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Answered Netflix US subscription

RooFlyer

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I've recently joined the Netflix thing, by using one of the log-ons of a friend who has a Australian premium subscription. Enjoying it, so now I want to take out my own subscription and am looking at the US site for the wider content.

I understand that I will need a VPN ... so you simply go 'through' the VPN and subscribe via the US site?

That sounds too easy ... any other tips or tricks? Will it not like an Australian credit card then?

Any particular VPN that is better for this purpose?

Is it actually against the US site T&Cs to go this way?

Also, I guess if I go US site/VPN I won't be able to use it on my smart-TV, with native Netflix installed (but I could go via my laptop to the TV) ?
 

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A VPN allows you to view any countries Netflix content with an Australian account
 

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you don't need a US account just view it via your VPN, simple.
 

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Thats interesting, thanks both.

So, if I establish a 'normal' Netflix account in Australia the normal way, use it here, and then log onto it using a VPN, all of a sudden the content I can see and access changes?

Another angle: If I establish a normal Netflix account in Australia, then take my laptop to, say the UK, and accessed it over some local fast wi-fi, what content would I see?
 

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If I establish a normal Netflix account in Australia, then take my laptop to, say the UK, and accessed it over some local fast wi-fi, what content would I see?
You would see whatever content is available for UK subscribers (as if you had taken out an account in the first instance). My Netflix account actually charges me in USD, which frankly is a little annoying and something I've been meaning to fix. That's because I opened it when I was in the US. But here in Australia, I simply see exactly the same content any other Australian person not using a VPN would see. And it changes when you travel, of course.
 

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yes and you get to view what content you log in from. US has much more content and better movies.
 

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Any particular VPN that is better for this purpose?
I use Getflix to access US content. As I understand it, their ‘Smart DNS’ service sends only the Netflix (or other streaming service) traffic through their servers. All other web traffic is treated as normal.

Also, I guess if I go US site/VPN I won't be able to use it on my smart-TV, with native Netflix installed
You can alter settings on your router rather than on the TV for the native app to see the US content.
 
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I've recently joined the Netflix thing, by using one of the log-ons of a friend who has a Australian premium subscription. Enjoying it, so now I want to take out my own subscription and am looking at the US site for the wider content.

I understand that I will need a VPN ... so you simply go 'through' the VPN and subscribe via the US site?

That sounds too easy ... any other tips or tricks? Will it not like an Australian credit card then?

Any particular VPN that is better for this purpose?

Is it actually against the US site T&Cs to go this way?

Also, I guess if I go US site/VPN I won't be able to use it on my smart-TV, with native Netflix installed (but I could go via my laptop to the TV) ?
I use ExpressVPN to do this. They have good service with minimal wait times and will walk you through the setup via online chat
Via the VPN - making me virtually in some town in the USA, I then get a Netflix account and pay with CC

Then I use an Apple TV and with it a free Apple ID originating in the USA. (or any Smart TV will do similar)
The Apple TV settings are then modified manually with the help of ExpressVPN to point to a particular ExpressVPN server.


Very Stable. Occasionally Netflix will discover the VPS server and shut it down but ExpressVPN will just give you another one. Currently Netflix thinks Im in Denver Colorado.

When I get the NBN, all my internet traffic will go through the ExpressVPN....
 

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I use ExpressVPN to do this. They have good service with minimal wait times and will walk you through the setup via online chat
Via the VPN - making me virtually in some town in the USA, I then get a Netflix account and pay with CC

Then I use an Apple TV and with it a free Apple ID originating in the USA. (or any Smart TV will do similar)
The Apple TV settings are then modified manually with the help of ExpressVPN to point to a particular ExpressVPN server.


Very Stable. Occasionally Netflix will discover the VPS server and shut it down but ExpressVPN will just give you another one. Currently Netflix thinks Im in Denver Colorado.

When I get the NBN, all my internet traffic will go through the ExpressVPN....
I also use express VPN, however just to view Netflix on my MacBook. It has worked fine until a few months ago. Now for some reason I can't view Netflix at all - either Australian or USA sites. I get messages saying I'm running a VPN when trying to access USA and can't view the site. When I turn the VPN off I can't access the Australian site either. I haven't spent a lot of time trying to resolve this issue as yet. Any thoughts on why this is happening? You said VPN will 'give you another'. How does this happen, is it automatic?
 
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I also use express VPN, however just to view Netflix on my MacBook. It has worked fine until a few months ago. Now for some reason I can't view Netflix at all - either Australian or USA sites. I get messages saying I'm running a VPN when trying to access USA and can't view the site. When I turn the VPN off I can't access the Australian site either. I haven't spent a lot of time trying to resolve this issue as yet. Any thoughts on why this is happening? You said VPN will 'give you another'. How does this happen, is it automatic?

Within ExpressVPN - select a new location - a city where ExpressVPN has a server. For the purposes of Netflix, some cities work and others don’t. Ask ExpressVPN which City they recommend
 

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Within ExpressVPN - select a new location - a city where ExpressVPN has a server. For the purposes of Netflix, some cities work and others don’t. Ask ExpressVPN which City they recommend
Thanks, I’ll give it a try selecting another city. I thought Netflix had just got smarter at detecting the VPN and would block from all cities.
 
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The inbound MH141 was diverted to MEL and only made it into SYD with dispensation at 2309 and landing to the south. (Usually have to land to north)

Was in queue with young couple. They are going to miss connections to Phuket, boat trips, hotels etc etc. they weren’t happy with MH. I understand the frustration

But the sympathy evaporated when They told me the answer to my question about TI.....
 

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Are you sure you can do it through smart TV apps? I thought most smart TV's (like Samsung) are already region-based and even if you change settings at the router level it won't make a difference?
 

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Yesterday MH140 cancelled (2215 SYD-KUL) due to windy weather and curfew

The inbound MH141 was diverted to MEL and only made it into SYD with dispensation at 2309 and landing to the south. (Usually have to land to north)

Was in queue with young couple. They are going to miss connections to Phuket, boat trips, hotels etc etc. they weren’t happy with MH. I understand the frustration

But the sympathy evaporated when They told me the answer to my question about TI.....
A bit random @Quickstatus ;)
 
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Are you sure you can do it through smart TV apps? I thought most smart TV's (like Samsung) are already region-based and even if you change settings at the router level it won't make a difference?
My samsung can. Just got to change the Ip settings to point to an expressvpn server. ExpressVpn lets you know how
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Express are very helpful and also have a couple of back up servers for Netflix.
We have Aussie Netflix and pay here.
We use Netflix all over the world with their local offerings
 
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Thanks! And will it work without changing anything on the router? Or do you have to 'set up the Dynu DDNS service' on the router too?
I just changed settings on the Samsung, did not change anything else on router

The ExpressVPN online chat can take you through the process
 

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Thanks to Rooflyer for directing me here. I have an Aus account and so far a free US as a trial. Using Express VPN. I have looked online in the Aus Netflix account and cannot see where to change to US service? Help?
 
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