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The ScreenBinge AppleTV Guide: Watch Netflix And Other Channels

Use Apple TV provides for cord cutting. Watch all your favorite shows and movies on your HDTV using Apple TV. Unblock channels using Apple TV VPN & Smart DNS.

Learn how to unblock geo restricted apps on Apple TV. Use our guide to stream globally using Apple TV VPN & Smart DNS. Follow our step by step setup guide.

1.0 Overview

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Apple TV is a streaming box that allows you to watch 1080p HD videos, movies, music from iTunes, and access different channels such as Netflix, Hulu & Amazon. Just plug-in and convert your HD TV into a smart TV.

Looking for ways to stream TV series or movies on your television? Do you like to binge watch different shows? Or do you want to show your pictures or clips to your friends and family on a big screen?

If the answer is yes to any of the questions above, then this Apple TV guide is the answer to your prayers. Using an Apple TV, you can turn your regular television into a high-definition streaming platform.

The Apple TV connects to the HDMI port of your television (or monitor) and then using your internet connection (Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable), you are able to stream all your favorite content onto your TV. Using Apple TV you can also show your pictures, videos, and share music onto your HDTV.

With that being said, there are certain applications that are geo-restricted and cannot be accessed on your Apple TV in all regions. But, don’t worry, using our guide you can learn how to unblock them and bypass all geo restrictions.

2.0 Apple TV for Cord Cutters

Apple TV provides you many features and is an excellent tool for cord cutters. There are numerous video-on-demand streaming services that allow you to watch what you want, when you want.

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You can enjoy binge watching your favorite TV series using apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Showtime Anytime, and many more. Apple TV will also support the latest HBO NOW, the standalone HBO service that does not need a cable subscription.

Using Apple TV, you can save all the money you spend on expensive cable subscription. Instead you can opt for a high speed internet connection, get an Apple TV device, and connect it to your home HDTV to stream unlimited amount of media at your will.

However, most of these apps are geo restricted and cannot be accessed if you are outside the US. While some of these apps, like Netflix, do not give access to full media library to users outside the US.

3.0 How to Unblock Channels/Streams On Apple TV

Now you must be wondering, how to watch Netflix on Apple TV outside US? Well, there are two methods through which you can unblock Apple TV. The two methods include VPN service and smart DNS service.

Using both the methods, you can easily unblock Apple TV and access all your favorite apps from any corner on earth.

3.1 VPNs for Apple TV

A VPN service offer you multiple servers and by connecting to these servers, you gain a passport to these geo restricted apps and websites. What an Apple TV VPN does is that it completely changes your IP address and replaces it with the IP of the server to which you are connected.

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How VPNs get between you and websites’ servers. Image credit: Raymond.cc

 

So for instance, if you are sitting in India and want to access Netflix or Hulu Plus using Apple TV; by connecting to a VPN, your virtual location will be changed and it will appear as if you are sitting within the US.

Apple TV VPN also protects you from data theft against different cybercriminals by encrypting your data traffic and tunneling it through secure protocols. However, some VPN users may experience drop in internet connection speed, which may hinder your online streaming.

3.2 Suggested VPNs for Apple TV

IPVanish offers tier 1 VPN service which has over 150 servers located across the world. With more than 25,000 IP addresses to choose from, you can unlock all geo restricted content. IPVanish has exceptional performance when it comes to streaming and will not hamper your overall internet speeds.

Other alternatives for Apple TV VPN include HideMyAss, ExpressVPN, PureVPN, and Strong VPN.

3.3 Apple TV Smart DNS

The other option for unblocking different apps on Apple TV is through the use of smart DNS services. A smart DNS for Apple TV works in such a way that it reroutes all your data traffic through a proxy server.

This does not change your IP address but provides information to the blocked app or website to validate your location and to thereby grant you access.

This way you can watch all your favorite shows and movies on Hulu Plus, Netflix, HBO Go, ABC, and also HBO NOW.  One of the advantages of using the smart DNS service for Apple TV is that it will not affect your internet speed. However, the fine print is that it will not keep your data safe or hide your identity.

3.4 Suggested Smart DNS for Apple TV

UnoTelly is one of the smart DNS providers that will allow you to unlock and access various channels. The service is compatible on numerous devices including Apple TV. You can easily setup the service and enjoy fast steaming entertainment on your Apple TV device.

Alternate suggestions for Apple TV smart DNS include Unblock-US, Smart DNS Proxy Service, ibDNS, and Iron Socket.

4.0 VPN & Smart DNS on Apple TV

When it comes to setting up VPN, there are two methods through which you can use VPN to unblock Apple TV.

The first method is by configuring your VPN service on your Mac or Windows PC/ laptop and then connecting your Apple TV either through Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi. You can then share your VPN connection from your PC and unblock all geo restricted apps or websites on your Apple TV.

The second method involves setting up the VPN service on your flash router and then using the encrypted VPN internet connection on your Apple TV. Do note that routers supported by your VPN service may vary and you need to check your providers support webpage.

4.1 Setup Apple TV Smart DNS

Unlike VPN, smart DNS can be directly setup on your Apple TV device. Use the following steps to setup Apple TV smart DNS:

  1. Open ‘Settings’ in your Apple TV and then go to ‘General’.
  2. Next select ‘Network’ under general settings.
  3. Now choose either ‘Wi-Fi’ for wireless connection or ‘Ethernet’ for wired connection (if you select Wi-Fi, enter the login details if promoted to do so).
  4. Select ‘Configure DNS’ and change it to ‘Manual’ from automatic.
  5. Now enter the ‘Primary DNS’ & ‘Secondary DNS’ settings provided by your provider and select ‘Done’.
  6. Confirm that the numbers you entered on the ‘Network’ screen and then go back a menu and ‘Restart’ your Apple TV.
  7. Now go to ‘Settings’ then ‘General’ and select ‘iTune Store’.
  8. Go to ‘Location’ and set it to ‘United States’.
  9. Now return to your main screen and go to ‘Settings’ and choose ‘Sleep Now’.
  • You need to disconnect the power cable from Apple TV and wait ten seconds before reconnecting. That’s it, you are done!

5.0 Conclusion

To sum everything up, Apple TV is one of the most widely used solutions for cord cutting. You can do a lot of different things using Apple TV – from streaming all your favorite TV shows or movies to AirPlay your pictures and other content from your iOS device on your HD television.

However, you will need support to unblock apps and other content on Apple TV if you reside outside US. Using our guide, you can utilize Apple TV VPN or a Smart DNS service to bypass geo restrictions and access apps like HBO Go, Hulu Plus, and Netflix on Apple TV.

So if you have any comments or feedback regarding how to unblock Apple TV, share your story with us.

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