Netflix South Africa – How To Unblock American Netflix In SA

Can you watch American Netflix in South Africa? Absolutely! Netflix South Africa shows only 7% of the content that is available on American Netflix. Our simple guide shows you how to unblock this and start watching American Netflix in South Africa today.

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So Netflix South Africa has finally launched. But there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you can now get some great content that wasn’t available to you before. The bad news is that even if you sign up for Netflix in South Africa you will only be able to access 7% of the content that is available on American Netflix. With Smart DNS Proxy now you can access all the Netflix content. It’s actually pretty simple but you need to follow a few steps to get it right. For the short

With Smart DNS Proxy now you can access all the Netflix content. It’s actually pretty simple but you need to follow a few steps to get it right. For the short answer you can go straight to Smart DNS Proxy. If you want some more explanation read on.

Netflix South Africa – Why Don’t We Get American Netflix Content?

First off, why isn’t the American Netflix content available in South Africa? Netflix only operates in certain countries and they check your IP address to make sure that you are in one of those countries before providing you the service. Which is why when you tried to access Netflix before they launched in South Africa you probably saw this:

Sorry

Now when you go to the Netflix website they will allow you to sign up but once again they look at your IP address to see which country you are in. When they see that you are in South Africa they only make a limited amount of content available to you and not the huge amount of shows and movies that are available in the US. This is because it costs Netflix money to license content every time they make it available in a different region. To give you an idea of the difference in the amount of content that Netflix makes available in different countries check out the stats below:

Netflix titles in each country

We don’t have the stats yet for South Africa but you can imagine it’s going to be pretty low down on this scale. It is estimated that there are just under 700 titles available on South African Netflix compared to a total of 14,500 titles available in other Netflix regions combined. With the Smart DNS solution you will be able to access all the American Netflix content which is over 5,000 titles. What’s even better is that by changing your region in the account page of your Smart DNS account you can watch content that is unique to Netflix UK, Netflix Canada or any other region all with your existing Netflix account. Now you can access over 14,000 titles, many of which aren’t even available in the US!

The process we will outline below will enable you to make it appear as if you are accessing the service from within the US. Once you do this then you’ll be able to stream Netflix from anywhere. Now it’s going to get a little technical but if you follow the steps exactly it’s going to be a breeze.

Unblock American Netflix in South Africa: VPN or DNS?

To be able to unblock American Netflix in South Africa you need to make it look like you’re in the US and you do this by using either a VPN (Virtual Private Network) or a Smart DNS service provider. The VPN route is the worst possible way to go. It’s super slow and ends up redirecting all your internet traffic through the VPN. Don’t do it! Some people have even tried to find free American Netflix DNS codes online but this comes with its own set of problems.

Netflix South AfricaThe solution from Smart DNS Proxy is the way to go. It’s far quicker and only routes certain traffic so all your normal internet traffic still goes directly to the website you’re accessing. First go on over to the Netflix website and sign up for their free trial. With the quality of ADSL internet lines in South Africa it would probably be best to just choose the cheapest $7.99 per month package. You can always upgrade to HD later.

Then go to Smart DNS Proxy and sign up for their free 14 day trial. You don’t need to give them your credit card details, DNA samples or anything else besides your email address to access the free trial. Once you get it up and running after the 14 days you can choose to continue to use their service or not. We’re guessing you’re going to once you see how awesome it is to stream American Netflix and other media you never had access to. Smart DNS Proxy have a few different payment options starting from $4.99 per month or you can save a few bucks by signing up for their annual or 24 month packages.

Their setup process is brilliant! They make it so easy that my mom could follow the instructions. Once you’ve logged into your Smart DNS account then click on “How To Setup” at the top of the page. Essentially they will be showing you how to set your DNS settings of your device to use their DNS servers.

You can either set your router up with the DNS settings so that all your devices (laptop, tablet, etc…) that connect via the router can access Netflix or you can set it up on a single device like your laptop. You can set Smart DNS Proxy up on a router, television, PC, laptop, iPad or even a set top box like Roku. You simply choose your device from the list and they show you step by step how to set it up.

Once you’ve followed all the steps restart your device and go to Smart DNS and login again. After you have made the network changes make sure you restart your device and then log in to your Smart DNS Proxy account and check for the four green ticks on the right of the “My Account” page indicating the status to see if you made the changes correctly. If you see 4 green ticks like in the picture below then it means you have completed the setup successfully.

Smart DNS - Account - 4 green ticks

If you see that the third tick is red then just click on the “Activate” link next to it and restart your browser. If you have any trouble with this then use the support link on the Smart DNS website or drop us a mail and we’ll help you out.

So you’ve got Smart DNS up and running, what’s next? Well now if you go to the Netflix website instead of seeing the content they make available in South Africa you will see the content that American Netflix users have access to. This solution will also allow you to have Hulu South Africa even though they haven’t launched here yet.

How to Change Your Netflix Region

So while the American Netflix content is great there are a lot of shows that are region specific and aren’t available on the American Netflix. This means that if you wanted to watch something like the Battlestar Galactica series or British comedies like Fawlty Towers you need to change your Netflix region the the UK. This is easily done from your “Account” page on the Smart DNS website. Once you login to your account and click on the link that says “Regions” as shown below.

Smart DNS Proxy - Regions

On the regions page you can now click on the dropdown list and select a different Netflix region. Smart DNS will soon have South Africa added to this list in case you wanted to see some of the local content they offer here.

Smart DNS Proxy - Region selector

Choose a country and click update. Now when you go to the Netflix website you will see the content available in that country. This is great if you’re looking for German shows, Japanese Anime, etc… Just browsing through the offerings in Netflix Canada or Netflix UK will give you access to a lot of great shows and movies that definitely aren’t available in South Africa and often aren’t available even in the US. You can access all these Netflix regions with your existing Netflix account.

