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Netflix Outside The USA November & December 2012 Holiday Season
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Netflix Outside The USA November & December 2012 Holiday Season

Netflix has been busy launching their services overseas, and just recently finished up Scandinavia, with plans for Europe Next year. However, is most countries, Netflix outside the USA is still unavailable. Even for those countries where it is available,for someone with a current subscription to the US version, you will be unable to access your US account. Even worse, with local subscriptions overseas, you may find out that there are fewer titles and especially new releases because Netflix hasn't yet acquired the rights to stream those programs or movies in your country.

That's why for the Holiday season, you may want to consider a subscription to the US version of Netflix.

Getting access to Netflix outside the USA is relatively simple. Really, it's the same as signing up for any other type of subscription service. International credit cards like Visa, or even an ecommerce site like Paypal can be used to sign up and unless you sign up for the video delivery service, Netflix isn't particular about what your physical address is. After that, it's just $7.99 a month.

There's one bit of extra software you'll need though, because getting access to the stream portion of the American version of Netflix requires that you have a US IP address. You, obviously, are not in the USA. So how to you get a US IP address when you're not actually in the US?

Using a virtual private network.

VPNs are used for privacy, security, and for changing your IP address. How they work is a bit complicated, but imagine a virtual tunnel that transports your computer to a city in the USA. You then use that computer to access Netflix. That's basically how it works.

By first sending your data packets to a private network in the USA (through a VPN service), the private network then forwards your information to Netflix, and it looks like it originates in the US. That's how you stream Netflix, even while you're not in the USA.

A subscription to a VPN service can cost you anywhere from $6 to $15 dollars a month, depending on how long you sign up for. Cheaper prices are usually for one year subscriptions, and for a single month of a premium VPN service, you can expect to pay about $12, including access to multiple servers in the US and abroad, unlimited bandwidth and data transfer, and free VPN software.

So, if you have a movie lover in the family or you want a unique gift for one of your friends, a subscription to the FULL, ORIGINAL, US version of Netflix is not a bad idea. Potentially, it could cost you about $20 USD for a single month of both Netflix and the VPN service, or about $125 USD for a year (About $80 for a year of the discounted VPN service and $64 for a Year of Netflix)


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