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Old 07-07-2012, 21:15
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I know Unblock US is a really popular service on here so this is good news for us users.

Click the link below and choose which region of Netflix you'd like to see. It currently lets you choose between UK, US, Canada and Ireland. Latin America is coming soon!
http://unblock-us.com/how-to-set-up/

Hope this helps.

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Old 07-07-2012, 21:17
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Old 07-07-2012, 21:25
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Let us know how you get on. Netflix Canada has some differences to Netflix US.
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Old 07-07-2012, 21:38
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Let us know how you get on. Netflix Canada has some differences to Netflix US.
I've been using the Canada service for the past month.
I've been really impressed with their selection of movies, so far watched Captain America, Super 8, X-Men First Class, Gulivers Travels.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes has just been added.
The crazy thing is the Candians moan that their Netflix service is shite.
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Old 07-07-2012, 22:22
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Canadians moan about everything. Which is why they have the better selection lol

They have less content than the us but better content IMO

A few things missing but much Gained.

The best thing is it takes less than a minute to change between the countries now! Yay!!
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:13
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I've originally posted the info here http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showt...1673760&page=3 but I guess a new thread is better

I got access to this new feature this week and it works perfectly! Like it has been said above, you can switch from a region to another in less than a minute. And I think the best thing is, you don't have to log in and go in a preferences panel or everything since the website recognize you if the DNS are on the device you use to make the switch.

I know Unblock-us for a year and a half and I gotta say: perfect service

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Old 08-07-2012, 09:42
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Can someone explain all this to me as I am totally confused? I decided to give Netflix a go last week and so far i am really impressed by it compared to Lovefilm which i have been using for the last six months. HD quality streaming, it seems easier to navigate but the big letdown is the lack of more recent titles. I like the boxsets like all 8 seasons of 24. But back to this Unblock US. My questions are this?

What is the benefit of doing this?
Is it legal?
Will it mess up my router?
Will it affect other services like Sky Anytime+?
What happens about my Netflix membership?
WIll it still show all the same information?
Do I have to signh up with a new account?
What is on NF usa thats not on the uk one?
Will all the exisiting UK stuff still be there like 24 all seasons?
Can I change back to the UK version easily?

Sorry to appear thick but it sounds like a good idea to be able to access NF Usa/Cananda etc but I believe in the old sating If it aint broke dont fix it! I dont want to do this and end up with my internet connection toally messed up.

I am watching Netflix through an Apple TV by the way.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:47
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Can someone explain all this to me as I am totally confused? I decided to give Netflix a go last week and so far i am really impressed by it compared to Lovefilm which i have been using for the last six months. HD quality streaming, it seems easier to navigate but the big letdown is the lack of more recent titles. I like the boxsets like all 8 seasons of 24. But back to this Unblock US. My questions are this?

What is the benefit of doing this?
Is it legal?
Will it mess up my router?
Will it affect other services like Sky Anytime+?
What happens about my Netflix membership?
WIll it still show all the same information?
Do I have to signh up with a new account?
What is on NF usa thats not on the uk one?
Will all the exisiting UK stuff still be there like 24 all seasons?
Can I change back to the UK version easily?

Sorry to appear thick but it sounds like a good idea to be able to access NF Usa/Cananda etc but I believe in the old sating If it aint broke dont fix it! I dont want to do this and end up with my internet connection toally messed up.

I am watching Netflix through an Apple TV by the way.
Of course it is legal. If you are watching it through Apple, then you only change the DNS on your Apple which makes things a lot easier.

Why would you want to change back to the simply ghastly UK version?

It is easy to switch back, just write down your DNS settings before you change them.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:04
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Of course it is legal. If you are watching it through Apple, then you only change the DNS on your Apple which makes things a lot easier.

Why would you want to change back to the simply ghastly UK version?

It is easy to switch back, just write down your DNS settings before you change them.
Thanks for that. Sorry to appear thick but I didnt realise it was that easy. Do you have to pay to use Unblock US? Sounds like it is worth
especially if you can chanhe between countries.

Just had a look at Unblock US. It says log in with your Netflix US account. So you have to open another account and cannot use your exixting log in details. Is that correct?
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:44
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I'm going to give you an honest answer. I'm using the service for a year and a half.

What is the benefit of doing this? With Unblock-Us.com (you should check their website) you can have access to Netflix US, CA, UK, Ireland AND Hulu.com, many networks websites like CW, Fox etc... You also have access to iHeart Radio, CBS radio etc.. Pandora, Rhapsody and many other.

Is it legal? To be honest, not 100% legal. Websites like Hulu for example, use Geo Location, this website doesn't normally work outside the US cause the licenses they buy are only for US residents. Of course they all know that many people use VPN or service like Unblock to get access to their website.

For Netflix, it's a bit different. Let's say you have a Netflix UK subscription, you're taking your laptop with your for vacations in the US, when you'll be there, you will automatically have access to the US Netflix (no extra cost or anything). Netflix allows people to have access to the "local Netflix" if it's available. With Unblock-Us feature it's a bit different, Unblock lets Netflix think you are on vacation in the US/CA/Ireland/UK, but you're not really, so it's not fully legal and again, with all the VPN out there, they know how it works. Unblock-Us just simplifies the process.

Will it mess up my router? Personally, I have set up the DNS directly on my router for a simple reason. I have multiple devices, a laptop, an AppleTV, a PS3 etc... It was easier to do that since I didn't want to have to modify the settings on each devices. Unblock-Us doesn't work like a VPN. When you use a VPN, all your informations are going through the VPN, a slow VPN means you will get a slow internet connection. Unblock-Us just makes think websites you are in a particular country, your data/internet informations are NOT going through their server, which means you keep using your internet with your connection speed.

Will it affect other services like Sky Anytime+? No.

What happens about my Netflix membership? Nothing, you keep your Netflix membership since you can't watch Netflix without it.

WIll it still show all the same information? Not sure to understand that question.

Do I have to signh up with a new account? No no, you keep your Netflix subscription, one NF subscription + Unblock-Us subscription means access to the other NF;

What is on NF usa thats not on the uk one?Many things, depends on what you're looking for. Netflix Canada is the best for recent movies. Netflix US is better for TV Shows, Netflix UK is great for UK contents. If you wanna see what's on the US Netflix, you should check instantwatcher.com

Will all the exisiting UK stuff still be there like 24 all seasons? Not necessarily, but you can switch from a Netflix Region to another in less than a minute. But 24 is available on Netflix US.

Can I change back to the UK version easily? you can switch from a Netflix Region to another in less than a minute. No need to modify DNS, you just have to go on Unblock-Us website and in a drop menu, choose the Netflix you want to have access to.

Do you have to pay to use Unblock US? yes, it's $4.99/month. You can pay with PayPal.

You can test their service for free during 7 days. You just need to enter a valid email address. No credit card needed.

You don't need a US Netflix subscription, when you have your Unblock-Us subscription, enter the DNS on your devices (AppleTV or router), change the Netflix region on this page: http://unblock-us.com/how-to-set-up/ and you're good to go !

It works perfectly on the AppleTV (that's what I use for Netflix).

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Old 08-07-2012, 11:54
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Thanks for the detailed info there, it should clear things up nicely for some newer uses.

Just to add, you can also pay yearly for unblock-us, $49.99 via paypal, saving you a little more cash.
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:20
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I'm going to give you an honest answer. I'm using the service for a year and a half.

What is the benefit of doing this? With Unblock-Us.com (you should check their website) you can have access to Netflix US, CA, UK, Ireland AND Hulu.com, many networks websites like CW, Fox etc... You also have access to iHeart Radio, CBS radio etc.. Pandora, Rhapsody and many other.

Is it legal? To be honest, not 100% legal. Websites like Hulu for example, use Geo Location, this website doesn't normally work outside the US cause the licenses they buy are only for US residents. Of course they all know that many people use VPN or service like Unblock to get access to their website.

For Netflix, it's a bit different. Let's say you have a Netflix UK subscription, you're taking your laptop with your for vacations in the US, when you'll be there, you will automatically have access to the US Netflix (no extra cost or anything). Netflix allows people to have access to the "local Netflix" if it's available. With Unblock-Us feature it's a bit different, Unblock lets Netflix think you are on vacation in the US/CA/Ireland/UK, but you're not really, so it's not fully legal and again, with all the VPN out there, they know how it works. Unblock-Us just simplifies the process.

Will it mess up my router? Personally, I have set up the DNS directly on my router for a simple reason. I have multiple devices, a laptop, an AppleTV, a PS3 etc... It was easier to do that since I didn't want to have to modify the settings on each devices. Unblock-Us doesn't work like a VPN. When you use a VPN, all your informations are going through the VPN, a slow VPN means you will get a slow internet connection. Unblock-Us just makes think websites you are in a particular country, your data/internet informations are NOT going through their server, which means you keep using your internet with your connection speed.