Netflix South Africa

So here are some answers to a few questions you might have:

Netflix South Africa – How much does it cost?

For the Smart DNS service and the Netflix subscription, you’re looking at around $13 per month. With the current exchange rate that comes to around R180 per month. Of course, you need to add the cost of having an ADSL line and service provider but seeing as you’re reading this website I guess you’ve already got that sorted. At any rate, it’s still a bargain compared to the other paid options currently available in South Africa.

What kind of ADSL connection do I need to stream American Netflix in South Africa?

A 2Mb line will be just fine but 4Mb is better. When you select a movie or program to watch you’ll see that it buffers for a while (probably around 20 seconds) and then starts playing. You can set the quality of the picture up or down from within the Netflix player. Hold shift-alt and left click on the screen and then select a higher or lower rate. If you’ve got a fast line then the higher quality picture will play just fine and the buffering will be a lot shorter.

There’s a lot more out there that becomes available to you now that you’ve got your DNS server set up so sweetly. You can access services like Hulu, Pandora, BBC iPlayer and so many more. Spotify South Africa hasn’t launched here yet but this solution even lets you access their American service in South Africa. You can check out the “Services” page on the Smart DNS website for a full list of other unblocked options. Of course, some of these are going to be paid services but a lot of them are free as well. This tweak will also allow you to use your Roku box, if you have one, to access a lot more content than you could before. So go get Smart DNS Proxy so that you can start streaming and watching American Netflix in South Africa.

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Netflix South Africa

116 comments for “Netflix South Africa – How To Unblock American Netflix In SA

  1. john
    January 13, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    When im punching in my credit card details it keep on saying. “We could not verify your payment details” what must I do now.

    • benderflexit
      January 14, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Make sure you’re using a zip code like 90210 and check if your card is allowed to make international payments (ie. like on Amazon) and if funds are available on the card. Otherwise try another card or if all else fails try using Entropay which we link to in the guide above. If you’re using a Visa or Mastercard there shouldn’t be any issue.

    • dashen
      January 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Hi guys. Please could you help me with regards to Hulu.

      I have downloaded the app on my ps4 and everything looks good. But I am having problems with my credit card.

      Please could you advise me

  2. Paige
    January 14, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Hi there. Is it necessary to pay for the plan after the free month? I would only like to test it out, not pay just yet.

    • benderflexit
      January 14, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Hi Paige. As long as you cancel your Netflix subscription before the 30 day trial ends then you won’t be charged a cent. I’ve got a feeling you’re going to love it though and won’t be doing that. 🙂

  3. Barry
    January 19, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Can a Netflix download be paused or saved for viewing for a certain period or is it “live” only. With our slow internet speed I was hoping you could download over a period of time and watch that night

    • benderflexit
      January 19, 2015 at 11:36 am

      Netflix is a streaming only service so you can’t buffer the entire program before watching. The best thing to do is to start whatever program you want to watch, pause it until it buffers as far as it will (normally about 5 to 10 minutes) and then watch while it continues to load the rest. I’m not sure what your line speed is but a 2Mb line is plenty enough to watch Netflix. With a 2Mb line it only buffers for around 20 seconds before playing.

  4. Kareem
    February 13, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Can I use this service on my smart TV?I’m using a Dstv service but want to use this instead.I just don’t want the inconvenience of connecting the PC to the lounge.thanks

    • benderflexit
      February 14, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Hi Kareem. This will work perfectly on your smart TV. Follow this link: http://www.flexitsouthafrica.com/go/smartdns and sign up for the free trial. After you’ve done this then click on “How To Setup” at the top of that page. You will see a dropdown called “Choose your television”. Select your television from the list and click “Setup”. Follow the instructions step by step and then try to access the Netflix website. Let me know if you have any trouble with this.

      • Abu
        April 16, 2015 at 11:38 pm

        Hi. I’ve got a new samsung uh9000 series 9 tv and cannot use the smart remote to change smarthub location on terms&conditions page as the site suggests by entering the sequence becoz the remote doesn’t have numbers.
        How do I change smarthub location? Thx

        • benderflexit
          April 17, 2015 at 7:26 am

          Hi Abu. I’m not sure why you are trying to change the smarthub location because from what I can tell from the Smart DNS setup instructions and the user manulal for that TV you just need to change the DNS settings. To enter a number with the touch remote the user manual I saw recommends pressing the “More” button when you are on the field you want to enter the number. When you do this a virtual remote panel with numbers should be displayed on the screen that will allow you to enter the DNS address manually. I advise you to follow the instructions on the Smart DNS “How to Setup” page. Select “Samsung” from the “Choose your television” dropdown and follow those instructions. I’d love to hear if you managed to get this working. If not, let me know and I’ll assist you further. If our page was helpful please share it with your friends using our Twitter and Facebook buttons on the left of the page.

  5. Manshil Misra
    February 14, 2015 at 11:36 am

    I’ve tried and tried. But, perhaps I don’t have a great router (Tenda W548D) ? I can’t find how to change DNS settings. Is there another way perhaps?

    • benderflexit
      February 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Hi Manshil. You don’t have to make the DNS changes on the router. You can make the DNS changes on your device (laptop, pc, etc…) and it will work. After you’ve signed up for the Smart DNS free trial go to the “How to setup” link on the top of the page and then choose your operating system from the “Choose your computer” list to see how to do this. Let me know if this works for you.

