Can You Watch This Is Us On Netflix? Where to Find It

There have been many drama series launched over the years, but few have had such an impact as NBC’s This Is Us has had. We are also pretty fond of watching shows on Netflix, but is This Is Us available there?

This Is Us is a drama series that premiered on NBC in 2016, following the lives and families of two parents and their three children in different time frames, automatically making things that much more interesting. The show’s episodes averaged 14.7 million viewers for the first season, 17.4 million for the second one, and 13.8 for the third one. The fourth season is currently underway.

The show features Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore as the parents in the original time frame, but the cast list is pretty long, considering we see all of them through their life stages. Over the years, the series has managed to win numerous Emmys, Golden Globes, SAGs, and more.

How to watch This Is Us on Netflix, where to find it

 

Is ‘This Is Us’ on Netflix?

For those of you who want to watch This Is Us on Netflix, you should know that the series is available to stream on Netflix Canada. The show is literally nowhere else, and believe us – we’ve looked. In the US, where the show originates from, you can watch the seasons over on Hulu or straight on NBC. Since NBC’s Peacock is launching shortly, the chances for Netflix to get its hands on This Is Us locally are slim.

Nonetheless, we’re happy we can even watch the show on Netflix Canada. Three seasons are available to stream there, which are the completed ones. It is likely that the fourth season will be added too once the finale airs, but there’s no official timeline.

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How can I watch This Is Us from anywhere in the world?

Whether you live in the US and only have Netflix or you live halfway across the globe, it doesn’t matter – as long as you have a Netflix subscription, you can get your eyes on This Is Us. Of course, things aren’t as easy as you’d like them to be, but we’ll help you through it.

As you probably already know, each local Netflix library is geoblocked, so only people in that specific country can watch it. Well, the way Netflix knows you live in a specific country is by checking your IP address when you visit the site. If your IP address would say you’re in Canada, instead of France, let’s say, they’ll display the content that’s available in Canada, including This Is Us.

All you’ll need to make this magic happen is a VPN. Such tools can change your IP address in seconds and make it seem you’re anywhere you need to be. They also protect your connection and privacy with encryption, so you’re more than safe using them.

We are particularly fond of ExpressVPN because it’s a tool that has thousands of servers in close to 100 countries, great privacy features, and lots of other perks.

Step by step guide

  • First, you’ll need to subscribe to ExpressVPN, which you can do by following our link – you’ll even get 3 months for free!
  • Then, you need to pick one of the servers that are available in Canada and connect to it.
  • Once that process is done, you can load Netflix in a new tab and look for This Is Us. You’ll soon be on your way to binging to the three seasons available in Canada.

See? It’s not that difficult!

Will Netflix know I’m using a VPN?

Netflix does have VPN-detection technologies on the platform, but some VPNs are better than others at flying under the radar. We’ve had a good experience with ExpressVPN, avoiding detection on all our virtual visits abroad. Of course, there’s a chance Netflix gets wind of the IPs and blacklists them, in which case you’ll get a notification telling you to shut off your VPN before returning to the page.

Don’t panic! All you need to do is to check in with the ExpressVPN support team, and they’ll be happy to guide you through the process so you can find the right server and IP address that works with Netflix Canada.

Conclusion

If you’re a fan of This Is Us, or you’re really curious about the show and want to definitely give it a go, then this seems like the easiest way to do things. It may take a few more steps than you’d like, but you get to use the same Netflix subscription you pay for rather than pay for an extra one or buy the show from elsewhere.

 

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How to pin portable apps to the Start Menu on Windows 10

The great thing about portable apps is that you do not need admin rights to install them. If you have restricted access on a system, you will either have to ask the system admin to install an app for you, or you will have to use a portable app. There are workarounds to installing an app without admin rights but there may be exceptions where not all apps can be installed.

Fortunately, there are some really great portable apps available for Windows 10, and while using them is easy, they aren’t added to the Apps list in the Start Menu and you cannot pin them to the Start Menu either. You can usually find them via Windows Search if the drive they’re on is being indexed but that is about it.

Add portable app to Start Menu

You can do this for any portable app. We tried it with ScreenToGif and it worked perfectly.

