Friday, April 29, 2016

American Netflix DNS Codes Roundup Pt.2

Update: Netflix has been cracking down on DNS codes to use their American version from outside the US. Lately, when we update our free codes, they are usually detected and get shut down quickly. This has also led to trouble with paid DNS services like Unblock-Us that we previously recommended. Until they find a way around it, we are switching over to VPN using OverPlay - which actually streams Netflix through the connection instead of just changing your geo-location. We would appreciate if you let them know we sent you by clicking here. Thank you!


We will keep updating our free codes as we find them, so keep commenting about what's working for you (you can post anonymously). We strongly suggest that you don't sign in to Netflix in your home country before trying various American DNS codes, as it will be obvious that you're not actually in both locations.

Latest update [updated Apr 29, 2016]: EU = Europe, CA = Canada, ME = Middle East, SA = South America, JP = Japan
Primary: 209.177.145.030 Secondary: 046.101.036.120 - reported working 4/29 - CA
Primary: 213.005.182.117 Secondary: 046.101.149.135 - reported working 4/27 - EU, CA, SA, JP
Primary: 162.243.065.031 Secondary: 192.241.137.065 - reported working 4/27 - EU, CA, SA, JP
Primary: 204.232.178.48 Secondary: 45.54.42.01 - 4/9 - EU, CA
Primary: 146.185.187.189 Secondary: 192.241.137.65 - 3/23 - SA
Primary: 204.232.178.048 Secondary: 107.170.15.247 - 3/11 - SA
Primary: 70.38.99.32 Secondary: 162.248.221.182 -  3/11 - CA
Primary: 104.238.141.64 Secondary: 108.61.103.163 -  3/10 - CA
Primary: 45.63.7.177 Secondary: 0.0.0.0 - 3/10 - CA
Primary: 109.123.111.24 Secondary: 88.80.186.67 - 3/4 during non-peak hours only - EU, CA, ME
Primary: 204.232.178.48 Secondary: 0.0.0.0 -  3/3 - EU, CA, ME
Primary: 192.241.137.65 Secondary: 0.0.0.0 - 2/16 - EU, CA
Primary: 204.323.178.48 Secondary: 45.54.42.01 -  12/29 - EU, CA

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Happy Game of Thrones Day!

NetflixFixer is a spoiler free zone - so no spoilers here, ever! We will remove anything that looks like a Game of Thrones spoiler from the comments.

April 24th GoT Day, and we're totally excited. Everyone with an HBO account, or a friend with one, can log into HBO Go and watch it (assuming there isn't an outage from all the traffic). If you don't, you can try a free trial of HBO Now. If you're like us though, we're going to wait a few weeks for happier binging all at once - that's why we're so adamant about spoilers. Season 6 trailer #2 [SPOILERS]:


While you're there, check out Silicon Valley Season 3 which premieres today as well along with Veep Season 5, John Oliver is over there as well. For the Netflix US watchers, Patton Oswald's Talking for Clapping comes out today.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Shows Coming to Netflix Canada (and US) April 2016 with Ratings

As usual, there's plenty of news about what's coming and going from US Netflix next month, but very little about Canada! Here's what's coming in April: metacritic critic score, then user score (whichever has more votes between Metacritic and IMDB). For example, 55 | 65 has an average critic review score of 55/100, and user score of 65/100 , exceptional scores (80 or above) are highlighted green.

Canada
Princess Bride streams on Netflix Canada April 1st
April 1

Charlie St. Cloud - 2010 - 37 | 54
Clash of the Titans - 2010 - 39 | 49
Codegirl - 2015 - 49 | 67
Cop Out - 2010 - 31 | 50
DreamWorks Shrek the Halls - 2007 - 73 | 71
Frank and Cindy - 2015 - NA | 82
Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer - 2015 - 65 | 67
Justin Time – Season 1 & 2 - 2011 - NA | 83
Mississippi Grind - 2015 - 77 | 72
Out of the Furnace - 2013 - 63 | 73
Paper Towns - 2015 - 56 | 64
Return to Sender - 2014 - 23 | 14
Selfless - 2015 - NA | 65
The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story – Season 1 - 2015 - NA | 74
The Birth of Saké - 2016 - 69 | 73
The Mask You Live In - 2015 - NA | 73
The Princess Bride - 1987 - 77 | 85
The Ranch – Season 1 – Netflix Original - 2016 - NA (new)
American Masters - The Women’s List - 2015 - NA | 80
Z for Zachariah - 2015 - 68 | 61

