How to get American Netflix in the UK

Hand accessing US Netflix on a laptop

In this guide, I’m going to show you the easiest way to watch American Netflix in the UK.

In a matter of minutes, you’ll be able to access a whole range of exclusive American Netflix content from the comfort of the UK.

Netflix is a great service, in fact, it’s become one of the UK’s most popular and with kids now watching more Netflix than the likes of BBC iPlayer it seems our Netflix love affair is set to continue.

While Netflix is excellent and this is certainly true, one other truth that is less easy to bare is the fact that the American Netflix website offers access to more content but not only that, more exclusive content.

But fear not my Netflix-watching friend. There’s a simple way you can tap into this content and watch American Netflix in the UK.

So keep scrolling down to find out how.

The tools you will need to watch

Netflix is broken down into regions and each Netflix site in each country offers a different catalogue of both TV Shows and Movies.

Depending on the country you live in, depends on the kind of access you get and ultimately the size of the movie and TV show catalogue you get.

We’re always told size doesn’t matter, it’s what you do with it. But when you’ve got a smaller selection it’s harder to do much with it when a bigger selection exists. This is where American Netflix comes in.

To access the American Netflix website you’ll need your regular UK Netflix account details and an app called a VPN.

A VPN allows you to change your online location.

If you’re reading this you’re probably in the UK, but with a VPN app, you can make it look like you’re in America and so Netflix will let you watch the American catalogue of movies and TV Shows.

A VPN service will cost you a couple of pounds per month and the longer you sign up for the cheaper it becomes. When you consider how much extra content you can access it actually works out as a really good deal.

Just follow the 5-steps below and you can be watching more content in no time.

How to watch US Netflix in the UK

  1. Visit the VPN provider ExpressVPN and sign up for their service. There’s a massive 30-day money-back guarantee in the unlikely event you can’t get it working.
  2. Go to the VPN Apps section of the ExpressVPN website and download the correct app for your device. You can also search your regular app store for ‘ExpressVPN’ and download it that way.
  3. You should now install the app and then open it. You’ll then need to log in with the account details you created when you signed up for the service.
  4. Click on ‘Selected Location‘ and then select ‘United States‘ followed by clicking on the Connect button.
  5. Once the app has made a connection visit the Netflix website or use the app in the usual way where you’ll be able to access a whole range of new content.
ExpressVPN app connecting to a US server

ExpressVPN lets you access more content.

When you’ve finished watching on Netflix just press the Disconnect button on the ExpressVPN app and everything returns back to normal. You’ll be able to access your regular UK Netflix catalogue again.

There are no limits on how many times you can connect or for how long so you’re free to watch as much American Netflix as you want with your VPN service.

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How to unlock American Netflix on a Smart TV

It’s easiest to watch American Netflix on a regular computer, tablet or mobile as explained above in this guide. If you’ve got a Smart TV with Netflix installed then it’s also possible to watch American Netflix on this.

Rather than needing a VPN app, you’ll need a service called SmartDNS. To use SmartDNS you’ll need to ensure on your TV you can change your ‘DNS Settings‘.

The best way to check this is to check the Settings of your TV and the Network Settings to see if you can edit then DNS Settings.

Alternatively, search Google for:

<Your brand of TV> + <Your TV model> + DNS Settings

to see if you can find instructions on how to do this.

Many Sony, LG, Panasonic and Samsung Smart TVs allow you to do this but not all do so you’ll need to check first.

Once you’ve confirmed you can change the DNS Settings on your Smart TV, follow the instructions below to watch American Netflix.

  1. Visit the SmartDNS provider StrongVPN and sign up for their service.
  2. Once you’ve signed up visit the StrongDNS Account page and login with your account details.
  3. Click Supported Sites and then click Netflix. Ensure that the region is set to United States.
  4. Press Home. Then choose the region nearest to you and press Save.StrongVPN SmartDNS Region
  5. Write down the two sets of numbers next to Primary DNS and Secondary DNS.
  6. Now on your Smart TV go to the Network Settings area and edit your DNS Settings.
  7. Enter the two sets of numbers you wrote down. Remember to write down any settings which are currently entered in case you want to change back in future.
  8. Now save the settings and restart your TV if required.

