Netflix has started is crackdown on Smart DNS proxy service like Unotelly at the beginning of 2016 and is showing no signs of slowing down. Major Smart DNS proxy services like Unotelly, Unblock-Us, and Overplay, have all but thrown the towel. Here’s the lowdown, Smart DNS would allow you to trick Netflix into thinking you’re located in the USA. Thus, you’d get access to a much larger movie and TV show library when compared to the UK Netflix library. Under pressure from the movie industry, Netflix began tightening its grip on both VPN and Smart DNS services which would normally allow you to hide your IP address and spoof your online location.
As a result, many users are reporting that Unotelly would not be working for them any longer. You will still have access to the American Netflix library, but when trying to watch a title that is exclusively available in Netflix USA, Netflix would throw you the infamous Netflix proxy error. “You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again.” It basically means that Netflix is able to detect the presence of a proxy or VPN connection.
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Fortunately, there are methods out there that still function with Netflix. Both ExpressVPN and Unlocator can be used to change Netflix regions and unblock American Netflix in UK or elsewhere outside USA as of the 1st of June 2016. In this article, I will shed light on either solution.
Unotelly Netflix Proxy Error Detected Fix 2017 via VPN/Smart DNS
Unotelly Netflix Proxy Error Detected – How to Fix with VPN
A virtual private network, or VPN, enables users to hide their real IP address and appear to located in different regions. As a result, streaming channels like Netflix will think you’re actually accessing their servers from the country where the VPN server is located. In simpler terms, connecting to a VPN server in USA grants you an American IP address which, in turn, makes it possible to unblock and watch American Netflix in UK.
The main issue here is that since Netflix ‘war’ against proxy and VPN services began, many VPN server IP addresses have been blacklisted. That is why you might Netflix is able to detect that you are using VPN to spoof your location. Once a VPN server is blacklisted, reliable VPN providers make a new VPN server available to their users. Due to the investment needed, most free VPN providers can no longer unblock American Netflix abroad. It truly is a cat-and-mouse game.
Out of all the VPN services that I continuously test, ExpressVPN has fared the best so far. I haven’t had any major issues using ExpressVPN to change my Netflix region to USA.
Unotelly Not Working – Smart DNS Proxy Fix 2017
A lot of Netflix users are more familiar with Smart DNS when it comes to unblocking American Netflix in UK. Setting up Smart DNS mainly involves changing your device’s DNS server addresses. This can be done on all streaming devices bar Roku and Chromecast. That compatibility means that Smart DNS the a preferred method to change Netflix regions. As with VPN, however, many Smart DNS services, such as Unotelly, are not working with Netflix. The proxy error you get when trying to stream any title that is exclusively available on American Netflix is the same Netflix proxy error you get when using VPN.
There seems to be a shimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for Smart DNS proxy services though. Unlocator, one of the top Smart DNS services, still allows you to unblock American Netflix outside USA. Setting up Unlocator DNS is similar to that of Unotelly, the only difference being the DNS server addresses of course.
You can create a free Unlocator account and test their service with no need for a credit card. The trial ends after 7 days which gives you more than enough time to evaluate their services.
Netflix Proxy Error 2017 – What Lies Ahead?
In all fairness, Netflix have succeeded to some degree in their fight against VPN and Smart DNS. While Netflix regions like USA, UK, Canada, and Mexico, which are traditionally more in-demand, can still be unblocked by using VPN or Smart DNS proxies, less sought after Netflix regions are no longer accessible outside their regions.