April 8

Downton Abbey – Series 5 - 2015 - 91 | 86
Rebellion - 2016 - NA | 67
Hush - 2016 - NA | 84

April 9

Look Who’s Back - 2015 - NA | 72
The Exorcism of Molly Hartley - 2015 - NA | 46

April 11

Cuckoo – Season 3 – Netflix Original - 2016 - NA | 74
Episodes – Season 4 - 2011 - 73 | 82
TURN: Washington’s Spies, Season 2 - 2014 - NA | 80

April 12

AJIN - 2016 - NA | 90
Blended - 2014 - 31 | 43

April 13

Jaws - 1975 - 79 | 87
Jaws 2 - 1978 - NA | 57
Jaws 3-D - 1983 - NA | 35
Smokey and the Bandit - 1977 - NA | 69

April 15

Belgica - 2016 - 63 | 72
House of Lies – Season 4 - 2015 - 63 | 74
Kong King of the Apes (film) – Netflix Original - 2016 - NA (new)
Kong King of the Apes (series) – Netflix Original - 2016 - NA (new)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix Original - 2015 - 78 | 79

April 16

Godzilla - 2014 - 62 | 68

April 17

Non-Stop - 2014 - 56 | 71

April 22

Heaven is for Real - 2014 - 47 | 45
Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping - 2016 - NA (new)
Sleeping with Other People - 2015 - 64 | 65

April 24

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - 2014 - 70 | 78

April 29

Danger Mouse – Season 1 – Netflix Original - 2015 - NA (new)
Heist - 2015 - 37 | 61
Special Correspondents – Netflix Original - 2016 - NA (new)
Team Foxcatcher - 2016 - NA (new)


US
2001: A Space Odyssey streams on Netflix US April 1st
April 1

16 Blocks - 2006 - 63 | 80
2001: A Space Odyssey - 1968 - 86 | 76
A Clockwork Orange - 1971 - 78 | 76
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Season 5 - 2015 - NA | 86
The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story - 2015 - NA | 74
Beat Bobby Flay, Season 1 - 2013 - NA | 62
Best in Show - 2000 - 78 | 76
Bob’s Burgers, Season 5 - 2015 - 68 | 78
Boogie Nights - 1997 - 85 |79
Breathe - 2014 - 78 | 71
Chaplin - 1992 - NA | 76
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - 2005 - 72 | 67
Codegirl - 2015 - 49 | 67
Colegas - 1982 - NA | 63
Cujo - 1983 - NA | 60
Cutthroat Kitchen, Seasons 3–4 - NA | 71
Deep Impact - 1998 - 40 | 61
Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang - 2015 - NA | 64
Dolphin Tale - 2011 - 64 | 69
Erin Brockovich - 2000 - 73 | 73
Explorers - 1985 - NA | 66
Fixer Upper, Season 2 - 2015 - NA | 85
Frank and Cindy - 2015 - NA | 82
Glada at Home, Season 7 - 2014 - NA | 73
The Great Food Truck Race, Seasons 1–2 - 2011 - NA | 66
House Hunters Collection, collection 3 - 2015 - NA | 70
House Hunters International Collection, Collection 3 - 2015 - NA | 71
House Hunters International Renovation, Season 1 - 2015 - NA
Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer - 2015 - 65 | 67
Kids Baking Championship, Season 1 - 2015 - NA | 74
Looking for Richard - 1996 - NA | 74
Lost & Found Music Studios, Season 1 - 2015 - NA | 81
Love It or List It, Too, Season 4 - 2015 - NA | 63
The Mask You Live In - 2015 - NA | 73
Morituri - 1965 - NA | 70
My Girl - 1991 - NA | 68
Mystic River - 2003 - 84 | 80
The Next Best Thing - 2000 - 25 | 47
The Perfect Storm - 2000 - 59 | 64
The Phantom - 1996 - NA | 49
The Princess Bride - 1987 - 77 | 85
Property Brothers at Home, Season 1 - 2014 - NA | 75
The Ranch, Season 1 - Netflix Original - 2016 - NA (new)
Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers - 2014 - NA | 56
The Right Stuff - 1983 - NA | 79
Rising Sun - 1993 - NA | 62
The Running Man - 1987 - NA | 66
Say It Isn’t So - 2001 - NA | 49
The Shawshank Redemption - 1994 - 80 | 93
Scrooged - 1998 - 38 | 70
Something’s Gotta Give - 2003 - NA | 67
Sunset Boulevard - 1950 - 80 | 85
Transporter 3 - 2008 - 51 | 61
Uncommon Valor - 1983 - 38 | 64
Under the Same Moon - 2008 - 59 | 74
V for Vendetta - 2005 - 62 | 82

