Netflix: How to watch content from ANY Netflix region easily

Netflix

 

Netflix is one of the best value for money streaming content services we have. There is no disputing this fact but many people are unaware that subscribers can increase the value of the service tremendously without incurring much (if any) extra cost.

 

Netflix in different countries and licensing issues

 

For a while now Netflix has been an international service providing content to subscribers in multiple countries. As with mainstream television, Netflix is bound by many existing licensing deals in these various countries. This means that content that is available in one country may not be (and often isn’t) available in another. Despite this, Netflix allows subscribers who may be “travelling” to sign into the service in any country that has it and have access to the content available in that country. This is a fantastic bonus feature to paying subscribers in itself which they didn’t have to provide.

 

“Spoofing” your location to access another Netflix region

 

The fact that the service is available internationally to subscribers from any participating nation means that it isn’t too difficult to fool it into thinking you are in another country and therefore take advantage of having access to content not normally available to you. I want to stress that this is not illegal, as the way I will describe the process you are using totally legitimate services. It may possibly be against the “spirit” of Netflix’s terms of service but as far as I can tell they make no attempt to prevent it.

There are various ways to “spoof’ your location online to take advantage of geographically “locked” services. Different methods have different success rates and different costs ranging from free to expensive. The general rule is ‘you get what you pay for’, at least in my experience. The method we are looking at is one of the simplest and can be done for free, although I personally use a paid service which has certain extra benefits which I will explain.

 

 

Unblock-US.com

 

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Unblock-US is the service I use and for full disclosure I have included an affiliate link in the article if anybody wishes to sign up. I have tried other services (paid and free) and each has various features. The way these services work is by altering the DNS (Domain Name Server) that your computer or device uses to translate domain names you are trying to access (such as google.com) into IP addresses the system understands. Without DNS you could only access sites via the direct IP addresses. Certain sites will use these DNS servers to figure out where in the world the requests are coming from so if you are using a DNS that doesn’t originate in your home country you may be identified on certain sites as being in the country that your DNS service originates from. Netflix is one of those sites that use DNS to identify where there subscribers are, which is why this service works.

As I have indicated there are many services that can do this, including free services, and a quick google search will provide you with alternate methods. Most of these other services provide a “fixed” access to United States DNS servers which is ideal if that is the only thing you need access to. The same was true with Unblock-US (as the name suggests) but they have evolved into providing access to multiple countries via DNS, countries where Netflix provide a service. The service isn’t free but costs only $4.99 a month which I think is great value because it is so easy to use.

 

Changing your “location” with Unblock-US

 

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Once you sign up to the service and register your email address, your home IP address is connected to your account. You then need to make a small change to your network configuration on the device or computer you wish to use with the service. Many different devices are compatible, from routers, smart phones, PCs to media boxes and Blu-Ray players.

 

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The site has full instructions on what you need to do, which if done manually only involves changing two lines in your network configuration. Windows users can download an app that automates the process making it even easier. Once you are set up it is just a matter of choosing your preferred region whilst logged in to the Unblock-US website:

 

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Finding something to watch: Moreflicks.com

 

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So, you’re all set up and now are ready to watch something on Netflix. How do you find content? You could pick a region and explore the content directly on Netflix but it would work a lot better if you had something in mind and just needed to find out where you could watch it. This is where Moreflicks.com comes in. There are other similar sites and even apps but this is the one I use. I have no affiliation with them but I think they have a fantastic looking and easy to navigate layout. What this site does is list streaming services that carry a particular movie or TV show that you are looking for. You simply search for the content you want and if it is available it will indicate to you where to watch it, including for such services as Netflix, which country has the content. The following services are supported but for the purposes of this article we are only discussing Netflix:

 

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So, for example, I want to watch the Disney movie The Princess And The Frog. Just perform a search on Moreflicks.com and you get:

 

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USA Netflix subscribers miss out on a lot of Disney content but you don’t have if you use these recommended services. Just by changing you region to UK on the Unblock-US website you would be watching this great movie in seconds!

 

TeknoCratik Episode 05 – What the Facebook?!

