Thursday, August 8, 2013

Smarty DNS - access Hulu+ Netflix amazon prime outside the USA

I have been a long subscriber of Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime. However, these services are blocked here and I needed an unblocking service. I have been using US VPN. However, what caught my attention lately is SmartyDNS -

All you need to do is register at SmartyDNS, give them your IP address, then set your DNS settings to the SmartyDNS instead of defaulting to your network provider's. I decided to give it a go; got a free trial to test it and see how valid their claims are about unblocking restricted content. Tried this on a PC, Mac, iOS and Android following the instructions given, it is dead simple! SmartyDNS is smart enough to automatically adjust you to the right region and access blocked websites – it certainly works to unblock Netflix. The full list of Unblocked Websites & Supported Devices is here:

Anyway, it's working for me ... speed seems unchanged (about 21Mbs on Optus cable with a pinging < 20 ms). I found it better than using a VPN as speeds are variable when using VPN to stream content. The video's streamed perfectly with SmartyDNS with no delay and the video quality was acceptable. The content on crackle is abit outdated but if you into old movies and TV series from the last decade and early 2000 then you won’t have a problem. So if you are looking for DNS service to watch videos only available to US and UK users here in Aus, why not give SmartyDNS a go?

Get access to your favorite media websites while outside the US and UK!


  1. That’s a good article. I personally prefer UnoTelly. It’s similar to Smarty DNS but they offer a DNS server close to physical location and I can achieve better performance

  2. Great article Grace. The DNS option is better than using a VPN regarding content streaming because you can achieve direct connection with the media station ex. Netflix and avoid the “middle-man”. Personally, I am using UnoTelly which is similar to Unblock-us (or other DNS service). Perhaps you should check UnoTelly as well if you haven’t done so.


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