  6. Hannah
    February 27, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    How do I change the DNS servers on a Pace router from Telkom? I can’t seem to do it! I have successfully changed it on my laptop, but also can’t do it on my Samsung smart TV & so still need to do it on my router to use my TV. Thanks

  7. benderflexit
    March 1, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Hannah, from what I understand the Pace modem from Telkom doesn’t make it easy to change DNS settings because of some options Telkom removes from the setup interface. I believe that you can Telnet to the modem using a Telnet program like Putty and then use Linux commands to make the changes. If you Google: “PACE 921VNX” dns telnet – you should see a few articles on the mybroadband website that show how to do this. What model Samsung TV do you have? It should be easier to change the DNS settings there.

    • Hannah
      March 1, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      That does sound complicated! I have the H5500 Series 5 Tv. I did change the DNS settings on there, and it worked for one day, but it is now not working again! It comes up with an error message ‘Couldn’t connect to Netflix…’

      • benderflexit
        March 1, 2015 at 6:21 pm

        I think I might know what the problem is. Log in to your Smart DNS Proxy account and click on “My Account”. You probably have 2 green ticks and one red cross next to “IP Address Activation. Click “reactivate”, close your browser, reopen it and try again. Every time Eskom switches off the lights you’ll need to do this when you get power again. Hope this helps.

  8. Sarah
    March 1, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Hi I have moved to England and people I’m staying with have Netflix and when I go to download the app it saying I can’t get Netflix cox My phone is south Africa. And is not avaible in my app stores.. Do u know how to get the UK account?

  9. benderflexit
    March 2, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Sarah I suggest getting a US iTunes account and then following the instructions on our website so that you can watch the American Netflix content. You will then have to have your own subscription to Netflix because I’m guessing the people you are staying with have a UK Netflix account. If you prefer to use their Netflix then just get yourself set up with the UK iTunes account. Google: UK iTunes Account techjunkie – This will show you see how to get a UK account but you can apply their solution to any country iTunes account.

  10. oriel
    March 26, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Hi there
    We are trying to enter payment details using Visa credit card, but every time we enter the payment details, it gives this error message:
    Sorry, we are unable to process your request. Please try again later. How would we get around this?
    Also, please advise what the zip code is?
    Many thanks and kind regards
    Oriel

    • benderflexit
      March 26, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Hi Oriel,

      We cover this in the info above but this is what you need to do. If you get the following message: “Sorry, we are unable to complete the signup process now. Please try again later.” or something similar then you probably haven’t restarted your computer or you might need to clear your browsers cache. Try restarting your machine and you should be good to go. If it still gives you this message then you will need to clear your browser’s cache and restart your machine again. You can use 90210 as the zip code. Let me know if this works. If not I’ll gladly assist you further.

      • oriel
        March 26, 2015 at 11:44 am

        Hi I cleared the cache and switched my iphone off but still not getting connected. Please help?

        • benderflexit
          March 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm

          When you go to the Smart DNS Proxy website and click on “My Account” do you see all 3 green ticks under the “Smart DNS Proxy Configuration Status” heading? If you don’t then make sure you follow the instruction on their “How to Setup” page under the “Choose your iOS/Android” dropdown. I’ve not set up the Smart DNS Proxy service on an iPhone before and I see that their recommendation is to rather change the DNS settings on your router if you will be watching on your phone. If this isn’t possible and you have all three green ticks and are still having trouble then my suggestion is to contact Smart DNS tech support via their website. They’re pretty good with providing tech support.

  11. claire
    April 3, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I’m all signed up but when click on links to watch films it tells me the webpage is not available 🙁 It seems to want me to download the app, which it won’t allow me to do. Using Android tablet.

    • benderflexit
      April 3, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Hi Claire. Well done on getting to the point where you can actually access the Netflix site. The next challenge with Android devices is that the Netflix app is on the US Play store which can be tricky to access outside the US. Try this rather: Make sure you’re signed into your Smart DNS Proxy account and then Google: “Amazon App Store” and click on the first link and register for an account. You need to use a fake US address and phone number (any number will do) and then you can download the Netflix app. Just search for “Netflix” on the Amazon App Store and install the free app. I’d love to hear if this works for you but if you need more help let me know. Also, if you like our site it would be awesome if you shared it with your Twitter and Facebook friends. Ciao

  12. Granville
    April 8, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I live in a village. At the moment I am just using a small stick modem thing. I will have WiFI from end of month, will I need uncapped? Does it drain data? Also speed (I am not tech savvy) what is the best speed to get on my wifi considering Netflix is what I want! The store talk about 1054?? blah blah, obviously costs involved for different speeds, what do you recommend? (confused Hermanus, no telkom lines)

  13. benderflexit
    April 8, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Hi Granville. You’ll need to get your Wifi going because you don’t want to be watching Netflix via 3G. As far as line speed goes you need to have about a 2Mb (MegaBit) connection. I use Afrihost as my service provider. I watch between 1 and 2 hours a day which uses around 30Gigs of bandwidth. Don’t get an uncapped account because your service provider will throttle the bandwidth for certain traffic. When you get your router make sure it’s one that allows you to make changes to the DNS settings. If you’re not going to be using Telkom ADSL just make sure with your service provider that they make it possible for you to change your DNS settings as per the instructions on the Smart DNS Proxy “How To Setup” page.

  14. Wayne
    April 21, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Hi, I’m very excited about this. Just starting researching it as I wanna get rid of Dstv. I was told that I can also use a HDMI cable from my Playstaion 3 and connect to my TV but not sure how the setup will work. Can you advise?

