Updated – June 23rd, 2014 – This method still works for accessing Netflix in South Africa.
If you’re living in South Africa, you already know that Netflix has not come to your country yet. In fact, Netflix is really only Available in the US. Recently the company launched modified versions of their online streaming service to customers in Canada and the UK but these customers only have access to a fraction of the movies that customers in America can access. This is due to copyright and license arrangements between Netflix and the major movie studios.
While Netflix has not officially come to South Africa, I do have good news! With the trick I’m about to show you, and a little internet “magic,” you will be able to signup and access Netflix just like a regular American customer.
The rest of this post will show you, step-by-step, how to access Netflix from South Africa. Take my word, this is very easy to do and it requires absolutely no technical skills.
Let’s get started!
Netflix uses a common internet practice called geo-targeting which uses your IP to learn where you are in the world. For example, if an internet user in South Africa logs onto Netflix.com, he or she will be greeted with a message that says something like, “Netflix is not yet available in South Africa.” This is because Netflix knows you are in South Africa based on your South African IP address.
Therefore, to access Netflix, we need to change our IP address to an American IP address so that Netflix will think we are accessing their site from a computer located somewhere in the United States of America. So now the question we have to answer is, “How do we change our South African IP address to a US IP address?”
The answer is a lot simpler than you may think. By far the easiest way to change your IP address is by using what is known as a Virtual Private Network or a VPN. Don’t be intimidated by the acronym “VPN.” It’s a lot less complicated than it sounds!
Basically a VPN is a private connection between your computer and a server somewhere else in the world, let’s say the US for example. When you connect to the remote server, you establish a connection that allows you to surf the web as if you were in the location of the remote server. Pretty cool, right?
VPNs are used most frequently by companies to setup private networks for their employees all around the world. This allows their employees to login to the servers at corporate headquarters to access corporate files. VPNs are also frequently used for internet security and additional online privacy.
In this case, a VPN can be used to change your IP address and get the added benefit of accessing Netflix from South Africa.
Setting up a VPN is as easy as downloading a very small piece of software. There are also many VPN software application you can choose from but be very careful because not all of them are “good” and not all of them will allow you to stream content on Netflix. I made this same mistake when I signed up for several different VPN programs before finally finding one that worked.
The VPN software I use is called BufferedVPN. There are many reasons why I chose this software, you can read this post to learn more, but I’ll give you a quick overview on why BufferedVPN is the best VPN to use for Netflix streaming.
BufferedVPN works on all major operating systems which include Mac, PC (Windows) and Linux systems. They also allow you to use the program on your iOS and Android devices. The company also has many VPN servers located in multiple different countries/regions which means you have access to thousands of IP addresses. And, as I said earlier, they offer the fastest bandwidth speeds out of every VPN provider I’ve tried.
Below you can see what the software looks like on a Mac operating system. As you can see, logging in is as easy as entering your username / password and selecting the new location you’d like to switch to.
Once you’ve selected your new IP address location and made a connection to the remote server, you can go to Netflix.com, signup for an account, and start streaming TV shows and Movies like you were in the US – except you’re still in South Africa. Pretty cool, right?
After you’ve connected to the VPN you’ll be trying to signup for Netflix. In some cases non-US credit cards have been declined by Netflix, if this happens to you don’t worry! Thanks to a company called Entropay.com, you can get a “Virtual US Card” which is very easy to do. Basically you fill this prepaid debit card with some money and use that money on the new virtual card to sign up for Netflix. This card definitely works with Netflix!
Here’s how it works:
Here’s a screenshot of what your virtual entropay card will look like:
Then you can use you virtual card to sign up for Netflix.com with no problems at all. This method has been confirmed to work numerous times.
Cheers and Enjoy watching Netflix from South Africa