April 5

Walt Before Mickey - 2015 - NA | 63

April 8

God’s Pocket - 2014 - 51 | 61
Hush - 2016 - NA | 84

April 9

Look Who’s Back - 2015 - NA | 72

April 10

Girl Meets World, Season 2 - 2014 - 64 | 71

April 11

TURN: Washington’s Spies, Season 2 - 2014 - NA | 80

April 12

AJIN, Season 1 - 2016 - NA | 90

April 14

Moonwalkers - 2016 - 39 | 61
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine - 2015 - 72 | 68

April 15

Belgica - 2016 - 63 | 72
Cuckoo – Season 3 – Netflix Original - 2016 - NA | 74
Kong King of the Apes (film) – Netflix Original - 2016 - NA (new)
Kong King of the Apes (series) – Netflix Original - 2016 - NA (new)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix Original - 2015 - 78 | 79

April 16

How to Get Away With Murder, Season 2 - 2015 - 68 | 83

April 17

Lost Girl, Season 5 - 2016 - 78 | 68
The Messengers, Season 1 - 2015 - 56 | 66

April 22

Catching the Sun - 2015 - NA (new)
Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping - Netflix Original- 2016 - NA (new)

April 24

Minions - 2015 - 56 | 65
Begin Again - 2013 - 62 | 71
The Fosters, Season 3 - 2015 - 69 | 81

April 29

Danger Mouse, Season 1 - Netflix Original - 2015 - NA (new)
Hellion - 2014 - 55 | 61
Special Correspondents - Netflix Original - 2016 - NA (new)
Team Foxcatcher - 2016 - NA (new)

April 30

Sensitive Skin, Season 2 - 2016 - NA | 76

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Starz' Outlander Season 1, Free to Stream

Season 2 of Outlander is coming April 9th, 2016 (next Saturday!), so Starz has put Season 1 up to stream for free: Outlander - Season 1

The show is based on a 1991 novel by the same name, and features a WWII nurse who travels back in time to 18th century Scotland and meets a certain James "Jamie" Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser (aka Jamie MacTavish). That's all we're willing to tell you!

The show is great, and way too few people are talking about it. It has a 73 critic score on Metacritic, but an 8.2 user score (you may find this compares favorably to Netflix' April releases, as Metacritic is notoriously harsh). Do yourself a favor and binge through Season 1, so you know why people are excited for Season 2 coming on the 9th. S2 trailer:


Happy binging!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Marvel's Daredevil Season 2 - Final Trailer

The next season of Daredevil comes to Netflix March 18th, though there is speculation that you can watch it at midnight Thursday night if you're lucky. Just don't binge watch all night...


People are pretty excited about the prospect of more Punisher next season... we can only hope.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Game of Thrones Season 6 Trailer is Out, Beware Spoilers

[No Spoilers]: HBO dropped their Red Band trailer for Season 6 of Game of Thrones, and it looks amazing. If you aren't caught up on the series, you'll need to avoid spoilers yet again. Clips from the trailer are currently playing on HBO GO and around the net, and they include major plot spoilers including character death spoilers! Our roommate is catching up on the series currently (as we only recently got access to HBO GO), so she was incredibly unhappy to see a dead character spoiler shown before the show - ridiculously spoiling the later episodes before earlier episodes.

[Spoilers]: Here's the trailer:



Highlights:

  • More Melisandre boobs,
  • Everything is an acoustic guitar cover and I'm ok with this,
  • "I choose violence" Franken-Mountain hype, 
  • Bran and the white walker (walking?), 
  • Arya the blind badass, 
  • Khaleesi as a poor person again, 
  • Onion Knight fights,
  • Here's a screencap of 1:17 from Chazmer87 on reddit, showing something that... might look like John Snow on horseback?? http://i.imgur.com/4O5tiBU.png


The show is definitely taking the lead ahead of the books as George R.R. Martin writes at a glacial pace (take your time, George) so it's incredibly exciting to be breaking new ground against those dirty book readers.

