US Netflix Blocked? Here's How To Fix It And Watch Everything

Aussie Netflix addicts went ballistic last week after the streaming service started blocking them from accessing its much bigger US catalogue. But less than a week after the crackdown came into effect, third-party "unblocking" providers say they've already found ways to circumvent the problem, with their customers happily tuning into US Netflix again.

The game of cat and mouse between Netflix and services which get around its geoblocking is well and truly on. Photo: iStock

Melbourne-based proxy service uFlix, which uses "smart DNS" technology to trick Netflix into thinking you're based in the US, said it was "still digging into" the detail of the issue but things were up and running again for its customers.

uFlix managing director Peter Dujan wouldn't go into detail about how uFlix had engineered the fix but said: "Everything is working and we have very happy customers." When a customer asked uFlix on its Facebook page whether the service had moved to a new server, a representative replied that "a mixture of a few different things" had worked.

Marvel's Jessica Jones is a popular original Netflix series. Photo: Netflix

"We are still seeing exactly how deep this rabbit hole goes," they wrote.

Previously Mr Dujan has described the fight between unblocking services and Netflix as "a game of cat and mouse" where unblockers inevitably find ways to circumvent a crackdown, and Netflix has to catch up. uFlix customer Richard Boulton said he hoped uFlix would be able to keep one step ahead of Netflix.

Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings. Photo: Bloomberg

Another popular unblocking service, Getflix, said it too had found a way around the geo-block.

In a tweet, the company said it had made system updates which ensured its "most popular Netflix regions" were not affected by recent changes to Netflix's service. The workarounds couldn't have come sooner for the many Netflix customers who threatened to cancel their subscriptions in the wake of the company's crackdown on so-called "geo-dodging".

uNoGS lets you browse Netflix everywhere. Photo: David Paul Morris

"When I heard the news I was unsure if you [Getflix] could still provide access [to the Netflix US library]," Chris Cumberland posted on Getflix's Facebook page. "But now I know I'll be continuing my subscription."

Another Getflix user, Brayden Hulett, said he was "thrilled to know that Getflix have been so proactive about this".

According to website Netflixable, which tracks new titles as they are released to Netflix in each region, Netflix's US catalogue is almost three times as large as Australia's, at about 6900 titles compared to about 2500. While Netflix owns global licensing rights to most of its original series, such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, many other titles are constrained by content licensing arrangements which differ from region to region.

Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings has said in the past that Netflix is working to break down these archaic business models. He also said the company's decision to step up enforcement of geo-blocking was at the behest of the film and television studios which own the rights to its streaming content.

How To Watch Anything You Want On Netflix

Well, not quite anything – but anything Netflix has the rights to stream in at least one country.

Now that you know how to get around the geo-blocking offensive, you'll want to know how to make the most of Netflix's global catalogue. Each country's Netflix catalogue differs, which means that even though the US Netflix is bigger than Australia's, you might find a title here or there in the Australian catalogue – or some other country – that is missing from the US catalogue.

Introducing "uNoGS" – or the unofficial Netflix online Global Search – a new website that lets you search Netflix's catalogue across all countries where it's active. (Which is now almost everywhere.) You can search by the country available, title, genre, length and release date; and you can filter by ratings from IMDb and from Netflix itself.

It's simply a matter of finding out which country has the title you're after, and changing your (not blocked) internet proxy or VPN settings so that Netflix thinks you're in that country. You'll then be browsing that country's Netflix library within the Netflix app, and can locate the title from there. uNoGS also provides its own pointers on which VPN, proxy or DNS provider to use for the region you want, although we can't guarantee any of these has found a workaround to the recent crackdown.

The site's creator, Brian, told TorrentFreak he built uNoGS for himself because the few similar services that existed were "extremely limited in terms of search functionality".

"I wanted to be able to see what was available in every country, when it was added, when it was supposed to expire and when it actually expired," he said. "Once I completed the initial build for myself I decided to share it with everyone."

This article originally appeared in Digital Life, The Sydney Morning Herald's home for everything technology. Follow Digital Life on Facebook and Twitter.


Comments

    Am I the only one who never lost the ability to access any region?

      Nope, I never had a problem

        I use Express VPN http://bit.ly/Express-Vpn for Netflix in other countries. Great reliable service and only costs me $4.99/month... Cheapest I found when I was looking and does the job.

        Last edited 15/06/16 1:20 am

      Never had an issue using a free smart DNS

    Using Getflix and no issues at all, not even a hiccup.

      +1 Getflix been around for a long time and still working

    I believe those that are blocked by Netflix jumped around different Netflix regions in high frequency. Perhaps that's why they were flagged and blocked by Netflix. This is just my speculation, but the uNoGS website is really the key in my opinion. Look for the show / movie on uNoGS and then switch to that particular location using your smart DNS or VPN (whatever works for you).

      Not likely. I have getflix and been in 4 countries in the last 10 days.

    so what is the difference between doing this and just torrenting a show. in the end, both seem the same

    for example. If I pay for netflix in aus and just torrent the shows that are not on there. vs paying for netflix and using this method to get all the US content.

    Last edited 28/01/16 5:49 pm

      One gives money to titty advertisers the other gives money to the artist.

      Well, if you want to do things the correct and legal way, then subscribing to NetFlix is what you want to do.

      If you don't care about the legalities or copyrights bullshit, then torrenting is your other alternative, which most people nowadays do. Plus torrenting is free.....

      Last edited 29/01/16 5:57 pm

    you don't get the difference between downloading something (illegally I might add) and watching it on a streaming service? or you don't see the difference between geoblock evading and torrenting?

    for one geoblock evading (at least in aus) is not illegal and is just a way to fool a hosting service into thinking you're in a different country, and streaming media is rather different than downloading it and actually retaining a copy on your computer....

    We get the error message/warning but we just exit and go back in then its ok again.

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