You can now open the Netflix app on your Smart TV where you’ll be able to watch the American Netflix catalogue.

How to use US Netflix on an Amazon Firestick or Fire TV

If you’re looking to watch on a big screen then using an Amazon Fire TV, Firestick or Fire Cube is the way to go.

There are a few specific requirements for streaming on an Amazon device so follow the steps below. Check out the troubleshooting section if you run into problems.

  1. Visit ExpressVPN and sign up for their service.
  2. On your Firestick or Fire TV search for ‘ExpressVPN’ and install the app.
  3. Open the app and login with the email and password details you used to sign up with.
  4. Press Selected Location then move across to All (1). Click on Americas and then hold the button on United States (2).
  5. Move down to United States – Washington DC (3) and click. You may need to press the Connect button if it doesn’t automatically connect.
  6. Once the app has connected press the Home button and then open Netflix.

ExpressVPN Firestick

You’ll now be able to get the American Netflix movies and TV shows.

When you’ve finished watching head back to the Home or Apps section on your Firestick or Fire TV and open ExpressVPN. Click on the large power button which will disconnect you.

You’ll now have access to your regular UK Netflix catalogue. You can reconnect at any time or as many times as you want to watch US Netflix again.

Fire TV Troubleshooting

There are two main issues you may run into. You connect and you get an error saying you’re using a ‘Proxy’ or ‘Unblocker’ and you connect and your Netflix catalogue remains the UK one.

Below I’ll show you how to fix both issues.

You’re using a Proxy or Unblocker

If you try to play a movie or show and it tells you that you’re using a Proxy or Unblocker then you’ll need to head back to the ExpressVPN app.

Disconnect and then go to the Selected Location section again. Move to All and then down to Americas. Hold the button on United States until you see the city selection list. You should now select a different city.

For example, United States – Washington DC works well for me but you may need to select a different city such as New York, Dallas, Los Angeles etc.

Once reconnected open the Netflix website and attempt to play a movie or TV show. You may need to change cities a couple of times if it still doesn’t work.

You still see the UK Netflix catalogue

Some content is available on both Netflix sites so you should ensure you’re searching for something only available on the American Netflix site to confirm you’re seeing the UK site still.

If you’re certain then you need to ‘reboot’ Netflix to make it open at the intro screen again, this is where you see the animated red Netflix logo and then the account selection page.

There are a few ways you can force this. Firstly hold the Home button on your Firestick or Fire TV remote and put the device to Sleep for a minute or two.

Start the Firestick or Fire TV again by pressing the remote and then run one or two other apps first, for example, Silk Browser or BBC iPlayer.

Come out of these and go back to Netflix. It should then start with the animated Netflix logo and ask you to sign into your family member account. You’ll then have access to the American Netflix site.

Why is American Netflix superior?

American Netflix has one of the biggest catalogues of movies and TV shows in the world. It makes sense really because Netflix was launched there and they’ve had longer to build up relationships and buy licences for various content.

While the UK catalogue has caught up in recent years it’s still way behind the American catalogue. Entertainment site DigitalSpy put American Netflix more than 1000 titles ahead of UK Netflix.

With such a wide disparity between the American and UK Netflix websites, it really shows why a VPN or SmartDNS service is essential to getting more for your money.

The simple fact is you can use your UK Netflix account details to get access to more content without paying any more for your subscription. If that doesn’t make sense, I don’t know what does.

Conclusion

To watch American Netflix in the UK you’ll need to get yourself a VPN app and I recommend ExpressVPN for the job.

A VPN will allow you to watch American Netflix on your computer, tablet, phone, TV, Amazon Fire TV and more in just a few clicks.

You can get a VPN by clicking the button below and following the instructions from earlier in this guide and with more than 1000 extra shows and movies over the UK catalogue it’s well worth it.

 

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Author: Christopher Seward

Having used the internet since 1994, Christopher launched one of the very first VPN comparison websites in 2013. An expert in the field his reviews, testing and knowledge have helped thousands of users get the correct VPN for their needs.

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