer-to-peer network using a VPN for complete security (leave a comment if anyone is interested in my best practices there). The possibilities are endless though, as I’ve learned to buy airline tickets from cheaper locations (StrongDNS shines here, instantly switching countries), watch region-locked videos (especially on YouTube), and see what sites look like from different locations, for example:Via buzzfeed https://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/19insert-word-here-differences-between-time-magazine-us-and

It’s a great feeling to have complete control over where sites see you as coming from, and mask your home IP from any snooping organizations or cybercriminals. Now that we’re assured that StrongVPN is connecting to the American version of Netflix for everyone (they have both Los Angeles and New York options, we use LA), it’s time you check them out as well. There’s even a 5 day money back guarantee, so you can make sure it works. This is our partner link so they know we sent you and give you the deal: http://strongvpn.com?offer_id=4&aff_id=2705

90210 – All Seasons – In Order

This is a post for the new 90210 series in 2008-2013, not the 1990-1999 “Beverly Hills: 90210.” Also, it’s all numbers because it’s a zip code, not “nine oh two one oh” or “9o21o” as people have actually asked 😂. If you are actually looking for the classic show, it’s not on Netflix, but Season 1 is free with Amazon Prime:

90210 Season 1 free with Amazon Prime
Nostalgia alert: Season 1 of the classic 90210 is free with Amazon Prime

Previously the Netflix version was confusing because two episodes in Season 1 were labelled “disc only” – but in fact no episodes are missing. Instead, they are combined into the first episode:

Episode 1 is “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore / The Jet Set”, and fortunately they’ve gotten rid of the other two.
  • Season 1: In Order

  • Seasons 2 – 5: In Order

Update 4/22/15:
We’re getting lots of comments asking for Season 5 of 90210, but on our (US) Netflix, Season 5 is showing up fine and in order:

If you’re missing Season 5 in another region, here’s the solution we’re using to connect to any region’s Netflix.

Update 9/19/14: All Seasons have been added to Netflix Instant and are In Order. It lists Season 1 as “1,4,5,6…” instead of “1,2,3,4…” but have no fear, all episodes are in the right order. This completes 90210 as all episodes are online and working fine.

Update 9/24/12: Season 4 has been added to Netflix Instant.

Update 2/12/17: All seasons are still up and in order in the US. Again, if you’re not seeing you, you probably need US Netflix. We updated that they removed the “disc only” We’re Not in Kansas Anymore / The Jet Set episodes, so everything is in order. Also Season 1 of the classic 90210 is free with Prime.

How to Download Netflix Shows/Movies to an SD Card

Usually I don’t watch Netflix on a phone or tablet’s small screen, so it’s been a little while since I even opened the app. So it was a nice surprise today when I finally updated my app and noticed something great:

WHAT’S NEW

  • SD Card support*. New “Download Location” app setting that lets you control where to save downloaded content: Internal Storage or SD Card (new permission requested)
  • Bug fixes
    *This feature is not available on all devices.

You probably already heard that Netflix has been allowing some downloads to your devices so you can watch them later, such as on a plane or over slow connections. This change makes it much better to actually use your phone/tablet to watch videos, because you don’t have to fill up the on-board memory which is usually smaller and already pretty full. Now instead you can use a relatively cheap SD card to hold it in addition to your device’s regular memory storage. (They’re currently 32 gigs for only $10-$12, and 64 gigs for $24.99, the 128 gig monster pictured above is $56.33 currently!).

How to Set it Up

It’s pretty easy to set up. Just download the latest version of the Netflix app, and after opening it, and set the SD Card as your download location (that’s what this update allows, so you no longer have to move them manually!). Click the download button on the show/movie that you want on your card (pictured above in “The Crown” screenshot).
Note: Not all shows are available, Netflix Originals are and many more are being added each week.

And if your phone or tablet doesn’t have a slot for an SD or SD Mini (both work), you might have made a mistake in purchasing something that you can’t cheaply expand the memory of! SD Cards are not only great for watching movies on a plane, but saving all your pictures there by default – allowing you to remove it and download your pictures any time even if your phone dies or breaks.

Bob Ross Megapost: Where to Stream and What They Look Like

You may have seen our previous posts about Bob Ross’ two Collections on Netflix: Beauty is Everywhere, and Chill with Bob Ross. Well the Ross team has finally finished uploading every episode to YouTube, and we thought we’d compile all the episodes here so there’s no confusion about what’s what.

  • The Joy of Painting on YouTube
  • All Joy of Painting Endings
  • Beauty is Everywhere
  • Chill with Bob Ross
  • Our own paintings

The Joy of Painting on YouTube

There are 31 Seasons of The Joy of Painting – that’s the main Bob Ross painting show that aired on PBS from 1983 to 1994. Unfortunately, Bob passed away in 1995 to Lymphoma.

Something of a resurgence happened recently when Joy of Painting marathons started airing on Twitch, bringing a whole new (and much sillier) audience to the show. They also started uploading all the episodes to his official YouTube, which has finally finished. Interestingly, if you go to the “Full Seasons” playlists, they’re not all there, but just check the channel uploads and they’re all there in about reverse order. Just search for the episode you want. But which episode do you want to paint along with? Check out all the episode endings to decide!

All Joy of Painting Endings

This Imgur collection includes every episode ending by season, so just open up the image for a season, and you can pick which episode you want to watch.

Beauty is Everywhere

Outside of all episodes on YouTube and random marathons on Twitch, they’ve also added two “collections” on Netflix. The first is “Beauty is Everywhere” – a curated selection of some of the best painting Bob has done, that also show what a thoughtful and nice man he was. We’ve got a full write-up of it here.

Chill with Bob Ross

The second Netflix collection is “Chill with Bob Ross” (get it? Netflix and Chill?). This collection came out in the Winter and features cold, snowy scenes from the show. We’ve got a more in-depth write-up of which episodes they are here, including all the episode endings for those paintings specifically.

Our own paintings

The reason we love to talk about Bob Ross is that we’ve joined the bandwagon as well! When his show started streaming on Twitch, we got caught up in the excitement. Then when a family member was going to be recovering from surgery, we bought two sets of oil paints, all the supplies, and had a blast learning to paint along with the show. Here are our own paintings so far:

1: Season 23, Episode 11 – Frozen Beauty in Vignette

2: Season 6, Episode 4 – Whispering Stream

3: Season 31, Episode 11 – Lake at the Ridge w/ Steve Ross

4: Season 27, Episode 1 – Twilight Beauty

5: Season 2, Episode 4 – Shades of Grey

6: Our first original painting, Lake Como, Italy

Where to Stream the Trump Inauguration Live

Obama officially hands over the presidency at noon Eastern tomorrow, January 20th. For #cordcutters, that usually means searching around for where to stream it without cable. Fortunately there are some pretty easy places to watch it:

The much-discussed lack of quality performers will be in full force: Jackie Evancho, the Missouri State University Chorale, the Radio City Rockettes, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. There’s also plenty political humor around the event, enjoy!

Political humor:

Trump reportedly has written his own inaugural address, how can we turn it into a drinking game?

Ready for Tomorrow? from PoliticalHumor