How to watch Netflix from Hungary (or anywhere in the world)

by Réka Morvay on September 5, 2010

netflixJust because you’re not in the US doesn’t mean you can’t watch Netflix! This popular service allows you to stream TV shows and movies for a pretty friendly monthly fee. The catch? You have to be in the United States to have access to it. If you try to connect to Netflix from outside the U.S., you will get an error message that says the service is not available in your part of the world.

But here is how you can

Netflix verifies your location by checking for your computer’s IP address. There are ways to make it appear that your computer is connected to the internet from a different location. You need to join something called a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. This means your computer will log into a US-based server that will act as an intermediary and broadcast a US-based IP address to all the websites you visit after logging into the VPN. The setup is easy, even if you are not a computer person.

Not all VPN providers are created equal, though. You need a lot of bandwidth to enjoyably stream video, and although there are free VPNs out there (just do a Google search), they may not be able to provide you with a good viewing experience. I recommend using Hide My Ass VPN (if you can get over their name…) Setup is easy, their pricing is friendly, and they provide good, reliable service.

Step by step instructions:

1. Go to Hide My Ass VPN

2. Choose a subscription. I went with the annual subscription because it works out to about 7 USD a month.

3. Download the program and install it on your computer.

4. After it is installed, log in.

5. Choose a server in the US you would like to be connected to. They have servers all over the States.

6. Once you are connected to a US server, go to Netflix.

7. If you are not yet a Netflix customer, create an account, otherwise simply sign in with your existing username.

Important! Do not try to log into Netflix before you log into a US-based server through your VPN because you will get an error message.

 

I was even able to set up VPN on my ipad 2 based on their instructions and could stream Diego for the kids, which of course they immensely enjoyed, and the bonus was that I could have my laptop back. Most recently, my wireless connection at home died, so I connected to the HMA! VPN through a mobile internet connection, and even with that crappy connection, I was able to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

What more could you ask for? :)

 

HideMyAss.com
 

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Benny Green May 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Or you could just stop watching TV and do something useful with your kids instead of using TV as a babysitter. Like read books, play board-games, get outside in the fresh air, …
Latest statistics is that the average Hungarian watches 5 hours a day.
I doubt foreigners in Hungary are much better.
Take the advantage of moving to Hungary and cut the TV out of your daily life.

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András December 25, 2013 at 9:20 am

Benny: Or perhaps stop telling people what you think they should do with their lives. There is a place and time for TV, and books, and outdoor stuff.

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