If you’re a Canadian Netflix subscriber, chances are that you prefer to watch the American Netflix region. Canadian have long been know to use VPN and Smart DNS to unblock Netflix USA in Canada. That’s mainly due to the fact Netflix Canada sucks in comparison with the American Netflix version. However, lately Netflix have been aggressively blocking VPN and DNS proxy solution in 2016. If you have subscribed to Unblock-US, a Smart DNS proxy service, in order to switch to US Netflix, you probably have come across the following Netflix Proxy error when trying to watch a title only available in the American Netflix library. “You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services.” That basically means you have to remove Unblock-Us DNS server address from your device and fall back to your Netflix Canada account. There are other workarounds of course. You could either use a VPN service like ExpressVPN or switch to a different Smart DNS proxy service like Unlocator to fix the Netflix proxy error.
How to Bypass Unblock-Us Netflix Proxy Error in Canada 2017
How to Fix Unblock-US Netflix Proxy Error in Canada 2016 with VPN
There are mainly to methods to bypass geographic restrictions imposed on Netflix and other streaming channels. You either use VPN or Smart DNS. The outcome is that you will be able to unblock and watch online channels that would normally not be available in Canada. With VPN, your streaming devices get a new IP address, which is that of the VPN server you are connected to. In other words, connecting to an American VPN server grants you a US IP address. This, in turn, fools streaming channels into believing you are in the USA. Hence, your ability to watch American Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, Crackle, and similar geoblocked US video-on-demand services.
- You can either setup VPN manually by configuring your device’s network settings or simply download a VPN app and let it do the setup for you. VPN can be installed on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android.
- Another cool VPN feature is its ability to encrypt all of your traffic, giving you complete online privacy and secrecy.
- VPN servers are spread all over the globe. Using VPN allows you to unblock US, UK, Australian, German, French, and Spanish channels in Canada.
- Perhaps the only big disadvantage is that Internet speeds do tend to drop when using VPN. That should not be a big issue if you are using a proper VPN service however.
Unfortunately, Netflix’s crackdown does mean that many VPN services are unable to unblock American Netflix outside USA anymore. ExpressVPN is one of the few which still allows you to change your Netflix region to USA in Canada without getting that annoying Netflix proxy error detected message.
Unblock-US Netflix Proxy Error – Smart DNS Workaround
If you have never used VPN before, you probably don’t want to make major changes in order to watch American Netflix again. If that’s the case, you can try different Smart DNS proxy services. I’ve just tried Unlocator and, to my relief, was able to watch Netflix USA without issues. What should be noted here is that Unlocator offer a free 7-day trial. You can sign up for free. Then, setup Unlocator DNS on your PS3, PS4, Xbox, Android, Roku, Smart TV, Apple TV, Fire TV Stick, iOS, PC, or Mac, and watch those US-exclusive titles on Netflix again. As with Unblock-US, you can configure Unlocator DNS on your router instead of having to enable it on each of your streaming devices manually. Some do not prefer this approach though.
Netflix Proxy Error 2016 – Where Do We Go From Here?
Netflix has been fighting a ‘no-holds-barred’ fight against VPN and Smart DNS services alike. It seems that Netflix is determined on blocking them all. One should however, tip the hat for services like ExpressVPN and Unlocator which are just refusing to bow down.