We all spend a lot of money on video streaming services, so naturally, we like to get the most bang for our buck.
I mean, we aren’t all made of money, are we?
Canada (as of February 2017) has only 55.78 percent of the total US library.
Even though the subscription is around the same price, Canadian Netflix users are missing out on just over 44 percent of US content.
You would think that as the world becomes more connected through the internet we would start to see these artificial borders disintegrate but movie studios and the like are hell-bent on making it as difficult as they can for paying customers to view their products for a bit of extra cash (if you don’t live in the United States that is).
Thankfully, there are ways to watch American Netflix in Canada and the process isn’t all that difficult.
What will I need?
- Netflix Subscription (only the one needed as they are universal)
- A VPN Service subscription
- VPN compliant hardware (PC, Router, etc.)
The VPN option is probably the most common way of watching US Netflix.
Using a VPN gives you a secure connection but sometimes at the expense of speed, which is vital if you are streaming HD or Ultra HD content.
Netflix has also been cracking down on VPN services access to Netflix by flagging certain IP addresses so it could be the case in future that your VPN service no longer works with Netflix. Setting up a VPN is not possible on all hardware, things like Smart TVs and game consoles are not supported.
Step 1 – Choosing a VPN provider
It is vital you choose a VPN provider that explicitly says their US servers allow you to watch Netflix. They must also use gigabit servers and not throttle speeds no matter what. ExpressVPN, VyperVPN, and NordVPN are good places to start.
ExpressVPN comes in at $12.95 a month (or $8.32 a month if you subscribe annually) and offers a lot more than just Netflix access. With servers in 154 countries, you’ll be able to access services from all around the globe.
VyperVPN Premium plan is also $12.95 a month but only $6.67 if you pay for a year’s subscription. They offer some really interesting extras like their Chameleon protocol that can bypass things like Netflix’s attempts to block major VPN providers IP addresses. A good choice for the future perhaps.
NordVPN is a little cheaper than the previous two, coming in at $11.95 for a month or $5.75 a month for the year. They also have a money-back guarantee for the first 30 days, so if it isn’t working out for you, feel free to get your money back and try elsewhere. Nice peace of mind.
All of the above VPN providers offer similar services, it is just finding out which one offers features that are more tailored towards your own personal tastes.
If you are on a budget NordVPN is a good choice, VyperVPN is best for security, and ExpressVPN is fantastic in terms of speed and server locations.
Step 2 – Setting up your VPN connection
This part can vary depending on which VPN protocol you use, what VPN provider you choose, and the hardware you want to set the VPN connection up on.
For this guide, we will be using a Windows PC.
If your VPN provider offers their own software, feel free to use it, it often just requires your username and password and then you choose the connection options you want.
This software often comes with useful features, like a kill switch for certain applications if the VPN connection drops.
If you don’t want to use the included software PPTP, L2TP, and SSTP are natively supported within Windows and can be setup using the Networking utilities in the Control Panel.
Go to the “Network and Sharing Center” and click “Set up a new connection or network”, this will then bring up a new window with three options to choose from.
You will want to choose the bottom one “Connect to a workplace”. On the next page choose “Use my Internet Connection (VPN)”.
The “Type the Internet address to connect to” page will need the details of your VPN provider, this is often an IP address but it could also be a hostname, so don’t worry if there isn’t the standard numbered IP address. Make sure to choose the address for a US server.
You input the provided IP address or hostname into the “Internet address” field and in the “Destination name” field you input whatever name you like for the VPN connection.
Once the VPN connection is created and you try to connect to it for the first time, it will ask for a username and password. You input whatever credentials your VPN provider has provided, this is often your log in details but can sometimes be a different set of credentials.
Should you enter the correct information your VPN connection will be established. The easiest way to check this is to search “What’s my IP” in Google and see if your public IP address and location has changed.
Step 3 – Log into Netflix and go wild!
Once you have confirmed your IP address is located in the US, navigate to Netflix.com and log in using your usual login details for Netflix.
There is no need to purchase another subscription. You should now have access to the entirety of the US Netflix Library.
Watching American Netflix in Canada is not that difficult a task as you can see, the most difficult part is choosing what to watch!
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