Since it launched in 2015, the Australian version of Netflix has been adding a steady stream of content each month. (You can see what's coming in November here.) While the selection of movies and TV shows is getting better, it still pales in comparison to the US version due to national licencing deals. Here's how to get the whole US catalogue in Australia -- without getting slugged by the exchange rate.
We originally shared this tip over a year ago when Netflix first launched locally. The hack involves exploiting a loophole which allows Netflix users to access their accounts overseas:
You can take advantage of Netflix’s traveller-friendly policies: if you take your device overseas, it will automatically switch you to the content available in that region. Using a VPN or similar technology, you can make your browser pretend that it’s in the US (or the UK, or any other market where you want to check out Netflix’s content). The challenge is that decent free VPN services are few and far between. Ultimately, if you’re keen to take advantage of region switching, paying for a VPN service will give you the best results. Any VPN which offers region spoofing will work. You can check our guide to choosing a VPN for more information.
Since we first published this article, Netflix has cracked down heavily on VPNs and many companies no longer provide access to international Netflix as a result. Fortunately, there are still a few services and workarounds you can try which we've outlined below.
One solution is to build your own personal cloud VPN via Amazon’s cloud service AWS. This can be done for free for a year although data costs will kick in past the first 15 GB. Click here for more instructions.
Alternatively, you can sign up to a regular VPN provider that still works with Netflix. This has become increasingly difficult in recent months, but there are still a few good options out there. You can find out how popular VPN services are combating Netflix blocks here.
If you just want a cheap, quick solution that works, our personal recommendation is VanishedVPN. This service boasts unlimited data, an affordable annual subscription and a dedicated sports channel for $8.99 per month. We've been using it for months and it has never been successfully blocked by Netflix.
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