How to Fix: “Wait! Where Did My Netflix Selection Go??“
Did you recently move overseas and find your Netflix account selection suddenly sucking?
If you keep a Netflix account active after you moved overseas, then you probably notice the content now isn’t what it used to be. This is because you moved. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Where Your Computer Is, Matters
Before I share how to fix this problem, I’ll educate you why this is a problem. While your computer browses the Internet, publishes blog posts, or watches Netflix movies, the sites you visit are well aware of your whereabouts. Yes, technical details and privacy aside, even though you may be “location independent,” your Internet surfing is very location-specific. (Else, how do the movies know how to find their way back to your computer?)
Browse to CNN and you’ll see location-specific news. Browse to Hulu and, unless you’re in the USA, you’ll find little to watch there.
Most of the time, you don’t see a difference. For sites offering copyright-protected content like film clips, TV shows and Netflix, your location makes all the difference.
Where Your VPN Service Is, Matters More
To see what those people in the US see, those websites must believe your computer is in the US. For that, you need a VPN service.
The way I fixed this was to use a company called CactusVPN.
Good luck, and good browsing.