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Unlock your Netflix potential

Authored by: Sterling Keys — Oct 9, 2013

I have to admit it. I’m a big sucker for Netflix. In fact, when I’m working or doing anything around the house, I usually have a TV series or a movie playing on Netflix on the background, either on the TV, computer or tablet. The Canadian version of Netflix has been behind the American version for some time, and while there has been an influx of improvements over the last little whole, the disparity is still there.


As such, I’ve managed to figure out a way to change some of the settings over on my devices side of things to allow me to “spoof” the American version. Here’s a quick guide on how you too can use this method across your devices (it should work for your iOS and Windows devices as well). 

Hmmmm. Only one option available?/ © AndroidPIT

As you can see, when I search for The Office on the Canadian version of Netflix, the only result is the UK version. While still hilarious in its own accord, I was hoping to be able to get the American version of the show to watch while doing random tasks. Y’know, just a little background noise. Well, let’s get to getting the American version on our devices. And yeah, my Wi-Fi network name is "NO FREE WIFI FOR YOU", just gotta make sure that the neighbours are aware!

  • Head over to Settings
  • Click on Wi-Fi
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  • Do a long press on the network you’re currently connected to.
  • Two options will appear, click on “Modify Network”
  • Click on “Show advanced options”
  • Click on IP Settings and change to Static.
  • Delete both the DNS 1 and DNS 2 numbers.
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  • Enter in DNS 1
  • Enter in DNS 2
  • Click Save
  • Head over to Netflix
  • VOILA!
There you are!  © AndroidPIT

And that’s it. A simple change of some DNS settings allows you to get access to the American version of Netflix and quite a bit more selection for your viewing pleasure. 

How did this work for you all? Enjoying a little more selection from your Netflix? 

From all the way over on Vancouver Island, Sterling Keys started off his smartphone adventure with an HTC S710 equipped with Windows Mobile and knew there had to be something better. Over the next few years, and countless different operating systems, he has finally found his home on Android.

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  • nick hewett 4 months ago Link to comment

    Install the app called Hola. Easy to use and has worked every time for me. They also have an extension for chrome.

  • Joel Fabiani Oct 29, 2013 Link to comment

    Same here, when I try any title already available on my regional Netflix (Brazil) it plays fine. But the other titles I can browse but when I try to play Netflix says that was an error trying to play.

  • Richard Eagar Oct 10, 2013 Link to comment

    Didn't work for me, Netflix just sat there and spun

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