Access US Netflix in the UK

Access US Netflix in the UK A few months ago, the mighty goliath of movie streaming Netflix finally hit the shores of the UK after a painfully long wait, hoping to give LoveFlim a kick up the backside. For just £5.99 a month, we were excited at the opportunity to gain access to all the films and TV shows our US friends have access to.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t quite the case as it appeared that browsing the selection available on UK Netflix is the same as browsing the DVD and even VHS sections at your local charity shops.

Fortunately, Netflix was designed to be used as you travelled; if logged into your UK Netflix account in the US you would gain access to its US content, which is significantly greater than what we are able to view. If only you could trick your device into thinking it was in the US...

This is where Unblock-us steps in. Unblock-us will basically allow you to fool Netflix into thinking you are accessing it from the US and give you US content.

Simply sign up for a trial account - this will last you a week (it’s $4.99/~£3.50 a month thereafter). You don’t have to give any payment details to get the trial, just your email address. This should give you enough time to decide if the service is for you... or perhaps you could just spend the week watching as much as possible to get the most of your freebie.

Once signed up, you’ll need to change some settings on your phone or tablet so you can watch The Walking Dead on the go. Unblock-Us has guides for iPhone/iPad users and a guide for Android users on Gingerbread and ICS. When next opened, the Netflix app will detect your ‘new’ location and give you the US content to browse.

The only other devices that Netflix works on are Windows Phone devices. Unfortunately as of yet there is no way to manually input DNS servers on Windows Phone devices. However, if your Internet is provided through a router it may be possible to change the DNS servers on the router itself so all devices connected get the same settings. Each router is different so it’s hard to give specific advice. But if you know what you are doing you simply need to change the DNS servers to the following:

  • Primary DNS // 208.122.23.22
  • Secondary DNS // 208.122.23.23

That should be it! If you ever want to go back to the original settings, simply put your DNS settings back to automatic.

OK, I’m off to watch the latest in film and TV as opposed to the charity shop offerings of Netflix UK!

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10 comments

JanSt / MOD  May. 3, 2012 at 14:45

In Ireland - at least when they first started - they DO want CC details, even for the trial...
Thanks anyway. Good tip.

hassi94  May. 3, 2012 at 15:12

It's okay but every 2-3 weeks it seems to have 2-4 days downtime which is a real pain. Playmo TV (I think that's what it's called) was a much better service for me while in beta (& free) - now it does cost however, I believe a similar amount as Unblock-US but seems far more reliable.

pablo1984  May. 3, 2012 at 15:38

I use ibvpn and have never had any issues and they allow you to connect to multiples servers across the US and Canada

Pondlife  May. 3, 2012 at 17:54

If you think the offerings on uk netflix are bad take a look at lovefilm online, so much so very much worse. The UI is pitiful in comparison too.

DamienB  May. 3, 2012 at 18:33

If you think the offerings on uk netflix are bad take a look at lovefilm online, so much so very much worse. The UI is pitiful in comparison too.

I was never happy with LoveFilm when after I signed up alot of the films were premium only meaning I had to pay extra! They say in the FAQ it's only for new releases but it was films like Full Metal Jacket and the Lethal Weapon in which I had to pay extra!

emmajk42 / MOD  May. 3, 2012 at 19:22

Yeah, I really wish that all of Lovefilm's content was available on streaming... but have to make do with discs through the door!

Pondlife  May. 3, 2012 at 19:35

It would be horrible to find it on there anyway, especially for long running tv series, if it had all of Supernatural on there, you'd have to move past every episode in seasons 1-5 before getting to season 6 episode 1. Really needs reworking.

SpeedyG  May. 3, 2012 at 21:53

I find the choice on Netflix small and hoping to get more streaming options on Lovefilm, oh well lol.

Its streams are decent, but I'd love an option to watch a whole series/season in one go rather than having to press for another one straight after.

AtilatheHun  May. 8, 2012 at 18:51

What about Apple TV? I use Apple TV to watch Netflix

DamienB  May. 8, 2012 at 23:57

What about Apple TV? I use Apple TV to watch Netflix

Try this: http://support.unblock-us.com/customer/portal/articles/291549

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