    • benderflexit
      April 21, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Wayne. Yeah, I cancelled DSTV about 18 months ago and with Netflix I just never missed it for a minute.
      You can use the Smart DNS solution on your Playstation 3. Click the Smart DNS picture in the post above to get to the Smart DNS website and after signing up for the free trial login and click on the “How to setup” link at the top of the page. Then select “Playstation 3” from the “Choose your console” dropdown and click “Setup”. They give step by step instructions on how to set this up. If you have any trouble let me know and I’ll give you a hand. Also, if our page helped you out please share it with your friends using the social media buttons on the left. Cheers

  15. Carol
    April 26, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Wow- just started researching this and thanks so much for all your free advice! Is there someone in the Cape Town area who can simply come over and do all the necessary changes ?
    Also… On a 2 meg line I battle to stream video- is it because I am uncapped and will this also happen with Netflix?
    Thanks
    Carol

    • benderflexit
      April 26, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Hi Carol. You’re welcome! With the uncapped packages your ISP will usually throttle certain types of data like streaming video. My suggestion is to try the free Netflix trial with your current package and see how it works. I have a capped package with a 2Mb line and Netflix doesn’t normally buffer for longer than 20 seconds before playing the content. If you have any issues I suggest signing up with Afrihost for a capped package. They have great service at good prices. If you have any trouble setting this up send me a mail via our contact page with your contact details and I’ll be happy to help. The “How to setup” page on the Smart DNS website is pretty comprehensive though. If you liked our page please use the social media buttons on the left to share it with your friends.
      Ciao

  16. ogata jones
    April 28, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I there, i have Netflix downloaded to my laptop and it is active. I am using a telkom router and when the movie starts it then stop 5mins in and an error message apears. (internet connection or something else has caused netflix to stop.) i then back arrow, restart movie and same procedure)
    i have a 10meg line so it cant be that. youtube streams very well, no interruptions or even buffering. There is some gossip about the telkom router and DSTV blocking Netflix…

    • benderflexit
      April 28, 2015 at 10:42 am

      I can’t be sure what the problem is but here are a few things to check or to try. When you go to your Smart DNS Account do you see all 3 green ticks? I’m guessing you probably do, seeing as you are able to access the Netflix site. Have you changed the DNS settings on your router or on your laptop? If the changes were made on your router rather change those settings back to what they were and make the DNS changes on your laptop. Are you using the South African DNS address that Smart DNS gives (197.85.191.34)? The following settings have also worked for me: preferred: 54.94.226.225 and alternate: 54.229.171.243. I use Afrihost as my service provider and they have a 1Gig free trial account you can sign up for. Maybe try switching ISP’s and see if this sorts the problem out. Let me know if any of this helps you get it sorted out.

  17. Gordon
    April 29, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Is this legal in SA to watch Netflix by bypassing the local DNS servers to fool Netflix to think that you’re in the US? – if so, sign me up!

    • benderflexit
      April 29, 2015 at 8:56 am

      This is always the contentious question and a lot has been said by lawers on both sides of the issue. The just of it is that there is no law that says you aren’t allowed to access international websites like Netflix via VPN’s or DNS servers that hide your location. Netflix have an obligation to their content providers to honor the terms of their licensing agreement in making best effort to prevent access to their content from other regions. The legal obligation is on them, not on the users. The worst that could happen is that if Netflix suspected you weren’t a US resident they would have to cancel your account. There’s a reason they don’t look to hard to find this out though. They are a business and they want your money so they are quietly happy that a significant portion of their revenue comes from markets they aren’t really allowed to tap into. If you bypassed their payment system and got their content for free then that would be illegal and you can be sure that it would get their attention. It’s very much the same issue with having a US iTunes account outside the US. If anyone has any other info / views on this let me know.

  18. Clayten Gouws
    May 7, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks for all the great help in getting Netflix up and running.
    I am running a 2Mb line from Afrihost and over wifi to my laptop but I definitely dont get the speed you are describing.

    I just started using it today and I have been waiting for some series 10min and still nothing happens. Another episode of that series or another movie and it takes about 3-4min before it loads and starts buffering. But definitely NOT 20s…
    Can you help?

    • benderflexit
      May 7, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Hey Clayten. So glad you managed to get it working but we’ve got to sort that speed issue out. Do you have a capped or uncapped account with Afrihost? With the uncapped accounts, like most ISP’s, they throttle certain types of traffic like streaming. This may be why you are stuck watching the spinning circle of buffering death. Try this: Sign up for Afrihost’s free 1Gb account (under another email address if necessary) and try accessing Netflix via that account. Remember to first go to your Smart DNS account and make sure you have all 3 green ticks because your IP might update when you switch accounts. Let me know if this results in quicker buffering. You really shouldn’t have to wait longer than around 30 seconds. If it doesn’t work, let me know and we can try something else. If it does work then – happy viewing! And feel free to go mad with our social share buttons on the left of the screen. Cheers

  19. May 13, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Hi, I tried to selected the different payment methods, but neither Paypal, Entropay or credit card is allowing me to subscribe? I believe it is down to the address verification on the cards, was I suppose to select USA when registering with Entropay?

    Thanks
    Ryno

    • benderflexit
      May 13, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Hi Ryno. Please let me know what error message you get or to what point you get to in the subscription process. I don’t think it’s an address verification issue. Have you activated your credit card for international purchases? Are you using a zip code like 90210 when you sign up for the Netflix account? If you’re getting the “We are unable to process your request at this time. Please try again later.” message then it’s not a payment method issue. You just need to follow the advice I give in the post above about clearing your cache, restarting your machine and if that doesn’t work then try flushing your DNS. After you clear your cache and restart your machine make sure you first login to your Smart DNS account and make sure you see the three green ticks. Once you’ve done this try using your credit card again. Let me know if this helps.

  20. Elsa Glansbeek
    May 28, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Hi there, will I be able to watch Netflix Mexico or Netflix in Spanish here in SA?
    Thanks
    Elsa

    • benderflexit
      May 29, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Absolutely. Get yourself setup with the free trial from Smart DNS, make the changes to your DNS settings as explained and then try and access the Netflix Mexico website. If you have any trouble just send a tech support request via the Smart DNS website. They’re really good with their support.

  21. May 31, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Very informative.

    I clicked to go for your dns solution and the site is not available!

