A brief history
NetflixFixer.com started out as a labor of love, rallying against shows being uploaded to Netflix in completely random order, and looking up the right order leading to even more spoilers online. Then people started asking how they can access shows that were available only in the US or other countries outside of their own region.
We previously recommended Unblock-Us for unblocking particular countries, and for a while they did an amazing job of giving access to whichever country you want to watch from by simply picking a country from a pull-down menu. Unfortunately Netflix started cracking down on Smart-DNS connections like Unblock-US (after initially lying about doing it).
|After hearing about Netflix blocking VPN users… Source: Reddit|
We don’t actually blame them for blocking ‘unblockers’ though, as a user on reddit explained to someone asking why they are cracking down:
Warner Bros: “I’ll sell you rights to show my series Chuck in the US for $3 million, Canada for $1 million, and the UK for $1 million ”Netflix: “We’ll take the US and UK.3 months laterWarner Bros: “Hey WTF! People are just VPNing from Canada to the US to watch Chuck! Stop it or you owe us $1 mil.”Netflix: “K.”
So what do we do now?
We’re also switching over to OverPlay.
OverPlay is similar to Unblock-Us, in that they run a smart-DNS system that makes it look like you’re in America (or any country) by resolving the IP address for Netflix from the target country. Your computer doesn’t know that “netflix.com” is “126.96.36.199” until a Domain Name System server tells it that’s the address; but OverPlay’s smart-DNS system says “hey Netflix, someone in [the US] wants to know your address” instead off your actual country. As we mentioned above, Netflix got wise to that and started cracking down on the lying DNS servers.
Luckily OverPlay also has another connection system available: VPN (Virtual Private Network). Unlike DNS, when you connect through a VPN you actually stream all the data through the connection. So instead of your computer asking for the address of Netflix, a computer in the actual country asks, connects, and starts streaming it from that country, and transfers that data to you. Obviously this means a lot more work for the VPN server than a DNS server, and that’s why they’re about $10 instead of $5 per month – but it’s much harder for Netflix to detect that a computer streaming from the US is actually later sending that data to Canada. In fact it’s probably impossible to detect until multiple people start streaming from that same address.
So OverPlay is currently working for us, and we think it will be much harder to take down, so that’s what we’re recommending at the moment. Feel free to keep checking our free DNS code post for updates, but if you can afford the $10, it really is a lot easier to watch from wherever you want through a VPN. You also get the benefits of hiding your location from other sites: torrents, ISPs throttling certain sites, identity protection, etc. – they only see that you’re talking to the VPN, not what it’s sending you. If you want to try it out, we would really appreciate if you click our link (or the ad below) to show them we sent you. Thanks!