[Q] Smart DNS for Netflix only - is it possible?

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Lisali

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Dec 29, 2010
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Hi all,

I'm using Amazon Fire TV in the UK. With Smart DNS, I can access the USA version of Netflix, which has a much wider choice of content. However, by doing that, my Amazon Prime account does not work any more, as Amazon does not allow you to switch regions with the same account like Netflix.

I'm wondering if there's a way to apply Smart DNS settings to certain apps only, so that I can use the USA version of Netflix, while keeping the rest of my Amazon Fire TV in the UK region?

Thank you! :fingers-crossed:
 

Lisali

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Dec 29, 2010
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Hola for android worked for the older version of Netflix, just sideload it. Run it.. Use a mouse to select the Netflix apk and it might work.

Hi,

Thanks for your response - but Hola needs a rooted Android device to work, plus how do you use a mouse with Amazon Fire TV? :confused:
 

Hill16

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Jun 26, 2014
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Hi all,

I'm using Amazon Fire TV in the UK. With Smart DNS, I can access the USA version of Netflix, which has a much wider choice of content. However, by doing that, my Amazon Prime account does not work any more, as Amazon does not allow you to switch regions with the same account like Netflix.

I'm wondering if there's a way to apply Smart DNS settings to certain apps only, so that I can use the USA version of Netflix, while keeping the rest of my Amazon Fire TV in the UK region?

Thank you! :fingers-crossed:

Hi,

This can definitely work, depending on how 'smart' your DNS provider is.

Unotelly for example allows you choose channels from different countries using 'Dynamo' i.e. one DNS for all. I think smartdnsproxy does the same.

I'm in Ireland using Amazon Prime US but have used Netflix Ireland & US, BBC Iplayer etc

Unless maybe Amazon Prime UK is not supported by your DNS provider.
 

DaveTO

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Jul 14, 2010
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Hi all,

I'm using Amazon Fire TV in the UK. With Smart DNS, I can access the USA version of Netflix, which has a much wider choice of content. However, by doing that, my Amazon Prime account does not work any more, as Amazon does not allow you to switch regions with the same account like Netflix.

I'm wondering if there's a way to apply Smart DNS settings to certain apps only, so that I can use the USA version of Netflix, while keeping the rest of my Amazon Fire TV in the UK region?

Thank you! :fingers-crossed:

If your router can support it (Asus Merlin, Linksys DD-WRT, etc.) you should use DNSMasq.

I have a DNS service which I specify in a dnsmasq file which hosts should use the "smart" dns (everything else not specified uses my ISP's DNS).

Works great and allows every device on your network to have this functionality without any extra configuration on the OS-level.
 

dbdoshi

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Jul 23, 2014
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If your router can support it (Asus Merlin, Linksys DD-WRT, etc.) you should use DNSMasq.

I have a DNS service which I specify in a dnsmasq file which hosts should use the "smart" dns (everything else not specified uses my ISP's DNS).

Works great and allows every device on your network to have this functionality without any extra configuration on the OS-level.

Can you post some sample configuration and where it goes for accomplishing this? I am on DD-WRT on ASUS AC1900. Thanks.
 

DaveTO

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Jul 14, 2010
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Can you post some sample configuration and where it goes for accomplishing this? I am on DD-WRT on ASUS AC1900. Thanks.

I have not used dd-wrt in a while, but you should enable dnsmasq and there should be a section called "additional dnsmasq options" with a big text box. You would enter the following:

server=/pandora.com/199.199.199.1
server=/hulu.com/199.199.199.1
server=/netflix.com/199.199.199.1

and so on...

Where 199.199.199.1 is the IP of your smart dns service. If it has multiple IPs just have multiple lines like:

server=/pandora.com/199.199.199.1
server=/pandora.com/199.199.199.2
server=/hulu.com/199.199.199.1
server=/hulu.com/199.199.199.2

apply changes and you should be good. If it doesn't work, you might have to use what I gave you to do some more research.
 

dbdoshi

Senior Member
Jul 23, 2014
173
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I have not used dd-wrt in a while, but you should enable dnsmasq and there should be a section called "additional dnsmasq options" with a big text box. You would enter the following:

server=/pandora.com/199.199.199.1
server=/hulu.com/199.199.199.1
server=/netflix.com/199.199.199.1

and so on...

Where 199.199.199.1 is the IP of your smart dns service. If it has multiple IPs just have multiple lines like:

server=/pandora.com/199.199.199.1
server=/pandora.com/199.199.199.2
server=/hulu.com/199.199.199.1
server=/hulu.com/199.199.199.2

apply changes and you should be good. If it doesn't work, you might have to use what I gave you to do some more research.

Thanks for the info. I do use DNSMasq for blocking updates and for static IPs. Wasn't sure how to target certain hosts for particular DNS. Thanks again.
 

Lisali

Senior Member
Dec 29, 2010
174
10
Hi,

This can definitely work, depending on how 'smart' your DNS provider is.

Unotelly for example allows you choose channels from different countries using 'Dynamo' i.e. one DNS for all. I think smartdnsproxy does the same.

I'm in Ireland using Amazon Prime US but have used Netflix Ireland & US, BBC Iplayer etc

Unless maybe Amazon Prime UK is not supported by your DNS provider.

Hi - thanks so much, great suggestion. I'll do some more digging to see if that would work. Thank you!:good:
 

Lisali

Senior Member
Dec 29, 2010
174
10
If your router can support it (Asus Merlin, Linksys DD-WRT, etc.) you should use DNSMasq.

I have a DNS service which I specify in a dnsmasq file which hosts should use the "smart" dns (everything else not specified uses my ISP's DNS).

Works great and allows every device on your network to have this functionality without any extra configuration on the OS-level.

That would be ideal, yes - but it looks like my router Sky SR102 is not supported by DDWRT. Boo! :(
 

rabbixymus

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Oct 27, 2014
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hi what you need is called unlocator i use it it changes netflix traffic to us or canada or mexico or +7 others and its so simple to use honestly

i use it on my ftv im in the uk currently say watching us netflix now
canada is the best but for content imo




Hi all,

I'm using Amazon Fire TV in the UK. With Smart DNS, I can access the USA version of Netflix, which has a much wider choice of content. However, by doing that, my Amazon Prime account does not work any more, as Amazon does not allow you to switch regions with the same account like Netflix.

I'm wondering if there's a way to apply Smart DNS settings to certain apps only, so that I can use the USA version of Netflix, while keeping the rest of my Amazon Fire TV in the UK region?

Thank you! :fingers-crossed:
 
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Lisali

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Dec 29, 2010
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hi what you need is called unlocator i use it it changes netflix traffic to us or canada or mexico or +7 others and its so simple to use honestly

i use it on my ftv im in the uk currently say watching us netflix now
canada is the best but for content imo

Thank you, I'll check that out too. :)
 

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    hi what you need is called unlocator i use it it changes netflix traffic to us or canada or mexico or +7 others and its so simple to use honestly

    i use it on my ftv im in the uk currently say watching us netflix now
    canada is the best but for content imo




    Hi all,

    I'm using Amazon Fire TV in the UK. With Smart DNS, I can access the USA version of Netflix, which has a much wider choice of content. However, by doing that, my Amazon Prime account does not work any more, as Amazon does not allow you to switch regions with the same account like Netflix.

    I'm wondering if there's a way to apply Smart DNS settings to certain apps only, so that I can use the USA version of Netflix, while keeping the rest of my Amazon Fire TV in the UK region?

    Thank you! :fingers-crossed:
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