Thursday, January 28, 2016

American Netflix DNS Codes Roundup Pt.2

Announcement: On January 14th, Netflix "vowed" to shut down Unblockers to appease their content rights holders. This has led to some problems for people trying to connect to the American version of Netflix from outside the country. Unblock-Us has said they will make adjustments, and in the meantime we suggest not being obvious about using DNS - don't connect from Canada one minute the America the next. We'll keep you updated as to what's working.

If you don't like constantly having to find new free DNS servers that go down because thousands of people are streaming through them, we now support Unblock-Us which always works to connect to American and other versions of Netflix for $4.99/month. No more hunting for free codes! We'd appreciate if you use our link to show them we sent you: link

Latest reported working [updated January 28, 2016]:

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


Monday, December 7, 2015

The 19 Best Documentaries on Netflix and Amazon Prime

We recently found a site called Cinesift.com (unfortunately it was taken off reddit's r/InternetIsBeautiful because they don't allow aggregators - link). It's a site that 'combines Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, Letterboxd and Metacritic scores, with Netflix and Amazon Prime availability, to quickly help users find what to watch.' Interestingly, many of the top results outside of the best movies of all time are very moving documentaries. It's probably worth it to watch some non-fiction and learn something every so often, and these composite scores from so many sites are pretty dependable, so here are the top 19 docs available on Netflix or Amazon Prime.

Virunga 
[IMDB] [Netflix] 89%
2014
A group of brave individuals risk their lives to save the last of the world's mountain gorillas; in the midst of renewed civil war and a scramble for Congo's natural resources.


Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father 
[IMDB] [Netflix] 88%
2008

[SPOILER: Lots of people say to go into this film not knowing anything about it, it may be better that way. Don't read the synopsis below if you want the most powerful emotional experience.]
A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.
Dear Zachary is a both a touching tribute to a fallen friend and a heart-wrenching account of justice gone astray, skillfully put to film with no emotion spared.

How to Die in Oregon 
[IMDB] [Netflix] 88%
2011
In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. At the time, only Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands had legalized the practice. 'How to Die in Oregon' tell the stories of those most intimately involved with the practice today -- terminally ill Oregonians, their families, doctors, and friends -- as well as the passage of an assisted suicide law in Washington State.

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage 
2010
An in-depth look at the Canadian rock band Rush, chronicling the band's musical evolution from their progressive rock sound of the '70s to their current heavy rock style.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

What's Coming to Netflix December 2015 - Ratings List

Thanks to Business Insider, we have a nice list of everything coming to Netflix in December, including a couple of holiday-related Netflix originals. We decided to add IMDB ratings to see what's good! We'll definitely be watching "A Very Murray Christmas" (available 12/4), "30 for 30: Chasing Tyson" (available 12/1 and rated 8.9 on IMDB), and maybe we'll check out "Detectorists" (available 12/1 and rated 8.5 on IMDB).

EDIT: Thanks to CMCyantist on reddit who says "To put it into context, their is no film or show with a rating higher than 9.2 (The Godfather, 1972 and The Shawshank Redemption, 1994)." - so while it doesn't look great to have a bunch of 7's and 8's, the best movies in the universe only have a 9.2 on IMDB's scale.

Here's the full list with ratings:

Title        Date   IMDB          Rating
Broadchurch (Season 2) 1-Dec     8.4
I'm Brent Morin (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)  1-Dec     n/a
Real Rob (Season 1, Netflix exclusive)  1-Dec     n/a
50 Shades of THEY (Season 1)  1-Dec     n/a
Detectorists (Season 1)  1-Dec     8.5
Sensitive Skin (Season 1) 1-Dec     7.3
Starting Over (Season 1)  1-Dec     7.3
Winning Life's Battles (Season 1)  1-Dec     n/a
Las Mágicas Historias de Plim Plim (Season 1)  1-Dec     n/a
#DeathToSelfie 1-Dec     n/a
A Christmas Star  1-Dec     6.1
A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z  1-Dec     7.7
CBGB 1-Dec     6.5
Christmas Wedding Baby 1-Dec     8.0
30 for 30: Chasing Tyson  1-Dec     8.9
Amnesiac 1-Dec     4.3
Ray 1-Dec     7.8
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury  1-Dec     6.7
Darkman 1-Dec     6.4
Stir of Echoes 1-Dec     7.0
Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming  1-Dec     4.9
That Touch of Mink   1-Dec     6.7
Cradle 2 the Grave  1-Dec     5.8
Tyke: Elephant Outlaw (Netflix exclusive)   1-Dec     7.7
See You in Valhalla  1-Dec     5.3
Jenny's Wedding  1-Dec     5.3

