It all began with the need to watch the third season of Sons of Anarchy. I would say it was a want, but no, I needed to see what was going on with Jax, Opie and Gemma right now.
I reached out to Twitter for ways to get US Netflix in Canada and tried a couple of suggestions:
- Change my DNS to OpenDNS. The instructions are here. In essence, you change you DNS to one that Is open and voila! you can view US Netflix. I tried this and kept getting Netflix errors and buffering issues. I guess the key is to keep trying new DNS’ until you get the right one. When it comes to Sons of Anarchy (and most things in my life), I just don’t have the patience.
- Free Streaming TV: You just click on this link and it takes you to free streaming episodes online. This worked for about 20 minutes and then I got kicked off ever 30 seconds or so. Might work better on days/ times with less demand. I was asking a lot from a free service on a Friday night.
- Tunnel Bear App: This app creates a virtual network for you to piggyback on. You just follow the instructions and in minutes, you can watch US Netflix, Hulu or any of the sites where you get an annoying message that you are outside of their service zone.
You get a really small amount of data to stream for free (about 2-3 hours of watching). To add more, you can tweet a message from the app that alerts the team to give you more space (this can be done once a month) or pay for unlimited access. Starting at $2.99 a month, it seemed reasonable enough to me.
There are some competitors like UnBlock US which charges about $5 a month.
The best part about changing your DNS, Tunnel Bear and Unblock US is that you don’t need to sign up for another Netflix account. Your access to shows and movies change to US or UK (you can chose your preference in the app) as it looks like you are traveling. Cool, huh?
I signed up for a month of Tunnel Bear and am loving it. Not only am I planning on watching season 3 and 4 of Sons of Anarchy, I’ve added the final season of Nip/Tuck, Gossip Girl and many movies to my list. At this rate, I’ll never go back to Canadian Netflix.
This is not a paid post or review, I just really like Tunnel Bear. If they want to approach me to work with them, I would happily take their money.