Unless you live in a cave, you will probably agree that Smart TVs are a great innovation of the 21st century, maybe better than Google’s driverless cars. Security issues aside, smart TVs combine internet and traditional TV to bring you closer to the world in very innovate way.
Most if not all smart TVs have incredible apps that make the experience more than TV. Netflix is such one app, allowing you to stream videos from the web directly to our TV screen without an external gadget.
If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re either using a Samsung Smart TV or you’re planning to own one soon. The Netflix app is usually pre-installed or can be downloaded in almost all Samsung Smart TVs. In this case, all you need is to search for Netflix from the pre-installed app list, sign in and start enjoying (assuming you’ve paid your monthly subscription).
However, depending on the Samsung Smart TV model or place of purchase, Netflix app may not be pre-installed on purchase. In this case, go to your smart TV app store and search for Netflix, then download and install it. Now run the App from there or go back to your pre-installed App list and run the App, enter your Netflix email address & password – and you’re good to go.
In case you’re new to Netflix, which is unlikely if you live in US – sign up for a subscription preferable from your PC. Here you need is an email address, a valid US credit card, $5.95 a month to spare and obviously an internet above 3G. From experience, Netflix works best when your Samsung Smart TV is connected to an Ethernet cable but you can still try it on a strong a Wi-Fi.
Can I watch Netflix on Samsung TV outside United States?
Yes absolutely, you can! While Samsung Smart TVs are available worldwide, Netflix is a geo-restricted service only available in US and partly to Canadians & Britons. To lock you out, Netflix uses your device IP address to tell you’re in geo-restricted zone. Legal issues aside, the following two methods will help you bypass geo-restriction and location errors so that you may enjoy Netflix on your Samsung smart TV.
Using a SmartDNS
One of our previous articles covered how to watch America channels outside the United States on Apple TV using a Smart DNS (as one of the methods suggested in it). The process is almost similar with a Samsung Smart TV, but you may need to make a few adjustments only.
Basically, a SmartDNS gives your smart TV a virtual American IP address that fools Netflix to think you’re requesting the service from somewhere within United States. To do this, you need to setup your DNS on Samsung Smart TV.
First subscribe to one of the best SmartDNS services available, we recommend Overplay for this purpose. Once you have registered an account you will receive the extremely simple set up instructions including your new DNS settings an you just select which country Netflix you want to watch. Preferably, write down the number (DNS Setting) because you will need it when setting up the SmartDNS on your Samsung Smart TV as explained below:
- Press Menu button on your remote control, go to network on screen and select Network Status.
- On IP setting, choose DNS setting and select Enter Manually
- At this point manually enter your DNS number given by your provider ,and select ok
- Now restart you’re smart TV and you should be able to access Netflix on your Samsung Smart TV if your F or H series Samsung Model is well configured as explained below.
How to configure pre- 2013 F and H series Samsung Models?
The App store in F and H series Samsung Smart TV Models made after 2013 are region specific. So chances are that Netflix won’t be available on your smart hub while being outside the United States. In this case, you will need to fool your device into thinking you are still in the US, to get Netflix on your smart hub.
To do this:
- Press “smart” button on Smart TV remote to open the Smart Hub
- Press, these keys in sequence Fast Forward, 2, 8, 9, Rewind.
- At this point, a Region menu will appear on the screen Select United States.
- Accept the terms and condition, and allow Smart Hub to restart.
- Upon restarting, Smart hub will download and Install all default apps available to Samsung users in US.
How to configure Post-2013 F and H series Samsung models?
- Press Source button on your remote control and Select TV
- Now press menu on your remote control, go to systems on-screen and choose Sub menu.
- Select set up, scroll to terms and Condition page, and use your remote control to enter the following keys in sequence Mute, Return, Volume +, Channel Up, Mute.
- A region menu will appear, select United States or a region where Netflix is a default App.
- Finish the Set up and you’re now good to watch Netflix outside United States.
Using a Virtual Private Network
Connecting to a Virtual Private Network is another brilliant way to watch US Netflix on Samsung Smart TV, while being abroad actually. Like SmartDNS, a Virtual Private Network (aka VPN) spoofs your IP address and routes your internet traffic through an external VPN server so that you appear to be requesting Netflix (or any other website) from United States. The best thing with a VPN is that your traffic is highly encrypted to keep you safe from online threats such as DNS hijacking.
Unfortunately, most smart TVs cannot connect to a VPN directly and may require you to purchase a VPN enabled router. Read more on how to configure your VPN router. Alternatively, you may have to share your windows or Mac device VPN connection with your Samsung Smart TV. This is by far the easiest method and we’ll teach you how to go about it in a few clicks.
How to Share VPN connection on Mac OS X with a Smart TV
For starters, subscribe to a reliable VPN service that works for Netflix such as StrongVPN, most VPN providers don’t work for Netflix currently as Netflix has blocked them. However, there are a few smaller VPN companies like StrongVPN that work really well. Next know your username, password and IP address of the VPN server you’re connecting to (obviously, you need to select a US based VPN server as in this case our ultimate goal is US Netflix). The details can be found by clicking properties of your PC VPN connection. Next, make sure your VPN is well configured and working. Click here to see how to set up a VPN on Mac. Lastly, remember to route all your traffic via VPN on the advanced tab.
At this point, you’re ready to share your Mac VPN connection with your smart TV. It is however, important to know that you cannot share a VPN connection to a network connection that is currently active. In other words, if you’re using a Wi-Fi card, you can only share a VPN connection to other devices using the Ethernet as the Wi-Fi card is already in use. The reverse is also true.
Then proceed as follows:
- Open system preferences on your mac and head to network Sharing
- Now enable internet sharing by selecting “share your connection from” select your VPN connection.
- Under the option where it reads “to computers using”, select the appropriate choice. Remember if using Wi-Fi select to computers using Ethernet and vice versa, as we discussed above. Ensure your Wi-Fi is well secured with a strong password avoid free-loaders
At this point, if a VPN connection is established on your Mac, your Samsung Smart TV should be able to share into the VPN connection and Netflix should be up and running. Note, in order to have Netflix installed in the smart Hub, configure your Samsung H or F series model as discussed above.
Which Method Should I Choose?
If you correctly followed all the steps, both methods discussed above will enable you watch Netflix on your Samsung Smart TV from anywhere. However, one of the suggested methods may suit you better depending on personal preferences.
For instance, a smart DNS is fast and easy to set up. On the downside a SmartDNS won’t encrypt your traffic, leaving you vulnerable to malicious actors on the web. VPNs on the other hand, are very secure and reliable but you may need a VPN enabled router to connect your Samsung smart TV.
To sum up I’d like to add a bonus tip here, that’s you can also watch Netflix on PS3 (same goes for PS4 etc) if you want. Isn’t it cool that your Sony PlayStation that you bought primarily for games could be turned into a smart tv as well?
Finally, if you still can’t get Netflix to work on your Samsung Smart TV even after following the above steps, please write to us on the comment section for a more personalized guide on how to fire it up on your smart TV. Otherwise enjoy Netflix!
Note: If you ever encounter a problem with Netflix after having your IP changed either with the SmartDNS or VPN method, please refer to our guide to fixing Netflix proxy error for help.