Stations of the Cross

2-Dec

    7.5
Tangerine  2-Dec     6.9
Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine  3-Dec     8.2
A Very Murray Christmas (NETFLIX ORIGINAL) 4-Dec     n/a
Comedy Bang! Bang! (Season 4)  4-Dec     7.8
Inside Man (Season 3)  5-Dec     n/a
A Case of You  5-Dec     5.6
Dinosaur 13  5-Dec     7.1
Vampire Academy  7-Dec     5.6
One & Two  8-Dec     5.3
Xenia  8-Dec     6.9
Phoenix  8-Dec     6.5
Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High and Unemployed Live in Austin (NETFLIX ORIGINAL) 9-Dec     n/a
Phineas and Ferb (Season 4)  9-Dec     8.0
The Ridiculous 6 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL) 11-Dec     n/a
The Adventures of Puss in Boots — Season 2 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL) 11-Dec     7.1
The Da Vinci Code  14-Dec     6.5
Hart of Dixie (Season 4)  15-Dec     7.8
High Profits (Season 1)  15-Dec     8.1
Drown  15-Dec     5.7
Time Out of Mind  15-Dec     5.7
Helix (Season 2)  16-Dec     6.9
Fresh Dressed  16-Dec     5.7
Making a Murderer — Season 1 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL) 18-Dec     n/a
MIke Epps: Don't Take it Personal (NETFLIX ORIGINAL) 19-Dec     n/a
F is for Family — Season 1 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)  19-Dec     n/a
Glitter Force — Season 1 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)  19-Dec     n/a
chloe and theo  19-Dec     5.7
Leo the Lion 20-Dec     n/a
Magic Snowflake 20-Dec     6.1
Santa's Apprentice  20-Dec     6.3
El Señor de los Cielos (Season 3)  21-Dec     7.5
Queen of Earth  22-Dec     6.8
Invisible Sister  23-Dec     6.5
Dawn of the Croods — Season 1 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)  24-Dec     n/a
Black Mirror (White Christmas episode)  25-Dec     n/a
Maron (Season 3)  28-Dec     7.7
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Season 5)  28-Dec     7.8
Parenthood (Season 6)  30-Dec     8.1
Nurse Jackie (Seasons 1-7)  31-Dec     7.6
Battle Creek (Season 1)  31-Dec     7.4
Violetta (Season 3)  31-Dec     5.1
Manhattan Romance  31-Dec     4.9

Need the US version of Netflix from other countries?

Friday, July 17, 2015

BoJack Horseman Season 2 is Out Today


By all accounts so far, it's a really funny show - if you like animated adult humor. The characters are great, the jokes are just stupid enough to be hilarious and make you think.
Here's the Netflix link.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July 15th Will Be a Day of Prime Deals For Cordcutters

Disclaimer: As fellow cordcutters we're very excited to share some deals on Amazon during tomorrow's Prime Day, which we'll be updating throughout the day. Some of the links in this post will be affiliate links to let them know that we sent you. We appreciate it if you'll give us credit by following one of our links, but if you're not interested we understand - just skip this post.


"Prime Day?" you say? Amazon is starting a day of deals to rival Black Friday in the summer, and it should be the best time to use your free Prime one-week trial (here's our link!). As this is the first Prime Day ever, we don't know how good it will be, but we'll be updating this post throughout the day to keep up to date with any cordcutter-specific deals:

UPDATED 5pm PDT: So a lot of people are disappointed with the "garage sale" random items, but it looks like Amazon is adding more Electionics to the Prime Day sales and listing them here.

UPDATED 5pm PDT:
VIZIO 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV - This looks like a better deal than any other TV's today, and we use a Vizio with no problems.
NETGEAR 2-Bay Network Attached Storage 6TB - Now here's something for the hardcore cordcutter.