  1. Download the portable app you want to use. Move it to a folder you know it won’t be deleted from. You can place the folder on any internal drive. It does not have to be placed on the C drive or Windows drive.
  2. Run the app at least once. Some apps, like Rainmeter, will create a few additional directories in order to work even if they’re portable.
  3. Look for the EXE of the portable app. Right-click it, and select ‘Create Shortcut’ from the context menu.
  4. Open File Explorer.
  5. Enter the following in the location bar.
%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

  1. Create a new folder, and give it the same name as the app that you want to add to the Apps list and pin to the Start Menu.
  2. Open the folder you just created, and move the shortcut to the app’s EXE to it.
  3. Open the Start Menu and go to the Apps’ list.
  4. Navigate to the app you just added and expand its folder.
  5. Right-click the app’s executable under the folder, and select Pin to Start from the context menu.

Conclusion

You can remove a portable app from the Start Menu and the Apps list by deleting the folder you made. You can add the shortcut directly to the Programs folder but that may not always allow you to pin the app to the Start menu and in some cases, the app may not show up in the Apps list at all. Creating a dedicated folder for the app is also a good idea if you decide you want to move the actual executable to this folder instead of using a shortcut.

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What Is PlayStation Plus? A Guide

The days of gaming consoles as standalone gaming machines is long behind us. Today, every modern console depends on being connected to a network of content and services. Subscriptions make up a large part of console companies’ business and PlayStation Plus is a pioneer of that model. 

If you’re thinking about getting a PlayStation or already have one, but are considering buying a PlayStation Plus, we’ve got all the information you need to decide whether the PlayStation Plus is for you.

So, What is PlayStation Plus?

In a nutshell, PlayStation Plus is a subscription service that you have to pay for over and above the cost of the console and the cost of individual video games. You can subscribe on a monthly, three-monthly or annual basis. The service becomes cheaper the more you pay upfront.

How Much Does PlayStation Plus Cost?

If you’ve never been a subscriber, you’ll get the first 14 days of PlayStation Plus for free. If you bought your console new, there’s also a good chance that there’s a voucher for a few months free included in the box, depending on the bundle you purchase. There are three options for the subscription:

  • 1 Month – $9.00
  • 3 Months – $24.99
  • 12 Months – $59.99

You can also buy prepaid cards, which are sometimes offered through third-party  sellers that run sales and discounts. This is a good opportunity to pick up a year’s worth of the service for less. Just be sure you’re buying the correct card for your region.

What Can I Do With PlayStation Plus?

If you choose to subscribe to PlayStation Plus, there are some features you get beyond the standard  experience.

The most important feature for most people is multiplayer gaming. If you want to play games with your friends over the internet, you really have no choice but to fork out for a PlayStation Plus subscription.

There are exceptions to this. In general, free-to-play games don’t require a PlayStation Plus subscription. Some games that have their own subscription fees, such as Final Fantasy XIV, can be played without paying for the Plus service.

The other exclusive feature is cloud storage. You get 100GB of cloud storage if you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber. This storage space is used to upload and sync save game data. This is very handy if your PlayStation dies or you have two consoles and want to sync saved games between them.

These are the only two features we think can be considered “core” to the PlayStation experience. If you can live without premium game multiplayer or cloud saves, the case for PlayStation Plus is much less compelling. 

Sharing PlayStation Plus Benefits

The PlayStation 4 is designed to be a shared system. You can have multiple accounts on one machine. Everyone can play all the games on the console, under the condition that the game belongs to a user who has that console registered as their primary console.

So, do you need to buy a PlayStation Plus subscription for every user on the console to benefit? The answer is that it depends. When it comes to multiplayer, every person on that console can play online, as long as at least one person has PlayStation Plus membership and that’s their primary console.

Also, unsurprisingly, any games bought by the Plus subscriber are still available for everyone else. That includes the “free” PlayStation Plus games, which we’ll get to in a moment.

Sadly, other users on the system do not get access to the cloud save feature. Which means that if something happens to that PS4, only the Plus user will have their saved games in a safe place.

How Do The “Free” Games Work?

At the time of writing, Plus subscribers get at least two PS4 games every month as part of their subscription. You have no choice in which games are offered. This means that it could be a game you’ve already purchased in the past or that just doesn’t interest you.