    Terrific solution. ..

    • benderflexit
      May 31, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      It is a terrific solution and sarcasm is my favorite form of humor…almost. The site is up so I’m not sure what trouble you’re having. Try again, follow the instructions, enjoy Netflix. You’re welcome.

  22. Deamta
    June 7, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    I have managed to login to Netflix however, when I click on a movie, it take me to a page with a message that reads “instant watching system compatibility”. This is pc related. No movies seem to be streaming! Please advice.

    • benderflexit
      June 7, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Deamta. What device, operating system and browser are you using? Have you tried a different browser? Also, make sure your Silverlight plugin is up to date. Let me know if this doesn’t do the trick and I’ll see what I can do to help.

      • Deamta
        June 7, 2015 at 4:46 pm

        I have a Telkom Dlink router. I am presently using a Samsung smart TV. I have configured the DNS settings as specified. I am given access to Netflix but as soon as I click on a movie, it takes me to the message page as described above. Oops! Forgot to mention that I know very little about computer jargon but I have followed all of what DNS smart has asked me to do. Thanks.

        • benderflexit
          June 8, 2015 at 5:54 am

          Have you tried watching it via the Netflix app on the Samsung TV? If you don’t see the app available then make sure you’re logged into your Smart DNS account and that you get all three green ticks. Next, change the country setting of the TV to US. I’m not sure what model you have but to access this setting when you are on the main Smart Hub screen press the following keys on your remote one after the other: [FF]289[REW]

  23. Nauweed
    June 21, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Hi there. I’ve managed to do everything as instructed but when i click on a movie all it does is show the image of the movie that i selected and the red loading sign in center of the screen. What is it doing and why isn’t the movie playing? Please help!

    • benderflexit
      June 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Hi Nauweed. Good job on getting this far. Now let’s get this buffering issue sorted. What service provider are you using and what ADSL line speed do you have? If it keeps buffering it’s because of bandwidth constraints. Also, if you have an uncapped account your service provider probably throttles internet traffic like streaming video. You’ll be better off with a good capped account from the likes of Afrihost. Also, make sure you aren’t running any other downloads or torrent downloads on clients like Vuze / Azeurus.

  24. Jeremy
    June 27, 2015 at 6:59 am

    I landed up here by mistake. I was searching GeoDns and Netflix. Anyway, I read the web site because it was nicely laid out. I read the comments because I couldn’t belive how patient and helpful you were with every query.

    Well done, a great site.

    • benderflexit
      June 27, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Jeremy. Thanks for your kind comments.

  25. Mario Cader
    July 5, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I am considering Netflix, sick and tired of DSTV. Do not have time now but will setup it up soon. Just needed your contact that is why I am emailing.

    Please reply to my email, I will appreciate it.

    You are doing an excellent job.

    Thanks

    Mario

    • benderflexit
      July 5, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Watching DSTV is the equivalent of using Morse code instead of email. Use the Smart DNS proxy service above and enjoy Netflix or even free services like BBC iPlayer and many more. If you have any questions pop me a mail at info(at)flexitsouthafrica.com .

  26. Leon ellis
    July 14, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    I have a 2 mb line and have an Apple tv. How do I go about to set it up to watch Netflix. a trial will be fine just to see what I am getting. Much appreciated

    • benderflexit
      July 14, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Hi Leon. Click on the Smart DNS logo above and sign up for their free two week trial with your email. Once you’ve done that sign into your Smart DNS account and click on the “How to setup” link at the top of the page. Right at the bottom of the page click on “Choose your set top box”, select Apple TV and click “Setup”. Follow the instructions to change your DNS settings. Once you’ve done that click on “My account” on the top right of the screen and make sure you get all three green ticks. After that, go the the Netflix website and follow the instructions that we give in this page. Let me know if you have any trouble with this. If this page has helped you at all it would be great if you could use the social buttons on the left of this page to share it with your friends.

  27. avril van den Bosch
    August 1, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Good day, thanks for your info just reading all the queries you have answered,,great work,, are there only movie channels we can watch?/ or do Netflix have also a variey like DSTV, (no repeats) ??

    • benderflexit
      August 2, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Hey Avril. Netflix have loads of movies, TV series, documentaries, foods shows, travel shows, etc… It’s all “On Demand” which means you get to watch what you want when you want. They also add new shows and movies every month. Besides Netflix, the Smart DNS solution we refer to above allows you to access things like Hulu as well which has both free and paid shows. For a long list of what you will be able to access by using the free trial of the Smart DNS solution sign up for their free trial and then click on the “Services” link on the top of their website. Enjoy!

  28. Eugene
    August 11, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Hi,
    Can I watch live sports with Netflix?

    • benderflexit
      August 12, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      Sadly no. But there are other ways to watch sports online like “cricfree.sx” but you have to wade through some ads and popups and the resolution isn’t the best. But free is free… As for other content Netflix has like a bazillion shows and if you have a look at the “Services” link on the Smart DNS website you’ll see loads of other sites you will be able to access once you set up your DNS.

  29. Kim
    August 14, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Hi, how many gigs am I going to need to stream Netflix? Thanks.

    • benderflexit
      August 14, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      Well Kim, if you’re talking about line speed then a 2Mb line will be fine. If you’re talking about bandwidth then it really comes down to how much time you plan on spending in front of the screen. If you’re watching for an hour or so a day then you’re probably looking at between 30 and 50 Gigs. Afrihost have some pretty good deals like their 50Gig + 50Gig which will be plenty for you.

