It all began with the need to watch the newest season of Sons of Anarchy. I would say it was a want, but no, I needed to see what was going on with Jax 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 every 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.
– TunnelBear: TunnelBear is an app that can be used on iOS or Android. It’s really simple to set up and well, it’s a bear with lazers out of his eyes. That’s pretty rad. They have a free version, but it has a cap. You can pay the $5 a month to use it unlimited. If you are looking for something simple and only for a mobile system, it’s a great choice. Because I have the Chromecast and AppleTV, I do prefer UnblockUS.
– UnblockUS: I love (and mostly use) UnBlock US . I can use it for my ChromeCast, Apple TV and iPad. I don’t have to keep changing my DNS and you can have as many devices attached to your home network as you want. I’ve taken my iPad with me travelling and still used the service. It’s totally worth the $5 a month.
The best part about changing your DNS, TunnelBear or 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, or Unblockus) as it looks like you are travelling. Cool, huh?
Not only am I planning on watching the last 2 seasons of Sons of Anarchy, I’ve added the final season of Nip/Tuck, Gossip Girl, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Californication and many movies to my list. At this rate, I’ll never go back to Canadian Netflix. Nope. Never.
Oh hai, Jax…