How To Get The US Version of Netflix in Canada
Netflix is the holy grail of on-demand movie streaming. There is nothing quite like it and if you’ve ever had the chance to compare the Canadian library of movies and TV shows available for streaming to the US library we’re sure you feel slighted. It just doesn’t compare.
Back in September 2010 when Netflix first launched in Canada, there was about 7,500 titles available to Canadians. At the same time, the US had over 20,000 titles.
Since the majority of Canadians are unhappy with the much smaller library that they have access to, Netflix has tried to manage their reputation and has stopped releasing its title counts. Although it’s nearly impossible to know how many more titles the US Netflix has compared to the Canadian Netflix, it’s been estimated at between 3 and 10 times bigger.
Being able to access the US Netflix library makes becoming a Netflix member totally worth it. Even if you only watch 2 movies per month you’re still getting tons of value out of your $7.99/month Netflix subscription. If you’re still on the fence about whether or not you think Netflix is worth the $7.99/month, just take a look at what someone posted on Facebook about Netflix:
Now we can’t promise that Netflix will offer you the same fulfillment as a meaningful relationship and it will never start paying for dinner however, we can promise that it’s well worth the $8/month… especially when you also have access to the US library of movies and TV shows available for instant on-demand streaming.
If you’re here, you probably already know all of this and you just want to know how to get US Netflix in Canada. Here is how:
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How To Get US Netflix in Canada on Your iPhone,
iPad or iPod
Accessing US Netflix from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in Canada is one of the easiest ways to access the 3-10 times more online content from the US Netflix library than from the Canadian Netflix library.
Whether you want to be able to access US Netflix on your mobile device while on a train, as a passenger in a car commuting back and forth to work, maybe while enjoying a latte at Starbucks, in the park, or while laying in bed or anywhere your mobile device and a 3G or WiFi connection are available. Here are the steps on how to make this happen:
Step 1: Get The Netflix App
Unlike Pandora, you can get the Netflix app from the Canadian App store here.
Step 2: Get HMA
Once you get HMA you will be able to access their 139 servers and 17,583 unique IP addresses in the Unites States with ease. By doing so, you will be able to access the US Netflix library as if you were living south of the border in the USA. This can all be done from the very seat you’re now sitting in and it only takes a few minutes to set up.
Here are the step-by-step instructions to set up HMA on your iPhone. It looks complicated because there are so many steps, but rest assured it’s very easy and quick to set up. Each picture is simply a screen shot of an iPhone and most of the steps only require one tap to complete. If you have any questions or need some help setting this up the fastest way is to drop us a note at our facebook page.
Here are the first 6 quick steps:
Step 6 is where you will input the information needed to set up the VPN on your iPhone.
Description: What you want to call your VPN connection (HMA-iPhone, HMA VPN, Seattle VPN, Salt Lake City VPN, etc.) You get the idea.
Server: You will get this information in step 8 below with the #2 arrow
Account: This is the username in step 8 below with the #1 arrow
Password: This is the password given to you in step 8 below with the #1 arrow
To get the information you need to complete step 6 you will need to log into your HMA account and click on “PPTP servers” on the top left and then scroll down to see your “username”, “password” and the long list of PPTP servers.
Pro Tip: Setup 3-5 VPN connections and add the city name in the description. This way, if you are traveling you can select the closest location to wherever you are in Canada (or around the world) that specific day. For example, choose a PPTP server location in Seattle and name it “Seattle VPN”. Setup another VPN from Chicago and name it “Chicago VPN” and finally set up a third location from a PPTP server in Philadelphia and call it “Philly VPN”. When you are in Western Canada select your “Seattle VPN”, when you’re in the Central Canada select your “Chicago VPN” and when you’re in Eastern Canada select your “Philly VPN”. This makes sure you are optimizing your network speed.
