Death to the Foxtel Tax!

For the longest time, I’ve watched all my favourite American TV Shows and Movies by downloading them from Torrent Sites like The Pirate Bay, Mininova and a selection of other sites that are a little more ummmm confidential.

As a direct result of these downloads, I’ve purchased many Movies, DVD Box Sets of TV shows & Documentaries I’ve really enjoyed and innumerable Music CDs.

But it seems there’s an inexpensive, legal way to be able to watch virtually anything you want from the USA for around AUD$13 per month.

It’s called Netflix. Let me tell you how to do it. It’s really simple!

Firstly, Netflix is only available in certain countries. Australia is not one of them. So we need to find a way to appear as though we are in one of the supported countries. I’ve decided to pretend I’m in the United States of America.

My preferred way to “fake” my location is unblock-us.com (Affiliate Link). This service tricks Netflix into believing you’re in the US. It doesn’t use a VPN which is excellent as they can slow things down enormously.

Sign up for AUD$5 per month, and make the minor configuration changes to your DNS. Netflix will then see you as a valid potential subscriber. You get your first month for free!

Now visit netflix.com (Affiliate Link) and register. They charge US$7.99 per month. With the Australian Dollar being just over parity with the US, it’s around $9 in our money. I paid my subscription using an ordinary Australian Mastercard. It wouldn’t accept my non-US Paypal Account and I had to use the Beverly Hills Zip Code of 90210. 8)

Once it was all configured and set up (in less than 15 minutes) I was able to instantly watch “Continuum” right here on my PC!

Note:

Because I made the DNS Changes on my home router rather than my PC, every device in my house from the Xbox360 to the Wii to the Smart TV, the Blu-ray Player and the Apple TV can be used to watch Netflix. It also works great on my iPad!

Highly recommended. Let me know how you go!

Who needs Foxtel?

Update: I just added Hulu Plus. It’s added another US$7.99 so we’re up to AUS$23pm. That’s still less than 1/5 of what we were paying for Foxtel.

If you don’t give this “hack” a go, you’re mad!

Post a comment if it works for you!