May 14 2013

How to get Netflix USA in Canada

Although we now have Netflix in Canada, the content here is different than the content in the USA. In my opinion, the USA content is a little more up-to-date and varied.

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My \”First Things First\” would be to ensure your internet data plan allows you to watch the programs without going over your limit. Estimate 1GB (gigabyte) per show/movie. Netflix is unlimited – but that doesn\’t mean your internet download cap is unlimited. The cost you get charged by Netflix doesn\’t include the cost your internet provider charges for data usage. Bell Canada currently has a promotion running for unlimited internet for an additional $10 per month. There are eligibility restrictions, but speaking nicely to them may let you take part. They are a business, but they also want to keep their customers happy.


Note: Reprinted from Canadian Free Stuff

First things first, if you don’t already have Netflix I would highly recommend that you go about getting it. It’s free for the first month and only $7.99 for each month thereafter. So first step would be to make yourself a Netflix account here http://www.netflix.com

Once you have gone about making yourself a Netflix account, you will notice that there is a wide variety of titles (currently over 7000) and a ton of different categories, but you will also notice that there isn\’t a lot of recent content added, whereas on Netflix USA there are currently 10473 titles, almost double the amount that we are Canadians are able to get with new content being added all the time.

To get a Netflix USA account, you have to purchase a subscription to a DNS service; I would highly recommend UnoDns.
There is a free trial available for 8 days. After your 8 day trial you have to pay $4.99, which brings your total monthly bill for Netflix to $12.93 a month. This is far cheaper than any cable or satellite provider and, on top of that, you don’t have to deal with commercials.

If you want to use Netflix on one of your gaming systems, please use the following setup guide.

For Wii:

  • Make sure your Wii is connected to the internet
  • Select Wii Options
  • Select Wii Settings
  • Click the right arrow once to view the internet Option, click Internet
  • Go to Connection Settings
  • Select the Connection Profile you are currently using
  • Select Change Settings
  • Select auto-obtain DNS settings  (you will need to click the arrow three times until you see auto-obtain DNS setting)
  • Select No, then Advanced Settings
  • Now click on primary DNS and Secondary DNS fields and type in your ISP DNS server IP address which will have been obtained from your DNS service
  • Select Confirm
  • Click on Save
  • Click on OK to start the connection test
  • Perform a Wii system update
  • When you have done all of this, now try to go to Netflix. You will notice that you have far more titles then you previously had on your Canadian account.

For PS3:
It’s much easier, to go Settings->Network Settings->Internet Connection Settings.

Configure it manually, and when it asks for DNS servers, use the DNS codes provided by the DNS service and save. When you open Netflix, it will now be USA.

For XBox:
I would not recommend doing this with an Xbox 360, as they require you to use your Xbox live account.

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