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How to get US Netflix in the UK

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Why would I want Netflix US in the UK?

Netflix is one of the most popular digital streaming services in the UK. It lets you watch as much as you like of its thousands of movies and TV episodes for just £5.99 a month.

However, people outside of the UK tend to get a better deal. The US film and TV library is much better, reported to have three times as many bits of content as most other countries Netflix serves.

The good news is that you can watch the US library in the UK quite easily, dramatically increasing the range of content you can get for your £6 a month. However, exactly how you do this depends on the medium you’re using.

READ: the best films on Netflix UK

How to get US Netflix in the UK On a PC or Mac

HolaThe easiest way to get US Netflix on a computer is with a browser plugin. The one we've tried is called Hola, and it works with two top browsers -- Firefox and Chrome.

Hola isn’t specifically designed for use with Netflix, but it does the job. It breaks down the barriers between countries, removing blocks such as the geographic one that splits the Netflix audience into different territories.

It’s free to use and is enjoyed by millions already – if you’re worried we’re pointing you towards a dodgy bit of malware.

Once installed it works as a plugin within your browser, prompting you switch to 'US' when you visit the Netflix website.

How to get US Netflix in the UK On a PS3 or Xbox 360

Hola does not work on a PS3 or Xbox 360, because they don’t use the same normal web browsers as a laptop/desktop. Instead you have to get a bit more involved.

Hola routes your browsing so that the sites you’re visiting can’t tell you’re from the UK. You need something else to do this for you with a PS3 or Xbox.

unotellyServices that do just this include Unblock US and UnoTelly. Neither is free, but free services tend to drop Netflix support after realising quite how much data it will cost them, given how popular this sort of Netflix re-routing is. If you've found a free one, we doubt it'll remain so for long.

Unotelly starts at $3.99 a month, Unblock US starts at $4.99 a month. Both accept Paypal if you’re not keen on giving them you card details.

These services do a pretty good job of explaining how to set them up on a console, but it involves going into the network settings of your Xbox 360 or PS3 and manually changing its DNS settings -- found within the network setup submenus of their menu systems. You need to alter just a couple of strings of 10 numbers you can manually specify within the networking settings submenus of the consoles.

Unotelly and Unblock US specify the DNS settings you’ll need to input when you subscribe to them. They also let you check the status of the service by heading to their respective websites with the consoles’ browsers.

Pick a country

A benefit of paid services like Unotelly and Unblock US is that you can also manually choose the location you want to appear to be from. You can pick between UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Brazil, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, and both let you do so from their respective websites. With Unblock US it’s on the front page for subscribers, and with Unotelly you need to find the UnoDNS Dynamo dashboard.

The US has by far the largest selection of films and TV series, but each territory has its own selection of oddball films, should you not be able to find anything you want to watch in the US library.

Troubleshooting

This sort of DNS fiddling is subject to lots of little niggles that will often make it look like Netflix is not working properly. If you use one of these services and stumble into problems, your first port of call should be your service of choice’s website.

Every now and then your console will need to be ‘re-registered’, as these services monitor specific devices so that people can’t simply leech off them for free. With Unblock US, a quick visit to the website (once subscribed) with the console’s browser will prompt you with a button to refresh the address of the device you’re using. Other online guides will often tell you to delete cookies and reinstall apps to solve Netflix issues. However, this is often all that is needed.

Next, read our list of the best TV shows on Netflix UK

roobear

January 21, 2014, 4:42 pm

Seems a bit irresponsible to post an article on a subject like this without highlighting the legal grey area this practice. Below taken from the Netflix terms of service

Geographic Limitation: You may instantly watch a movie or TV show through the Netflix service only in geographic locations where we offer our service and have licensed such movie or TV show. The content that may be available to watch will vary by geographic location. Netflix will use technologies to verify your geographic location.

The reason Netflix have different content on US netflix vs. UK netflix is down to licence rights about what territories Netflix can show the content in. Whether you agree with the current content licencing practices or not, the more people do this then the more likely it is that the content creators will become more firm with Netflix, forcing them to actually inforce this in a way that is more invasive than DNS workaround.

me

January 21, 2014, 6:03 pm

I'm a free citizen of this planet, and I'm free to roam wherever I want and not to be restricted to any piece of land. Also all resources are for the fair use of all citizens despite where the resources or citizens maybe located,and not belong just to 1% of the population that claimed they arrived there first and took selfish possession by force. Therefore I'm not in agreement with segregation nor exploitation that companies try to apply over me; consequently it may legally gray, however, most of the time, law does not equate justice... it was lawful to have slaves, it's lawful in many places to undermine other human beings based on their sex or sexuality, race, or geographical place of birth. These are human rights!