Our feelings wrapped up by Wirly on reddit:


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Best of Canada (& US): What's Coming to Netflix in March 2016

If you look around Netflix blogs and subreddits, you may notice that not many people are talking about what's coming to Canada each month instead of just America. While there are more shows in the US, there's still a lot of good stuff coming to Canada this month; we've compiled a list, and looked up their IMDB rating so you know what's good. As you can see below, there are 8 shows/movies coming with above a 7.5/10 on IMDB's notoriously strict review system. Below that are the American shows for March.

 PS. If you're trying to get access to unblock the American version of Netflix, we still recommend Unblock-us [direct link]. Even while content providers are cracking down on DNS and VPNs, we've found that you can still use them as long as you are careful, and don't connect from 2 different countries in the same day - if you've already connected to Canada one day, log off and check out the US version tomorrow, otherwise you might get unblock... blocked.

Wilfred, Season 2

Canada List:

March 1
30 Degrees in February - Season 1 (2012) - 7.4/10
47 Ronin (2013) - 6.3/10
Airheads (1994) - 6.0/10
Aldnoah.Zero - Season 2 (2014) - 7.6/10
Always (1989) - 6.4/10
Ant-Man (2015) - 7.4/10
The Barkley Marathons: The Race That... (2014) - 9.2/10 (33 reviews)
Bean: The Movie (1997) - 6.3/10
Better Man - Season 1 (2013) - 7.6/10
Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland (2016) - 6.4/10
Bombay Velvet (2015) - 5.8/10
The Book of Eli (2010) - 6.9/10
Breaking Through (2015) - 4.1/10
The Bright Day (2015) - 7.1/10
The Code - Season 1 (2014) - 7.6/10
Conan the Barbarian (1982) - 6.9/10
The Dancer Upstairs (2002) - 7.0/10 
Dark Places (2015) - 6.2/10
Faith of Our Fathers (2015) - 2.9/10
family party (2015) - n/a
Finding Fanny (2014) - 5.9/10
Good Night Good Morning (2010) - 6.9/10
Gored (2015) - 6.4/10
Homefront (2013) - 6.5/10
Housos - Series 1 & 2 (2011) - 7.3/10
It's Now or Never (2015) - n/a
Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) - 7.5/10
Liz in September (2014) - 6.7/10
Love Happens (2009) - 5.6/10
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) - 7.8/10
Midsomer Murders - Series 16 & 17 (1997) - 7.7/10
Miss Congeniality (2000) - 6.1/10
Nine Months (1995) - 5.4/10
Poltergeist (2015) - 5.0/10
Pride (2014) - 7.8/10
Prime (2005) - 6.2/10
Queen of Carthage (2015) - 7.6/10
Raiders Of The Lost Art - Season 1 (2014) - n/a
Re-Kill (2015) - 5.1/10
Skinwalkers: The Navajo Mysteries - Season 1 (2002) - 4.6/10
Super 4 - Season 1 (2014) - 7.5/10 (13 reviews)
The Thread (2015) - 6.3/10
Transcendence (2014) - 6.3/10
The Voices (2014) - 6.3/10
White Men Can't Jump (1992) - 6.7/10
Wilfred (AU) - Season 1 & 2 (2007) - 8.0/10
World’s Heaviest Man Gets Married (2009) - n/a
Your Lie in April - Season 1 (2014) - 8.9/10

US List:

March 1
Adult Beginners (2015)
Ahora o Nunca (2015)
Aldnoah.Zero: Season 2
American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007)
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006)
Before We Go (2015)
Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland (2016)
El Desconocido (2015)
Fresh Meat: Series 2
Frog Kingdom (2013)
Good Burger (1997) – NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
Groundhog Day (1993)
Heaven Knows What (2015)
Hot Sugar’s Cold World (2015)
Midsomer Murders: Series 17 – NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
Narcopolis (2015)
Road Trip: Beer Pong (2009)
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Scarface (1983)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
The Young Kieslowski (2014)

March 2-10
For Grace (2015)
House of Cards: Season 4 (2016) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Lab Rats: Season 4
LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship (2016) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
LEGO: Bionicle: The Journey to One: Season 1 (2016) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Louie: Season 5
Hell & Back (2015)
Cuckoo: Seasons 1-2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Halo: The Fall of Reach (2015)
Sin Filtro (2016)
Digimon Fusion: Season 2 – NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
The Returned: Season 1 – NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 4, part 3
Hateship Loveship (2013)