  30. Fred
    October 7, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Hi benderflexit. You are doing a great job. Keep it up and thank you.
    My question – do I still need to pay for a TV licence if I go the Netflix route? Have a great day,
    Fred

    • benderflexit
      October 7, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Thanks for the kind words Fred. If you have a television then you need a TV license. If you watch streaming media on a monitor that doesn’t have a tuner in it then you don’t need a TV license. If our solution above works for you please share it with your mates by using the social media buttons on the left of our site. Cheers

  31. sam
    November 3, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Hi
    Thanks for all the good work. Great job can u please assist me with the following.
    I have a xbox one and want work everything from this is it possible to load the Netflix app on the xbox or to change the dns from the xbox.

    keep up the good work

    • benderflexit
      November 3, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Sam. Thanks for the kind words. The Smart DNS website has a good guide on how to set this up on the X-Box One. Follow the free trial link in the post above and then once the website loads sign up for their free trial. Once you’ve signed up click on the “How to set up” link at the top of their home page. Instead of trying to set the DNS settings on your Xbox rather make the changes on your router. From the “How to setup” page select your router model from the drop down and follow the instructions. Please let me know if you have any trouble getting this set up and use the social share buttons on the left of our website to share this with your friends if you found this helpful. Cheers

      • benderflexit
        November 7, 2015 at 12:12 pm

        Probably best to just pop them an email via their support link on their website. I’m sure they’ll be able to help you out with this.

  32. linda
    December 8, 2015 at 3:02 am

    Thank you for great read. Just one question… is there a way to watch sport when i cancel my dstv?

    • benderflexit
      December 8, 2015 at 4:20 am

      Hi Linda. There are a few ways. Depending on the sport you want to watch there are some pay per view options for certain events but if you’re looking for a free option then check out “cricfree.sx”. It will take some practice to be able to close their popup ads and the resolution of the video isn’t amazing but hey, it’s free.

  33. yolande
    December 8, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Thank you so much for all the above information. Going to try and set it up today using my Son’s PS4.
    I only have a debit card, no credit card…how secure is EntroPay
    want to sign up with them, and hope it will work.
    I also do not have a PayPal Account.

    • benderflexit
      December 8, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Hi Linda. I’ve not used Entropay before because I pay with my credit card but they seem to be a reputable company. To set Smart DNS Proxy up on your PS4 follow the instructions on their “How to setup” page after selecting PS4 from the “Choose your console” drop down.

      • Yolande
        December 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm

        Thank you so much. Up and running and loving it.
        Going to cancel dstv tomorrow. Grateful for your invormative article, and making it possible for a technically challenged person like myself to get this to work

  34. Rob
    December 28, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Hi. Thanks for your advice in setting this up. I managed to set up the DNS proxy and register with Netflix. I want to use my Samsung S5 galaxy cell phone, but the netflix website says I should install the app. Playstore won’t let me install the app because it is not available in my country (RSA). You may already have covered this, but I’d be grateful if you could give me any advice on how to overcome this obstacle.

    Many thanks

    Rob

    • benderflexit
      December 29, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      Hi Rob. You’re going to need a US Google Play Store account. Just Google “how to get a US Google Play Store account” and follow the steps in any one of the many websites that explain how to do this. After that you should be able to install the Netflix app and if your Smart DNS account is logged in and your IP address is activated then you’re good to go.

  35. Keith
    January 1, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Hi i have signed up and i did the setup i got all green ticks, but still censors me to enter netflix what could i be doing wrong am using a 4mb uncaped from telkom.

    • benderflexit
      January 2, 2016 at 5:44 am

      Hi Keith. What device did you set this up on? If you’re setting it up on a laptop / PC you may have to restart the device and also clear your browser cache. Otherwise check out the part in the post above where I explain about flushing your DNS which you may need to do. Let me know if this sorts out the problem. Otherwise I’ll see what else I can do to help.

  36. dashen
    January 4, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Please could you help me with regards to Hulu.

    I have downloaded netflix and hulu on my ps4.
    Netflix is working great and I’m the 30 day free trial

    But hulu I’m having massive problems as it does not want to take my credit card.
    I also added a us zip code but it’s not helping.
    Please let me know if there is anything I can do .

    P’s I have tried Entropay but my 1 free card limit has expired

    • benderflexit
      January 5, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Hi Dashen. Do you still have access to your Entropay Virtual Visa cardfrom Entropay? I’m not sure what you mean that the free card limit has expired. Just deposit money into the Virtual Visa card using your normal credit card. Once you’ve done this you can open an American Paypal account and link it to your Virtual Visa card. Then set up your payment option on Hulu to debit this Paypal account. Let me know if this works for you.

  37. Belinda
    January 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I would love to subscribe but I don’t have a credit card or Paypal. I only have a debit card

    • benderflexit
      January 7, 2016 at 5:29 am

      Hi Belinda. You could setup a Virtual Visa card with Entropay, fund that Virtual Card by means of your debit card and then use the Virtual Card to pay for your Netflix.

  38. Clint
    January 7, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Good day I have a mygica that I received from my cousin in Canada. What is needed, I do have the Netflix add on, I have a 4 meg line at mweb. What do I have to do. I hate dstv for sucking me dry for the last 15 years

    • benderflexit
      January 7, 2016 at 9:54 am

      I’m not really familiar with the MyGica but it seems to be an Android device. You’ll need to install the Netflix app and sign up for an account with Netflix then you should be good to go. Not sure if the Netflix app is available yet on the South African Google Play store though. Once you’ve got it working I recommend making the DNS changes to your ADSL router as per our instructions above so that you can access American Netflix because then you’ll have way more choice than the South African Netflix offering.

  39. Garret Poole
    January 8, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    good day..please advise ..i have a 512 wifi line from my provider…telkom adsl line stops about 4 km from me….how will my 512 effect the streaming from netfix…

    • benderflexit
      January 8, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Do you mean a 512k line? That’s going to be pretty useless to stream Netflix on. You’re going to need at least a 2Mb line.

