Tag Archives: Streaming Video

The Beauty of DNS Re-direction / Unblocking

Want to watch Veronica Mars in Canada for free, just like our US neighbours?

Well tough luck!!!

That is unless you pay for US VPN access or use DNS re-direction/unblocking.

I’m not going to discuss using a VPN.  They are generally expensive and slow.

I am going to discuss using DNS re-direction though, because that’s what I have been using to watch Veronica Mars for the past week.

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Stargate Atlantis No Longer on Netflix USA

I posted a short while ago that i was disappointed that Stargate Atlantis was not on Netflix Canada and had to resort to using a hack to access Netflix USA in order to watch it.

Well, I guess I missed the notice, because Netflix’s license to carry Atlantis expired yesterday.  Meaning, it’s no longer there.

This doesn’t mean it will never come back, but Netflix will have to negotiate a new contract with the content owners.

I hope they do this soon.  I was only half way through season 2 and it was getting pretty good.  I would hate to have to waste a bunch of time downloading it illegally.  At least with Netflix, somebody is getting paid.



Hey Netflix Canada, Where’s Stargate Atlantis?

Many moons ago I mentioned that I was interested in watching some recent TV show additions to Netflix Canada.  In particular Farscape and Stargate SG-1.  Both shows that I missed the first time that they aired.

Well, shortly after that post I started watching Farscape.  It was great, loved it.

Then I started watching Stargate SG-1.  Another great show, loved it.

In the case of Farscape, it was cancelled in the final season without notice, so it ends on a cliffhanger.  Luckily, a 2 part mini-series was released to wrap everything up.  Unfortunately, it’s not available for streaming on Netflix, so I had to download it illegally.  🙁

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Lost on Netflix Canada

Apparently, my family and I are some of the few people who haven’t already watched the TV series “Lost”.  Everytime it comes up and I mention to friends that I have never watched it, I always get disbelief and then “well, you have to watch it!”.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always wanted to watch it, I just never got around to it.

Well, imagine my surprise when I logged in to Netflix a little while ago and was greeted with a nice big picture of “Lost” and the words “recommended for you”.  According to What’s New on Netflix Canada, it went live on April 15th.

We are already on Episode 6 and kids can’t seem to get enough.  Who would have thought a TV show about a bunch of strangers stuck on island in the midle of nowhere would bring a family together.



Access Netflix.com from Canada without a VPN

A lot has been said about the content differences between Netflix Canada and Netflix US since it launched in Canada last year.  For the most part Netflix Canada has made significant improvements, but there may be times when you just want to watch something that is only available on the US site.

A Google search on the topic will likely bring up sites describing how to use a VPN server to redirect all of your traffic and make it appear as if you were somewhere else (in the continental US for example).  The major issues with this method are that access to a good VPN server can get pretty expensive and you are limited to the bandwidth provided by the VPN server (both speed and/or amount of data).  Being bandwidth limited is not really ideal for a video streaming service.

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Netflix Canada for Android – Follow up

So, it turns out that only days after I posted details on how to trick the Android Netflix app to work in Canada, Netflix Canada goes and approves the app for use in Canada.

This means that you should now find the Netflix app in the Android marketplace assuming you are running Android 2.2 or higher.  I tested the new version on my HTC HD2 running Android and it worked perfectly.  😀



Netflix Canada Selection After 1 Year

So, it has been a little over a year since Netflix launched their streaming video service here in Canada.  Initially the selection was pretty sparse.  Since then, more and more content has been added ever month; both good and bad.

What’s the selection like a year after launching?  Well lets take a look at some of the newer releases by category….

Action & Adventure:

Iron Man 2, Unstoppable, Knight & Day, The Last Airbender, The A-Team, Machete, Gamer and G.I.Joe


No Strings Attached, Jackass 3, Date Night, Megamind, Morning Glory, Dinner for Schmucks and Extract

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Netflix Canada – Missing TV Episodes?

The other day a buddy of mine sent me an e-mail to point out that Sliders was added to Netflix recently.  We both used to watch that show so it brings up a bit of nostalgia.  There is actually a slew of new shows that I would love to watch that have been added, like Stargate SG1 and Farscape for example.

Anyway, today I logged in and decided to look at some of the member reviews and that’s when I was made aware that several episodes are missing.

Apparently, this is not news if you are a US subscriber.  Sliders has been available for streaming in the US for a few years.  From what I can tell, there are the occasional episodes missing from many of the TV shows available for streaming.  I’ve read that this is due to licensing issues relating to the particular episodes that often center around music (lack of distribution agreements for a particular song for example).

Regardless, it makes it pretty difficult to watch a new show when the pilot is one of the episodes that’s not available.  😡



Netflix Lowers Data Usage for Canadians

In direct response to all of the UBB crap (Usage Based Billing) going on up here in Canada, Netflix has added the option for users to control the amount of data used for streaming content.

According to Neil Hunt (Chief Product Officer at Netflix), users will have the option to choose between three levels of service: Good, Better & Best, in order to control the amount of data used each month.

All of the details are outlined in his post on the Netflix Blog here….

Apparently, using the old default settings, 30 hrs of streaming content could consume up to 70 GB of data.  Using the new defaults, throughput should drop to around 9 GB for the same amount of video.

Obviously there is a hit to the video quality as a result (though it may not be that noticeable).  If you want to change it back, the option is found under \Your Account & Help\Manage Video Quality.



Paramount signs deal with Netflix Canada

Three days after adding Iron Man 2 to their Canadian line-up, Netflix has officially sent out a press release announcing their multi-year licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures.

Netflix and Paramount Reach Multi-Year Premium Pay TV Window Deal in Canada

I’m guessing the deal was actually finalized a while ago since The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Defiance and The African Queen were added way back on March 2nd, but are listed as upcoming in the press release.

Regardless, this is great news and confirms my earlier suspicion that we could be expecting more content from Paramount Pictures in the near future.