Will it affect other services like Sky Anytime+? No.

What happens about my Netflix membership? Nothing, you keep your Netflix membership since you can't watch Netflix without it.

WIll it still show all the same information? Not sure to understand that question.

Do I have to signh up with a new account? No no, you keep your Netflix subscription, one NF subscription + Unblock-Us subscription means access to the other NF;

What is on NF usa thats not on the uk one?Many things, depends on what you're looking for. Netflix Canada is the best for recent movies. Netflix US is better for TV Shows, Netflix UK is great for UK contents. If you wanna see what's on the US Netflix, you should check instantwatcher.com

Will all the exisiting UK stuff still be there like 24 all seasons? Not necessarily, but you can switch from a Netflix Region to another in less than a minute. But 24 is available on Netflix US.

Can I change back to the UK version easily? you can switch from a Netflix Region to another in less than a minute. No need to modify DNS, you just have to go on Unblock-Us website and in a drop menu, choose the Netflix you want to have access to.

Do you have to pay to use Unblock US? yes, it's $4.99/month. You can pay with PayPal.

You can test their service for free during 7 days. You just need to enter a valid email address. No credit card needed.

You don't need a US Netflix subscription, when you have your Unblock-Us subscription, enter the DNS on your devices (AppleTV or router), change the Netflix region on this page: http://unblock-us.com/how-to-set-up/ and you're good to go !

It works perfectly on the AppleTV (that's what I use for Netflix).

-Eban
Thanks very much for that very detailed and useful reply. Sounds like it is worth a try. I didnt realise Unblock US has a monthly charge but its probably worth the extra few pounds. What if you cancel Unblock US. Are you stuck on the region you last selected? Finally where do i start? Do i sign up to unblock then go to my Apple TV or do that first?
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Old 08-07-2012, 13:19
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Thanks very much for that very detailed and useful reply. Sounds like it is worth a try. I didnt realise Unblock US has a monthly charge but its probably worth the extra few pounds. What if you cancel Unblock US. Are you stuck on the region you last selected? Finally where do i start? Do i sign up to unblock then go to my Apple TV or do that first?
Just change your DNS settings back to what they were before you signed up for unblock us and you'd be fine. As for setting up Apple TV, i think there's guides on unblock us website.
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Old 08-07-2012, 13:24
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Just change your DNS settings back to what they were before you signed up for unblock us and you'd be fine. As for setting up Apple TV, i think there's guides on unblock us website.
Yes just had a look and there is a video showing how to configure Apple TV. So if I just change the Apple TV to Netflix USA what happens about Netflix on I pad and my PC. Will that be the UK version or will all devices change?
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Old 08-07-2012, 14:13
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Yes just had a look and there is a video showing how to configure Apple TV. So if I just change the Apple TV to Netflix USA what happens about Netflix on I pad and my PC. Will that be the UK version or will all devices change?
Settings on a device and the Netflix region setting are two different things.

The DNS stay the same, no matter what NF region you wanna watch.

If you have Unblock-Us DNS on your AppleTV but not on your iPad, only the AppleTV will get access to Unblock-Us service. To have the same Netflix on all your devices you have to enter the DNS on all your devices.

If you cancel Unblock you don't get stuck on the last region you chose since you won't have Unblock, their service will no longer work, then you'll be back on your original Netflix subscription.

You have to sign up to Unblock, then enter the DNS on your device.

I forgot to mention, but with Unblock-Us you also have access to tvcatchup.com (no BT broadband needed)

Try it free for a week and you'll see if you like it or not

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Old 08-07-2012, 14:55
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Canadians moan about everything. Which is why they have the better selection lol

They have less content than the us but better content IMO
Let me pass you the tissues and give you a great big hug!

I thought that Canadians rarely moan about anything much and it is us British people who moan about everything a lot?
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Old 09-07-2012, 19:21
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A great service...just got better IMO.
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Old 09-07-2012, 19:55
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A great service...just got better IMO.
I agree
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:06
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Is it legal? To be honest, not 100% legal. Websites like Hulu for example, use Geo Location, this website doesn't normally work outside the US cause the licenses they buy are only for US residents. Of course they all know that many people use VPN or service like Unblock to get access to their website.
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A very good FAQ, thanks for that :O) one point actually, at least in the United Kingdom this is legal (and I believe pretty much most developed countries).

