When it comes to watching television we like to think of ourselves as pros which is why we watch Netflix in South Africa. I just can’t get enough of watching some of the latest series available today. If you find yourself in South Africa though it can be a bit tough to get access to some decent TV watching. The local broadcast channels are just unwatchable and the paid options for satellite television are pathetic from a price / value perspective. What makes people really sad is when they hear how awesome the content is from service providers like Netflix but how they only make this available in certain countries. There has been a lot of talk lately about Netflix expanding their global reach and they even mentioned South Africa but if I were you I wouldn’t hold my breath.
If you are in South Africa and you try to access the Netflix website you’ll see that they tell you that Netflix hasn’t come to your part of the world yet. This is because the licensing agreements that Netflix sign with their content providers prohibit them from showing the content outside of the countries that the agreement pertains to. They check out your IP address and if they see that you aren’t in the US then they block access to their content. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t a way around this though, because there is.
If you fiddle with your DNS settings and get American DNS codes from certain servers then you can make it seem that you are actually accessing their website from within the USA. Once you do this they are happy for you to sign up and start paying for your subscription. Netflix can’t really tell where you are and they don’t try too hard either because the really want your money.