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The End of US Netflix in Argentina

Netflix Streaming from Outside of the USIt was bound to happen sooner or later…

Netflix has announced that they will begin cracking down on those who use proxies or “unblockers” to access content outside of their geographic region.

Of course, many expats use these tricks to get the version of Netflix from their home country. I love being able to have US Netflix titles in Argentina rather than the Argentine content. It’s also nice to switch to other countries to get content that is not licensed for your area.

Netflix announced these coming crackdowns in a blog post that lamented that they could not offer the same content across all regions “given the historic practice of licensing content by geographic territories.” They also stated that they keep pushing towards that goal, but I would not expect any changes there for many years.

Netflix has been pretty lax on blocking these unblockers in the past. They had the technology to do more, but chose not to – because it was not in their best interest. Now it seems that the media owners have finally forced their hand.

We’ll have to see if the unblockers and proxies can come up with new technological solutions to get around these new blocks.

Let’s hope Netflix does not start to eliminate the sharing of account passwords!

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My Favorite VPN Access – On Sale!

Living in Buenos Aires, there is a huge need to have a VPN setup. (VPN stands for virtual private network and protects that data you send to the Internet while also routing your computer traffic through one of their servers to mask your identity and location.)

Private Internet Access VPNI’ve tried a ton of different services and finally found the one that I was most happy with – Private Internet Access. Their setup is super simple, they give you tons of locations to route through and the price is great.

Even better, they are currently running a sale with 20% off in support of the Reset the Net Campaign.

New subscribers can now get their monthly plan for $5.45 per month or their one-year plan for $31.95 ($2.66/month). Features include:

  • Secure VPN Account
  • Encrypted WiFi
  • P2P and VoIP Support
  • PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec
  • Multiple VPN Gateways
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • SOCKS5 Proxy Included
  • No traffic logs
  • Instant Setup

So, what have I used a VPN for?

  • Watching US-only content or using Netflix for other countries
  • When Gmail was down for Argentina, I used a VPN connection to access US servers
  • Shopping! I was tired of shopping on US sites and having orders declined because they detected I was in Argentina. (Try going to kohls.com from Argentina – the site just gives an error message.)
  • Streaming from Pandora
  • Testing Google ads for clients from different geographic locations (the ads that appear vary widely as does search placement)
  • Signing up for different promotions/accounts with different usernames and emails in different locations
  • Anywhere I use public WiFi!

The best thing about Private Internet Access is that it’s super simple. Just look at how easy it is to select the location you want to appear from:

VPN From Argentina

 

It doesn’t get much simpler (and safer) than this.

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Hola! I’ve Got Your Pandora, Netflix and Hulu From Anywhere

I’ve written a lot about getting around those crazy restrictions that do not allow us to watch US content in Argentina and I’m always looking for the best products – paid or free – to do the job. For example, if you want to access US content on an iPad or iPhone, then Unotelly is the quickest and easiest way to do that.

Unblock Netflix, Hulu, Panfora and MoreHowever, if you only want to watch content from your web browser, PC or Android device, we have another option for you – Hola. Hola is a peer-to-peer network who’s ultimate goal is to speed up the Internet. One of their available products is the Hola Unblocker for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox as well as the full Hola client for Windows and Android.

Simply install the Hola browser extension and you’ll have immediate access to BBC Player, CBS, Fox, Hulu, ITV, Netflix and Pandora. If you install the PC or Android version, you’ll have access to even more sites.

It’s trivial to install, won’t slow down your computer and completely free. You don’t even have to configure it. Just go to those sites and they work as if you were in the good ole US of A.

Gotta love technology…

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Expat Tech: A Simple and Easy VPN Client

UPDATE: I’ve had some problems with TunnelBear connecting from my provider in Argentina. I have since started using Private Internet Access for VPN and am much happier with it.

One thing you quickly realize about living in Argentina is that many of the US-based websites either block you or try to tailor the experience for an Argentine Spanish-speaking audience… Google tries to give you their Spanish language version. Ecommerce sites list prices in pesos. You can’t use Hulu or Pandora. There’s no way to sign up for Google Voice or other US-only services. If you need to order a gift online and have it shipped to someone in the States, fraud protection often blocks you because you’re ordering from overseas. It gets annoying quickly.

For these occasions, you need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to mask your location and make it seem like you’re coming from the US (or UK). Now, there are a lot of pay services out there that do this, but as I only need the service from time to time, I wanted something that would be easy and free to use. Luckily, I found a great solution – TunnelBear.

TunnelBear is an incredibly easy to use VPN solution for both the Mac and PC. Simply install it, log in, select the location (US or the UK) and turn it on. That’s it. You’ll now look like you’re coming from one of those locations. There is no need to make any complicated technical settings and you only have to run the program when you need it.

Little TunnelBear is their free version and gives you up to 500MB of data each month (you can get 1GB of data simply by tweeting every month and asking for more). This has always been more than enough for me, but they also offer Giant TunnelBear for $4.99/mo and Grizzly TunnelBear for $49.99/year if you need more data. The paid plans also give you access to their iPhone and iPad app so you can stream US-content like Pandora on your mobile devices as well.

It’s really a great free service and incredibly simple to use too. I’d recommend checking it out.

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