The reason for this is that no theft has taken place.

A company can geoblock a broadcast if they like but watching that broadcast itself is not illegal. It is simply a [i]company policy[i] that is in place. When a company makes a policy, it is not actually drafted into law. (unless you sign a contract agreeing to certain things)

Basically, the content providers wish to sell their products multiple times by splitting the global market into multiple segments. This was of course a completely logical thing to do in the past due to the way the content was distributed (FTA transmissions). Although it seems less logical today when anyone can access anything, many content providers are clinging on to this because either they don't know anything better, are scared of change, still wish to milk this system or on a more positive note, still working on a more modern global model.

Whichever way, they are still entitled to restrict their sales to regions even if the world things it is completely pointless these days. (except possibly within the EU in which case they may actually be breaking EU laws on freedom of EU wide service, but that's a totally different point).

The point is, the only groups who are really connected together with the law are the broadcasters and content providers. The broadcasters would have signed a contract with the providers to broadcast their material under certain conditions and one would be to restrict it to a certain market. So, the broadcasters are bound by contract law to do their best, under reasonable circumstances to comply to this geographical restriction. The basic geoblock is generally seen as all they need to do.

Us on the other hand, i.e. the general public, have not signed any contract with any provider or broadcaster. So, if we do circumnavigate their geoblock, we are not breaking any law.

VPN's themselves are completely legal and used by pretty much all global companies to create, well, a virtual private network for their organization. It is almost 100% guaranteed that the broadcasting companies themselves operate VPN's for their own use.

What is illegal is file sharing, which is something completely different and generally speaking violates copyright, as well as accessing paid for content, such as subscription television, without paying the fee. I.e. if you find a way to hack into Sky sports and start watching all their sporting channels for free then you are effectively stealing their services.

But you are certainly allowed to watch free material for free. You are allowed to VPN into most countries (North Korea may not be too keen, but then I believe they don't approve of most things we take for granted) and when you have VPN'd into another country, you are allowed to watch free television whilst virtually there legally.

Hope this helps.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:35
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Thanks for this OP. The Canadian site has some great content!
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Old 11-07-2012, 20:23
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Sorry, I'm being thick and I have to ask this question...

How do you access the Canadian version? That link the OP posted doesn't seem to explain it (or I can't see it at least)

I do subscribe to Unblock US and use it on my Xbox to watch US Netflix, but I can't see how to switch to Canada.

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Old 11-07-2012, 21:26
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Sorry, I'm being thick and I have to ask this question...

How do you access the Canadian version? That link the OP posted doesn't seem to explain it (or I can't see it at least)

I do subscribe to Unblock US and use it on my Xbox to watch US Netflix, but I can't see how to switch to Canada.

Thanks
Goto Unblock-US site and goto the "How To Setup" page.
Then use the dropdown box, select region and click on 'Update'

This is what it looks like on my iPhone: Pic1 Pic2
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Old 11-07-2012, 23:06
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And my Xbox will just pick that up and switch to the Canada version?

I haven't had to log in to Unblock Us on my Xbox, and I haven't changed the router settings, just changed the country on the website and used generic DNS settings as listed on the Unblock Us website.
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Old 11-07-2012, 23:18
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And my Xbox will just pick that up and switch to the Canada version?

I haven't had to log in to Unblock Us on my Xbox, and I haven't changed the router settings, just changed the country on the website and used generic DNS settings as listed on the Unblock Us website.
If the DNS are already entered into device, just goto 'How To Setup', select region, click on 'Update'
Start up Netflix on device and it will log into whichever region you've selected.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:27
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If the DNS are already entered into device, just goto 'How To Setup', select region, click on 'Update'
Start up Netflix on device and it will log into whichever region you've selected.
Ok I have finally took the plunge and given this a go! Just a couple more questions:-

Why do you have to change the Apple Store to US. I changed it back to UK and it seems to work fine still.

Only problem I am having is I can not get the UK version back now. When i go to Unblock US and select UK and go to NF on my Apple TV it says Netflix ix=s not available. However the Ireland version seems to bring up the same selection with my recently watched section.

Finally can you change regions from any other device other than my pc. For instance is there a mobile app or can you go into the internet on my mobile and do it?
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