Updated: March 31, 2013 – Yes this method still works for accessing Netflix in Europe!
Note: The program I use to access the American version of Netflix while in Europe & abroad is called Hidemyass VPN. If you have any questions about using the program, please leave me a comment after the post. Enjoy!
Let me start by telling you a quick story…
I moved to Budapest, Hungary in October of 2011 and I couldn’t have been more excited.
I was fresh out of college and ready for an adventure.
The move was smooth and the transition was going well.
There was only one problem…
I couldn’t figure out how to watch Netflix in Europe or how to gain access to American websites like Pandora, Hulu, Fox, CBS, ABC, Spotify, and many others.
I quickly realized that my new European address wouldn’t grant me access to all of these US based content sites.
To gain access to Netflix and the rest of these US only websites, I knew I needed a way to change my IP address to an American address.
I tried a bunch of programs and proxy sites that just didn’t work.
After a lot of searching, I finally found an easy way to watch Netflix in Europe!
So, without further delay, here you go…
How To Change Your IP Address and Get Access To US Only Content Abroad
Here’s the Deal
When you go to Netflix.com, your IP address is being checked by netflix to see where you are located. If you go to netflix from a computer thats connected through a standard European IP address, Netflix will display a message that says “Service is not currently available in your area.”
Simply put, if your computer shows an IP address outside of the US you will be blocked from accessing content on Netflix.com.
To fix this you need to change the IP on your computer to show an IP address that is located in the US. That’s it!
It may sound complicated but don’t worry – it’s super easy to do this even if you’re not a “computer person.”
How To Get An American IP Address For Netflix
To change your IP address you need to have a VPN setup up (this stands for Virtual Personal Network). If you don’t know what a VPN is, don’t worry – it may sound complicated but it’s a lot easier to understand and setup than you may think. No joke, my 12 year old sister could do it.
A VPN is essentially a private network you connect to through your current internet connection. Basically your computer establishes a connection to a remote server in a new location like New York City, Washington D.C., or Los Angeles, California for example. Once you’ve established a connection to this remote server, your able to surf the web as if you were actually in New York, DC, LA or wherever that remote server may be. Not too bad, right?
The speed of the server you connect to is important as well because you are going to be streaming video from Netflix.
I’ve tried a lot of VPN providers and even web proxy services. A lot of them suck and a couple of them are okay! In my opinion, the best VPN provider with the best netflix streaming quality is called Hidemyass VPN. Instant streaming works like a charm and I’ve never had a problem with support or installation.
Installation is supported for PC (windows), MAC, and LINUX operating systems. You can even use it on Android and iOS devices like your mobile phone or tablet. Hide My Ass also provides with you easy to follow step-by-step instructions after signing up.
It’s a really quick download (under 2-5 minutes) and super easy to start using (should take you less than 2 minutes).
If you’d like to know more about Hidemyass and why I think it is the best VPN option around, you can read this post.
Here is what Hidemyass looks like after installation on my Macbook.
You’ll also have access to tens of thousands of IP Addresses so you can make your computer look like its in Las Vegas, Manhattan, or any other city for that matter. You can also choose from IP addresses located in countries all over the world.
One of the reasons I love Hidemyass is because they have over 350 VPN servers located in 53 different countries. They also have over 42,000 IP addresses you can use and they’re always adding new servers and IP addresses for you to connect to.
Once you’ve entered your username and and password and selected your new location, all you need to do is click the “connect” button and your IP will show up like you are in the US and netflix, along with other US based websites, will work perfectly.
No US Credit Card?
No problem! After you’ve connected to the VPN you’ll need to go ahead and sign up for netflix. If you do not have a US credit card its really no problem. Just make sure you input a US zip code during signing like – (90210 or 14221) and signup will be a breeze.
Let me know if you have questions in the comment section below.