Watching Netflix in New Zealand
Netflix has been on something of a roll recently, having effectively made a name for themselves as proprietors of compelling and critically lauded original programming. House of Cards, the channel’s first true foray into original programming, just picked up nine Emmy nominations, many in top categories. Netflix Instant’s efforts to rescue the much-beloved cult comedy Arrested Development was similarly rewarded with a handful of Emmy nods, and their latest series, Orange Is the New Black, has been widely hailed as the most promising of all of the channel’s original shows.
Considering how prevalent Netflix has already made itself in our culture, it’s occasionally difficult to remember that their service is not available all over the globe. But here we are in 2013, and much of the planet cannot see season 4 of Arrested Development, especially if you’re in the southwestern Pacific.
So this means that if you’re in Australia or New Zealand, you might think you’re out of luck when it comes to watching Netflix Instant. Not so, and we here at FlashRouters are going to walk you through the simple process of gaining the access to Netflix Instant from New Zealand that’s been at your fingertips all along.
Using VPNs to Watch Netflix Instant in New Zealand
The answer for New Zealand Netflix desirers couldn’t be more simple: VPN service providers, from Overplay to HideMyAss, from IPVanish to PrivateInternetAccess are here to make the process of accessing geographically restricted material cheap, simple, and safe.
A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service provider, is a subscription-based service designed to upgrade the online safety and security of its users. When you log in to your VPN, all of your online information is tunneled through encrypted servers that VPN service providers maintain all around the globe in your home country or outside. VPN encryption masks your sensitive data (e-mails, credit card numbers), and safeguards you from the malevolent forces that are, sadly, all too common on the internet these days.
By now, you might be thinking that extra online security is great, but what does this have to do with watching Netflix in New Zealand? Well, one of the great tangential benefits of the VPN process is that you can choose the country in which your secure server is located. This means that when you log in to your VPN service and choose a US-based server, your computer (and any other device connected to your VPN) will then think it’s in the US. Consequently, every website that’s only accessible in the US will now be available to you. You’ll be watching Orange Is the New Black in Wellington, and your computer will be convinced it’s in Chicago!
Popular VPN service providers for US IP addresses from New Zealand include IPVanish VPN, Overplay VPN, HideMyAss VPN, and PrivateInternetAccess VPN. FlashRouters also offers a new VPN provider comparison list to help you find the virtual private network that best suits your needs.
How FlashRouters Can Help New Zealand Netflix Fans
Aside from pointing you in the direction of services that can help you access geo-restricted content, there are any number of other ways in which FlashRouters can make your streaming experience that much better.
At FlashRouters, our mission is to provide powerful, reliable, and fast devices that transform the way your wireless networks perform. That’s why every single one of our routers is flashed with either DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares that are designed to upgrade the performance power of already top-quality routers. Using a DD-WRT or Tomato router allows you to control the way your bandwidth is allocated, broaden the range of your wireless coverage, and have access to far greater security options.
What’s more (and here’s where a FlashRouter can be really helpful for VPN users), all of our routers come equipped with built-in VPN-connectivity. This saves the time and potential heartache of attempting to install the tricky VPN service compatible router firmwares only to end up accidentally bricking your router, a common and truly unfortunate outcome that we’re happy to help you avoid.
In fact, if you hold onto your previous router, you can use it in conjunction with your new FlashRouter. Our popular dual-router set-up makes the process of switching between your local network and your VPN network as simple as flicking a switch.
Using a VPN Service in New Zealand can unblock many unavailable services that Kiwis might find desirable. Gain access to popular US-based streaming services like Amazon.com Instant, Crackle, Vudu or UK based channels like BBC, 4oD, SkyTV and other catch-up services at home or while travelling.
Popular VPN Router Choices for New Zealand VPN Users
Among the many fine router choices we offer are the Cisco Linksys E4200 DD-WRT FlashRouter, an excellent router that routinely tops our best-sellers list (and comes in Tomato flavor too). For sheer performance power, be prepared to tremble in the face of the Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Tomato Router, an absolute beast about which we can’t seem to shut up. But if speed is what you’re looking for, then it’s the Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT FlashRouter that you need, our lone Wireless-AC DD-WRT router and one that leaves its competitors in the dust.
Lastly, while you’re revolutionizing your network, using VPNs to access geo-restricted content and a FlashRouter to make it that much more reliable, why not make the whole experience complete with a Roku or an Apple TV? Visit our streaming player store and find a media player that’s right for you!
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