Has it ever happened to you: having taken popcorn and soda, settled on a couch, wrapped up in a warm blanket, you intended to watch that Netflix series? But instead of having a good time you came across such an error?
It is quite clear that there is no end to your indignation. Are all the evening plans ruined? Famous last words! I’ll tell you about three ways to bypass the blocking of geo-restricted content, which will allow you to watch any TV shows on the Netflix website.
Method #1: Mask Your IP with a VPN
It is no secret that the widest Netflix video content catalog is available to those who live in the USA (1,157 TV shows and 4,593 films – 100% of the content). Other fortunate souls are residents of Puerto Rico and Equatorial Guinea (93% of American content is available to them). Albania is not as lucky – the number of available TV shows there barely reaches 3% of the American content.
But there is a way out! Most VPN services can spoof your real IP address, which is provided by your ISP, with the virtual one. So, you can fake Netflix out by making it “think” that you are somewhere in Virginia or Florida.
Using a VPN is a piece of cake. Just download the application or browser extension to your computer, tablet, phone or any other device you are watching series on, choose the right location and enable a movie.
And how to get Netflix on a smart TV? Kodi is an open-source media player, which allows users to stream content on the Internet. A VPN for Kodi allows you to kill two birds with one stone: it encrypts your traffic so your ISP cannot see what you are doing when online, and it allows you to watch geo-restricted content. And a minimum decrease in speed as a bonus!
Method #2: Use a Residential Proxy
Don’t even try to use a proxy server to bypass the Netflix geo-restrictions. This streaming service implemented a complex system that blocks the IPs provided by proxies. Therefore, your little secret will likely be revealed before you can say Jack Robinson.
A residential proxy is another thing. The residential proxies provide IP-addresses which Internet Providers give to homeowners. They are even noted in the databases of the Regional Internet Registries (RIR). Unlike addresses provided by a proxy server, these IPs look like they were sent by regular users.
Method #3: Use a Smart DNS Service
Smart DNS can easily unblock the content of the streaming services that is restricted by geographical firewalls. It changes the DNS setting on the device and routes your traffic via the gateway to give the impression that a user accesses the data locally. Note: A Smart DNS Service does not either encrypt traffic or hide your IP as VPNs do. It simply changes the real DNS address. Here is the profit! Due to the absence of encryption, the connection speed does not decrease at all, you can enjoy the speed provided by your ISP.