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Welcome back to TeknoCratik! Lots to talk about after an extended break from recording including:

 Dan swaps his iPad 2 for a Nexus 7 becoming “Apple free”.

Tim tries Linux on his spare PC, Dan goes back to Ubuntu on his production machine.

We talk about phone upgrades. Tim considering moving to Android.

 Google banning ad block apps from the Play store.

Apple ban sweatshop game from app store.

App stores restrictions, the difference between Apple and Google.

Tim moves his music library from iTunes to Google Play Music and talks about the experience and functionality.

 The Samsung Galaxy S4 – first impressions. Are Samsung trying to be the next Apple?

 CyanogenMod custom ROM versus manufacturers versions of Android

 When advertising goes too far, Facebook and frowned upon practises.

 Google announces it is discontinuing Google Reader.

App picks

 Plume Twitter client for Android, great for Facebook too. Flipboard gets a great update on iOS.

The GIMP (cross platform)

AirDroid for Android

MightyText for Android

gMusic for iOS

Week Calendar HD for iOS

Enjoy!

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Review: Radiant Defense

Radiant Defense, developed by Hexage is a colorful Tower Defense game set as a “sequel” to the popular Radiant, which is a arcade/action space shooter inspired by games such as Space Invaders. Yeah, a bit of a weird sequel idea.  Your in charge of stopping alien invasions by an alien commander that is incompetent.  So is Radiant Defense a worthy Tower-defense game or one to throw into the bin? Well, read on and you’ll find out…

Radiant Defense, if I had to label it anything at all, its unique.  It is a single player game with an online score board that you can submit your scores to and compare to other players.   The colorful, yet old-style inspired graphics are a trademark of Hexage and no less impressive in this game. It is a feast for the eyes and the various colors are fun to look at.  The audio is a good, solid OST that complements the game very well.  The presentation of the game is very well done and if you’ve ever played any of Hexage’s other games, its very familiar especially for Robotek players.  There is no real difference in UI or functionality between the iPhone and iPad besides the screen size difference.  Its a great presentation.  In typical Tower defense fashion, Radiant gives you a choice of towers and you have to fend off waves of enemies.  While you do get a preset level to play on, the game also gives you a certain number of modules to dictate where the enemies will path through.  Look at the screenshot below to see what I’m talking about.  The game also has a “research unit” that allow the construction of additional towers in the level.  The research unit is also required every game in order to allow the building of the tower packs that you can purchase for 99 cents each.  The aliens that attack are varied and colorful and there are apparently over 100 different aliens that you get to fight.

One of the waves

The game begins to fall apart when you start playing in the first few levels.  Most of the towers shoot at random times and there is an accuracy/physics to each tower’s shots.  So its entirely possible for you to have enemies slip through your defenses because all your towers missed.  In all the tower defense games I’ve played, this mechanic mystifies me because I have never seen it used and for good reason.  Its frustrating to have enemies get through because your towers just happened to miss.  Also, the AI for the towers is poorly done, as they will shoot at random enemies most of the time rather than at the most important ones, the ones closest to the end of the road.  I lost several games because the towers were not shooting the most important targets.  The difficulty level is also incredibly high considering I was only on level two and failing.  Which is mostly caused by the fact that the waves seem to be unbalanced.  One wave, you can have two towers at base level easily kill them and then the next wave those upgraded towers plus additional tower are no longer able to keep the wave down and you got mowed over.  Its a very unforgiving setup which is mystifying considering how flexible the game is with allowing you to dictact where the enemies get pathed and variety of towers.  Plus, the amount of money that aliens drop per kill is simply too low for how costly the towers/research units are and they are very expensive.  Its clear they had some interesting ideas about TD, but it plays off as too random and based on chance and as such, very frustrating to play in the TD-genre.

Settings are basic and straightforward

I also have to slam the lack of iCloud sync between iOS devices or any type of sync for that matter.  This game would easily be suited for it and its rather jarring to have a game app show up on the store without some sort of sync.  And really, considering how many devices this game supports, it makes me wonder why they didn’t try something.  The iOS version also requests an iTunes password when you load the game for no explicable reason and maybe its for the IAPs, but I’d rather it would wait until I actually requested to purchase the tower packs.  The freemium based model this game uses is also questionable for a tower defense game and I don’t think it works all that well.  I certainly don’t have any compulsion to buy the tower packs that are offered.

