Mortal Kombat has just been released to cinemas in NZ. However, there’s an even easier way to watch the film without leaving the comfort of your home. All you need to do is gain access to HBO Max, and to do that, you need a reliable VPN.
US HBO Max customers can stream Mortal Kombat right now. However, HBO Max isn’t available here yet. To watch Mortal Kombat in NZ, you need to trick HBO Max into thinking that you’re trying to watch its service from within the US. You need a US IP address, and the easiest way to spoof your IP is using a VPN.
In this article, I will explain how to stream Mortal Kombat in NZ on HBO Max – it only takes 5 minutes.
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How to stream Mortal Kombat in NZ on HBO Max: Quick Guide
To stream Mortal Kombat in NZ, you need an HBO Max account.
HBO Max isn’t available in NZ. When you connect to its service, you’ll run into errors like this, “HBO Max is not available in your region.” To get around these errors, you need a reliable VPN like NordVPN ($3.49/month) or Ivacy ($1.33/month).
Follow these simple steps to stream Mortal Kombat in NZ on HBO Max.
Total Time: 5 minutes
How to create an HBO Max account in NZ
After downloading NordVPN ($3.49/month) or Ivacy ($1.33/month) you’ll no longer run into the “HBO Max is not available in your region” error. However, recently HBO Max has started using a second layer of security by only allowing payments for an HBO Max subscription from a US credit card or PayPal account. There’s a few ways you can get around this:
- You can ask a friend or family member in the US to create an HBO Max account for you
- You can use an American Express credit card
- You can purchase an HBO Max gift card from mygiftcardsupply.com and create an account from anywhere in the world. (Mygiftcardsupply is a trusted and reliable website where you can purchase a variety of gift cards from anywhere in the world.)
The first two options aren’t eligible for most people. The easiest way to create an HBO Max account in NZ is using gift cards. Follow these steps below to create an HBO Max account using gift cards in NZ.
- Go to mygiftcardsupply.com
- Search for HBO Max cards
- Choose between a USD$25, USD$30, USD$50 gift card (note that standard HBO Max costs USD$14.99/month)
- Select if you want to make a one-off purchase or a repeat purchase every few months
- Proceed to checkout and confirm your purchase with your email address
- You’ll receive an email with a link. Click on that link, and that will give you access to your HBO Max gift card
- Connect to a US server on NordVPN ($3.49/month) or Ivacy ($1.33/month)
- Create an account at www.hbomax.com
- Go to HBONOW.com/gift and enter the 10 or 12 digit code from the back of your gift card.
- Choose your State or Territory, enter your ZIP Code (you can do this by googling) and then choose Continue.
- Click I have an account: Choose the Sign in link. Enter your account email and password. Then, choose Sign In and Redeem
- Return to www.hbomax.com
- Enjoy watching Mortal Kombat in New Zealand
Why do I need a VPN to watch HBO Max in NZ?
HBO Max is a US-based streaming service that doesn’t have the rights to broadcast its content internationally.
To avoid licensing and copyright issues, HBO Max blocks customers outside the US from accessing its content. These geo-blocks are why you’re running into the “HBO Max is not available in your region,” error in NZ.
HBO Max will only work with a US IP address. A VPN will provide you with one.
How does a VPN work?
VPNs can provide their customers with an anonymous internet connection. They do this by encrypting all of the internet data on a customers device and rerouting it through one of their servers.
VPNs have a large number of servers that the customer can select. These servers are location-based, and they provide the customer with an IP address from the country in which the server is located.
This online anonymity allows you to fool HBO Max into thinking that you’re trying to access its service from inside the US. All you need to do is select a US server on NordVPN ($3.49/month) or Ivacy ($1.33/month), you’ll be given a US IP address and you’ll be able to watch Mortal Kombat on HBO Max in NZ.
Will any VPN work with HBO Max?
No, not every VPN is compatible with HBO Max. Cheap VPNs may work with HBO Max for a short time, but eventually, they’ll be blocked by the streaming service.
