If you can’t wait till Netflix actually launches in SA there are ways to get around regions restrictions. So if you want to get into the world of Netflix, then here are some ways to get it up and running without a local release.
Spoof Your DNS
Before we start let us make one thing clear, the reason why we cannot watch Netflix is that our devices have a certain DNS that when connected to the site, it picks up that we are in South Africa, and that the service is not available here. So how do you get around this all? Well, fake your DNS into thinking that you are from the US, and you will be good to go.
Most ISPs in South Africa don’t apply DNS hijacking and transparent proxies, which means that they really could not care less if you fake your DNS for a few hours while you catch up on Game of Thrones.
Does all this sound complicated? It really isn’t. It only gets complicated when you want to stream Netflix to your Smart TV, iPad and iPhone. If you are watching on your PC, you have nothing to worry about. There are also alternate ways to get your stream going on your TV.
Hola Unblocker is the best method to get your streaming going on a PC, there is also an iPhone and iPad app, but it does not work that well. Hola is an add-on for Chrome and Firefox, which makes its installation possible with one click.
What you want to do is install Hola on your web browser by visiting the Chrome or FireFox store. The program will be integrated into your web browser and will appear at the top right of it. All you now have to do is click on it and choose the country you would like to “pretend” you are from, which in this case is the US.
More Than What You Bargained For
With Hola you can watch Netflix and much more. The program unblocks Hulu, Spotify and more for you viewing pleasure. So once you have it installed, you can go crazy on any US streaming services that are blocked here. The best thing about it, is that most of these services have trial periods so you can test them out before you put any money into it.
So until we actually get our own version of Netflix in SA, this is the best method to get it up and running at home.