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Topic # 154404 27-Oct-2014 08:12
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Hi there, yesterday I bought a small smart tv for the bedroom. Is there a way to get Netflix and Hulu on it just using the tv? I have an unblock US subscription that I use on our other devices for this purpose. TIA   http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/tv-and-audio/televisions/led-lcd-televisions/panasonic-32-full-hd-smart-led-lcd-tv-en.html

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  Reply # 1162763 27-Oct-2014 08:58
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Pretty sure the only way to do it is if your region is set to USA, which is doable on some other brands but have never seen this facility on Panasonics. They have different models per region, so no ability in the firmware to change region. If you could flash a different firmware it would probably kill freeview.




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  Reply # 1162771 27-Oct-2014 09:36
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Not quite sure I understand, but you could set your router/modem so it uses the unblock-us DNS servers - that way everything in your network is 'unblocked'. Then you would need to set your TV so it thinks its in a region that can install Netflix/Hulu.

I found some info here http://help.unotelly.com/support/solutions/articles/9484-setting-up-unodns-on-your-panasonic-tv-and-blu-ray about setting up your network settings on a Panasonic TV if you don't want to change you router settings. Interestingly, they mention issues in trying to change the TV region. If this bit is true you may not be able to trick it into thinking its in a region that can install Netflix.




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  Reply # 1162776 27-Oct-2014 10:01

I know that it sort of defeats the purpose of a smart tv, but you could hook up a cheap laptop/netbook with HDMI to it.

My daughter has just got an ipad mini, so her "old" HP netbook is great for this. Much easier to use than the Samsung browser.

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  Reply # 1163332 28-Oct-2014 09:53
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I think the Sammy's are the only ones that allow you  to change the regions and it is very easy to do.

I have mine set to the UK and watch heaps of UK stuff (BBC iplayer, BBC sport, ITV, 4OD etc) along with of course netflix. 

Is it too late to look at the Samsung 32 smart tv priced at $488 listed there. Maybe you can take the Panasonic back as sold not fit for purpose? The extra $90 in changeover would be well worth it.

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  Reply # 1163588 28-Oct-2014 14:34
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$29 chromecast
$39 amazon stick
$49 roku stick

Would be your best bet, as per above firmware is the issue.

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  Reply # 1163678 28-Oct-2014 16:02
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Wills1: Hi there, yesterday I bought a small smart tv for the bedroom. Is there a way to get Netflix and Hulu on it just using the tv? I have an unblock US subscription that I use on our other devices for this purpose. TIA   http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/tv-and-audio/televisions/led-lcd-televisions/panasonic-32-full-hd-smart-led-lcd-tv-en.html



I have done this on my Sony TV


I found this page that may help for your panny.....

http://eng-na.faq.panasonic.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/8799/~/why-isnt-netflix-available-in-the-viera-connect-market%3F





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  Reply # 1163682 28-Oct-2014 16:06
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Thanks everyone, I ended up buying a second Apple TV. An additional expense but I am happy with it. 

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  Reply # 1163686 28-Oct-2014 16:10
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Wills1: Thanks everyone, I ended up buying a second Apple TV. An additional expense but I am happy with it. 


Great UI on the Apple TV.  Pity you can't airplay skygo, tvnz Ondemand, or 3Now.  They must block them somehow until they are licensed with Apple.




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