Netflix is a service that allows you to watch movies and series online via streaming technology, which is similar to Youtube.
In Honduras you can access this service through the website netflix.com. You just need a credit or debit card able to make international transactions.
Netflix offers the option of getting a free month of service, you just need to subscribe, but you have to leave your card data.
You can cancel the subscription before the end of the month to avoid being charged.
I tested the service, and honestly I was left somewhat disappointed by the lack of content.
They have some old Mexican television programming, such as soap operas. But I really don’t want to subscribe to Netflix just to watch Mexican soap operas.
The problem is that Netflix does not have permission to stream certain content outside the United States, which may leave you with a narrow selection of movies and series. U.S. Netflix has more content and more variety than its Latin American counterpart.
Fortunately there are some tricks to get around this geographic restriction.
There is a popular application: Hotspot Shield, that you can download from their website. Once installed you can see the American Netflix just like you were in America.
Besides Hotspot Shield there are other similar applications like Unblock Us and Unotelly that for a small monthly fee provides you with access to Netflix U.S. Through VPN or DNS modifications. These latter have the advantage that they can be used in Linux.
But a simple and convenient method is to install an extension for Firefox and Google Chrome browsers: Media Hint. Once you install this addon you can begin to watch the American Netflix without further modifications. This extension also allows you to watch Hulu and Hulu Plus, which are similar to Netflix.
The only problem is that Netflix does not allow you to use a Linux distribution such as Ubuntu, because Netflix uses Silverlight software, which is not available on open source operating systems because of licensing issues.
But there there is also a solution for this.
Even with these new services, some prefer to continue using piracy to view their favorite content, but the advantage is that services like Netflix allows immediate access via the streaming service.
For those of you who have moral qualms that prevent you from using pirated content, let me remind you that to work around the geographical restrictions of these services is essentially the same as watching pirated content, because you are making use of services for which access you have no permission; it doesn’t matter if you’re paying.