Classic Hacks: How To Get American Netflix In Australia

Since it launched in 2015, the Australian version of Netflix has been adding a steady stream of content each month. 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.

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We originally shared this tip back in 2015 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 years, 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 PureVPN. This service boasts unlimited data and an affordable annual subscription that's currently more than 70% off. (Click here to get the deal.) We've been using it for months and it has never been successfully blocked by Netflix.

Lifehacker's Classic Hacks is a regular segment where we dig up the most popular, useful and offbeat advice from our archives and update it for your modern lifestyle.


This story has been updated since its original publication.


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    Rolling your own VPN generally wont work in AWS anymore, Netflix has blocked most datacenter / cloud server providers

      In the start of 2016 I took the most recommended ExpressVPN to Get American Netflix in Australia, every weekend I watch my favorite Netflix shows with fast streaming speed without any problem. It stops ISP from monitoring your activities by encrypting your internet connection, also support multiple devices i.e. Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and Apple TV.

      Last edited 19/01/17 9:30 pm

      Yes, I also think that Netflix has done something amazing. I got an email to reactivate the Netflix account with a free trial after cancelling it a couple of months back. I have decided to ask from my wife because I don't have time to watch Netflix, busy in work.

        Well, the only classic hack I know is using a trustworthy ExpressVPN https://goo.gl/ie3yTf it encrypts the internet connection in front of ISP over download or streaming. It has secure VPN servers in all over the world including the Australia. I’m using this security software for last 2 years and never faced a single problem.

        Last edited 29/01/17 7:05 pm

      I use ExpressVPN http://bit.ly/Express-Vpn service which have Netflix working to US, Japan, Germany and UK. ExpressVPN have great customer support and are proactive in keeping streaming services working internationally.

      Last edited 30/01/17 2:34 pm

      The current situation is that Netflix is blocking VPN, no matter if it is in your own country or not - if it is VPN, they will do their best to block it, unfortunately.

      I also think that you missed some VPNs which are performing great in the Australia. I can say this because I belong to security and privacy for last 2 years.

    What about good old DNS spoofing services? Netflix has blocked them aggressively this year, but some (e.g. Getflix) still provide US access ... albeit not consistently.

      not anymore. UnblockUS and Getflix don't work for me anymore and haven't worked for months It seems they have given up on the Cat-and-Mouse game, and let Netflix win at ripping of Australians.

      Last edited 19/03/17 4:16 pm

    for me to get getflix to work, it wants me to do some ip routes in my modem/router. which i cant do because its an optus simcard router and doesnt have that function. gonna have to get me a refund from Getflix me thinks.

      Getflix no longer works anyway, so I terminated the Getflix subscription and the Netflix Subscription, after 4 months of "VPN or Proxy Detected" errors on Netflix.

      Damned if I pay full price for 10% of the content.

    I just started using PureVPN http://bit.ly/purevpn-review to access US Netflix aboard from my country (Australia) some of its servers are still working with a fast speed.
    Recommended to use!

    Last edited 26/01/17 5:07 pm

    I used to use GetFlix but Netflix kept blocking it.

    Getflix created new servers but Netflix blocked them too. After 4 months not being able to get onto netflix through Getflix I terminated the Getflix subscription and the Neflix Subscription.

    I also had concerns if I got the Proxy error message on Neflix enough times I'd get my account flagged. If that would be the case I could have had legal action against me as my Paypal is connected to an Australian CC and My details could be retrieved from my bank under a subpoena if Netflix, the US dept of Justics or the FBI wanted to take legal action against me, under their copyright infringement laws. (yes it's considered piracy even if you are paying for the service as the extra content is not licenced to be used in Australia) Even if this is only a slight possibility, it is not worth the risk, given the obscene ammounts of money the Americans sue for, and the fact they force you to travel to the U.$. (at your expense) and pay all their legal fees to boot.

    Why should I pay full price and get only 10% of the content? So I vote with my wallet and no longer have a subscription to Netflix.

    Last edited 19/03/17 3:39 pm

      I got discounted getflix subscription via StackSocial. This particular subscription provides only 1 US server and it never worked if I specify the DNS settings on the router directly. However, its Mac OSx app seems to do the trick. It does mean that I now have a dedicated Mac Mini just to run netflix (via browser) via getflix app running in background.

    The paranoiac in me can't help but wonder if someone over at Netflix does searches for articles like these to figure out where to best swing the ban-hammer next.

    If Aussie Netflix doesn't have enough content for you then I would recommend getting a job to fill your time in.

      It’s not the amount of content that I have an issue with, but rather the content itself. I’m very particular to the types of movies I like to watch and even more particular to TV shows. Aussie Netflix just doesn’t cut it.

      Wifey is on maternity leave...

    Good to bring this one up again. Yup, Netfix can identify a VPN running, but not PureVPN. I have been running Pure for 12 months without a hitch. Oh yes it was confusing setting it up because PureVPN is very coy about the final step - install the Firefox or Chrome app ( an add-on), then Netfix will function.For good reason they will not spell it out, absolutely, this step is not in any of their help files, they just say "try the app"

    Go for I guys, it 100% legal. Why should we miss good content just to so the local people with the local rights can get heaps rich .. not going to happen.

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