J

January 21, 2014, 6:07 pm

For PS3 all you need to do is change the DNS settings, been watching Netflix America for many months now for free.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

coool121212

January 22, 2014, 3:32 am

You must be fun at party's.

Martin

January 22, 2014, 8:08 am

I suggest using a service as flixfilm.co.uk to keep updated on new additions to Netflix UK, new films and shows are added daily

Nicks951

January 22, 2014, 9:43 am

The only other thing is that the service is free, but has a time limit of 4 hours daily. To get unlimited use you need to pay. Not much, $5/month, but worth knowing.

Drunken Max

January 22, 2014, 10:20 am

I use streamvia, great customer service and I use it on my PC, mac, iPad and PS4. When in the US, I can still watch BBC iPlayer as well.

Edward

January 22, 2014, 12:23 pm

Many thanks for the article... But isn't this in breach of the T&Cs of use?

Edward

January 22, 2014, 12:27 pm

But it's a good point... NetFlix has geographical regions due to license restrictions with its suppliers... If people do this then there's more chance the suppliers won't provide content? Add to that the fact they they could "in theory" fine or restrict service to those it finds doing it (though I don't think they do anything like this).

I agree that these restrictions shouldn't exist, but whilst they do are you not worried about repercussions?

LLLoungelizard

January 22, 2014, 3:08 pm

You are much better off with https://unlocator.com

Shaun Stevin

January 22, 2014, 3:56 pm

I am using purevpn to watch US Netflix from the UK. The USA server is the fastest i tried streaming video on Netflix wroks great with it.

Pon

January 25, 2014, 6:55 pm

Those dns won't work with many isp.

goon

February 23, 2014, 1:08 pm

seriously?

Lewis

March 24, 2014, 1:34 pm

Flipping heck guys it's only Netflix.

Bretty daren

March 27, 2014, 9:42 am

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jamesdurum

April 7, 2014, 9:37 pm

Another vote for https://unlocator.com here - by far the best DNS provider out there

fredphoesh

April 9, 2014, 8:44 am

all very well, but how do you PAY with a UK credit card/paypal account??

Anna

May 8, 2014, 2:56 pm

I use http://zoogtv.com to unblock US Netflix from Canada. The streaming is 99% HD quality at very competitive price. I only pay $3 per month - bargain! I do wish though that they add smart TVs and game stations to their service.

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May 16, 2014, 5:21 am

Interesting article! The term used to unblock netflix is a DNS Proxy - to make sure Netflix/Hulu/whatever doesn't know you're from some other geolocation. I've been using https://ironsocket.com for several months and am impressed. I get multiple connections allowed, vpn, torrents etc. and of course a Smart DNS Proxy with them to unblock something like 80 channels on just about every device. One good thing is to add the DNS proxy to your router so all your connections are DNS proxied

Lamont Cranston

June 7, 2014, 12:38 am

And it's a human right to be paid for the product of one's labor, Dickhead!

SAS

July 16, 2014, 11:25 am

I appreciate VPNs and their services but I am using a product named OLIVE (link:getolive.org). Its a Peer TO Peer based thing . The fact is I am loving it and its power user function (specially)

Cristian Firrito

September 15, 2014, 8:03 pm

I suggest http://dns-trick.com need just to change dns on your device and it unblock websites such as Netflix, Hulu, etc... Now it's in beta free, so you need just pay your subscription to Netflix / Hulu to watch everything.

Ryan Smith

November 22, 2014, 8:13 pm

Well the best service for me is http://turboflix.com/?ref=67 you can even try it for free

Miyako O'Conner

January 28, 2015, 12:08 pm

That’s a good article Andrew. I personally prefer UnoTelly. It’s similar to Unblock US but they offer a DNS server close to physical location and I can achieve better performance.

Lorain

March 28, 2016, 6:57 am

Good review, thanks. But now some DNS and VPN unblockers have some issues with foreign content delivering. I stopped my choise on https://usnetflixin.uk but still afraid that it will be black Netflix screen again

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