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Netflix is the perfect option for a lazy Sunday afternoon or any other time when you need a convenient TV break. It’s also great for when you get into marathon mood and compulsively watch 10 episodes of your favorite show without doing so much as getting up for a bathroom break.
The online streaming service offers thousands of movies and shows to viewers in the United States, but Netflix operates in other countries as well — where they offer different program menus. Even some popular movies and shows that you might wish for on Netflix US are available across international borders in places like the United Kingdom and Germany.
Don’t worry. You don’t have to hop on a plane so you can explore all that the Netflix world has to offer. You can get the most out of your account with a few clicks of your mouse button. When you change your virtual location, you change your Netflix account. How can you change your virtual location, and what are you missing out on if you don’t?
How to Change Your Virtual Location
Netflix will block access to certain content based on your device’s IP address, but you can circumvent that block by using Hotspot Shield to trick Netflix into thinking you’re in another country. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it:
Step by Step Instructions to Installing Hotspot Shield and Accessing Netflix’s US Content
If you have an active account with Netflix and are traveling abroad or located in a country where Netflix does not offer its services yet, below are the step by step instructions to using Hotspot Shield to get access to Netflix’s content from any country.
- Download and install Hotspot Shield on your device. The Hotspot Shield app is available on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Upgrade to the Elite version for faster speed, unlimited & unrestricted access to your favorite Netflix selection. The Elite Membership enables you to protect up to 5 devices simultaneously and comes with 9 virtual locations (access even more geo-restricted content). Click to here to upgrade to Elite!
- Sign-in to your Hotspot Shield Elite account.
- Select from which virtual location you would like to be browsing the Internet from.
- Open Netflix, sign-in or “Start Your Free Month”, grab some popcorn, and start enjoying “supposedly” geo-restricted content.
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What Are the Possibilities?
What cool shows and movies open up to you when you use Hotspot Shield to open up more of Netflix’s worldwide offerings? Here is a summary of some key treats.
|United States||United Kingdom||Canada||Germany|
|“XXX” — A daredevil played by Vin Diesel cooperates with the government to bring down a major crime ring.||Unavailable||Unavailable||Unavailable||Available|
|“Les Miserables” — The classic musical features Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway singing the sorrowful story of Jean Valjean.||Unavailable||Available||Available||Unavailable|
|“Mr. Deeds” — Adam Sandler plays a goofball who inherits a fortune.||Available||Unavailable||Unavailable||Available|
|“War of the Buttons” — Two groups of kids battle in out in a post-World War II setting.||Available||Unavailable||Unavailable||Available|
|“Anna Karenina” — Keira Knightly portrays the famous Russian aristocrat as she indulges in a forbidden love||Unavailable||Unavailable||Available||Unavailable|
|“House of Cards” — A Netflix series that explores a dark side of American politics.||Available||Available||Available||Available|
|“The Walking Dead” — A series that shows the journey of a group of people who survive a zombie apocalypse.||Available||Unavailable||Available||Available|
|“The 100” — This series features a group of young people struggling to survive on an Earth that has been ruined by war.||Available||Unavailable||Available||Unavailable|
|“Criminal Minds” — Skilled FBI profilers try to think like the bad guys in this intense drama series.||Available||Unavailable||Unavailable||Unavailable|
|“Pretty Little Liars” — Former high school friends band together to keep their dark secrets in this dramatic series.||Available||Available||Available||Available|
|“Supernatural” — In this entertaining, if strange, series, a team of two brothers chase down the impossible.||Available||Unavailable||Available||Unavailable|
|“Don’t Mess with the Zohan” — This outrageous comedy tells the story of an Israeli counterterrorism soldier.||Unavailable||Available||Available||Available|
|“Kon-Tiki” — An explorer crosses the Pacific on a small wooden raft.||Available||Unavailable||Unavailable||Available|
Of course, the above table offers just a sampling of Netflix’s worldwide menu; there is much more for you to explore. If you want to get further info about what the streaming service makes available in different countries, you can perform an online search. There are a few websites that post regular updates.
Having the ability to switch your virtual location offers benefits that go beyond great entertainment. When you are traveling abroad, you may have an easier time accessing content that the country blocks. All the benefits of having an adaptable IP address make it worth the price.