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How to Change IP Address to USA for Netflix

For our American readers this might seem a bit confusing, after all Netflix now operates in over 160 countries now and the number is rising all the time.   So why would anyone need to get a US IP address for Netflix when they can probably already access it in their own country.

The problem is that although the Netflix subscription is pretty much global and indeed is roughly the same cost all over  the world, the service is far from equal.   In fact in some cases it’s not even close, the UK version of Netflix for example is often thought to be one of the better localized versions (which it is) but it doesn’t come close to the US version for quantity and quality of content.  So the logical question is can I use my Netflix account overseas?  Yes and you can even switch it to different versions without travelling.

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However if you change IP to USA and connect with an American IP address to Netflix then you will currently have access to some 6300+ movies and films. Switching back to the UK version and there’s about 3700, a huge drop just from using a different IP address for Netflix!  These figures change all the time as licenses expire but you get the picture, get US IP address for Netflix and you’ll at least double the amount of movies you have access to. Compared to some of the more local versions of Netflix then this disparity is even greater – for example check out the comparisons with Australian Netflix or Canadian and you’ll find it’s much worse.

The simple reality is that licensing all these movies costs big money and because of the antiquated way much of these rights are handled – Netflix has to pay on a per country basis which means that the bigger markets get all the best films – i.e the US version of Netflix.   Which is why if you’re sitting there watching some small rather underwhelming version of Netflix you’re likely to feel a little jealous.

The Benefit of Using a US IP Address for Netflix

Is in fact, quite simple, if you change IP to USA then irrespective of your location – you’ll get redirected to the US version of Netflix complete with it’s massive movie catalogue.  Indeed you can change your IP address for Netflix streaming from different countries.  However before you rush off and pay for a cheap proxy or VPN to hide your real IP address then you need to be aware of another twist in the story. The vast majority of proxies and VPNs that are perfectly capable of supplying a US IP address will be blocked by the media giant. IN fact there’s hardly any of them that work anymore. Here’s one that does work – in fact one of the few ways to change IP to USA that actually still works with Netflix.

Proxies have been blocked for some time, Netflix is capable of detecting all of these automatically – see here Using a Proxy for Netflix.   The other popular solution was using DNS to hide your location, you may have seen American netflix DNS codes listed all over the place.  These don’t work any more but you’ll still see them listed in old articles on how to watch Netflix from other countries.  The solution was good, special DNS servers routed connections through proxies when you resolved the Netflix servers.

VPNs were the solution for some time, in fact before Netflix went global millions used them across the globe to access the media site. Unfortunately Netflix have started a crackdown against the VPN services too – in a slightly sneaky way by blocking any address that originates from a commercial service (all IP addresses are classified either commercial or residential).

This has caused havoc for the many users who use this method and effectively 99% of the VPN providers cannot be used to access Netflix anymore. Fortunately there is a solution and although Netflix block VPN services has almost been 100% effective the ban is not completely total.

A select few of the VPN providers like IDC have been able to bypass this block by incorporating residential classed IP addresses into their infrastructure which are not able to be blocked. However this solution is difficult to implement and expensive so it’s likely not many VPN companies will implement these solutions.

Further Reading:

James Hamilton, BBC Block VPN Services, Waber Press, 2016

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Netflix Block VPN Services

There are literally millions of people who use Netflix through a VPN service, yet over the last few weeks they’ve had real problems. Although these people obviously have to subscribe to Netflix, they use VPNs to hide their location and gain access to different version of the Netflix library. The reason is simple, although the subscription cost is similar wherever you are, the US version of Netflix has much more content that the other locales – if you use a US based IP address then you’ll be able to access that version irrespective of your actual location.

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Unfortunately not any more, recently Netflix block VPN services across the board using a new technique not used previously. Many of the online media giants try and block people using VPN and proxy services to access their content, with mostly mixed results. This is because it’s virtually impossible to completely detect the presence of a VPN, so the usual tactics involving manually locating these services and their addresses, or monitoring for multiple connections on single addresses – then adding them to a block list. It’s very time consuming and resource intensive, also it’s easily countered by simply rotating the addresses used on the servers.

So How do Netflix Block VPN Services Now?

It’s pretty sneaky but devastatingly effective as people have found out. It’s all to do with the classification of IP addresses and being able to detect them automatically. As well as being classified by location IP addresses are also tagged with another label – residential or commercial. This is an important piece of information that Netflix have used, instead of trying to identifying individual connections, they have merely blocked any commercial IP address from connecting.

Virtually every VPN server resides in a data center somewhere and hence will be tagged as a commercial IP address. The residential addresses are mostly assigned by ISPs directly to individual users and are allowed to connect without restriction.   The resultant effect – Netflix block VPN services virtually across the board and lots of very unhappy subscribers.

Any VPN/Proxies Still Working?

There are a couple of services still working but not many,  there are not many residential VPN services that may change as the service providers change.   The solution is to ensure that any connection used to stream content from Netflix comes from a residential IP address and not a commercial one.   The problem though is that these IP addresses are much harder to come by than the commercial ones, they also cost significantly more to run servers on due to the bandwidth requirements – at time of writing there is for instance only one US DNS Netflix solution which is working.

One provider that has instigated a novel solution is Identity Cloaker who have designed a system where only traffic routed for the Netflix servers is rerouted through a bank of residential IP addresses.   They already have a very low key approach to accessing media sites, they never advertise the functionality, currently it’s one of the very few VPN services still working with Netflix.

Try The IDC Here

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