HOW TO WATCH NETFLIX IN SOUTH AFRICA

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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

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

Or

Plugins
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 “41.244.158.1″ 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 TVIf 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 .

ConsolesOn 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 .

Author:

Architect, Blogger, Web Designer, Creative Thinker, Internet nut and some times i just want to give it all up and become a handsome billionaire.

49 Comments

  1. Daryl on 06/12/2013

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

    Reply
  2. Sydney on 08/03/2013

    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

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on 08/11/2013

      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
  3. Annebelle on 08/25/2013

    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
  4. John on 08/29/2013

    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
  5. James Steven on 09/01/2013

    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 09/02/2013

      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
  6. Dave on 12/03/2013

    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 01/07/2014

      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
      • vernon on 03/05/2014

        please tell me: with unotely will i need a vpn? if not will getting a telkom line at 2mbps be sufficient? and i understand my service provider throttles after 70gb..will this be sufficient for everyday streaming?

        Reply
        • Darren Barnard on 07/19/2014

          Hey Vernon
          A 2mb telkom line should be fine. It will have to buffer some but that just the joys of living in SA.

          Reply
  7. Billy on 01/08/2014

    Hi Darren,

    Great read! I’ll give it a go……….but will this affect my online gaming if i change my routers DNS?

    I’m a computer NOOB…LOL

    Thanks.

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on 07/19/2014

      Hey Billy
      No it wont affect your online gaming. i use it and i have never had any problems.

      Reply
  8. Gustav on 02/03/2014

    Hi Darren

    Wouldn’t an overseas IP address influence the way I work on RSA internet? Thinking about email settings, internet banking etc.

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on 07/19/2014

      Hey Gustav
      No it wont. i havent had any problems with it and i have never heard of any one having problems with it. hope that helps

      Reply
  9. Tina on 02/16/2014

    Great post. I’ve been using netflix in SA for awhile now but only only on my ipad. I want to take the great leap of canceling my dstv and want to view shows on my tv. I don’t have a ‘smart’ tv so hoping you could advise on these options:
    1) Apple TV- worth it? I know it’s only limited to iTunes though
    2) roku
    3 is there any way to link internet feed directly to the dstv DVR box?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on 07/19/2014

      Hey Tina
      If you want to turn your tv into a smart tv. Buy something like a Piko Smart HDMI TV Adapter. They are R1000 on Takealot. But if you just want netflix i would go for Roku

      Reply
  10. Johann Victor on 02/19/2014

    Hi Daren.

    I have Samsung Smart Hub TV can i manually put in the DNS Addresses in TV and go download the netflix app ? Also can this be done on the xbox 360 by manually adding ip and what XBOX Live account do you recommend a SA XBOX Gold Live account or a US account ?

    Please advise.

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on 07/19/2014

      Hey Johann

      Sorry for the late reply – You have to use a us account. You dont have to get a gold account. Its just got to think your in the us. you get access to other games we dont get here as well. so its a win win

      Reply
  11. Alastair on 03/06/2014

    Hi Darren

    Unfortunately Unotelly does not support the Oppo blu ray player (which has the Netflix, vudu, and several other apps built into it). Is there another similar service to Unotelly that I can try?

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on 07/19/2014

      Hey Alastair
      All you have to do is change your Oppo blu ray player region. Just changing the region to usa in your settings menu and it should work

      Reply
  12. Mubeen on 03/06/2014

    Hi Darren,

    Thanks for this article. I am keen to give this a try; but how do I undo the DNS changes to the router if things go a bit pear shaped?

    Mubeen

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on 07/19/2014

      Hey Mubeen

      Sorry for the late reply. Its pretty simple you just restore to default or click auto. But if you don’t want to mess with your dns. try the Hola app. link it at the top of the post

      Reply
  13. Christo on 04/13/2014

    Hi

    I’m a pretty hardcore pc gamer and the only issue I have with this whole setup is my ping or latency. As you can imagine I need around 50 max pings to play a call of duty match properly. Now if I change my DNS and ip to an overseas one, will that affect my ping with south african servers?

    Kind Regards
    Christo

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on 07/19/2014

      Hey Christo

      Sorry For the late reply. My system thought your comment was spam. – i also play alot online and i have never had problems with this. But if you dont want to try just use the hola app.

      Reply
  14. Lil Hobbs on 05/07/2014

    Hi Darren

    I’ve been watching Netflix on my ipad for the past few months in SA. I’ve just bought the apple tv and am trying to play Netflix on it – but to no available. Have no idea what to do. I use unblockUS, not unotelly, and am still viewing as normal on my ipad. Any idea why I cant view on Apple tv?