  40. Calvin
    January 11, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Hi
    I am currently streaming my Netflix via apple TV it’s superb. It’s easy like ABCD bt I worried because my 2mb line struggles during the day.
    Picture quality sum times changes blur. I am using wireless internet am i save? It’s uncapped please help.
    But guy with Apple TV it works perfectly i wish i can get a 4mb line at reasonable price. I am in Limpopo.

    • benderflexit
      January 14, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Hi Calvin. The 2Mb line is fine to stream Netflix. The problem is that when you have an uncapped account your ISP shapes (or throttles) certain internet traffic like streaming video. Your best bet is to get a capped account and you should see an improvement. Go over to Afrihost and try out their monthly 1Gig free account to see if this works for you. If it does, sign up for one of their paid capped accounts. A 50Gig account (they chuck in an extra 50Gigs) should be fine for normal viewing.

  41. thierry
    January 15, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Hi Calvin,
    I am trying to unblock Netflix with smartdns and I have setup my TP-Link router dns server accordingly. All works fine, i can change regions and access Netlfix pages and browse movies for the region I selected. However, when I try to play a movie (either on my computer or dvd player) , it starts downloading but then I get an error message on the Netflix page saying I am using a dns unblocker and I’ve been blocked. So I can’t watch the movie. Any advise on how to solve the problem? Thank you

    • benderflexit
      January 15, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Hi Thierry. I’ve checked on my side an I can change regions and watch content with no problem. Try resetting your router, login to your Smart DNS account and click on “Activate” next to the red tick you will see on the “My Account” page. Then try accessing Netflix again. If you get the same error message please take a screen grab of the message and send it to the Smart DNS tech guys via their support link on their website. Let me know if you get this working or if you need more help.

  42. ChrisC
    January 28, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Hi
    I have loaded the trial periods for both the Netflix as well as Smart DNS proxy but when I try to load a title it responds:
    ‘WHOOPS Something went wrong….
    Streaming Error
    You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again.’

    Can anyone help with this error?

    • benderflexit
      January 28, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      Hi Chris,

      Try this:

      Clear your browser cache and cookies.
      Login to the Smart DNS website and go to the “My Account” page.
      Even if you now see all green ticks click on the text that says
      “Reactivate” on the right of the “IP Activation” row.
      Go back to Netflix and login and try again.

      Let me know if this sorts it out or not.

      • benderflexit
        January 29, 2016 at 8:51 am

        If this doesn’t work try the following: Go to your “My Account” page and click on “Regions” and then change the Netflix regions setting to United States East 1 or 2. Press update button then restart your device.

  43. Jaco Potgieter
    February 10, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Hi there,
    Any comment on this?
    “http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/netflix-shuts-down-proxy-access-1201680010/”

    • benderflexit
      February 10, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Jaco. Netflix have been talking about this for ages now. I’ve heard some people who used VPN options to get around the Netflix geoblocking were having some issues but the companies that provide these services always come back with a solution. I’ve been using Smart DNS for about 2 years now to watch American Netflix in South Africa and it still works just fine. Netflix mention that they have certain “technology” they’ll be using to block these services but the truth is that they would have to block individual IP addresses of the servers that companies like Smart DNS use and then as soon as that happens Smart DNS will just change the IP addresses of their servers. If even the Chinese government can’t completely block access to certain websites in their country then I doubt Netflix are going to be very effective in doing this either.

  44. Roesieke
    March 7, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    When in SA using the proxyvwilorked for 2 days. Netflix can see that you are using it. We got blocked yesterday and can’t access the USA or even the SA Netflix. Even bought the apple TV. All for nothing!

    • benderflexit
      March 7, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      Are you using Smart DNS? I can still watch American Netflix in South Africa with this solution just fine. Make sure you set it up on your router first before messing around with Apple TV. Also, make sure your Netflix region is set to “United States Central 2” to begin with. Netflix have been making some changes to their system to block proxies and other workarounds and this has disrupted the unblocking of some of the regions. Apparently Smart DNS are working on making sure all regions are up and running ASAP. For now though the American region works just fine. Your SA Netflix should work though. On the “Regions” page of the Smart DNS website just click the “Netflix Off” button and you will be able to access the Netflix region of where you physically are.

      • Theuns
        March 23, 2016 at 7:25 pm

        Is this still working (23 Mar 2016)? We used other dns services like Unblock-us, but can no longer watch US netflix. Only the shows that are also on RsA netflix.

        • benderflexit
          March 24, 2016 at 7:14 am

          Hi Theuns. This still works with Smart DNS. Once you’re signed up for their free trial follow the instructions on their “How to Setup” page to change the DNS settings on your router. Make sure you get all 4 green ticks on your “My Account” page. Click on the “Regions” link on that page and then select “USA 2.2” and then click the “Update” button. Now you should be able to access American Netflix. I currently use this solution and it works fine for me. Netflix have begun to crack down and for now it seems that Smart DNS doesn’t have the other regions besides USA working again yet. They’re working on a fix for that so hopefully it will be working soon as well. Also, certain devices use Google DNS and may now need to have some re-routing set up on your router. Smart DNS have an article on their support page on how to do this if necessary.

  45. Danielle
    May 22, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Hi, we have been watching Netflix SA since January on appletv. Is there a way to change the region of Netflix when we have been watching this long?Holding thumbs!

    • benderflexit
      May 23, 2016 at 8:01 am

      Hi Danielle. If you click the smart DNS link in our post above and sign up for the free trial you will be able to access other Netflix regions. Follow the steps we outline in the post and you’ll be good to go. Let me know if you have any trouble setting it up.

  46. Thomson
    May 24, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Tried different methods and among those Smart DNS is most effective. I searched a lot for a VPN which is offering Smart DNS service. Because I need VPN for other purpose too. I found “Hide-My-IP” VPN and Its unique “DNS Protection” makes it possible to masks users’ real IP that cannot be detected by Netflix bots. I am happy with its performance.

