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The End of US Netflix in Argentina

Netflix Streaming from Outside of the USIt was bound to happen sooner or later…

Netflix has announced that they will begin cracking down on those who use proxies or “unblockers” to access content outside of their geographic region.

Of course, many expats use these tricks to get the version of Netflix from their home country. I love being able to have US Netflix titles in Argentina rather than the Argentine content. It’s also nice to switch to other countries to get content that is not licensed for your area.

Netflix announced these coming crackdowns in a blog post that lamented that they could not offer the same content across all regions “given the historic practice of licensing content by geographic territories.” They also stated that they keep pushing towards that goal, but I would not expect any changes there for many years.

Netflix has been pretty lax on blocking these unblockers in the past. They had the technology to do more, but chose not to – because it was not in their best interest. Now it seems that the media owners have finally forced their hand.

We’ll have to see if the unblockers and proxies can come up with new technological solutions to get around these new blocks.

Let’s hope Netflix does not start to eliminate the sharing of account passwords!


Google Street View Argentina Launches

Google Street View for Argentina is finally here!

That’s right, about a year after Google announced that they were going to bring street view to Argentina, they have launched. Now you can get a virtual view of major Buenos Aires landmarks as well much of the rest of the country.

Puerto Madero Historical Street ViewSurprisingly, after only driving in Argentina for a year, you can get a historical street view as well.

Find anything interesting?

This Reddit Argentina post is already picking out some of the more interesting shots which includes lots of villa views, Shrek, graffiti, and more.


My Favorite VPN Access – On Sale!

Living in Buenos Aires, there is a huge need to have a VPN setup. (VPN stands for virtual private network and protects that data you send to the Internet while also routing your computer traffic through one of their servers to mask your identity and location.)

Private Internet Access VPNI’ve tried a ton of different services and finally found the one that I was most happy with – Private Internet Access. Their setup is super simple, they give you tons of locations to route through and the price is great.

Even better, they are currently running a sale with 20% off in support of the Reset the Net Campaign.

New subscribers can now get their monthly plan for $5.45 per month or their one-year plan for $31.95 ($2.66/month). Features include:

  • Secure VPN Account
  • Encrypted WiFi
  • P2P and VoIP Support
  • PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec
  • Multiple VPN Gateways
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • SOCKS5 Proxy Included
  • No traffic logs
  • Instant Setup

So, what have I used a VPN for?

  • Watching US-only content or using Netflix for other countries
  • When Gmail was down for Argentina, I used a VPN connection to access US servers
  • Shopping! I was tired of shopping on US sites and having orders declined because they detected I was in Argentina. (Try going to from Argentina – the site just gives an error message.)
  • Streaming from Pandora
  • Testing Google ads for clients from different geographic locations (the ads that appear vary widely as does search placement)
  • Signing up for different promotions/accounts with different usernames and emails in different locations
  • Anywhere I use public WiFi!

The best thing about Private Internet Access is that it’s super simple. Just look at how easy it is to select the location you want to appear from:

VPN From Argentina


It doesn’t get much simpler (and safer) than this.


Latin American Bitcoin Conference – Buenos Aires, December 7-8, 2013

Latin America Bitcoin ConferenceThe first Latin American Bitcoin Conference is being held in Buenos Aires on December 7 – 8, 2013, at the Melía Hotel downtown. (If you’re not yet familiar with Bitcoin, we suggest you check out our post about how to get the dolar blue rate with Bitcoin.)

This two day conference features a variety of international speakers who will be covering topics like:

  • Bitcoin Neutrality
  • Bitcoin as Money
  • Bitcoin as an Investment Opportunity
  • Latin America Land of Opportunities
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Business & Merchant Adoption
  • Bitcoin´s Positive Social Impact
  • Content Monetization
  • StartUp and Entrepreneurs
  • Angels and VC Investors
  • Local Chapters “Why, What, How”
  • Bitcoin Roadmap
  • Bitcoin is the Future
  • Obtaining and Safely Storing Bitcoins
  • Trading

You can also view the full program and schedule for complete details.

Registration is now open and early admission packages for local attendees is ARS $650 before November 4, 2013. The conference should be bi-lingual.

It’s a great opportunity to find out more about this new digital currency.

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