Netflix working on My ATV2 in the UK

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Evgenyy, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Just to share with you guys that I have Netflix working perfectly on my ATV2 in the UK.

    Steps to get it working:
    1. Get VPN service that supports configurations for DD-WRT routers (StrongVPN is one of them)
    2. Sign-up to Netflix
    3. Open iTunes US account
    3. Get a router that supports DD-WRT firmware and flash it with that firmware
    4. Set-up VPN client on the router - took me 3 days to get it right but I can help with that if anyone is interested.
    5. Set-up ATV2 with US iTunes account and connect it to the DD-WRT router. Netflix should just appear in the Internet menu and you can now login and watch movies. It also works on iPhone and iPad.

    I also have Hulu, ABC, WB and other US only streaming services working on all computers including ATV2 via Plex plugin.

    So free Hulu and thousands of Netflix movies for £10 month (+ the initial cost of the DD-WRT router) - not too bad at all :D
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2007
    you need a valid US address to sign up to netflix though....
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Yes, I signed up with my friends address but some people use any random address. You can pay for Netflix with Entropay virtual card or possibly paypal now as well.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2010

    I have also been trying the same method for the last few days, I'm stuck on getting the VPN on the router:confused:. Please help
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Which VPN provider are you using?
  6. macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2010
  7. macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2003
    UK Kent
    the entropay loophole no longer works, netflix at this time do not accept paypal.

    netflix will not accept prepaid or virtual credit cards.
  8. macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    And all you have to do is commit fraud!

  9. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Here are the settings that I use for those who would like to set up their VPN at the router level.

    1. Check the address of your main ADSL modem that connects to the internet. Usually it is something like or (for the settings below, I will assume that you have

    2. Do not connect your dd-wrt router to your modem just yet. Connect to it with your computer and reset the router to defaults. Then go to the Setup->Basic Setup. On that page do the following:

    (a) Under Wan Connection Type chose "Disabled"

    (b) Under optional settings just chose any name of your router, leave the rest blank and MTU on Auto

    (c) Under Network Setup you need to put the following:

    -Local IP address (if your main modem is different then just make sure the first 3 numbers are the same and the last number is the next increment, i.e. if your modem is then your dd-wrt router needs to be

    -Subnet Mask

    -Gateway (or whatever IP is your modem)

    -Local DNS (or whatever IP is your modem)

    (d) DHCP

    - DHCP Type: DHCP Server

    - DHCP Server: chose Disable

    - Leave the rest blank, except for Static DNS (use any DNS provider; I use google's and and tick all 3 boxes for DNSMasq and DHCP-Authoritative

    (e) Leave NTP Client as is

    3. You can now connect your dd-wrt router to your modem with a cable. Make sure you connect them via standard LAN ports and do not use a WAN port. once you connect it, you should have internet working when you are connected to dd-wrt router.

    4. Now setup your VPN Client in dd-wrt router by following instructions from post #3 from here except do not use the command given in step 6 and use the command provided in post#69 on page 3 of that thread.

    5. Once VPN settings are there, reboot the router.

    6. Now, the final part of making this work is to configure your PC, Mac, iPad or Apple TV to use your dd-wrt router as gateway. For Apple TV it is very easy: Go to settings and connect to the dd-wrt router. Once connected it will ask you to either setup DHCP automatically or setup TCP/IP manually. Chose manually and enter the settings manually. IP address (if your modem and router address have different first 3 numbers, you need to use those, i.e. Subnet Mask DNS Gateway (or whatever IP address you gave your dd-wrt router in step 2(c)).

    You should now be connected to the internet via VPN. I usually check it on the iPhone by connecting to dd-wrt router and entering the same settings (press blue arrow and setup static IP). Then just go to and it should show your US IP.

    Fraud needs to contain an element of economic loss to be actionable so no, this is not fraud.
  10. Guest


    Aug 6, 2008
    Manchester UK
    Aren't they launching a UK service in a few weeks? Im sure i read this somewhere
  11. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    There were rumours but I don't remember reading anything official about netflix coming here. It looks like we now have LoveFilm trying to be the UK version of Netflix but I doubt we will be getting it on ATV any time soon... And their streaming selection is still quite poor.
  12. macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    I'm sure it will also work if you Ad-hoc network the Apple TV to your notebook and have VPN running on that.

    A bit simpler than hunting for a DD-WRT compatible router.
  13. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Yeah, I tried that as well but couldn't get it to route through VPN for some reason. It should work though with some tinkering.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    I believe paypal can give you a temporary/one-time use Credit Card number though their site. Perhaps you can use that to pay for netflix.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2010

    Great this has worked perfectly, thanks very much
  16. macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2008
    How can I do this with a Sky router? It's one of the netgear routers.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2010
  18. macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2010
    Can this be done using an Apple Airport Extreme?
  19. macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2010


    No sure if you can help but I have a Witopia Cloakbox which is a DD-WRT router pre configured to work with VPN service.

    It seems to work fine when I connect from my iMac or Macbook with Netflix, Hulu and any website. But when I connect to my Ipad or Apple TV 2 Netflix doesn't work? everything else works fine including the ABC app on the Ipad.

    On the Apple TV I get a sorry there is an error try again later... on the Ipad it opens ready to play, then just goes back to the details page.

    Can anyone help?
  20. macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2010
    Is it a standalone router or a combined modem/router? The combined modem/routers are generally not reflashable. If it's a separate router you'd need to find the exact model and check it against the list.

    You can't flash the Airport with any other firmware; but you can get a separate router and use it in conjunction with the Airport.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    Yeah I read this somewhere too, not seen any updates to the story lately so dunno if it's still on or not?
  22. macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2010
    i wish netflix did come to the UK, i cant stand to watch most british tv series. i want to watch fringe/lost/dexter/HIMYM/The office (US) things like that.

    unless any of those arent available to watch on netflix? or are they?
  23. macrumors member

    May 27, 2010
    Unfortunately those are not on Netflix... which is only movies and Starz programming as far as I know.

    So you would have to access various other services to get those shows. For example the Office (US) is available on Hulu. Shows like Dexter I think are only available on Itunes for purchase.
  24. macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2008
    This is not true. While the newest season of some of these shows may not be there many seasons are. Here is what I remember off the top of my head that are on instant streaming

    Dexter seasons 1 & 2
    Lost all but the final season
    No how I met your mother
    Office all but the current season
    No fringe
  25. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    You can try configuring TCP/IP manually on iPad and Apple TV.

    For example, if your Witopia Cloakbox is on then put something like this:

    IP: (or any other non-conflicting IP in the range of your Witopia Cloakbox and in this case 192.168.0.*)
    Subnet Mask:
    Gateway: (this is IP of your Witopia Cloakbox)
    DNS: (or any other DNS like OpenDNS or your ISP DNS)

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