That said, Radiant Defense looks and sounds good.  If your looking for a challenging Tower Defense game, you may be interested.  The game is certainly very unique in the mobile crowd and I’m glad to see devs trying something new.  I personally won’t be playing it after the review as I didn’t find the humor to be funny and the game mechanics poorly implemented.  The game just isn’t all that fun.  However, it is free after all so it doesn’t hurt to try it out.

Trailer:

Radiant Defense is developed by Hexage for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Windows 7 Phone, Android, and Mac. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Requires Android 2.2 or later.  Requires Mac OSX 10.7 or later. It is a universal app on the iOS store and is free on all platforms with no advertisements. It does have in-app-purchases that are optional for 99 cents in order to increase the amount of towers you can have. This review only covers the iPhone & iPad versions, but the experience should be the same on all platforms.  There is no social media integration, except an optional scoreboard hosted by Hexage.

-KingIsaacLinksr

Important Links:

Radiant Defense Website

Hexage Website

iOS App Store

Mac App Store

Android Play

Windows 7 Phone Store

Radiant Defense for Mobile Devices

Review: Air Video for iOS

iPhones and iPads only get a maximum of 64 GBs of space to store all your stuff.  16-64 GBs can usually handle most of our stuff that we need on a daily basis, except for videos.  Apple does provide TV/Movies via iTunes in iCloud, but what if your library consists of videos that aren’t from iTunes?  And you have a really large library of movies/episodes that you don’t want to sync to your device?  Well, there is an app for that and this time we are going to review the app “Air Video” by InMethod s.r.o.

Air Video is an app that lets you stream your entire library from your PC/Mac over your local area connection and Internet.  Air Video uses a Windows/Mac app from the main website The app does require some setup with your router and port forwarding.  Feature wise, the app comes with quite a few.  It includes airplay, subtitle reading, live conversion of videos, video zoom and settings for the resolution of the videos as well.  It also allows you to convert your video files into an iPhone/iPad friendly format which you can sync onto device, this is handy for those with exotic formats like MKV or AVI.  If you have a native format that iOS devices can play, the app can play them without any conversion needed.  However, the app cannot stream DRM videos such as the ones sold from iTunes.  Otherwise, this app is pretty simple in its idea but executes it very well.  The setup is fairly straightforward, the UI looks good and it comes with a good feature and setting set.

iPad look and features

iPhone look and features

Developer support has been solid for the app, and it has been kept up to date with iOS 5.  At this time, I don’t have any features that come to mind that this app could benefit from.  I have never interacted with their email support so I cannot say if it is good or bad.  For as long as I have had the app, it has never had any bugs/crashing or other performance issues.

As far as my experience with this app goes, its quite good.  I am glad that the app provides a lot of options as far as streaming goes because standard options would not have worked on my setup.  Once you get the apps all setup, the app works like a charm.  The app is well built and I like that they built their own UI into the app rather than leaning on the “norm”.  The cost of $2.99 is ridiculously cheap for the usability of this app, especially if your a big video buff.  However, if your going to run into any trouble with the app, its setting up the companion app and the iOS apps and getting them to communicate with each other.  I would recommend getting the free version of the app first and making sure that it works before buying the app.  With all the different router configurations out there, there is bound to be one that will prevent Air Video from working properly.  Besides that, the app achieves what it set out to do, providing streaming for ridiculously large video libraries on our PCs straight to our mobile devices.

Air Video is available on the iOS store for free (limited number of displayed items per folder) and $2.99.  It is a universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.  The app requires a companion app for Windows and Mac.  It has an average of 4.5 stars from user reviews.  There are no other in-app purchases in Air Video as of the writing of this review.

-KingIsaacLinksr

Other Necessary Links:

Air Video Website

Windows/Mac Companion App Download

Video footage is from Clear Skies

Air Video for iOS ($2.99)

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