Get American Netflix on Roku

Published: Dec 6, 2019

Roku is a popular streaming device worldwide. It plays content from online streaming services, such as Netflix. If you own Roku but don’t have Netflix on it, then follow this guide. As a bonus, we will also show how you can watch the American version of Netflix.

Netflix on Roku

Before Amazon Firestick and Chromecast, Roku was the only mainstream player in the online media player industry. Roku launched its first Linux-enabled Netflix Internet Video Streaming receiver box, the Roku DVP, in May 2008.

Since then, the device has been through some major advancements. Roku now comes pre-loaded with a dozen US-based channels, including Amazon Instant, ABC, NBC and Hulu to make your streaming experience more efficient and entertaining. Roku currently offers Roku Ultra, Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+, Roku Express, and Express+. The wide variety of plans means you can choose whichever one suits your needs.

How to Install Netflix on Roku

Netflix is natively compatible with Roku, and installing it is quite simple. Here’s how to install Netflix on Roku 1 and other Roku models.

For Roku 1:

  1. From Roku’s Home screen, navigate to Home and choose ‘Netflix’ , If you can’t see Netflix: Go to ‘Channel Store’ ➝ ‘Movies & TV’, Select ‘Netflix’ ➝ ‘Add Channel’ ➝ go-to channel
  2. Choose ‘Yes’ on the Netflix home screen, If you are not yet a member, follow the signup prompts or set up your membership online.
  3. A code will appear. Enter this activation code at netflix.com/activate

Your Roku now has Netflix running

For other Roku Models:

  1. From Roku’s Home screen, navigate to Home and choose ‘Netflix.’ If you don’t see Netflix: Go to ‘Channel Store’ ➝ ‘Movies & TV’, Select ‘Netflix’ ➝ ‘Add Channel’ ➝ go-to channel
  2. Choose ‘Yes’ on the Netflix home screen. If you aren’t a member, follow the signup prompts or set up your membership online.
  3. A code will appear. Enter this activation code at netflix.com/activate

Your Roku now has Netflix installed.

For other Roku Models:

  1. Go to Home and select ‘Netflix.’ If Netflix is missing: Go to ‘Streaming Channels’ ⭢ ‘Movies & TV’, Choose ‘Netflix’ ⭢ ‘Add Channel’ ⭢ go-to channel
  2. Select ‘Sign In’ on the Netflix home screen. If you aren’t a member, follow the signup prompts or set up your membership online.

How to Watch American Netflix on Roku

Now that your Roku has Netflix, wouldn’t it be disappointing to discover that the specific title you want to watch isn’t available in your region?

Having Netflix on Roku opens a whole new world of entertainment. However, you will still be limited to the content available in your specific region. Netflix has separate media libraries for every country. The US library has the most premium content available.. You can still access the Netflix US library from outside the US using a reliable Netflix VPN service, such as PureVPN. By using PureVPN, you can easily access all US-based channels on Roku that are otherwise unavailable in your region.

Please note that Roku doesn’t have a built-in VPN client, and you will need to set up PureVPN on a compatible router to use with Roku. By doing so, Roku will automatically have VPN functionality enabled as it connects to the Wi-Fi.

Follow these three steps to set up your Roku with PureVPN.

  1. Signing up for PureVPN
  2. Configuring a router with PureVPN
  3. Connecting the router with Roku

Sign Up for PureVPN

Visit PureVPN to sign up for a plan of your choice.

Configuring a Router with PureVPN

Once you have an active PureVPN subscription, it is time to configure your router . The configuration process differs from router to router. Here’s a list of all routers and their configuration guides.

  1. DDWRT with PPTP
  2. DDWRT with OpenVPN
  3. Asus Router with PPTP
  4. Belkin Router with PPTP
  5. Tomato Router with PPTP
  6. TP-Link with PPTP
  7. D-Link with PPTP

Once you’ve configured PureVPN on your router, move onto the next step.

Connect Router with Roku

You can now connect your router with Roku by following these steps.

  1. Restart your router, and connect with a PureVPN US IP address
  2. On your Mac or PC, visit https://owner.roku.com
  3. When you’re asked to choose a country, select the United States
  4. The US has 5 digit zip codes, so you will need to compose your own zip code for your credit card
  5. Now, perform a factory reset on your Roku. To do so, press the button on the back of your Roku for 15 seconds
  6. Setup your Roku again with the router, and reconnect it to the network

Now you will be able to access American Netflix as well as other US-based channels like Hulu, ABC, and NBC u.

Since Roku lacks native VPN compatibility, this is by far the easiest way to install and use a VPN on your Roku. Unlike Amazon Fire TV, which runs on a modified version of Android, Roku has its own proprietary software that is restrictive about which apps can be installed.

Once you install PureVPN on Roku, you can rest assured that your online activities are encrypted and hidden f. PureVPN’s enormous network of 2000+ servers in 180+ locations guarantees optimum uptime without any DNS leaks.