In the words of Frank Underwood himself: “Welcome back”. Season two of House Of Cards lands on Netflix tomorrow, there’s now more than one way to watch it in Australia.
There are two different ways: one legal, and the other in a grey area:
This is the grey area. You’ll be using a VPN tunnel-through service to trick Netflix to thinking that you’re streaming from the US, which hasn’t exactly been tested just yet in a court. At the end of the day, you’re still paying for the content and not pirating it, so it’s not all bad.
With that said, let’s go.
Hola is the easiest solution imaginable for tunnel-through.
It’s a free extension for Firefox and Chrome that, once installed, lets you simply flip the switch into the On position and bam: you have yourself a proxy tunnel-through.
So what does it allow you to do? Access Hulu, BBC iPlayer and Netflix for a start, but you get access to so much more if you install the Windows Extension, including AETV, Google Play, Syfy, YouTube and Pandora.
The best part? It’s free and it doesn’t slow down your connection.
Unblock.Us is one of the simplest ways to get around region-blocked content, blocks from your ISP, or any other restrictions you run into. You get a free week-long trial, and it’s $US4.99 a month after that.
Both services also support set-top boxes such as the Apple TV and Playstation 3.
Getflix is a service that’s very similar to Unblock.US, except it’s run locally by a bunch of Aussies for less per month than the competitor’s service. It’s what I’m using right now and it’s well worth it.
If you want an incredibly easy-to-use on-off switch, Tunnelbear works wonders. Simply download the software, flip the switch to the location you want, and you can start streaming immediately. When you want your normal internet back, turn it off. The free version will only get you 500MB of data for the month (probably less than an hour of streaming); $US4.99/month gets you unlimited access.
Here’s the completely legal option.
Of course, to do so you’ll need a Foxtel subscription.
Foxtel will not only start streaming season two of House Of Cards on 15 February from Midday. That’s a few hours after it drops on Netflix in the US, but it won’t stagger them like it did last season: Foxtel will release the whole season onto its on-demand service. That means you can feasibly binge watch the show as nature and Netflix intended without using a geoblock workaround or VPN.