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Unlock hundreds of movies on Netflix with a simple browser extension

Updated: Jan 30, 2014 12:22 PM
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By Drew Prindle
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Netflix Instant has more streamable movies available than you could watch in an entire lifetime, but depending on where you are in the world, that selection of movies might only be available in that country or region.

Programming on Netflix varies from region to region because of how TV shows and movies are licensed. Organizations that own the rights to different TV shows and movies license the rights by geography, so Netflix has to acquire rights on a territory-by-territory basis. For this reason, what's available in the U.S. isn't always the same as what's available in other countries, and vice-versa.

However, thanks to the technological magic of the Internet, you can easily trick Netflix into thinking you're in a different part of the world, and thereby gain access to hundreds – if not thousands – of different movies that you wouldn't otherwise be able to see.

There are a number of different ways to do this, but when you get down to it all they all do the same thing, which is change your IP address so it looks like you're in another country. Some use proxy servers, others use VPNs, and there are hundreds of different options in each category. But arguably the easiest way to unblock movies on Netflix and take a peek at what's available in other regions is to install a browser extension called Hola.

Here's a quick rundown of how to do it:

1. First, download/install Hola for your browser of choice and complete the free signup process if you're prompted to

2. Next, head over to Netflix. Everything should look the same

3. To change that, click on the Hola icon (looks like a flaming smiley face) and change your location to a different country – the U.K., Brazil, even Zimbabwe if you want

4. Hit refresh, and the selection should include a bunch of new movies and TV shows you didn't previously have access to

It should be noted, however, that because this is a browser extension it'll only work if you access Netflix through that browser. If you do this and then try to use the Netflix app on your phone, tablet, smart TV, game console, or streaming box, you won't get the international selection. If you want that kind of access on all your devices, you should look into setting up a VPN.

Happy watching!

This article was originally posted on Digital Trends

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