Roku has great American channels. All Rokus support the same US channels from Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 3 and the Roku Streaming Stick. The problem is that if you are outside the USA simply as a Roku fan, or an expat working overseas. You cant even add American channels and apps to your Roku “Netflix, Hulu Plus, ABC, MLB, NHL, HBO“. And even if you bring the Roku device from the USA with American channels loaded. The channels will still not work. In this simple guide, I will show you to to get and American Roku account, how to bypass location restrictions and unblock/add American channels on Roku. This guide has been tested in Canada, UK, Germany, Dubai, and France, it should, however, work anywhere outside the USA.
However, not all devices are supported by VPN “Smart TV, Apple TV are two popular devices that don’t support VPN”. If you are trying to get those devices to work. See the below.
Get American Channels on Roku – The DNS Way
Smart DNS Proxies are a different kind of technology. They do not encrypt your traffic, nor do they re-route all traffic. Smart DNS Providers “at least the good ones” apply a smart logic to only re-route the relevant geolocation aware chunks of your traffic. A few notes about Smart DNS can be seen below:
No encryption. But in return there is no speed penalty.
You can watch American Netflix on Roku and BBC Iplayer on your Apple TV at the same time. I.e. multiple regions are supported simultaneously. A total of around 90 sites are supported.
So in short, by now you should have a pretty good idea how to get an American Roku Account and how to Install American Channels on your Roku using either VPN or Smart DNS. For questions and comments please use the input boxes below. Enjoy!
A technical wizard of 10 year experience. Certified in Linux, Ethical Hacking and all sorts of technical stuff . I did work on projects around the world worth millions of dollars. My aim is to free you the reader from location restrictions and protect your privacy.