Streaming movies, shows and other videos on your TV has become extremely easy to do thanks to media players such as the Chromecast, Apple TV or Amazon’s Fire TV. For someone with a Netflix subscription, having such a streaming device makes watching TV shows so much more convenient.
If you don’t live in the US, however, you don’t get the full Netflix experience since lots of shows and movies aren’t available in all countries where Netflix offers its service. The easiest solution is to use a VPN or DNS service to get a US IP address. For instance, you can install a browser plugin like Hola, change your IP and enjoy Netflix’s US content.
But if you have a media player like the Fire TV it takes some work and a few bucks per month to access US Netflix. Luckily, you only have to go through this process once and it only takes a few minutes. Let’s get started!
Amazon Fire TV setup to access Netflix’s US content
Before you start setting up your Fire TV, you need to sign up at a DNS service like Unlocator or Unblockus. Both are great and offer a free one-week trial. Unlocator charges $4.95 and Unblockus $4.99 per month, so there’s almost no price difference. I suggest that you try both of them before signing up for a paid plan.
Fire TV setup (wireless)
If you’re Fire TV is wirelessly connected to your router, then you should follow this guide.
- Go to your Fire TV’s settings (last option in your navigation menu)
- Select ‘System’
- Select your wireless network and press the three striped button on your remote to forget the network
- Now select it again so that you’re prompted to enter your networks’s password
- Fill in your password and select ‘Advanced’
- Give the Fire TV a static IP address (based on your router’s IP). For example, if your router’s IP is 192.168.178.1 then enter an IP like 192.168.178.45. Important is that the first three groups of numbers are identical.You can find out your router’s IP on Windows by opening up the command prompt and typing “ipconfig” and hitting enter. The IP address behind “default gateway” should be the one from your router. On OS X, go to your system preferences and select “Network”. Click on “Advanced” and select the TCP/IP tab.
- Enter your router’s IP for the default gateway.
- For the prefix length enter 24.
- Now enter the two DNS addresses of your DNS service.
- Unblockus: 126.96.36.199 for DNS1 and 188.8.131.52 for DNS2
- Unlocator: 184.108.40.206 for DNS1 and 220.127.116.11 for DNS2
- That’s it! In case your router changes its IP (Netflix won’t work), you need to go to the website of Unblockus or Unlocator and update your new IP.
Fire TV setup (wired)
If you’re Fire TV has a wired connection to your router then follow this guide.
- Go to the settings (last one in the navigation menu)
- Select “System”
- Select Network (wired) and then “Configure Network”
- Enter a valid IP address. See #6 in the guide above for more information.
- Enter 24 for the prefix length.
- In the Gateway Address field enter your router’s IP.
- Enter your DNS service’s DNS addresses in the DNS1 and DNS2 fields. The DNS addresses can be found either in the guide above (#9) or on the websites of Unblockus or Unlocator.
- That’s it. As mentioned above, should your router change its IP address then you won’t be able to reach Netflix anymore. Go to Unblockus’ or Unlocator’s website to update your registered IP. That’s basically done with one click.
If you run into any troubles, let us know in the comments!