March 11-18
Dinotrux: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Flaked: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Netflix Presents: The Characters: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Popples: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Shelter (2015)
10,000 Saints (2015)
4GOT10 (2015)
The Falling (2015)
Final Girl (2015)
Finders Keepers (2015) – NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
Power Rangers Dino Charge: Season 1, part 2
War Pigs (2015)
Are You Here (2014)
Charlie St. Cloud (2010)
Gridiron Gang (2006)
Happy Valley: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Larry Crowne (2011)
Promised Land (2012)
He Never Died (2015)
Jimmy Carr: Funny Business (2016) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Marvel’s Daredevil: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
My Beautiful Broken Brain (2016) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

March 22-31
The Art of Organized Noize (2016) – NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
The Ouija Experiment 2: Theatre of Death (2015)
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
A Promise (2013)
VeggieTales in the House: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Trailer Park Boys: Season 10 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation (2007)
Fright Night 2 (2013)
Murder Rap: Inside the Biggie and Tupac Murders (2015)
Sunshine Superman (2015)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time (2011)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: Seasons 1-2

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Fringe - In Order

Updated 2/28/2014: Looked into an issue in comments, still in order. See comments for details.
Updated 9/22/2014: Seasons 2-5 are In Order.

It's been a while since we had a new out-of-order report from Netflix, but it was only a matter of time before a new report surfaced. When watching Season 1 of Fringe, don't watch the last episode, it contains strange spoilers from Season 2, even though it doesn't fit into Season 2 very well. It is important not to watch it where it is listed though, as there are spoilers.

Season 2-5: In Order
Season 1: 1-20, Don't watch 21

Episode 21: watch it some time when you're bored, it's not very good and doesn't fit anywhere in the continuity. From Wikipedia:
"Unearthed" was the last episode filmed during the first season schedule. Although it was filmed during the first season,[4] "Unearthed" aired during the following season on Monday, January 11, 2010, a departure from its normal timeslot on Thursdays.[5] Actor Joshua Jackson explained the move in April 2009, "[It's] for boring reasons. They only had 22 airdates for our show this year, but they ordered 23 episodes, so we shot one for next year, which is just silly TV network stuff.


As always, check the left column for any shows you're about to watch on Netflix to make sure you don't stumble on spoilers, and report any out of order episodes you find in the comments.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Cable could be coming to Roku/Chromecast/Fire TV - Do you care?

We know that most NetflixFixer subscribers are already cordcutters, but the news that starting today Google, Apple, Amazon, etc. can bring cable to users of their devices still seems pretty important.
First, because it means people who still have cable can stop paying ridiculous prices for set-top boxes - the average cable customer pays $89/year, and there are about 221 million if them being leased right now [source] . That's about $20 billion per year for cable companies that will now be up for competition to the best device.

Second, it shows that perhaps some of our fears about life-time cable lobbyist Tom Wheeler becoming the chair of the FCC overseeing cable companies were unfounded. He can do some good after all.


As for fellow cord-cutters, there's no way we're ever going back to cable, even if you wrap it in a fancy box.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Unblock-us: "We will make adjustments."

Update 1/22/16: It seems they really are blocking some Unblockers. We'll keep you updated on our DNS codes post when we have more updates about getting around them. For now, make sure you don't log in in one country, then immediately change to another, as they seems to obviously tip them off. Try to only use Netflix from one target country if possible.

As DablinPolarius on reddit puts it: "Move to the US.
Or practically, wait for your unblocking provider to come up with a solution. It's only a matter of time as the whole affair is a practical cat and mouse game and its inevitable Netflix's new blocking mechanism will be defeated."



Bv202 on reddit posted his conversation with Unblock-Us today after Netflix "vowed" to shut down unblockers. The text is as follows:
Hello,
Thank you for contacting us today!
We are aware of the announcement and should our service be affected at any time, we will make adjustments. Presently, there is nothing to be concerned about as everything is working properly. It is our mission to provide you with open and free access to content from anywhere around the world.
As you can see, Netflix doesn't seem to have shut anything down, and if they do, Unblock-Us is ready to make adjustments. I wouldn't be too worried unless you start to hear about mass bannings, which seems unlikely, as those are paying Netflix customers who just want to watch movies on the service.

