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Guide Netflix from outside the US
Guide: How to use Netflix outside the US

By Rasmus Larsen (@flatpanels)
06 Jul 2011

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When you connect a flat panel TV or an external media box to the internet you only have access to your local internet services. The many US services such as Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, Pandora and many more are only accessible in the US – unless you set up an easy DNS rerouting.

In this guide we tell you how to do that and how to get access to Netflix from anywhere.

Use Netflix outside the US

Smart TVs and internet boxes can access internet services but the selection in Europe and especially some of the smaller markets is not very appealing. However, in the US people have tons of possibilities.

Netflix on Apples TV
Netflix on Apple TV

One example is Netflix; a pay-per-month service with unlimited access to movies, TV shows and documentaries. In just a few years almost 25 million subscribers have joined Netflix, which also makes Netflix bigger than the largest cable TV providers. With Netflix you can see shows such as Mad Men, South Park, The Office, Lost and many more. Or new Hollywood movies such as Toy Story 3, Salt or The Other Guys. Everything for just 8 dollars per month.

Netflix is only available in the US but with a small DNS rerouting you can access it from anywhere on Smart TVs or Apple TV / Boxee media players.

Netflix on a European Samsung Smart TV. Also notice services such as Hulu and Blockbuster
Netflix on a European Samsung Smart TV. Also notice services such as Hulu and Blockbuster

Guide: How to set up DNS for Netflix access

You do not need advanced VPN services or proxies. Instead you can use the service Unotelly that helps you reroute your internet connection.

Here is a step-by-step guide to set up the DNS service
  1. Visit unotelly.com. You can try it free. If you want to continue it costs 5 $ a month.
  2. Join unotelly.com on the front page with your e-mail. You will receive an e-mail with an activation link and 2 DNS numbers.
  3. Enter these DNS numbers into either your router or the device that you want access from (such as a TV or internet box). You need to enter DNS1 and DNS2 exactly like provided. Do not change number for IP, Subnet and Gateway.
    If you enter the DNS numbers into your router, all devices on your home network can access US services. If you enter them into one device only this device can access the US services.
  4. Often you need to reset your TV after entering the DNS numbers. This is possible from the TV menu.
  5. Now create a user on www.netflix.com. You can try it free for 30 days. Afterwards it costs 8 $ per month. If you receive a message telling you that you have no access to Netflix from your country, the DNS setup has gone wrong. Try again.
  6. Fire up Netflix and enjoy. Good luck.

With Netflix you can see movies and TV shows/documentaries
With Netflix you can see movies and TV shows/documentaries

If you are looking for instructions on setting up specific devices see unotelly.com. They can help you set up Apple TV, Samsung TVs, Sony TVs, PS3, Xbox360, and Boxee Box.

You can now enjoy a range of movies, TV shows and documentaries for 5+8 dollars per month – anytime you want. You can also try to access other US services such as Pandora (music service) and Hulu (free movies with commercials).

DNS rerouting to get around geo-blocking is not illegal. If you have trouble setting up the DNS rerouting use this forum thread.

Also notice: If you have a dynamic IP from your internet provider it is often best to set up the DNS numbers in specific devices instead of your router, because every time you are provided with a new dynamic IP and you have the DNS numbers in your router, you need to revisit the Unotelly website for activation.

Netflix devices and TVs

Below you can find a list – not exhaustive - of flat panel TVs and external boxes with Netflix access.

  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Sony Smart TV (Bravia Internet Video)
  • Apple TV 2
  • Many newer Blu-ray Players
  • Boxee Box
  • PlayStation 3
  • Xbox 360
  • Nintendo Wii

    Panasonic and LG's TVs also support Netflix but we have no experience in setting them up outside of the US. If you have difficulties getting access on your device use this forum thread for questions.

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