Your license to play the game is also tied to your subscription service. Which means that if you let your Plus subscription lapse, you can’t play those games anymore. This also means that you need to connect to the internet from time to time so that the game can renew your license.

On the upside, even if you let your subscription laps, PlayStation Plus games you’ve claimed in the past remain in your download list. So if you ever restart the subscription, you can play those games again.

In the past, PS3, Vita, PSP and PS4 games were included each month, but Sony has recently stopped them all except for the PS4 titles. Most likely in preparation for the PS5.

The PlayStation Plus Value Proposition: Discounts, Exclusive Content And Free Games

When deciding on PlayStation Plus, there are lots of different factors to take into account in terms of whether it’s worth the price. Online gaming and cloud backups are certainly worth the cost of the service, but only if you’re actually going to use those features. So what about the rest?

Looking at the history of free games with PlayStation Plus, it’s certainly a fantastic deal in pure dollar terms. If you have to buy those games separately, any two of the premium titles are likely to cost more than a year of Plus. How much that is worth to you will depend on the titles, your tastes and how many of the games you already own. It also depends how often you normally buy new games. 

The same goes for exclusive content. Plus members get avatars, in-game content and various other digital items that are exclusive. However, they might not be for titles you play or care about. Making it a very personal factor.

From our point of view, aside from multiplayer and cloud, it’s the Plus-only digital discounts that easily make up the cost. If you buy (on average) one or two games on sale every month and take advantage of the additional discount percentage of Plus, you’ll make back the money and more. Most importantly, you’ll be getting those discounts on games that you choose and actually want.

PlayStation Plus and the Next Generation

At the time of writing, no one knows how PlayStation Plus will work on the upcoming PlayStation 5. The assumption is that the core offering will be the same, but of course Sony may have changes in store. 

Given that the PS5 is meant to be backwards compatible with PS4 games, we could be looking at four games a month via Plus that will work on the PS5 console. Also keep in mind that you’ll most likely be able to redeem free PS5 games as a Plus subscriber, even if you don’t yet own a PS5.

PlayStation Plus has been with us since the PlayStation 3 era. As consoles have become even more online-centric, we expect the next generation experience to be even more deeply entwined with the service.

GeForce Experience Recording Not Working – Here’s How to Fix This

Recording and streaming gameplay has become quite popular and there’s no shortage of apps that you can use to record gameplay or stream it live. In fact, Windows 10 offers both recording and streaming as a stock feature. Other apps used to record and/or stream gameplay are OBS and the Nvidia GeForce Experience app.

GeForce Experience Recording

The Nvidia GeForce Experience app can only be installed on systems that have an Nvidia GPU. It checks for and installs the latest GPU drivers, optimizes games for better performance, and lets you record and stream gameplay.

It’s very capable in terms of recording and streaming and it works out of the box. There isn’t anything that needs to be set up. It works in most, if not all games but sometimes, it fails to record anything.

Hardware requirements

GeForce Experience can only be installed on a system with an Nvidia GPU but having an Nvidia GPU isn’t the only requirement and not all GPUs are supported.

To check if your system meets the requirements for recording gameplay, follow these steps.

  1. Install GeForce Experience.
  2. Click the cogwheel button at the top to open the app’s settings.
  3. On the General tab, look for the Features section.
  4. If ‘In-game Overlay’ is supported, your system meets the hardware requirements for recording gameplay.

Fix GeForce experience recording not working

1. Check game-support

GeForce Experience works with a lot of games but not all of them. To check if a game you’re trying to record is supported, follow these steps.

  1. Open GeForce Experience. 
  2. On the home page, you will see all the games that the app has detected.
  3. All games with a green check-mark are supported. 
  4. For games you haven’t installed, refer to this Nvidia page that lists all supported games.

For unsupported games, you can try using a different recording or streaming tool.

2. Update drivers

If GeForce Experience has a pending driver update, install it.

  1. Open GeForce Experience.
  2. Go to the Drivers tab.
  3. If there’s an update listed, click to download and install it.

3. Reinstall driver

GeForce Experience can install drivers but sometimes the installation may not be successful or there may be a problem with it. You can try reinstalling the driver.

  1. Open the GeForce Experience app.
  2. Go to the Drivers tab.
  3. Click the more options (three dots) button.
  4. Select ‘Reinstall driver’.

