How to watch American Netflix in UK
If you’re a movie fan or an avid follower of tv shows, the chances are that you have Netflix. If not, it’s well worth getting. But did you know that the American version of Netflix offers a much wider variety of things to watch than the UK Netflix?
If you don’t believe me, check out the differences on this site for a comparison of Netflix UK vs Netflix USA – The current difference is that the UK version of Netflix has 3,074 shows / movies whereas the US version has 9,356 shows / movies – More than three times as many!
Netflix is location based, and automatically reads where you are logging in from. However, there are easy ways to trick your computer into telling Netflix that you are in fact somewhere else.
I’ve had a couple of people ask me how to do this, and so it seems pertinent to put it here.
First of all, make sure you are using Google Chrome as your browser (get it here.) No arguments, please. Other browsers are available, but Chrome is a decent shout, and it suits our purposes here.
Next you want to download the ZenMate extension here. This is the extension that allows you to watch US Netflix in the UK.
There used to be an extension called Media Hint that served the same purpose, but that has recently started charging. ZenMate is a free alternative to Media Hint and does the same thing.
Once installed, you’ll see the ZenMate extension button appear as per the screenshot below.
Simply click on it and choose the ‘New York’ option. Your computer will now believe that you are located in New York, and all websites that you’re accessing will load as though you were in America, which means that you’ll now be able to access American Netflix from abroad!
As you’ll see when you use it, you should also be able to access UK, Germany, Switzerland and Hong Kong websites as though you were logging in from those countries.
￼There have been a few murmurs of dissatisfaction in so much that the ZenMate extension asks for so many permissions. In my view, this isn’t a massive problem, but obviously everyone differs as to how they view this.
The extension also protects your information by encrypting your browser traffic as you use it. It’s available for both Google Chrome and Opera, with a ZenMate for Firefox extension in the works, but with no due date.
To change the settings back to being UK based, simply click on the icon and turn it off. It’s that easy.
It’s a free service and realistically adds value to your Netflix subscription, offering so much more choice than just the UK site.
The official ZenMate website is here.