We still support Unblock-Us and aren't having any difficulties so far. Hopefully content owners will learn soon that if they work to stop people from accessing their shows, paying customers will just go to illegal downloading. That doesn't seem too likely though...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Suits - Season 2 Missing Episodes

Thanks to NetflixFixer user 'Chris' for emailing tips@netflixfixer.com and letting us know that Season 2 of Suits is missing episodes 10-16 on the Canadian version of Netflix, and that they are available in other countries like the Netherlands. Suits is not available on American Netflix:

"Suits" unavailable on American Netflix.
So we head to Unblock-Us.com and change our region to Canada.
There's Suits, but there are no episodes in Season 2 after Episode 9!
(no white arrow to the right)
So we go back to Unblock-Us and switch over to the Netherlands.
Hurray! Now we have access to all the episodes.
As you can see, sometimes it's not enough just to find American DNS codes on a site like ours if you're in Canada, Europe, or elsewhere watching Netflix. We recommend signing up for Unblock-Us allowing you to change to whatever region you want any time. They always have a one-week free trial, but currently there's an even better promotion with 99 cents for your first month! Click here to find that promo and let them know we sent you, it means a lot to us. 99 cent offer expires January 31st, 2016.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Holiday Guide to Streaming Devices for 2016

As more streaming devices come out (Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, or even game consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One), you might be wondering which one is best for the cordcutter in your life as we head into 2016. As avid cordcutters ourselves, the team at NetflixFixer is here to which devices are best depending on your situation. Disclaimer: This post will contain affiliate links to products when applicable, but that won't change our reviews in any way - all of the popular devices are available on Amazon, and while we would appreciate if you use our links to let them know we sent you, you can easily search for any of these devices on your own.


Fire TV vs Roku

If you're shopping for someone who has cut the cord from cable, or who wants to, the real decision is between the Roku 3 and Amazon's Fire TV. These are the top of the line so far for 2016, with actual on-board processors capable of running the various apps put out by content-makers (Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, etc.) without lagging as your TV tries to run things itself. They're also capable of playing games surprisingly well - I've gotten countless hours out of Hill Climb Racer on my Fire TV. But which is better? Let's compare:
Right off the bat you can see above that at the time of this writing, Amazon is offering free same-day shipping on the Fire TV, so they definitely have the advantage when it comes to holiday shipping (it still has free shipping without Prime; they really want to sell these).

The new version streams up to 4K resolution, as well as 1080p. They've also upgraded the processor to a quad-core that is 75% faster than the first iteration (we have the first version and it is already plenty fast for us). Amazon boasts having more games available, with over 800, and they recently added the ability to get Showtime and Starz for Prime members starting at $2.99/mo:


The Fire TV and Roku 3 both have access to all of the other big channels available to stream, and they both have voice-activated searching, so they both come with high marks in content availability.
Like the new Fire TV, the Roku 3 is fast, has no problems streaming any kind of video. It has less games, but it does have a similarly fast processor that can handle the games it has access to. Some people prefer the Roku ecosystem to Amazon's or Apple's, because they aren't trying to push their own content. Apple TV will actually force you to buy through iTunes, which is not always the best price; and while Fire TV has access to lots of Amazon content, they also advertise that content around the platform. 

We would normally recommend the Roku 3 and Fire TV equally, except for one glaring problem:

The Roku doesn't allow you to change your secondary DNS server to watch other countries' content! As you may have heard, we use and recommend Unblock-Us to access American Netflix from Canada, Europe, or most other places. You can also find shows streaming only to countries outside the US and watch those - unless your streaming device doesn't allow you to put in alternate DNS codes. This is a big no-no to us, so we can't recommend the Roku over the FireTV for most users (even if you don't currently use DNS codes to unblock country-locked content, you never know when something you want to watch will be available if you just put in the codes).

The Sticks

Amazon, Google, and Roku also all have their own USB stick streaming devices, which act like the above streaming platforms, but don't have their own processors to handle streaming. This means it will generally take a little longer, and you don't get all the features of the full media players, but you can start streaming for less money. They're also pretty useful for using your laptop to play movies/internet on the TV.
In general, a "real" cordcutter without cable will need more than a streaming stick, but they can be useful to start getting into streaming or to cast content from your computer onto your TV. They're generally about half the price of their larger counterparts.

Wrapping it all up (TL;DR)

After having used the Fire TV extensively for over a year now, we can definitively say we highly recommend it. The Roku 3 is a close second, but it is missing a crucial feature that NetflixFixer values - streaming content from other countries' version of Netflix. The sticks are cool, but if you think you'll be doing serious streaming eventually, it's worth it to upgrade to the full box.

That's all you need to know if you're wondering what to get the cordcutter on your list this holiday season. Happy Holidays, we hope all your shows are great!

Next: The 19 Best Documentaries on Netflix and Amazon Prime