If you live in the United States and have a Netflix account, but find yourself frequently traveling out of the country for business or pleasure, you might feel like you’re wasting your subscription.
Sure, you can get a subscription that allows you access to your account from many different countries, but your viewing options will change depending on where you are. Netflix Latin America is catered to Latin American audiences, and is thus only offered within Latin American countries; Netflix UK is catered to UK audiences…you get the idea.
We here at FlashRouters are sympathetic to this problem, and are happy to not only provide solutions, but show you why our products are helpful whether you’re out of the country often or not.
How to Watch Netflix USA From Canada
Though Canada is certainly no place to escape the cold weather of the winter months, there is much in the way of winter activities that draw people there nonetheless. So if you find yourself in Canada for an extended period, and needing some entertainment while hiding from the cold, we’ll help you stay in touch with American Netflix to prevent you from getting too homesick.
To start with, you’ll need to subscribe to a VPN, or Virtual Private Network. VPN’s are designed to fully protect your internet presence by encrypting everything you download, stream, or browse. In the case of wanting to watch Netflix US in Canada, VPN’s help by allowing you to switch your IP address to one in the country of your choosing. As you might guess, this also means you can watch Netflix Canada in the US. It’s a simple matter of toggling between the IP addresses the VPN’s provide.
Some of the most popular VPN providers include Overplay, HideMyAss, StrongVPN, PrivateInternetAccess, and IPVanish. This is where FlashRouters comes in: our routers are set up with a built-in VPN-client connection, which saves you the trouble of making your router VPN compatible. They also allow you to connect multiple devices (Roku, Playstation 3, Laptap, Apple TV, Smart HDTV, iPad, iPhone, etc.) to your VPN through one device.
Furthermore, our routers are flashed with DD-WRT firmware, which modifies the router’s original settings in order to make it more versatile and controllable. Some of the benefits of DD-WRT firmware include:
-Advanced QoS (Quality of Service), which enables you to determine how you wish to allocate bandwidth to your network connections.
-Adjustable Antenna Power, which allows you to increase your wireless signal.
-Create Your Own Wi-Fi Hotspot or a Guest Network for sharing your internet securely.
–Wireless Repeater Bridge, which will extend your wireless range, even if you’re in a wireless dead spot.
Routers like ours will allow you to keep in touch with the familiar touchstones of your home country that Netflix US provides. And, since Netflix Canada features a variety of streaming movies and television shows not available on Netflix US, you can enjoy what both divisions have to offer without going anywhere. Find out more about that below.
What You Can Watch on Netflix Canada (But Not Netflix US)
Due to distribution deals and varying demographics that would affect DVD sales, much of the content that is available on Netflix Canada is not on Netflix USA. Perhaps, after studios feel they’ve maxed out the sales for The Hunger Games and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, those films and others like it will be available to stream in America. For now, you can just use your VPN and trick your Roku or laptop that you’re in Canada.
Here are some more choice selections from Canadian Netflix that you can’t get in the US:
Newsradio – This cultishly beloved sitcom is a near-perfect blend of wit and zaniness, featuring Dave Foley, Phil Hartman, Stephen Root, Andy Dick, Joe Rogan, Maura Tierney, Vicki Lewis, and Khandi Alexander all doing the best work of their careers, which is saying something (in most cases).
Community – Here’s another critically adored sitcom doomed to struggle to get an audience. Community, about a group of misfits who bond at a community college (including Joel McHale, Allison Brie, and Donald Glover), is simple in concept and outrageously ambitious in execution. Most importantly though, it’s always hilarious.
Justified – Though only the first two seasons are available as of publishing, it’s worth catching up as far as you can with this archly macho and unfailingly entertaining series starring Timothy Olyphant.
The Social Network – This multiple Oscar winner famously irked its subject, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, by telling his story in a less-than-completely-flattering way. Nonetheless, you should be able to appreciate that a movie about the beginning of a website is this remarkably taut and kinetic.
Inglorious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino uses the only tool in his arsenal – maniacally gleeful cinematic revisionism – to exact revenge against the Nazis in this brilliant, brutal, and brutally funny film. (You can also get Pulp Fiction on Netflix Canada, but not on Netflix USA.)
What You Can Watch on Netflix USA (But Not Netflix Canada)
The reasoning for limiting these selections to Netflix USA at Netflix Canada’s expense is less clear. Perhaps they’re a little too quintessentially American to appeal to Canadians? Then again, why would they Canadians get such a uniquely American show like Justified, while America doesn’t? Well, whatever the reason, here’s a selection to keep you checking in with Netflix USA:
The West Wing – Now this one makes complete sense. What better way to simultaneously enjoy some compelling television and brush up on your civics than with this Aaron Sorkin-helmed, hogger-of-Emmys?
Louie – Comedian Louis CK continually proves himself to be the master of all things(writing, directing, acting, editing, existential worrying) with this innovative and painfully funny anti-sitcom.
Drive – We could probably just point out that Ryan Gosling’s in it and leave it at that, but we’d be remiss in not mentioning just how bold, bloody, and just plain cool this 2011 thriller is. The rest of the cast isn’t too bad either (Albert Brooks, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston).
Mulholland Dr. – Maybe David Lynch’s best movie, Mulholland Dr. is too much of a mind-bender to get a succinct explanation, but it’s a beautifully twisted mind-bender all the same.
Chappelle’s Show – Now that it’s been a few years since people ruined every single punchline of Dave Chappelle’s wildly popular sketch show by quoting it incessantly, you should be able to enjoy it anew.