HOW TO WATCH NETFLIX IN SOUTH AFRICA
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 4mb line from www.afrihost.com which is R597 including Telkom line and while the shows take about 10seconds to buffer they work perfectly once everything gets going. ( I have seen people using 1mb line and 2mb lines and it works just fine- Just a little more buffering). The only problem i have found that i miss the sport on DSTV – (You can watch the soccer world cup, the Olympics and all the international sports online with out any problems. But if you want to watch a local rugby game eg sharks vs Storms you going to have to be a little social and do this at a friends house or at your local pub.)
There was talk from DSTV about making just a sports package but we can only dream for the moment. (will keep you updated)
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. Update - Check out Takealot they seem to be having lots of specials on alternatives to an Apple TV Eg: Roku, WD Talk Live or cheap chinese alternatives.
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. Update - If you using a pc use this plugin its free http://hola.org/ It has a page of other site you can use it on eg. BBC.co.uk, Hula. Its pretty awesome and the great thing is it easy to use, you just install.
Just a Note: All you need is a credit card or cheque card (with a CVV on the back) for Netflix, Hulu, and UnoTelly. They will ask for an address and ZIP code, so just make up the address (or find a random business) and pick a random ZIP code from here . Your local South African credit card will work just fine. Another great way to generate fake details about your American persona is this website .
Step 1: Sign up to Unotelly
Some browser plugins exist which have a button to turn your US-heritage on and off. So before going to Netflix you just turn it on. This is a decent solution but pretty much limits you to watching stuff on your computer. Meh. http://hola.org/ . On the bright side, Hola is FREE. – i suggest this for those of you who are not sure about this who Netflix and Hulu thing.
Step 2: Change your DNS – This step is only for those who are using UnoTelly
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 :-) - This step is only for those who are using UnoTelly
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 “126.96.36.199″ and the “41″ goes into the first block, the “244″ into the second and so on.
Step 4: Apps – i guess this step is more about how you want to watch Netflix
Smart TV - If you have a smart TV, look in the app store for the Netflix and Hulu apps. This is what I use and they are very good (the Samsung ones). Note that on some TV’s you need to first change the region. Find your TV here .
Consoles - On Xbox you will need a US Xbox live account to download them. If your current region is set to South Africa, just create a new account (set to US) to download it. After that you can open the app with your regular SA account Sidenote: There is no point to having an SA Xbox live account. Consider changing it to US. Also You do not need a Gold membership to use Netflix/Hulu/etc on Xbox anymore.
PS3 + PS4 - On PS3 or PS4 you will also need to sign up for a US PSN account. It’s totally free, and you don’t need to have a premium subscription like Xbox Live Gold.
Devices - Much like how your DStv decoder used to sit under your TV, you can get other devices that do the same but for Netflix/Hulu/tons of other stuff.
The nicer ones are: Roku – ~R1600, WD TV Live – ~R1300, Apple TV – ~R1200, Samsung Bluray player – Find all from takealot
PC - all you need to do is step one and if you using UNO telly, also step two
Tablets & Phones - You can also use your Windows Tablet, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android Tablet, or Android Phone for when you are in bed or away from home. If you are away from home you will need to set the DNS up on the actual device. This is not possible on Windows Phone currently. On iOS it is possible on WiFi, but on 3G you will need to have a jail-broken device, and use an app called GuizmoDNS.
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 alternative devices 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. Another great way to generate fake details about your American persona is this website .