Daniel Ho

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A Toronto-based management consultant who spends too much time thinking about coffee, riding around on two wheels, photography, books, and fried chicken!

How to watch US streaming services like Netflix or Rdio in Canada using Unblock-us.com

OK, it seems that I've been asked a few hundred times in the past few weeks, so here is it is... Most streaming services like Netflix or Rdio check to see where you're located by examining the IP address provided by your internet provider. So if your internet provider is in Toronto, your IP address will also be pegged to Toronto. So, what happens if I want to appear from the US or anywhere else in the world?

There are a couple of ways around this, but the simplest is through the Unblockus service. It is $4.99 a month with a free trial to see if it is worth it to you.

Rather than going through a VPN or other similar scheme, this service does a bit of black magic with DNS.





All you do is change your device or router's DNS settings with a few simple instructions.  If you can't get it to work yourself, their Support is pretty good too.

The gist of it is that you go either into the DNS settings of your device like computer, iPad, Apple TV, Roku, PS3, etc. and change the DNS address to:

And that's it!  You go to the Unblockus web interface, and from there, you can select your region.

If you change the DNS settings in your network's router, you can switch the region for ALL the devices on the network. The DNS settings don't mess up other applications such as Facebook, banking, etc. It only changes the region for the selected streaming services. As far as I can tell, their DNS servers respond very quickly as well.

An interesting thing about using Unblockus with Netflix is that when you change the region, with the same account, it will change the content. So, if you change the region to the US, you see US content. If you change it to the UK, you see more content from the Beeb!

These are the Netflix regions that you can pick from: