How to Get American Netflix on Apple TV

Last updated: March 31, 2020 by Oscar Frost


American Netflix is the subject of envy of all streaming fans. The almost global availability of Netflix has done little to stop people from wishing they had direct access to the US version of it.

If you have an Apple TV, the version of Netflix you get by default depends on where you are located.

Although it is possible to watch American Netflix on Apple TV in Canada, the process is a little long-winded, which is what led me to write the instructional piece for those of you not familiar with how it’s done.

Using a VPN to Stream US Netflix on Apple TV

In order to unlock geo-restricted titles on Netflix, you will need to trick Netflix into thinking that you are located in a region different from your physical location.

This might seem like magic, but thankfully, a word powered by technology is indistinguishable from magic. It is perfectly possible to change your Netflix region with the use of a VPN.

Netflix automatically shows you a version of content library that the company has the distribution rights to show in your country. The Netflix app and website determine your location by your IP address, which reveals your country and city.

If you use a VPN to connect to a server from another country, your IP address will change so that it represents users from your selected country. Thus, if you apply this trick and then visit Netflix, it will show a version of content catalog based on your virtual IP address now provided by your VPN.

This is the basic idea behind the working of VPN services and this is how they are able to bring us access to content that may not be available by default in your region.

Steps for Setting Unblocking American Netflix on Apple TV

The Apple TV operating system doesn’t directly support VPN apps. That’s a bummer, because this article would be a few hundred words shorter if Apple had only worked a little harder and gave the OS built-in support for VPNs.

But c’ést la vie. As long as you have a computer, you can utilize it as a medium for enabling VPN on your Apple TV and unblock Netflix libraries. Here’s how:

  • Subscribe to a VPN that works well with Netflix (such as PureVPN).
  • Use an Ethernet cable and plug one end of it to Apple TV and the other to your PC.
  • Open Control Panel, and select Network and Internet on the left-hand menu.
  • Click on Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings (left-hand menu).
  • Now find the icon having the name of your VPN. It should be labelled as PureVPN Tap Adapter if you’re using PureVPN.
  • Right-click on this and then click on Properties.
  • Click on the sharing tab and check the box next to “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection”.
  • From the Home Networking Connection drop-down, choose Local Area Network.

The above steps will allow your Apple TV to connect to your PC’s VPN connection. Connect to a US server on the VPN in your computer and then visit Netflix on Apple TV.

You should now be able to access US Netflix on your Apple TV with ease.

Problems Accessing US Netflix on Apple TV with a VPN? Try this

It is important to remember that Netflix has extremely strict firewalls in place that detect and block VPNs and proxy services. Very VPNs work with Netflix today and the success rate is never 100% even among those that are generally effective for Netflix.

So, the first thing you should ensure is to use a VPN for Netflix that actually works. Some of the best in this business are PureVPN, ExpressVPN, and Surfshark.

However, if you are still experiencing problems with these VPNs, try changing your server. If you can’t figure out which server to use, try reaching the customer support of the VPNs mentioned above. These services always have at least a few specific servers that work with Netflix, but the ability of any given server to unblock Netflix is always changing.


Netflix US has an allure of its own that sets it apart from other regions Netflix is available in. You can get American Netflix on Apple TV by using a VPN service, using the instructions mentioned above. In these dark times of self-quarantine, you should know every trick to spend a better quality time at home.

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