How to Watch American Netflix in Mexico
If you’re heading south of the border for a vacation or a longer stay, chances are you’ll want to continue watching your favorite shows. However, there’s a chance that your favorite show is missing from the Mexican Netflix.
What to do? Watch it on American Netflix. While you can’t access American Netflix in Mexico the traditional way, there still are workarounds. Read on to learn more about them.
Netflix is available in more than 190 countries around the world, Mexico being one of them. Similar to many other, Mexican version of Netflix has a limited number of TV shows and films on its menu. Figures for the first half of 2019 look something like this: around 2,400 movies and almost 600 TV shows.
The exact numbers may vary by date, but that’s roughly what the Mexican viewers have at their disposal. On the other hand, American Netflix offers around 5,000 movies and around 1,150 TV shows. The difference in the availability looks more than compelling and it’s no wonder that so many Mexican viewers have started looking for ways to access American site.
If you’re traveling or moving south of the border, you might want to get in on the train. There are two main ways to get American Netflix in Mexico – VPN and Smart DNS. Let’s dig in.
What’s the Deal with Limited Content Availability Abroad?
Before we get to the VPN setup, it is good to get acquainted with the disparity in available content on various regional versions of Netflix. The main reason Thai Netflix has only a handful of TV shows and movies and Mexican Netflix around 50% of the content available in America is the contract Netflix signs with each country where it extends its services.
These contracts oblige Netflix to conform to each country’s content policies and restrict the viewers in that region from viewing the content deemed inappropriate by the authorities. Also, some third-party TV shows and movies might have already been sold to other local distributors or have regional restrictions and Netflix has to obey those, too.
Accessing American Netflix in Mexico
In this part of the article, we’ll discuss why Mexican users can’t access American Netflix the conventional way and how to work around it.
I Can’t Access the American Site from Mexico
Netflix has a network of regional sites and each has its own content. To keep hold of the signed contracts, Netflix has to limit the users’ access to their regional site. Viewers located in Mexico can, therefore, only access the Mexican site.
American and other regional sites are unavailable the conventional way and Netflix will redirect every attempt by a Mexican-based IP to access another regional site to https://www.netflix.com/mx-en.
Netflix uses geo-location and redirects users based on their IP address. For example, if you had an account registered in Mexico and went to the United States, you’d only be able to reach American Netflix. Mexican Netflix would be off limits.
However, if you’re going from the States to Mexico, you can still enjoy American Netflix. Let’s inspect the VPN route.
Taking the VPN Route
In a nutshell, VPN or Virtual Private Network changes your IP address to make it look like you’re coming from another geographical location. You can choose a different city, state, or even country. VPN apps allow much more than viewing Netflix content that’s blocked in your country, but that’s a story for another article.
There are countless free and paid VPN apps out there. Most of the quality apps support multiple platforms and operating systems. However, Netflix can detect most of them, at least the free ones. However, there are notable exceptions in the free section that can still evade detection. Paid apps are more successful, though Netflix is constantly improving its defenses.
If you want to access American Netflix in Mexico, here’s how the general process should look like:
- Register with a VPN service.
- Download and install a VPN app on your device.
- Set it up and pick a US-based IP address and server.
- Set up a VPN connection.
- Search for the American version of the Netflix site or launch the Netflix app.
- Log in and continue to your favorite movies and series.
Taking the Smart DNS Route
If you want more than what a standard VPN app can offer, you can also try Smart DNS. This service, aside from VPN services, can also unlock over 400 streaming services. It can also unblock digital media and websites and allow you to download torrent files.
On the downside, Smart DNS is powerless against ISPs that use DNS hijacking and transparent proxies. There’s a 14-day free trial, while the paid version of the service costs $4.90 on a one-month plan. A three-month plan will cost you $4.30 a month while a 12-month subscription will set you back $3.33 a month.
I Have a Mexican Account
In case you’ve been in Mexico for a long time and you have an account registered in Mexico, you can still access American Netflix with the help of a VPN or Smart DNS. Netflix allows all users access to the local site, wherever they are.
The Best VPN Apps
Here are some good VPN apps that can grant you access to American Netflix in Mexico.
ProtonVPN is great in both free and paid versions. The free option poses no limitations in terms of megabytes and gigabytes you can stream. Also, it is very fast and performs extraordinarily well in the privacy segment. That being said, the number of available locations is limited to three and there’s no P2P support.
The paid app unlocks a ton of locations and countries. Also, paying users have bandwidth priority over free users. Depending on the plan, you’ll be able to connect additional devices. Both versions are ad-free. The Basic plan is 4 euros (about $5) a month. The Plus plan costs 8 euros (around $10) a month. The Visionary package is 24 euros ($25-30) a month.
TunnelBear has free and paid versions of the app. If you opt to go free, you’ll get a fast and reliable connection and an easy-to-use app. You’ll also get only 500MB of data per month which is somewhat unimpressive. The range of locations you can select is also very limited.
The paid version does away with data limitations and brings other perks, as well. Windows, iOS, Mac, and Android devices are supported. The 12-month plan costs $4.99 a month.
ExpressVPN is only available as a paid app. However, it covers a staggering range of operating systems and platforms. The list includes Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux. There are also Firefox and Chrome extensions. 160 locations in more than 90 countries will be at your disposal. Also, the app offers 256-bit encryption.
If you decide to get the 1-month plan, it will cost $12.95. If you buy the six-month plan, you’ll pay $9.99 a month. Finally, the 15-month plan costs $6.67 each month. There’s also a 30-day money back guarantee.
Netflix Without Borders
If you’re traveling or moving to Mexico, you shouldn’t lose access to your favorite movies and TV shows. Therefore, you might want to try a VPN app or Smart DNS.
Have you used VPN to access American Netflix abroad? If so, what are your experiences? What app did you use and how effective was it? Let us know in the comments below.