The great thing about Apple products is that everything works together. The bad thing is that everything works together. So not long after I bought my iPad, I realised that I could share my photos on my TV, if only I had an Apple TV. So of course I bought one of those too.
When I plugged my Apple TV in and it booted up, I noticed that there was a Netflix application – for about 3 seconds, after which it disappeared. After a bit of research, I discovered that the Apple TV determines which country you are in. If you are in the USA, it gives you the option to watch Netflix on your Apple TV. If you don’t live in the USA, then no bananas (or apples as the case may be). If you don’t live in the USA and you don’t know what Netflix is, then it is a bit hard to find out. Try going to http://netflix.com and see what you find out. Netflix checks for your location and only gives you full access to their site if you are in the USA. Netflix is a streaming TV and Video service that you can subscribe to for about $8.00 per month if you live in the USA.
So long story short, I set about trying to get around the system to get Netflix working on my Apple TV. I tried many things (including VPN using DD-WRT) and found the following to be the best solution. If you don’t know what dd-wrt or VPN means, then this is your lucky day – you don’t need to know. I have been through the pain already for you and can tell you exactly what to do. How to get Netflix in Australia – the easy way.
Here is the summary of what you need to do.
- Make it look like your computer is physically located in the USA.
- Sign up for a new Netflix account giving a false USA address.
- Get yourself some Netflix credit to pay your bill – you won’t be able to buy this with your account, but you can use the gift certificate work around.
- Start watching all the TV and movies you can eat for $13.00 per month (see below for the maths).
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not a thief or a scam artist. But frankly, I see no reason why I should pay more for videos or TV just because I live in Australia. Frankly it is a disgrace. Technology exists to treat us all as equals. Why should I pay more?! Well I am not going to pay more, hence this post.
Make it look like your computer is physically located in the USA
The easiest and best way to do this is to use a service like https://www.blockless.com/ or http://www.unblock-us.com. These service use a simple masking technique to make it look like your device (computer, Apple TV, iPod etc) is physically based in the USA. I am not going to provide instructions here – the instructions on the websites are easy to follow. You can sign up for a free trial – just to make sure everything works properly before you commit. After that, it is about US$5.00 per month depending on the service and any special offers at the time.
[Edit Aug 2012]. There is another service like unblock-us that is free called tunlr http://tunlr.net I don’t know what the service is like as I have never used it. If you are looking to save the $5 per month, then perphaps give it a try. Personally I am happy to pay $5 per month to support someone that helps break down these global barriers.
Sign up for a new Netflix account giving a false USA address.
Now your PC looks like it is in the USA, go to http://www.netflix.com and sign up for an account – one month free trial. Make sure you use a false address. You will need to provide your credit card details. Make sure you put the correct address for your credit card, even if it is not in the USA.