To be honest, it’s not a good idea to have the Netflix trademark in our URL, and a lot has changed since we started NetflixFixer on Blogger. We started the site because Netflix was uploading a bunch of shows episodes completely out of order, and while we were looking up the right order online we would stumble onto loads of spoilers. So we decided to figure out the orders ourselves and post them with no spoilers allowed. We took the spoilers ourselves so you wouldn’t have to. Then we upgraded from a free Blogger blog to a .com in 2012.
Soon, people started asking about the shows we posted, saying, “It’s cool that you posted the episode order, but I how do I access that show from Canada??” After some research, we found that you can simply input some DNS codes in America, and you’ll connect to Netflix as if you were in the US. Things went great as people posted which ones were working, we added them to the site: our first post got 850 comments before we switched to another post to make it more readable, and that one got over 1100 comments! It was also nice to be able to send people we were helping to an affiliate link and actually make a little bit of money (we only link to things we’re actually using though, and make sure it works first). Unfortunately, Netflix then starting cracking down on people connecting to the American version from overseas, regardless of if they were just travelling, or even serving in the military. It seems their content-owning overlords didn’t like it when Netflix only bought the US rights to a show and having everyone just switch their DNS to the US to watch it.
So we switched to VPN, which is much more difficult to shut down. Instead of a DNS (Domain Name Server) saying “Hey Netflix, what’s the IP address to connect to you? Someone in ‘America’ wants to know…” a VPN (Virtual Private Network) actually streams Netflix from a server in America – or almost anywhere else – and let’s you watch it. So far this has been working much better for us; but you never know when the cat and mouse game will continue and Netflix will shut down another server.
It was during this cat and mouse game that we decided we really shouldn’t have “Netflix” in our domain name. If we make them angry, they could use their obvious trademark ownership of the word to shut us down. Besides that, we’ve evolved from only using Netflix in the early days of being cable-free (we’ve actually never bothered signing up for cable in over 10 years, since it’s so obviously not worth it), to using a multitude of sites and solutions to watch what we want, when we want it. You shouldn’t have to pick from a small list of shows, and people from different regions shouldn’t be discriminated against on the Internet.
Ever since the Internet was created, it’s been organized around basic principles of openness, fairness and freedom. There are no gatekeepers deciding which sites you get to access. There are no toll roads on the information superhighway. – Barack Obama
We hope you’ll come with us on this journey to fulfill the cordcutting dream: To cut the cord and watch the shows and movies you want, from anywhere.
PS: In the days and weeks ahead, we’ll surely be fixing different things on the site, as we’ve migrated from a free Blogger to a hosted WordPress blog. Please bear with us if there are any problems, and check out our updated social accounts on Twitter and Facebook.
Let us know what you think of the name change and the new design below!