Once you have filled in the description, server, account and password make sure “Proxy” is set to “Off” and then you can turn on your VPN, verify in the status bar that it’s on, launch US Netflix in Canada and enjoy the massive US Netflix library in Canada (or anywhere around the world)!
Step 3: Watch US Netflix From Canada On Your iPhone, iPad, iPod
When you log into your Netflix app “from the United States” (thanks to HMA) Netflix will even tell you that “you’ll notice that your choices for streaming will vary from country to country.” They are referring to the much larger US Netflix library that’s not available in Canada. Enjoy it!
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How To Get US Netflix on Your Computer in Canada
Another great way to access the US Netflix library in Canada is directly from netflix.com on your computer. Most computers these days have HD viewing capabilities and some of the monitors are bigger than the 27″ TV I replaced in my home not too long ago. The ease of accessing Netflix using a computer makes it the option that most people choose.
If you already have a Canadian Netflix account but want to gain access to most of the movies and TV shows that are blocked in Canada you’re in luck!
HowToGetItInCanada.com has figured out a great way for you to easily access some of the movies and shows available only on the US version of Netflix.com right from your computer. Here’s how it’s done:
Step 1: Get HMA
Step 2: Download and Launch HMA
Next, you’re going to want to download, launch, and connect to a server located in the US (We recommend selecting the “USA – Random 10 closest servers based on geographic distance” option as it will randomly select 1 of the 10 closest servers in the USA based on your location. Click “Connect to VPN” and you will be connected through your HMA VPN to a server located in the USA.
Step 3: Watch US Netflix From Canada
Open your internet browser of choice, clear your history and cookies, and go to www.netflix.com! You’ll notice that you have a LOT more options then you did when you were relegated to using Netflix from Canada.
One movie that we know isn’t in the Canadian Library is a movie called “Limitless”. When you search from Canada this is what you see:
After you log into HMA, you will see that it shows up in the search results:
Which, of course, means you can watch it instantly from Canada and around the world!
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How To Get US Netflix on Your TV in Canada
Most people don’t think they can get US Netflix on their TV’s up here in Canada (or anywhere around the world) as most people use a DVD player, Xbox, PS3 or Apple TV to access the streaming shows from Netflix. We’re happy to report that this is simply not true and you can easily access the US library on your TV from anywhere.
There are a number of different options to successfully watch US Netflix on your TV and it’s likely that you might already have everything necessary to accomplish one or more of these options. All of the options are easy to set up and one isn’t necessarily better than another so choose the one that you feel most comfortable with or already have all the right equipment for. Enjoy!
Option 1: iPhone/iPad/iPod Tethered To Your TV
In option 1 you’re going to access US Netflix on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch the same way as described above but, you’re going to level up this experience by connecting your Apple device to your TV using a digital AV adapter and an HDMI cable.
After you go through the steps above to set up HMA on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch all you need to do is plug the digital AV adapter into your device and then connect it to your TV with an HDMI cable. We recommend that you get a long HDMI cable (6-10 feet) since you’re likely going to want to be able to control the Netflix movie you’re watching without needing to get up.
Option 1 is one of the easiest ways to be able to watch the US Netflix library on your (big screen?) TV in Canada or around the world.
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Option 2: Hook Up Your Computer Directly To Your TV
If you want to connect your computer to your TV, the first thing you need to do is look at the option(s) that your computer gives you. Many new computers are starting to have HDMI cables outputs built right into them which makes this option extremely easy as all you need to do is connect your computer to your TV with an HDMI cable.
If you’re not one of the lucky ones to have a built in HDMI output from your computer, then you will need to check to see which adapter you will need.
The newer Apple MacBooks will need a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Female Adapter Cable. Older MacBooks will need a Mini DVI Male to HDMI Female Video Adapter Cable. There are other options as well so just take a look at your computer and double check to make sure you’re buying the right adapter.