Amazon Fire TV Stick - will be $15 off its usual $39.00 (at some point during the day). Though we still use and recommend the full Fire TV for $99, as does reddit [link] for its beefier components that let it run TV and games faster.
TCL 40-Inch 1080p LED TV - $115.00 after $289.99 off!
Fire HD 7 - $60 off = $79.00
Fire HD 6 - $20 off = $79.00
Out Of Sight Bracket for the Roku 3 - $14.99 after $10 off. It's only a dollar more than without the HDMI cable, and you can never have too many of those.
ProntoTec 7 Inch Quad Core Android 4.4 KitKat Tablet PC - $39.99 after $120.00 off!
ORICO USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure for 2.5" SATA HDD and SSD - $8.99 after $31.00 off.
512 GB Solid-State Drives - $159.99 down from $222.99
Big Screen TV's and smart TV's - deals to be announced throughout the day
Buy an Amazon.com Gift Card multipack, get $10 in Amazon.com promotional credit
Kindle Unlimited - Unlimited books and music for 12 months for $80.32 instead of $119.88

We'll post more cordcutter deals as they update the site!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

[What to Watch] 16 Things to Watch on Netflix This Summer


1. Top Gun (1986)
6.8/10 on IMDB
No American Independence Day celebration would be complete without revisiting the dog-fighting classic Top Gun. Watch Tom Cruise before he drank the Scientology cool-aid! "Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby."

2. National Treasure (2004)
6.9/10 on IMDB
Another American.... treasure. If you haven't seen Nick Cage tracking down the Declaration of Independence a la Dan Brown, you owe it to yourself.

3. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
6.7/10 on IMDB
Get ready for the July 31st release of "First day at camp" by watching the classic retro comedy. We'd like to thank Netflix for picking this up and continuing it (slightly NSFW trailer):


4. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
8.2/10 on IMDB
While it might not make you feel too warm and fuzzy about the American banking system (especially since it's based on a true story), if you haven't seen this awesome movie, this summer is the perfect time.

5. American Dad (2014)
7.5/10 on IMDB
Stan is a right-wing CIA agent keeping America safe in his own crazy way. Seth MacFarlane is in top form.

6. House of Cards (2013)
9.1/10 on IMDB
If you haven't binge-watched Season 3 yet, this is the perfect weekend to do it! Everyone loves it, go see why.

7. Shooter (2007)
7.2/10 on IMDB
Another perfect summer action movie, Mark Wahlberg tries to stop an assassination attempt on the president, and is framed along the way. Will he find out what's going on, or is the movie him sitting in a jail cell for 2 hours?

8. Black Hawk Down (2001)
7.7/10 on IMDB
A more war-like patriotic action flick, Black Hawk Down directed by Ridley Scott details the story of over 100 Army Rangers dropped into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord. Intense and riveting.

9. The Terminator (1984)
8.1/10 on IMDB
A classic action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a mean robot sent back in time to kill the unborn future leader of the human resistance.

10. IP Man (2008) / IP Man 2 (2010)
8.1/10 (IMDB) / 7.6/10 (IMDB) 
"A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the successful martial arts master who taught the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun to the world." - IMDB
Definitely worth a watch if you're in the mood for some Kung Fu.

11. Mission: Impossible (1996) / M:I-2 (2000)
7.1/10 (IMDB) / 6.0/10 (IMDB)
Watch the adrenaline-high spy action thriller to rule them all. And who can argue that the soundtrack isn't the best?
This is actually better for your back than a standing desk, try it.
12. Django Unchained (2012)
8.5/10 on IMDB
It's about time we get to some Tarantino (who won an Oscar for this film along with Christoph Waltz). We definitely give this Spaghetti Western about a former slave's quest to free his wife more than an 8.5.

14. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
7.8/10 on IMDB
If sci-fi is your thing, check out the most recent addition to the Star Trek universe, following Chris Pine as he tries to track down a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

15. The Fifth Element (1997)
7.6/10 on IMDB
The fifth element isn't Boron in this 1997 classic starring  Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich. Watch as a future cabbie and his fare get wrapped up in the hunt for the ultimate space-weapon.
Multi-pass.
16. The Animatrix (2003)
7.4/10 on IMDB
Animated short films set in The Matrix show the backstory to the original mind-blowing masterpiece. If you haven't seen them and like the Matrix, it's time to catch up!