American US Netflix in Canada How to Watch DNS vs VPN

American US Netflix boasts a lot more movies and series than the Canadian Netflix library.  If you found your way to this article it probably means that you already have the Canada Netflix version and you are looking for a way on how to get american Netflix in Canada. After reading this blog post, you will be able to get US Netflix in Canada and outside USA . In this guide I will compare VPN and DNS to get the US Netflix library and you can make up your own mind what suits you best.
how to watch American Netflix in Canada

how to watch American Netflix in Canada

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American Netflix Vs Canadian Netflix : Why ?

Why would you want to get American Netflix in Canada against your local version of Netflix, the main reason is that using the fix below, you will be able to watch Canadian Netflix  when you feel like it and you can switch to the American Version of Netflix in Canada, when you feel like it. The major shows that you will when choosing the US version of Netflix in Canada are :

  • Family Guy
  • Don Juan
  • Black Swan
  • 30 Rock
  • Bad boys II
  • More seasons for shows that exist on both American and Canadian Netflix.
  • Netlflix USA has more than  10000 movies/shows. Netflix Canada has roughly 4000 movies/shows.

There are a lot more shows, and the new releases are added monthly. So feel free to add comments on more valuable differences you find. I will update regularly. If you one my reason on why I use the American Netflix library, it is because I can get it easily and because it is more fun !

Watch American Netflix in Canada : Choose VPN

VPN = Virtual Private Network, it is a service that is easy to setup and natively supported on a lot of devices, see the reasons why you want to use VPN below:

  • Encrypts all your traffic, this will protect you from man in the middle attacks and eaves dropping.
  • You can get all the content of the VPN server country. So if you use a VPN server in the USA you will get US sites such as Hulu Plus, Pandora, HBO Go, ABC, Fox and you probably will get access to more discounts as some stores give special prices to IPs that appear to be coming from the USA.
  • Depending on your VPN provider if you choose the VPN server, you can appear to come from any part of the world. That includes UK, Brazil, Egypt, Japan and others.
  • If you live in a rural part of Canada or you have a stubborn ISP, you might be a victim of DNS Hijacking or your ISP might use a Transparent Proxy. VPN does beat both of these problems. Unfortunately, DNS Hijacking and Transparent proxies break Smart DNS, so in this case VPN is your only choice.
  • If you wish to stop using VPN all you have to do is disconnect.
  • Unless your router supports VPN, Roku, Xbox, PS3 and Boxee are not supported.

If  you are looking for a VPN server, I personally use a VPN service named ExpressVPN. They do support 300 locations, and their support is superb.


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Watch American Netflix in Canada : Choose Smart DNS

Smart DNS is a relatively new technology. It is a DNS service that redirects the Geolocation aware URLs to the destination countries they should appear to be coming from. See below the benefits of Smart DNS.

  • Easy to setup, all that is required is to change your DNS server. It supports all devices, if you set up the DNS codes on your router, you are done. See Video and Picture guides for all devices here.
  • The supported devices are : Computer PC/MAC, IPAD,IPHONE,IPOD,Wii,Xbox,PS,WDTV,ROKU,Smart TVs, Apple TV and more
  • You can get all Netflix regions by simply changing from the Smart DNS provider members area “If supported by your Smart DNS provider”
  • You can watch American Netflix, Hulu Plus, BBC Iplayer,ITV, 4oD and Canal Plus all at the same time . You will not be locked to one location. A total of roughly 90 channels will be unblocked.
  • Domestic sites keep working.
  • The downside is that your traffic will NOT be encrypted, and if you are a victim of DNS hijacking or a transparent proxy your only choice is VPN.
  • If you wish to stop using SmartDNS you have to reconfigure your devices.

Having said that, Unlocator is a Smart DNS Provider with a free 7 day trial “at time of writing still in Beta and free”. They do provide support for roughly 80 channels and sport an intensive and robust infrastructure.

Watch American Netflix outside USA : Your Input !

If you use VPN to watch American Netflix in Canada, or if you choose Smart DNS to unlock all Netflix regions including American Netflix in Canada, your input is highly appreciated. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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