Why we switched to OverPlay

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 later

Warner 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 keep trying. We’ve continued to post any free DNS code updates on our “American Netflix DNS Codes Roundup Pt.2” post, even though Netflix shuts them down quickly. Maybe they’ll get tired of taking down new codes eventually.

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 “” 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!

Bill Nye, Django Unchained, Boxtrolls, and More Now Streaming on Netflix

Bill! Bill! Bill!

A Collection of 31 Episodes of the 1993 classic Bill Nye, the Science Guy is now streaming on Netflix. Unfortunately, it’s missing the other 69 episodes, but if you search on YouTube some more are on there (we can only assume they are allowed, or else YouTube would removed them…). All episodes are also available on Amazon, but cost money [link].
The patron saint of nerds everywhere. Link to Netflix. Link to Amazon.
This is probably related to Bill Nye getting the word out about his LightSail Kickstarter, of which we are a backer! If you want to support crowd-funded space exploration, and help carry out Carl Sagan’s dream of solar sail powered space flight, definitely check it out.

The Boxtrolls

Another kid-friendly movie just added to Netflix is The Boxtrolls. It was surprisingly good when we saw it in theaters, and I still find myself wanting to pat on my boxclothes when I’m happy.
Link to Netflix

Inglourious Basterds

A very not kid-friendly movie, Inglourious Basterds is also now available. With an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s an unmissable Nazi-killing Tarantino flick. “And I want my scalps!”
Link to Netflix

Django Unchained

Another amazing Tarantino movie (aren’t they all just perfect to watch over and over on Netflix?), Django Unchained follows the story of a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) and a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) trying to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Django Unchained on Netflix

[MEX] Jurassic Park

“MEX” you say? The original Jurassic Park just started streaming in Mexico. This is a perfect nostalgia recap before the new movie comes out, but only for people with access to an easy country-switching DNS service like Unblock-Us, which we use and support. If you have the service, all you have to do is pull down the menu on their website to Mexico, and voila, Jurassic Park is available on Netflix. Watch the trailer for the new Jurassic Park here, and watch the 1993 trailer here. How it works:
1. Jurassic Park is unavailable to stream in the US.
2. Change my region to Mexico at Unblock-Us
3. There’s Jurassic Park, ready to watch!
Click here to check out Unblock-Us using our referral code so they know we sent you; we appreciate it.

[BRA] The Imitation Game

Similar to Jurassic Park playing in Mexico, The Imitation Game is playing in Brazil. Just do the same thing as above, pull your Unblock-Us menu down to Brazil, and the Imitation Game will show up on Netflix. Enjoy!
Changing region over to Brazil.
And now we can watch Imitation Game!

Thanks to:
Reddit, Reddit, Kickstarter, and InstantWatcher for the info.

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NetflixFixer Now Officially Supports UnBlock-Us

Lots of people visit asking about how to access the American version of Netflix from Canada, the UK, and elsewhere. We’ve consistently tried to keep up to date with the latest free DNS servers available, first in our DNS Codes for Netflix and our “Part 2” version; but that thread is already at 687 more comments in the two months over 1000 comments since it was posted, with lots of updates as we’ve confirmed new working codes.

We realize that these constantly changing codes might be frustrating some NetflixFixers, always playing a cat and mouse game with the servers when you just want to watch a show. We’ve written at length about different services you can use to get around country restrictions, including Hola, MediaHint, Anonymoux, and others. Unfortunately, most of these services have let us down at various times after we posted about them. There was a wave of Chrome plugins being bought by spammers that started interjecting ads into your regular web browsing sites – which is unacceptable. Hola was even found to be using user’s connections as TOR exit nodes – an incredibly dangerous activity.

That’s why we’re moving to Unblock-Us.

For $5/month after a one week free trial you can connect to Netflix and other streaming sites from whichever country you want. After using it for these past months, we highly recommend it.