Now that you have the right adapter and an HMDI cable just follow the steps above to get HMA and the US Netflix in Canada and in just a few minutes you will have access to a much larger library of movies and shows just like if you were living in the United States. Make sure you clear your cookies and cache before you visit netflix.com after turning on HMA.
Option 3: iPhone/iPad/iPod and Apple TV
Many people already have this option at their disposal but do not know about it. The Apple TV has an awesome function called “Air Play” that allows you to display what is on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on your TV through the Apple TV.
To make this option work, set up your iPhone with HMA in order to access the US Netflix library (click here for the steps) and then load up the Netflix app, select your movie or show of choice and then turn on Air Play and voila! Your movie or show will start playing on your TV.
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Option 4: DD-WRT Router, DVD Player/PS3/Xbox/Etc.
You already have a Netflix.ca account but want to access Netflix.com through your PS3/Xbox/Wii/DVD Player/etc.
By following the steps outlined below you will be able to access a lot more titles that weren’t previously available from Canada. This method is a little more challenging as some others, as you’re going to have to set up HMA on a special router in order to use your PS3, Xbox, Wii, DVD player or Apple TV as your access point to the US version of Netflix.
Step 1: Get HMA
Step 2: DD-WRT Enabled Router
Next you’re going to want to get yourself a special router that is DD-WRT enabled. We recommend the ASUS RT-N16 Wireless-N 300. Why we recommend this router is that comes DD-WRT enabled which allows you take use of your Pro VPN from HMA to virtually reside in the USA.
You will now need to get your VPN Information at HMA. You will now need to get the information of one the many VPN networks available to you as an HMA user that allows you to access the US version of Netflix through your PS3/Xbox/Wii/DVD Player/etc.. First you will need to visit HMA and click “Login” on the pro VPN page:
Then enter your username and password:
Then you click on PPTP Servers:
This is where you will find #1: username, password (this is different then your HMA account login) as well as the #2 PPTP IP addresses you will be able to use to virtually reside in the USA.
Step 4: Configure Your DD-WRT Router
To configure your new ASUS RT-N16 Wireless-N 300 you’re going to need to follow these steps:
4.1. Open up the DD-WRT Control Panel
4.2. Click –> Setup
4.3. Click –> Basic Setup
4.4. Click –> WAN Setup
4.5. Select Connection Type: PPTP
4.6. Use DHCP: Yes
4.7. Gateway (PPTP Server): IP address of the PPTP server (#2 on the picture above)
4.8. User Name: PPTP username and password (#1 on the picture above)
4.9. Connection Strategy: Keep Alive: Redial Period – HMA suggests using 999999
4.10. PPTP Encryption: Enable
4.11. Disable Packet Reordering: Enable
4.12. STP: Disable
4.13. Leave everything else as it is
4.14. Save and Apply
Step 5: Watch US Netflix From Canada On Your PS3, DVD Player, Wii, Etc.
Thanks to HMA, you should now be able to access the US library of Netflix using any device located behind your ASUS RT-N16 Wireless-N 300 Maximum Performance single band Gaming Router!
The Bottom Line: You Have Options For Watching US Netflix in Canada!
There are so many ways to watch the US Netflix library from anywhere in the world that you should be able to use at least one or more of them. My favorite method is the one that uses the iPhone and digital AV adapter method since it’s so quick and easy to set up and I had an extra HDMI cable already.
Let’s not get carried away by the number of options you have here without forgetting that the star of the show is HMA. You will need HMA no matter which option yous choose. We have been using HMA for nearly two years now and we recommend it because we love it and it works great. Plus, they have a 30-day money back guaranteed so it’s risk free to try.
Pro Tip: Click here to save 43% on a one year subscription! HMA has a 30-day unconditional money back guarantee so we recommend you sign up for the entire year to lock in the 43% discount! If you’re not 100% satisfied, just cancel it and get your money back! No hard feelings. If we were in the betting business… we’d bet that once you try it you’re going to LOVE IT!
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