Not content with the small Australian Netflix catalogue I set out to look for a solution to get access to the holy grail: the American Netflix catalogue.
Coming in at an almost six times the size of the Australia catalogue, the Netflix US catalogue has everything.
Because I consume Netflix via a set-top box, I set out to find a solution that would work with my Optus supplied Fetch TV box.
I wanted to be able to watch Netflix without compromising speed and being able to use my Fetch TV box.
First there was Turboflix
At first I tried a service called Turboflix. The free trial worked a treat, so I decided to pay for the service.
A few days after paying my Netflix stopped working. As in it wouldn’t load anything. There was nothing to configure in my Turboflix account, nowhere to register an IP just failing DNS servers.
The way Turboflix works is akin to a VPN provider. Your traffic is tunneled through a remote server and back again. This means you get deplorable speeds and your Netflix content streams in low definition, sometimes super-low definition.
I couldn’t find anything to suggest your IP address had to be registered to use Turboflix DNS servers, in the end I gave up. I could have emailed them, but I couldn’t be bothered.
Unlike Turboflix, Getflix is not a VPN. As in your traffic is not funnelled through a remote server. What Getflix is, is a DNS spoofer.
Essentially it tricks Netflix into thinking you’re in the US through DNS reconfiguration. This means when you stream content, it is coming straight down through your connection not some slow remote VPN server.
I went through the same process and used the free trial. Then I ended up paying $10.67 USD for 3 months of Getflix access (it’s $3.95 USD for one month).
So far I have had no troubles whatsoever with Getflix and the Fetch TV box.
Configuring Fetch TV for Getflix
The whole process is dead simple, so there won’t be many detailed steps here. The overview page for Getflix has the DNS servers you can choose and then you just need to go into the network settings on your Fetch box, choose manual and enter the DNS settings in the DNS fields.
- To change the DNS on the Fetch box, you go into Menu > Manage > Settings > Network
- You should now see something on the screen which mentions IP settings. Uncheck Automatic and check Manual
- Using the provided DNS values from Getflix you only need to change the: DNS Server 1 and DNS Server 2 settings