You’ve heard everyone rant about how good Netflix is. You’ve been to friends houses where they have thousands of shows at their finger tips. Maybe you’ve even seen ads for Netflix on TV (if you still use the tellybox). So you whip out the credit card and sign up to Netflix on a cold Thursday night in the middle winter. You’re overjoyed that your SmartTV has a Netflix app, you can use it on your iPad or watch it via your Apple TV that you never use.
But soon you realise many of your friends have ‘better Netflix‘ than you do. You don’t have thousands of cool shows, you appear to have a subset of them. How come they can see all the seasons of House of Cards, while you can only see the ones from last year ?
Again it’s down to online content licensing. Netflix Ireland only has a subset of the shows that Netflix US or Netflix Canada has. If you look at their movie selection you’ll see they nearly have 5 times the amount of moves you can watch. So how are your buddies on the South Side accessing all this extra Netflix content ? The simple answer is a SmartDNS.
What is a SmartDNS ?
The quick version: a SMART DNS service is a simple way to tell Netflix that you are coming from the US rather than Ireland.
On a more technical level : A smart DNS proxy server is a DNS server that directs clients to a proxy server for an certain list of websites and services. Most services allow to choose where you appear to be for different websites via an online admin panel.
To gain access to the proxy and DNS servers a subscription is generally required. These services then grant you access to websites and services that restrict digital media content availability by region (BBC iPlayer, Channel4 on Demand, Hulu, NetFlix, etc). They work by acting as an intermediary between the client and the website or service. This mostly accomplished by obscuring your IP address which is the main way websites verify if you should have access to content or not. Best in class SmartDNS services constantly change their IP address ranges to avoid detection and to insure you always have access to content you want.
How much is a SmartDNS ?
Prices range from $5 – $10, we recommend OverPlay.net. Why ? It’s simple to setup, their staff are super friendly, and they are even kind enough to offer a 7 day trial. And it costs $4.99. So you can spend the weekend testing the difference between Irish Netflix and US Netflix. So for the price of a pint (or a fancy coffee in Starbucks) each month you can supercharge your Netflix viewing experience.
But don’t take our word for it. Test out Unb
What to watch on Netflix
Our top picks from Netflix abroad
- House of Cards
- Orange is the New Black
- Arrested development
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Black Mirror
- Mad Men
- Breaking Bad
- Person of Interest
Picking what to watch on Netflix
Hopefully picking what to watch, now that you have access to the whole Netflix library, isn’t too difficult.