This is because HBO Max tries to block VPN connections. It does this by monitoring for an abnormal amount of connections coming from the same IP address.
Cheap VPNs have more customers than IP addresses, and this results in users sharing IPs. When HBO Max sees hundreds or thousands of connections coming from the same IP, it knows that this isn’t a regular household IP and identifies the connection as a VPN.
When this happens, HBO Max blocks that IP. This will result in cheaper VPNs no longer working with HBO Max as all of their IP addresses will be blocked.
These VPNs have a lot of IP addresses, so sharing between customers is minimal. They have reliable US-based servers and most importantly, they stay one step ahead of HBO Max’s VPN blocking techniques.
When HBO Max identifies an IP address that has been provided by NordVPN ($3.49/month) or Ivacy ($1.33/month) these VPNs will close that IP and open a new one. This cat and mouse game means NordVPN ($3.49/month) or Ivacy ($1.33/month) will consistently work with HBO Max, and it will allow you to watch the streaming service reliably from here in NZ.
How to stream Mortal Kombat in NZ on HBO Max
Once you have a subscription, all you need to do is create an HBO Max account using gift cards, and you’ll be able to stream Mortal Kombat on HBO Max here in New Zealand.
The best VPNs to stream Mortal Kombat in NZ
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NordVPN is the most widely-used VPN in the world. And its easy to see why. It’s a polished app that delivers fast connections (more on this later) to a massive network of VPN servers.
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If you’re looking for an excellent VPN, with an even better price tag, Ivacy ($1.16/month) is a great option.
This VPN has all the features you need to stream BBC iPlayer, in HD, from any country in the world. I’ve been testing the app recently on Mac, PC, Android, iOS and FireStick and the results have been impressive – unlocking BBC iPlayer, US Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, etc. with ease.
The Ivacy app is a little different in regards to its UX (user experience). Instead of just selecting a UK server, you need to select the specific BBC iPlayer server. Don’t worry, this isn’t a bad thing – by connecting to a dedicated BBC iPlayer server, it simply means that you’re connecting to an IP address that Ivacy knows works with BBC iPlayer.
For an extra $1.99/month (£1.74) you can add-on a dedicated IP. This will buy you sole access to an IP address in a country of your choice, meaning you won’t have to share your IP (and speeds) with any other use. I don’t recommend this though, using the regular Ivacy servers is enough 95 per cent of the time.
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ExpressVPN is still one of the best VPNs you can buy. However, we’ve got it ranked in the number three spot for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s the most expensive VPN on the market. This was understandable when it was also the fastest and most reliable VPN too. But now it’s not. NordVPN is. ExpressVPN has recently been struggling to unblock some big streaming sites – BBC iPlayer and BeIN Sports – too.
And importantly, it ALWAYS has servers that are open with major streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video etc.
ExpressVPN is usually very good at playing Cat and Mouse with online streaming sites (apart from BBC iPlayer). Meaning, whenever one of its servers is blacklisted it creates a new one – giving its users a constant stream of servers that aren’t blocked. Needless to say, this is a valuable attribute if you’re looking for a VPN to unblock streaming sites.
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With ExpressVPN you only have a handful of server locations to choose from. Once you select your location the app takes care of the rest. Assigning you to the fastest available server that’s not oversubscribed. This simple technique is so important, as it keeps ExpressVPN’s servers operating at lightning-fast speeds and prevent its IPs from getting blacklisted for “abnormal” usage in the first place.
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If, for whatever reason, you’re not happy with Private Internet Access, there’s a 24/7 live chat support available to assist you with your problem. PIA also offers the industry-standard 30-days money-back guarantee.
From my tests (from New Zealand) I was able to get download speeds of 70 Mbps while connected to a UK server using the Private Internet Access VPN (my non-VPN speed is 100 Mbps).
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Oddly, CyberGhost’s most unique feature is its a 1-day, no obligations, free trial. This is an appealing offer to customers who are new to VPNs. However, it’s important to remember that most reputable VPNs will offer customers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so try not to be too seduced by the offer.
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