Sounds perfect to binge watch Netflix right? Unfortunately, it is not that simple.
Let’s suppose you’re an expat living outside the US and want to watch American Netflix library on Chromecast. You will realize that content exclusive to other regions can not be accessed without putting in some extra legwork.
Chromecast supports almost all mainstream streaming channels and applications including,
However, Netflix and Hulu are the two most commonly watched channels by users.
Setting up Netflix on Chromecast is very easy no matter which version you are using. Simply follow the steps mentioned below.
Netflix has literally taken over the world by a storm. Currently, the service is available in 190+ countries with exclusive streaming media libraries for almost all locations. While all of Netflix media libraries are unique and may not be available in another region, the most comprehensive and desired one is the US library available in the United States only, having a whopping number of 1100+ TV shows and 4500+ movies.
There are two ways to get around Netflix’s regional roadblocks and watch it on Google Chromecast. These are Smart DNS and Virtual Private Network (VPN). Keep reading as we have deciphered both the options for you in the simplest way possible.
A VPN encrypts the internet connection between your device and the server, removing all digital footprints tracing back to your original IP address.
VPNs have become very popular in the streaming fandom as they allow users to evade regional restrictions and access specific media libraries like the US Netflix library. The freedom to access anything gives VPN users an edge in the streaming fraternity.
Even though Chromecast doesn’t directly support a VPN, there are great Netflix VPN services like PureVPN which are totally compatible with Chromecast and work flawlessly. Just follow the steps mentioned-below.
Make sure you connect to the VPN servers mentioned below to enjoy Netflix US.
A simple and easy way to evade regional restrictions is by using Smart DNS proxies. Like VPNs, a smart DNS redirects part of a users’ internet connection to a remote proxy server, making it easier to trick streaming services like Netflix into believing that the user is actually located in that specific location.
Unfortunately, the Google Chromecast has been hard coded with Google DNS making its setup a little complicated. Users require a DD-WRT enabled router to get around this problem. Not all routers are capable of operating in such a way and its technically difficult to flash a router without proper knowledge.
If all that is too complicated, users cab opt for a provider such as TorGuard, which offers its own pre-configured routers. Once you’ve have got your hands on a pre-configured router or flashed the router in use, follow the below-mentioned steps.
Smart DNS is a good option for streaming. It is compatible to a number of devices and causes no notable hits to your internet speed. However, it is useless for netizens with an ISP that has a DNS hijacking policy in place. Also, smart DNS doesn't change a user’s real IP address and affects only a few supported websites. So if you’re looking for perfect anonymity and complete privacy, you should opt for a VPN that has been optimized for streaming, such as PureVPN.