4. Check disk space

In order to record gameplay, you must have free space on your drive.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Go to This PC.
  3. Right-click your Windows drive, and select Properties.
  4. Check how much free space is available. If there isn’t enough, free it up.

5. Change where videos are saved

If you’re low on disk space, or you’re using the Controlled Access feature on Windows 10, you can change where GeForce Experience is saving files to.

  1. Tap the Alt+Z keyboard shortcut to open the GeForce Experience in-game overlay.
  2. Click the cogwheel button.
  3. In the window that opens, click Recordings.
  4. In the Videos field, click the more options button and select a different location for saving files.

6. Exit other overlay and VR apps

One fix that works for a lot of users is to exit other gameplay recording apps that may add their own overlay to your system. Additionally, if you have a VR app installed e.g., the Oculus app, and you’re not playing a VR game, exit it. Make sure the GPU isn’t being used by another app.

7. Toggle in-game overlay

The recording feature works via the in-game overlay and sometimes, it has trouble starting up.

  1. Open GeForce Experience.
  2. Click the cogwheel button at the top right to go to the app’s settings.
  3. Go to the General tab.
  4. Turn the in-game overlay switch off.
  5. Exit the app. Restart your system.
  6. Open GeForce Experience.
  7. Click the cogwheel button.
  8. Go to the General tab.
  9. Turn the In-game overlay switch on.
  10. Try recording your gameplay.

8. Reinstall GeForce Experience

It is possible something is wrong with the GeForce Experience app. The problem may be hard to find but can normally be fixed by uninstalling and reinstalling the GeForce Experience app.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Go to Programs>Uninstall a program.
  3. Look for and select GeForce Experience.
  4. Click the Uninstall button and allow the app to be uninstalled.
  5. Once uninstalled, download and install GeForce Experience again.

Conclusion

The GeForce Experience app is a few years old but it tends to work differently based on your hardware configuration. Sometimes, the app struggles to work with older GPU chips even if they are supported.

Often the problem is easily fixed via one of the solutions in this post. If you’re tempted to reinstall Windows 10 to get rid of the problem, make sure you’ve run through every single solution we’ve listed first. Reinstalling the OS is a drastic step to take for such a simple problem.

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How to clear protection history in Windows Defender on Windows 10

Windows Defender keeps a log of the threats it has blocked. You can view the blocked items or the detected threats under protection history. The items listed there will continue to appear even if they’ve been marked for removal or quarantine. This has an unfortunate side-effect in that the Windows Defender icon in the system tray will show a yellow exclamation mark.

In order to get rid of the yellow exclamation mark, you need to clean protection history.

Clean protection history in Windows Defender

Windows Defender keeps a history of items it has detected for thirty days however, this period can be reduced, or extended. If you’re history shows items that are more than thirty-days old, you can change how long it’s kept, or you can simply delete everything. We’re going to detail both methods and it’s up to you to pick what suits you best.

1. Change protection history purge delay

In order to change how long an item is kept in your protection history, follow these steps;

  1. Open PowerShell with admin rights.
  2. Run the following command. Replace the number at the end with the number of days an item should remain in your protection history.
Set-MpPreference -ScanPurgeItemsAfterDelay 3
  1. After the time expires, items that are older than the set number of days will be removed from Protection History. When it is all cleared, the yellow exclamation mark from the Windows Defender icon will be removed.

2. Manually delete Protection History

If you do not feel like waiting for the Protection History to be cleared after a few days, you can manually delete everything. You will need admin rights to do this.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the following folder.
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Scans\History
  1. Here, you will find a folder called ‘Services’. Delete it.
  2. Open Windows Defender and the protection history will be cleared. The Windows Defender system tray icon will no longer have a yellow exclamation mark.

The Services folder will automatically be recreated when Windows Defender detects a new threat.

Conclusion

The protection history log does feature active threats. When it comes to exceptionally malicious apps/files, Windows Defender will delete them automatically. The same doesn’t always hold true for low-level threats. Before you delete protection history, make sure you’ve addressed every single threat that’s been detected. If you do not remove/allow/quarantine a threat, it will reappear in Windows Defender. If the exclamation mark on the Windows Defender system tray icon doesn’t go away when you purge your protection history, try restarting your system.

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