Amazon Fire TV is a nifty little box, however if you live outside the USA you will notice that most channels are either unaccessible due to location restrictions. One of those applications is the Netflix. If you live outside the USA you will either get a limited Netflix library if you live in Denmark, UK, Ireland, Brazil, Canada, Sweden,Norway, Finland, Netherlands, Peru, Mexico. Or you will not get Netflix to work at all if you live anywhere else such as Germany or Australia. In this simple guide I will show you how to easily unblock and watch American Netflix on Amazon Fire Stick
How to watch American Netflix on Amazon Fire TV – Use VPN
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. In essence it will allow you to create a Virtual tunnel that will send all your traffic to the USA “If the VPN server is in the USA” and a result all US sites will be unblocked. The problem with this approach is that Amazon Fire TV does not support VPN. So unless you have a VPN enabled router or a DD-WRT loaded router you are better of jumping to the DNS approach below. If you want to choose VPN here are some notes :
VPN encrypts all your traffic, this will prevent sniffing and ISP logging/eavesdropping.
The best VPN servers out there will give you a speed penalty of roughly 10%. If you end up with a bad VPN provider you might suffer a lot more on speed.
Given that all your traffic will go to USA, all USA content will be unblocked “Hulu, Fox, ABC, HBO, WWE Network, Crunchyroll”. As a result though local sites which check if you are in Denmark, Sweden, UK etc wont work anymore.
How to watch American Netflix on Amazon Fire TV – Use DNS Proxies
Update: Unlocator no longer works allows you to get American Netflix on FireStick outside USA. Use ExpressVPN instead.
Smart DNS Proxies are different than VPN, they only re-route the Geo location aware bits of the traffic, this presents a lot of benefits and a few restrictions as well. All you have to do to use Amazon Fire TV with Smart DNS proxies is to change the DNS on your router, or use a static IP on your Amazon Fire TV and use the advanced option to set a static IP. A few more notable things about Smart DNS Proxies follow below :
No encryption, only geographically aware URLs are re-routed. As a result there is no speed penalty. As all your traffic continoues to work as if nothing has changed.
Local sites will work normally, at the same time you can watch BBC Iplayer, Canadian CBC, American sites such as Fox, HBO, ABC, WWE Network, Pandora, Netflix. In short multiple regions are supported at once. See the full listing of available channels here.
The main drawback with Smart DNS is that it is easily broken by ISPs that apply DNS hijacking and Transparent Proxies. Luckily, this is not applied so much anymore. But if you are a user of such an ISP, Vodafone Spain, being an example you have to use VPN. Or again an advanced DD-WRT is available.
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.