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#189459 30-Dec-2015 16:19
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Looking into dns services and the set up on my ATV. Only unotelly says netflix forces public look ups on ATV, all the other dns services I have looked at do not mention it in their setup guides. As I am unable to do this on my RBI service, can a unotelly user tell me if this is actually the case.
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  #1459137 30-Dec-2015 16:41
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Yes, the Apple TV will use its default DNS servers, unless it can't reach them, at which point it will use the ones you specify.

You can block access to the default DNS servers by changing some settings on your router, as specified here: http://help.unotelly.com/support/solutions/articles/192836-why-do-i-need-to-block-public-dns

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  #1459149 30-Dec-2015 17:03
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This is no different than Netflix on Android or Netflix on Chromecast. You have to block/redirect/change Google and OpenDNS services on your network.






 

 

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  #1459251 30-Dec-2015 19:40
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I run bind9 locally (which forwards to Unotelly) and my syslog is full of ATV4 service, including Netflix, DNS requests and I don't block any requests to public servers.




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  #1459257 30-Dec-2015 19:50
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A DNS redirection (as others have stated above) is the best and easiest way to solve this. Chromecasts, the Fire TV, Roku, Android TV, Android and iOS all force public lookups to a degree but with DNS you can always overcome this.




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  #1459260 30-Dec-2015 19:59
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You can manually configure the DNS for the WiFi connection in Android on-device, it's more ideal to change it at the router of course.




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  #1459263 30-Dec-2015 20:06
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Unfortunately my RBI system does not allow me to make any changes to the router, I suppose I can add the dns settings to the ipad and airplay to the appletv

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  #1459266 30-Dec-2015 20:31
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Then stick another router between the devices and the RBI one that you can configure how you like. A basic 100 megabit port one is dirt cheap now.




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  #1459284 30-Dec-2015 21:32
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dazhann: Unfortunately my RBI system does not allow me to make any changes to the router, I suppose I can add the dns settings to the ipad and airplay to the appletv


You can just put Unotelly's DNS directly into the Apple TV. I've not changed my router at home, I just have Unotelly DNS in the ATV, an old iPad and the PS3. Between those three devices I can get everything I want to stream both locally and internationally.




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  #1459327 30-Dec-2015 23:04
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dazhann: Unfortunately my RBI system does not allow me to make any changes to the router, I suppose I can add the dns settings to the ipad and airplay to the appletv


You can just put Unotelly's DNS directly into the Apple TV. I've not changed my router at home, I just have Unotelly DNS in the ATV, an old iPad and the PS3. Between those three devices I can get everything I want to stream both locally and internationally.


I agree - I've got 3 Apple TVs (1 each of Gen 2, 3 & 4), and have made no other changes other than entering Unotelly into the DNS settings for the relevant network - all work fine. I don't do anything with DNS blocking or re-direction. 

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  #1459410 31-Dec-2015 09:33
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Exactly the same. Four ATVs with DNS changed on each device to unotelly. They work fine and have done for many years.

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  #1459430 31-Dec-2015 10:14
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But are you seeing the Netflix NZ or Netflix US content?






 

 

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  #1459452 31-Dec-2015 11:10
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freitasm: But are you seeing the Netflix NZ or Netflix US content?



If you change the DNS on the Apple TV then the US content.




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  #1459466 31-Dec-2015 11:50
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Same for PS3.

I've altered nothing on new modem, and works fine, i'm currently watching Enterprise which is the US site.

Yet the unotelly site says need to block public DNS for Sony Playstations, They've got that wrong as well.

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  #1459470 31-Dec-2015 12:08
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freitasm: But are you seeing the Netflix NZ or Netflix US content?




US, unless I change the Netflix setting on my Unotelly dashboard to another region. The Australian TV stations clash with the NZ ones in Unotelly's channel settings but it's not a big deal to swap between them in the app. Normally I leave it on the Australian ones, though.




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  #1459472 31-Dec-2015 12:20
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And are these boxes completely up-to-date? Netflix started forcing DNS lookups on specific servers about six months ago.








 

 

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