How to watch British Netflix in America in 6 steps
Chris, a UK-born media connoisseur, is an expert in watching international TV. Known as "The Global Screen Wanderer", he has travelled extensively across the globe with long stints away from home. With over 10 years of experience he has become the go-to guru for streaming content from home and abroad.
If you’re looking for a reliable and quick way to watch British Netflix in America then this guide is for you. In this guide I’m going to show you how you can watch British Netflix in America in just a few simple steps.
Netflix is a great service, in fact, it’s probably one of the best worldwide for watching movies and TV shows.
Unfortunately, Netflix restricts access to certain shows and movies depending on where you are in the world. Log into Netflix in a different country and you get a completely different range of movies and shows.
Not only does Netflix differ in the amount of content but also the selection. British Netflix is one of the most unique because it has dedicated British content and content not available on other Netflix regions.
So, if you want to access British Netflix in America, read on.
How to watch British Netflix in America
To watch British Netflix in America you’ll need to get yourself a VPN service. There are hundreds of companies out there who offer VPN services but not all work with British Netflix.
My favourite is ExpressVPN because they’re one of few that work with British Netflix.
In the example below I’m using ExpressVPN because they work across a greater range of devices including Windows, Mac OS, Android, Apple iOS and the Amazon Fire TV and Firestick amongst others.
How to watch British Netflix in America:
- Visit the VPN service ExpressVPN by clicking here.
- Sign up for their service by clicking ‘Get ExpressVPN‘.
- Once you’ve completed sign up go to the ‘Products‘ section of the website and download and install the correct app for your device. You should also copy the activation code.
- Open the downloaded app and login either with your activation code or your email and password.
- Press ‘Selected Location‘ (1) and then press on ‘United Kingdom‘ (2). The app should automatically start to connect for you but if not press the large Connect button.
- Once the app has connected which should take about 15 seconds, visit the Netflix website or open the Netflix app like normal.
Rather than see the American Netflix selection of movies and TV shows you’ll now see the British selection.
Some of the content is the same so initially it may not look like you’ve got any different content. Once you start searching the site for specific British content then you’ll see the difference.
I’m sure you’ve already got a reason for wanting to watch the British Netflix site but a couple of things that at the time of writing are exclusive to British Netflix and not available on American Netflix are Pride and Prejudice, Blackadder, Rome, Red Dwarf, QI and more.
A good website to find out what content isn’t available on the American Netflix website but is on the British website is uNoGS.com.
Will this work on my XYZ device?
Yes, VPN services work on nearly every type of device.
The above solution using ExpressVPN will work on computers running Windows or Mac OS, tablets and phones running Android or Apple iOS and the Amazon Fire TV and Firestick (generation 2 – it’s the one with Alexa voice remote).
The only time it isn’t suitable is if you don’t have one of the above types of devices and you’re unable to install a VPN app on it.
In that case you’ll need to look into getting an InvizBox 2 which is a hardware device that will create a new Wi-Fi hotspot that has VPN connectivity built in. This is great for the likes of Smart TVs and others that don’t have VPN capability. Check out the InvizBox 2 website if that’s a better solution for you.
Why is British Netflix different?
Netflix offers content based on the country you’re in. It doesn’t matter where you pay your subscription, it only matters where you’re physically located.
If you’ve got an American Netflix account and you fly to the UK on vacation, when you login to the site you’ll get the British Netflix content.
The same as if you had an Australian Netflix account but flew to the United States, with your Australian login details you would get the American Netflix content.
Netflix decides what content you’ll get based on your internet connection. Every internet connection has a unique identifier called an IP Address. An IP Address is necessary to know who requested what but it also gives away your physical location.
A VPN allows you to change your IP Address to one from another country to make it look like you’re somewhere else.
VPN apps are completely legal privacy tools to help protect your online privacy.
In this case when you’re in America you can use a VPN to get a UK IP Address and so when you visit the Netflix site while connected to the VPN it thinks you’re in the UK. The result is you get access to the British Netflix content.
Nothing complicated – it’s actually really simple!
Recap How to watch British Netflix in America
Watching British Netflix in America is actually really simple and won’t take more than a few minutes of your time.
To watch British Netflix in America you’ll need to get yourself a VPN service. There are hundreds of companies out there offering VPN service and all the choices can be confusing.
Not all VPN services are suitable for watching British Netflix but my recommend choice, ExpressVPN is.
Just click the button below to visit ExpressVPN and then sign up for their service. Once you’ve signed up, grab their app and connect to the United Kingdom. You’ll then have the entire British Netflix catalogue available when you visit the Netflix website or use the Netflix app.
What have you been watching on British Netflix lately? I’d love to hear your suggestions on shows or movies myself or other readers should check out. Why not let us know in the comments section below?