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How to watch US Netflix in the UK - access content not available in UK

Netflix is one of the best TV- and movie-streaming services, but those in America get more and better content than us in the UK. That's not fair, but there is a workaround. (Admittedly, Netflix would prefer there wasn't, but the VPNs and the users are fighting back.) Here's how to get US Netflix in the UK on almost any device, including Xbox, PlayStation, iPad and Apple TV.

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You can get American Netflix in the UK using a free VPN such as NordVPN, Buffered or the other VPNs listed in our best VPNs round-up (click here). which fools it into thinking you are browsing from the US. Download a VPN to your PC, laptop, phone or tablet, then open the app and choose to browse to Netflix.com. Sign in with your Netflix UK details to start accessing Netflix US content. See also: The 80 best movies on Netflix UK

For a long time that was all you needed to do, but Netflix has begun banning VPNs and proxies so some might not work for everyone and may stop working in the future. There are other VPN services available that you could try including those listed in our best free VPN chart, but they too could stop working eventually.

The VPNs - and the users - are fighting back and constantly coming up with workarounds, so you may find that one day Hola doesn't work for you and the next day it does, but expect these issues to continue for the forseeable future now that Netflix has begun its VPN and proxie crackdown.

Check out our Sky Q review for Sky's latest set-top box and TV platform.

Read on to find out more about Netflix's crackdown and how you can get US Netflix in the UK.

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You can get American Netflix in the UK using a free VPN such as NordVPN, Buffered or the other VPNs listed in our best VPNs round-up (click here). which fools it into thinking you are browsing from the US. Download a VPN to your PC, laptop, phone or tablet, then open the app and choose to browse to Netflix.com. Sign in with your Netflix UK details to start accessing Netflix US content. See also: The 80 best movies on Netflix UK

For a long time that was all you needed to do, but Netflix has begun banning VPNs and proxies so some might not work for everyone and may stop working in the future. There are other VPN services available that you could try including those listed in our best free VPN chart, but they too could stop working eventually.

The VPNs - and the users - are fighting back and constantly coming up with workarounds, so you may find that one day Hola doesn't work for you and the next day it does, but expect these issues to continue for the forseeable future now that Netflix has begun its VPN and proxie crackdown.

Check out our Sky Q review for Sky's latest set-top box and TV platform.

Read on to find out more about Netflix's crackdown and how you can get US Netflix in the UK.

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Netflix is one of the best TV- and movie-streaming services, but those in America get more and better content than us in the UK. That's not fair, but there is a workaround. One of the most common complaints from Netflix customers here in Blighty is that we don't have access to the same amount of content that US-based users do – especially films. Competing streaming services such as, Amazon Prime Video, Sky's Sky Store and Now TV have swept up the rights to many films exclusive – including the whole of Warner Bros' new releases.

Netflix US also gets TV shows earlier than we do here in the UK. Sometimes this is linked to content deals between US producers and UK TV channels that mean you can't see episodes until after they've debuted on UK – sometimes the reasoning behind this is unclear (like much of international content licensing). See also: Netflix vs LoveFilm Instant (Prime Video) comparison review: What's the best streaming service?

Over the following slides we present our complete guide to accessing US Netflix from the UK and how to get US Netflix in the UK on almost any device, including how to get US Netflix on Xbox, PlayStation, Apple TV, iOS, Android and other devices.

Also see: How to avoid the latest Netflix scam.

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Following news that Netflix would band UK users getting US Netflix using a VPN or proxy to "respect and enforce content licensing by geographic location", Netflix has begun enforcing the ban on many popular VPN services that are having to continually determine workarounds.

The BBC did something similar recently to block people from watching iPlayer outside the UK. And until add-ons like Hola and VPN services work out how to get around the measures, you might not be able to use this tutorial to watch shows and films in the UK which are only available on US Netflix or other countries.

Netflix isn't worried about losing subscribers as a result, though. In an earnings call on 19 January CEO Reed Hastings said: "I don’t think we will see any impact. We’ve always enforced proxy blocking with a blacklist. Now we’ve got an expanded and enhanced blacklist, so I don’t think we’re going to see any huge change."

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The post doesn't say that people using VPNs or proxies will have their accounts banned, but only that they will be limited to watching content available in their own country. However, Netflix has changed its terms and conditions to state "You also agree not to: circumvent, remove, alter, deactivate, degrade or thwart any of the content protections in the Netflix service," and "We may terminate or restrict your use of our service, without compensation or notice if you are, or if we reasonably believe that you are (i) in violation of any of these Terms of Use or (ii) engaged in illegal or improper use of the service."

This has implications on those using VPNs to 'virtually cross borders' and means you access US Netflix from the UK at your own risk.

There are legitimate licensing reasons as to why Netflix serves up different content in different territories, but there are also fears that by blocking VPNs and preventing UK users to access US content it will push them toward the temptation of illegally downloading that content via The Pirate Bay or similar instead.

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Now you've read all the warnings, it's up to you whether you still want to watch US Netflix in the UK. The workaround works only on PCs, Macs and Android tablets – not with the iPad, iPhone, PS3 or TV sets or services (for info on how to watch US Netflix on these devices skip to the last slide in this article).

Assuming you do, the first step is to download a VPN to your computer (some are browser plugins rather than apps, but they all work in very similar ways. Here, we are using Total VPN as an example.

Go to TotalVPN.com and click Get Total VPN. There is a free version that offers 3 locations, limited bandwidth and limited transfer data, or a $5.99 per month version that gets you more than 30 locations, unrestricted bandwidth and unrestricted data transfer.

Once you've signed up and downloaded the app, you'll need to launch the app on your computer or device.

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Once the app is open, you'll need to connect to the country you're trying to trick Netflix into thinking you're in. In this case, choose US.

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After a few moments, you should be connected. You can now browse to Netflix and you should find that you have access to the US content.

Step 8 of 8: How to get US Netflix on Xbox, PlayStation, Apple TV, iPad, Android and more

If you want to get US Netflix on your Xbox or PlayStation then you will need to fiddle with some DNS settings. If you head to the network settings of the console/device and manually configure the settings then you can enter a primary and secondary DNS (Domain Name Servers) numbers.

You can search the internet for these (they change fairly regularly) and DroidKit has a good list which you can try. They are free but get easily clogged up and slow and occasionally send you to someone's own site rather than Netflix in an attempt to sell you VPN software or worse.

If you fail to get any of the free ones working, or don't like the sound of it, then you can use a paid for service called Unblock Us. It costs $4.99 Canadian dollars per month but there's a free trial so you can test it out before committing fully. The server numbers you need are 208.122.23.22 and 208.122.23.23.

Unblock Us is compatible with various devices including games consoles, media streamers, Android, iOS and more. The site has good guides on how to change your DNS settings on specific devices.  If you encounter any problems try a simple reboot of your device which normally fixes things. See also: Netflix tips & tricks

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