Click the image to try Unblock-Us free

Being subscribed to /r/Netflix, this site has come up over and over again with positive comments from people sharing what they use when asked about getting around country restrictions. We resisted it at first because it is a paid service (about $4.99 currently after a week free trial), but we finally decided to try it out and it works great. It seems that by paying a small amount per month, you can get around the common problems with constantly changing codes, slow servers, Netflix not working, etc. It makes sense really – every time we post a free DNS server, thousands of people connect to it and start streaming HD movies through a single connection. It’s no wonder it either slows way down, Netflix blocks it, or the admin takes it down. It just makes sense, so we asked around, tried it out, and are ready to endorse Unblock-Us. Just click the image to the left to get a free 7 day trial, this is an affiliate link that tells them we sent you.

We will still support the people looking for updated free DNS codes. When they’re up, we’ll spread the word; when none are available, we’ll keep looking while we use Unblock-Us for our own streaming 🙂

TL;DR version (too long; didn’t read):
– It’s hard to keep up with the latest free DNS servers for American Netflix (though we will still keep updating them)
– Web plugins we previously recommended got bought by spam companies and started hijacking their user’s connections.
– We now recommend Unblock-Us if you don’t want to put up with the hassle of constantly finding new DNS servers.

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What to Watch on Netflix – December, 2013

We always have trouble deciding what to watch on Netflix scrolling through the list, but when we watch an actual trailer it’s easy to find something to watch. Sit back and watch these trailer clips for new releases on Netflix Instant for December, 2013

To view the full list of trailers used, open the video description: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaAfhhW7nMQ

Thanks to reddit.com/r/Netflix and InstantWatcher.com for always keeping us in the loop for Netflix releases (after they stopped posting the official list because sites like ours were talking too much about what Netflix was losing each month).

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What to Watch on Netflix – November, 2013

I always have trouble deciding what to watch on Netflix scrolling through the list, but when I watch an actual trailer it’s easy to decide. Sit back and watch these trailer clips for new releases on Netflix Instant for November, 2013.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Black Pearl (first movie): http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Pirates_of_the_Caribbean_The_Curse_of_the_Black_Pearl/60029157?trkid=7711922

2. Skyfall: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/70243459?strkid=2016391364_0_0&trkid=222336&movieid=70243459

3. Europa Report: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/70276016?strkid=1252690200_0_0&trkid=222336&movieid=70276016

4. Olympus Has Fallen: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/70259801?strkid=1695223479_0_0&trkid=222336&movieid=70259801

5. Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/70290568?strkid=282105866_0_0&trkid=222336&movieid=70290568

6. Redemption: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/70262785?strkid=686231754_6_0&trkid=222336&movieid=70262785

7. Dexter S1-4: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/70136126?strkid=1532762832_0_0&trkid=222336&movieid=70136126

8. Chuck S5: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/70157475?strkid=1991189151_0_0&trkid=222336&movieid=70157475

9. The Polar Express: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/70011200?strkid=74626884_0_0&trkid=222336&movieid=70011200

10. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/70267587?strkid=855408761_0_0&trkid=222336&movieid=70267587

11. Robot & Frank: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/70227654?strkid=1828541237_0_0&trkid=222336&movieid=70227654

12. City Under Siege: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/70218618?strkid=1470704747_0_0&trkid=222336&movieid=70218618

13. Super Buddies: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/70283770?strkid=723698672_0_0&trkid=222336&movieid=70283770

14. Sharknado: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/70285977?strkid=895232104_0_0&trkid=222336&movieid=70285977

Let’s Make Money (11-12-13) — http://imgur.com/fkql3E9
Only God Forgives (11-14-13) — http://imgur.com/OQWMSak
The Joneses (11-15-13) — http://imgur.com/Y6H2U3v
The American (11-16-13) — http://imgur.com/sDGfz47
Killing Season (11-18-13) — http://imgur.com/m3FbyeL
MST3K: Werewolf (11-19-13) — http://imgur.com/KGPdO0Y
MST3K: I Accuse My Parents (11-19-13) — http://imgur.com/nBuJUEC
The Iceman (11-25-13) — http://imgur.com/AbSlT3z
Farscape (11-26-13) — http://imgur.com/3OhPz2k

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