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# 127334 7-Aug-2013 04:53
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We are keen to use Amazon Instant Video. I have Unblock-US set up and working fine and have entered US addresses etc on my Amazon account and changed my country location setting to US. However the final hurdle is that (unlike Netflix now) they require a US credit card even though my BNZ Visa works fine for ordinary Amazon purchases. 

Have tried the so-called fix of putting the Amazon account into credit by buying myself a gift card and then deleting credit card details - but that does not seem to work.

Has anyone found a solution for this?

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  # 872949 7-Aug-2013 07:13
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I haven't tried Amazon, but Netflix and Hulu have similar restrictions. The Air New Zealand OneSmart card works with them (VISA debit card). Other VISA or Mastercard debit cards might work too.




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  # 872952 7-Aug-2013 07:22
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A colleague of mine at work says that Hulu works with his Westpac DebitPlus Visa, and Hulu does enforce a "US Issuer Only" policy, so that leads me to believe any debit card will probably work.

 
 
 
 


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  # 872953 7-Aug-2013 07:24
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Is amazon instant like itunes/vudu - as in pay per episode/movie or rent?




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  # 872973 7-Aug-2013 08:08
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davidcole: Is amazon instant like itunes/vudu - as in pay per episode/movie or rent?


Yep, rent and/or buy - except that if you subscribe to Amazon Prime at US$79 pa, one of the benefits is that Instant video streaming is fully included. But I think you really do have to be in the US to do that.



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  # 872975 7-Aug-2013 08:11
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SaltyNZ: I haven't tried Amazon, but Netflix and Hulu have similar restrictions. The Air New Zealand OneSmart card works with them (VISA debit card). Other VISA or Mastercard debit cards might work too.


Netflix have relaxed their requirement for a US credit card. I signed up last weekend using BNZ Visa and all seems well - but I am currently using their free trial period. You do need to go through a VPN-type thing - I am trialling Unblock-US right now and it's fine.

I am using Netflix via PS3 and it's great.

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  # 872983 7-Aug-2013 08:30
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SaltyNZ: I haven't tried Amazon, but Netflix and Hulu have similar restrictions. The Air New Zealand OneSmart card works with them (VISA debit card). Other VISA or Mastercard debit cards might work too.


Netflix have relaxed their requirement for a US credit card. I signed up last weekend using BNZ Visa and all seems well - but I am currently using their free trial period. You do need to go through a VPN-type thing - I am trialling Unblock-US right now and it's fine.

I am using Netflix via PS3 and it's great.


*Sigh*... I still need a computer for my Netflix and Hulu. The amount of hoop-jumpery required to get the apps onto the XBox just seems all too much considering I have a Mac already there, but it would be nice to not need it. :-(




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  # 872984 7-Aug-2013 08:36
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Not exactly what you were asking: I was able to sign up for an Amazon Prime free trial (have to enter Credit Card details at the start of trial) with a KiwiBank Mastercard (i.e. a bog standard NZ card) after shipping something to my YouShop address in the USA.

My interpretation of this is that once you have a verified US address, a credit card from anywhere should work.


IMHO the range of free video under Amazon Prime was pretty thin, so do be prepared to buy episodes/movies individually.

 
 
 
 


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  # 872987 7-Aug-2013 08:45
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SaltyNZ: I haven't tried Amazon, but Netflix and Hulu have similar restrictions. The Air New Zealand OneSmart card works with them (VISA debit card). Other VISA or Mastercard debit cards might work too.


Netflix have relaxed their requirement for a US credit card. I signed up last weekend using BNZ Visa and all seems well - but I am currently using their free trial period. You do need to go through a VPN-type thing - I am trialling Unblock-US right now and it's fine.

I am using Netflix via PS3 and it's great.


*Sigh*... I still need a computer for my Netflix and Hulu. The amount of hoop-jumpery required to get the apps onto the XBox just seems all too much considering I have a Mac already there, but it would be nice to not need it. :-(


there is very little "hoop-jumpery" to get these on the xbox 360.  just create an US account (go to www.xbox.com and create one), sign in with that american account on your console, download netflix, hulu, whatever else you want.  sign back into your normal account and you'll have access to netflix, hulu, whatever. 

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  # 872993 7-Aug-2013 09:00
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Oh, that sounds much more concise than the instructions I read. In that case I probably will!




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  # 872997 7-Aug-2013 09:06
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I think you must use a VPN to access the Amazon service to use a "US account".

For example if you have a Kindle and use a non-VPN connection it will work - everyone travels right? But if ALL of your purchases are over a non-VPN account then Amazon will lock the account (and the Kindle). I only ever use Amazon over a VPN. While I do have some credits available (thanks to folks who use our Amazon order page to buy things, not only Kindle), I know that using two accounts worked: use the NZ one with a NZ card to buy yourself a gift card, then use a US one over a VPN to apply that gift card and use the balance.







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freitasm: I think you must use a VPN to access the Amazon service to use a "US account".

For example if you have a Kindle and use a non-VPN connection it will work - everyone travels right? But if ALL of your purchases are over a non-VPN account then Amazon will lock the account (and the Kindle). I only ever use Amazon over a VPN. While I do have some credits available (thanks to folks who use our Amazon order page to buy things, not only Kindle), I know that using two accounts worked: use the NZ one with a NZ card to buy yourself a gift card, then use a US one over a VPN to apply that gift card and use the balance.




Thanks MF. TBH I had thought of the 'two account' approach - but not with your underlying VPN-usage logic. This makes a lot of sense - will give it go when I get home tonight.



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Success using Mauricio's solution above. Now running Amazon Instant Video via PS3.

Putting a brand-new Amazon account, operated only through Unblock-US/VPN (not tainted with anything NZ-related, except maybe credit card) into 'credit' using a Gift Card purchased on my main Amazon account, works. It works even though I had to load a NZ credit card - because you have to load some credit card - and it continues to work with the card still loaded. I set this account up with a US address and US country setting.

It will interesting to see what happens when the credit on new Amazon account runs out - I'm sure I will have to top it up because it won't like the NZ credit card.

The only issue now is that watching Netflix and Amazon IV in HD and 5.1 chews through a lot of data. Have had to increase my plan with Xtra - but have cancelled Sky SoHo and Fatso subscriptions to compensate.

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  # 892126 9-Sep-2013 14:32
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I have a ANZ Onesmart card and a VPN Witopia.

For those who use the anz onesmart card...

Do you have to have a "wallet" of US dollars or will it pull it off whatever wallet has money?

What address do you use with holu/netflix?


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  # 892291 9-Sep-2013 18:21
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I use the address of a random hotel. It's not like they'll ever send letters there, and if they do the hotel will just bin it as being for a guest who isn't staying there.

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