    • benderflexit
      May 24, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      I’ve been mainly using the Smart DNS Proxy to access American Netflix in South Africa but they have a free VPN service with servers all over the world that I use from time to time as well. If you sign up for their Smart DNS service you automatically get access to their VPN’s. I’ve used one of their American VPN’s to access Spotify in South Africa.

  47. Deon Matthysen
    May 31, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    You state clearly in your terms and conditions that only after the 30 days payment will be due because of a trail period, but us soon as I put in my money you took it. If this is not a scam I expect my money back in my bank.

  48. benderflexit
    May 31, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Deon. Firstly, it’s not us that offer the free trial. Netflix offer it. Our website just explains how to watch American Netflix in SA. When you sign up for the Netflix free trial they do an authorisation on your credit card for the subscription amount. If you cancel the subscription within the 30 days then they remove the authorisation and the money is freed up on your card. If you decide to stick with the subscription then the subscription fee is actually charged. I’ve got a feeling that once you’ve got Smart DNS working for you like we describe above and you get to watch American Netflix then you won’t be canceling anything. Let me know if you have any troubles setting this up.

  49. Terry
    June 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Worked well for me – I was using UNOHelper but when Netflix opened up in South Africa I lost all USA content. Just setup SmartDNS and it works on movies I couldn’t acccess before (Err 139). Thanks!

  50. Michelle Els
    July 11, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Hi,

    I see the smart DNS set up instructions do not include Telkom Hauwaei routers – do you possibly have set up instructions for this? I tried with Unotelly last night and had no luck, so going to give smartDNS a try. I also tried directly on the Appple TV, but it kept giving me an error message: “You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again”

    Thanks,
    Michelle

    • benderflexit
      July 11, 2016 at 9:59 am

      Hi Michelle. I’m not sure which model router you have but as long as you are able to change the Primary and Secondary DNS server settings on the router then it will work. You can use 154.70.152.42 for the Primary and 129.232.164.26 for the secondary. Once you’ve done this it’s a good idea to switch your router off and then on again. Once the router is up and going then sign into your Smart DNS Proxy account and click on “My Account”. If you have a green tick next to the “DNS Setup” row then you’ve set your router up correctly. The third row will probably have a red cross next to it. Click the “Activate” text next to it and you should then see 4 green ticks. Try and access Netflix now and you should see the American content. Let me know if you still have any trouble with this.

      • Michelle Els
        July 18, 2016 at 1:58 pm

        Thanks, you are a legend! Note to anyone out there that tries with a Telkom router – they don’t allow you to change the primary and secondary settings on WAN, only LAN – plug in the cable, follow the instructions and it works! Thanks again 🙂

  51. Trevor
    August 30, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Hi benderflexit

    just a quick one, thanks for the advice, used Samrt dns for a while on Apple 3rd gen by just changing the setting on my apple tv but for about two weeks not this is not working at all, im worried if i make these changes on the router directly it will slow everything down, will this happen? Also have you heard anything about this netflix US “black out” in sa and if its going to be fixed?

    • benderflexit
      August 31, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      Hey Trevor. Yeah, Netflix have been working hard at blocking access to their US content but Smart DNS have been working just as hard at getting it up and running again. Changing the settings on your router isn’t going to fix it. Keep tabs on the Smart DNS Facebook page to see when they manage to get it sorted again. In the mean time, other services like Hulu, BBC iPlayer and loads more still work fine with this solution. Check out the “Services” page on the Smart DNS website to see a full list of unblocked options.

  52. Sue Wildish
    October 9, 2016 at 6:41 am

    I have a US Netflix account and have been paying for it with my US credit card/which debits from my US bank account. I would rather pay for it with a SA credit card/bank account – how can I do that?

    • benderflexit
      October 24, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Hi Sue. If you log into Netflix and go to the “Your Account” page via the drop down link on the top right of the page you will be able to edit your billing settings.

  53. Byron
    February 4, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Does your service allows Telkom wireless router? If so,how do I change the settings, thank you.

    • benderflexit
      February 6, 2017 at 10:49 am

      Hi Byron. Some Telkom routers won’t allow you access to the settings where you can change the DNS settings. If that’s the case with you then you’ll need to make the changes on your individual devices. Once you’ve signed up for the free trial from SmartDNS, go to the “How to set up” page on their website and choose your device from their list. They will give you step by step instructions on how to do this. The benefit of making the changes on your router (if you’re able to) is that all of your devices connecting via that router will be able to access American Netflix or Hulu without any changes to the device settings.

  54. Sylvester
    February 11, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Hi
    I’m looking at getting an Android media player to handle Netflix, Showmax etc. Will I be able to change the DNS on this device only to allow it to access Netflix? Netflix has recently come down on people watching US Netflix outside the states, has the users of this service been affected at all?

    • benderflexit
      February 13, 2017 at 6:20 am

      Hi Sylvester. As long as you can change the DNS settings on the device then it will work. A more ideal solution is to make the DNS changes on your router though because then all of your devices will be able to access Netflix without having to make changes on each device. This service does currently work. Netflix was cracking down a little while back but every time they did, Smart DNS came up with a workaround to make sure that their service still worked. I currently use this service every day and so far so good.

  55. Graeme
    April 8, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Worked great last night, this morning got the message that it had detected I was using a proxy. No longer working. Any workaround I can use?

    • benderflexit
      April 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Hi Graeme. Mine was working fine this afternoon. Check that you’ve got all four green ticks on your “My Account” page, restart your browser and try and access Netflix again. Also, make sure you’re not using any VPN’s, including the VPN from Smart DNS. These work fine for some other services but not for Netflix. Let me know if you still can’t get it working.

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