HOW TO WATCH NETFLIX IN SOUTH AFRICA

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So every month you spend about R600 for DSTV and another R500 on your uncapped ADSL line. This is a lot of money and frankly DSTV is only really useful for sport.  This is my solution to your entertainment needs.

In the US with just an internet connection and a credit card you’ve got access to basically unlimited TV. Services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon On Demand etc….  means you can find any type of movie or series to suit your taste. The even greater thing about this is you get to watch shows before they come out there. Yes we do have some attempts at these types of services here such as: MovieSite.co.za, ITunes etc…. but they don’t really have that unlimited collection. I chose Netflix, Because they offer so much more for a fixed monthly fee. This means you can watch as much as you want for $8 or R70 (this will change with exchange rate). The first month is totally free, with no string attached. (so you can just try it out for free). With Netflix’s your contract is month to month with no extra cancelation fees or reconnection fees which means you have maximum control to watch this when and where you want + no adds.

I have a 2mb line from www.afrihost.com which is R497 including Telkom line  and while the shows take about 30 seconds to buffer they work perfectly once everything gets going. If you don’t feel like giving up on your Dstv sport you can still just get their sport packages which are R166. So anyway you look at it you save and you get way more choice.

A bonus if you buy an Apple TV R1100 from Dionwired  you can plug it into your TV and watch shows on your couch wirelessly. If you are on more of a budget you can just use a hdmi cable or a div cable etc… to connect your pc and TV.

Other than that all you need is a service called Unotelly ( subscribe for R30 a month and you can try it free for a month) it allows you to pretend that you’re somewhere else in the world enabling you to use Netflix, Amazon, Spotify, Hulu, Vudu, Pandora and countless other really great streaming services are available. There is so much to watch you won’t want to leave your couch. Just follow the steps bellow or if you get stuck just comment and i will try help you out. 

Step 1: Sign up to Unotelly

Go to www.unotelly.com or ( just try the free trialhttp://www.unotelly.com/unodns/pricing)

Step 2: Change your DNS

Don’t worry if the term “DNS” scares you, just know you need to change it. The Reason why you do this is simple. You need to setup the new DNS in your router or modem, the device that you connect to the internet with. Most likely a technical friend or the Telkom man set yours up but know it’s the little box with the aerial or wires coming out of it. Don’t be afraid of the technicalities here, Unotelly have a great section where you can get information about how to change the DNS depending on what make of router you own.

Click on this link (http://help.unotelly.com/solution/categories) to go to their help site and then scroll down and select your router. If you don’t come right there just check out how to do it on youtube there a million video’s how to change your DNS.

 

Step 3: Check it’s all working and setup your IP – Almost Done :-)

Okay, now we get to check that you setup is correct so go to http://www.unotelly.com/quickstart2/ and you’ll seea bar at the top showing you the status of your service. You’ll probably get an error message about your IP address which you need to setup. Click on the “authorised networks” tab on the left or click this link: http://www.unotelly.com/quickstart2/networks.php

 
 

Simply type any name into the “Network Name” and then type your IP into the “Your IP Address” area. You can see your IP address below the empty spaces but you need to still type it in. For example my IP in the example is “41.244.158.1″ and the “41″ goes into the first block, the “244″ into the second and so on. 

Step 4: It’s Netflix time

So now that the internet thinks you’re in America it’s time to setup Netflix. Simply go to www.netflix.com and signup for a months free trial.

 
 

Step 5: Connect your tv and pc

This is easy you can ether use a apple tv device or just use conventional hdmi or dvi cable etc…. 

Step 6: Enjoy unlimited movies and series

Leave a comment down below and  let me know what you think :-)

 

PAYMENT PROBLEM: When It comes to payment. Some people say that it gives them an error of ” some story about a non us credit card”

To solve this: Just use a 5 digit zip code ( 90210 comes to mind ) and you can use any valid card you like.

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  4. Daryl on June 12, 2013

    I cannot find any sports packages on dstv.com??

    Reply
  5. Sydney on August 3, 2013

    Hi Darren,

    Thanks for this; I have just two questions, as I connect via 8ta 3g to the internet.

    Are the films streamed from Netflix to your computer or do you download them and watch them later, and they then expire of x amount of time?

    How big are the movie files, HD will be huge, are the other formats and smaller file sizes that you can use so that you can manage your bandwidth better?

    For us, we just want to watch a good quality on a reasonable sized TV, HD is not always needed, and bandwidth management is always an issue.

    Thanks

    Sydney

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    • Darren Barnard on August 11, 2013

      Hey Sydney
      The films are streamed from Netflix, so its like watching a youtube video. But any video or movie u watch does not expire you can watch over and over again as much as you want.

      It will definitely work on your 8ta 3g, but the movies average round 300 mb dl so i think it will eat your cap it you watch many movies.

      Reply
  6. Annebelle on August 25, 2013

    Hi Darren

    I have Netflix setup on my mac, and I bought MAC TV, but I can’t operate Netflix using my mac remote etc. I have to mirror my computer (which I do with Air Parrot).

    Is there a way to get the Netflix functionality to operate through the MAC TV without mirroring my computer and viewing it through my browser?

    Thanks
    Annebelle

    Reply
  7. John on August 29, 2013

    Excellent, clear instructions, thank you. Even a non-techie like me could get it right. The Cape Town DNS server address is 192.41.139.189, I chose Paris as the next closest, DNS: 158.255.215.175. Works for me.

    Reply
  8. James Steven on September 1, 2013

    Which untoelly package must i “buy” or sign up to because there are 3 different ones and i dont want to get a more expensive package if it is not nescesarry.

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on September 2, 2013

      It depends what you going to do with it. You only need the basic package to be able to use Netflix. But if you going to use more than one of these Netflix like services u might need more and that the entry level package

      Reply
  9. Dave on December 3, 2013

    Hi Darren,
    wont changing the DNS in my modem/router to 8.8.8.8 or 8.8.4.4 do the trick then unotelly is not needed ?
    Or isdoes unotelly give me an overseas IP address as well ?
    Thanks for the info.
    Regards
    Dave

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on January 7, 2014

      Hey Dave. Ya you have to use a service like unotelly it gives you a overseas IP address “fooling the system”. Hope that helps. Will be updating This post soon.

      Reply

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