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on 07/19/2014

      Hey Lil
      I am not the most clued up when it comes to the apple TV. i have never used unblockUS, so there might be some conflict there or if you getting that error msg. Try again Later. Try this:

      Press the Menu button until you’re at the top level (the screen with all the channel icons).
      Navigate over to Settings on the top left and click the Enter button.
      Click on General.
      Click on Restart.

      If non of these work. have a look here i am sure someone has run into the same problem: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5417706?start=15&tstart=0

      Reply
  15. Erik on 05/27/2014

    DSTV sport package for R 166? DSTV still only sells all the sport channels through their premium package now R 665.

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on 07/19/2014

      Hey Erik

      Dstv was say last year they were going to make a sports package but that was only lies. sorry – but will keep you posted if something changes

      Reply
  16. Donovan on 06/01/2014

    Hi Darren,

    When the DNS IP address is changed, does it impact other apps that require internet access ?

    Cheers
    Donovan

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on 07/19/2014

      Hey Donovan

      Sorry for the late reply. It wont affect your apps. Unless your other apps need to be in a sa location. But i cant think of app that you need that.

      I haven’t had any problems with my apps. Let me know if you do.

      Reply
  17. carl on 06/21/2014

    Hi Darren

    do you do installations of site? if so please email me

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on 07/19/2014

      Hey Carl
      No Sorry i dont.But the new updates i did to this post should help you. Just try the Hola app i mentioned above. Its free and nothing technical about installing it. Just click Install. Easy as that.

      Reply
  18. Billy C on 07/19/2014

    I tried this last night. I got it working after the first try! i used the chrome app. works great.Thx

    Reply
  19. Terminator on 07/19/2014

    i get an error trying to use my Sa credit card. PlZ help

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on 07/19/2014

      Hey Terminator :-)

      all you have to do is put in a US zip code with our SA credit card details. Easy as that!

      Let me know if that solves you problem

      Reply
  20. Teb on 07/19/2014

    Can you use hidemyass behind a router?

    Reply
  21. Jennifer on 07/19/2014

    I have tried this some many times to set it up on my smart TV and Darren i just want to say thank you. This was the first post that actually helped me.

    Reply
  22. Peter-John August on 07/21/2014

    Hi Darren

    I took the plunge and tried out Unotelly and Netflix. I’m impressed. I just had my DSTV reconnected again but there is so much more on netflix. What i need to know is: on Unotelly there is the premium and the gold subscriptions. Is it necessary to go gold and why? I am up todate on most of my series viewing, do you think Hula plus is better than Netflix regarding latest stuff or should i also subscribe to both to get the most of it? Currently on the trial packages.

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on 07/22/2014

      Hey Peter

      No its not needed to go gold on Unotelly. The only difference between the 2 passages is. Gold subscriptions include UnoVPN for encrypted browsing on 3G networks. The Choice between Netflix and Hula really is Netflix has a larger archive, but Hulu Plus has more of the new TV shows ( New shows are posted the day after they are released). So its depends on what you prefer and budget. Hope that helps

      Reply
  23. Paul on 07/22/2014

    Hi Darren

    I have been using Netflix via Apple TV and recently moved to Afrihost uncapped. I have recently noticed severe buffering on Netflix (not on the Skynews channel or History). The buffering is very specific. Movie will play for 10 sec then buffer for 1/2 minutes play for 10 seconds and buffer. I am not being shapped , speednet and tracert all look fine.

    Anyone else experience this?

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on 07/23/2014

      Good Day Paul

      That is strange that its selective. What line are you running on? what generation apple tv you running on? i have never heard of any one else experiencing this. What isp were you using? Also try run Netflix late say after 12 and see if it does the same thing. I Know you said your not being shaped but maybe there might be something there? Have you tried running it off a pc and see if there is anything difference? Send me your details and i will see what i can find.

      Reply
  24. Ruan on 07/28/2014

    Hi Darren

    I was using unotelly’s free trial and just wanted to know that if I get the error (on my ps4)
    Netflix server1 Fine, Netflix server2 failed, Netflix server 3 failed. NW-2-5.

    Is this due to the free trial ending or is it something else?

    Reply
    • Darren Barnard on 07/28/2014

      Hey Ruan

      If it was working on the trial, then i would say yes. Because the errors you are getting is to do with your DNS which is what the Unotelly was doing. But if your problem still persists once you go on a payed. Check this link out : https://help.netflix.com/en/node/9286 . If you still having problems just give me a shout.

      Reply

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