I have a post here about two things I really love – travel and movies, not really web development related but thought I’d put a post up in case it’s useful to anyone. Last month I went to my sister’s house, who has recently moved to Quebec for a few months – it’s a place I can thoroughly recommend although it is slightly colder than LA!
Anyway we were talking about things that we miss about home – over a few beers one evening. The list was surprisingly small for my sister and I can hardly blame her. But one thing she commented on was the way she missed catching all the latest films and shows, there always seemed to be a little delay on stuff getting to Canada. You might not think it’s a big deal but when all your friends are online talking about the latest episode of Game of Thrones or NCIS and you’re half a series behind it can get a little frustrating.
So we came up with a couple of things to help her, the first involved purchasing the leads to connect her laptop to the TV. This was essential in our plan like me, watching lots of stuff on a monitor instead of a TV never made that much sense. It especially stopped the social element of watching a film with a few friends.
The next thing I did was to start up my subscription to Netflix, I know it’s not quite up to date but it’s great for watching series you’ve missed. The beauty is that you can watch a whole series in a few nights if you get hooked. One thing I discovered that inexplicably my sister had never seen a single episode of Lost!!
That’s where it all went wrong, which you will find if you try to watch US Netflix in Canada, it’s just different. When I say different I actually mean worse, when you log on to Netflix in Canada you actually get a version that has a load less content than the American version. For starters I couldn’t even find all 70 odd episodes of Lost anywhere on the site.
What happens like many web and media streaming sites, is that it tailors your content depending on your location. So although Netflix is a global application, as you move around you’ll find the content varies greatly. I’m afraid the Canadian version was just nowhere near as good value as the one I watched at home.
So here’s the solution I promised = in this Youtube video – How I get American Netflix.