Updated - February 25th, 2016
The most asked question I've been getting in my inbox recently is how to setup a VPN on Apple TV. Instead of answering all of these emails individually I decided it's time to write a guide on how this can be done. So here it is and I hope this answers all of your Apple TV / VPN related questions.
The reason these services are blocked is simple. Companies like Hulu and Netflix have certain copyright agreements with the major movie studies. These agreements prevent Hulu and Netflix from making the movies and TV shows they stream available to people outside of the US.
Update 2016: Netflix has expanded globally but their content libraries are considerable smaller outside the US. For example here in Hungary today on February 25th, 2016 we have access to 100 TV shows and less than 500 movies. This is compared to the 1000 TV shows and almost 5000 movies that Americans have access to. Crazy, I know.
In short, to use on-demand entertainment services on Apple TV outside of the US, you're going to need to get a US IP address and the easiest way to do this is through a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
Personally, the VPN I use and trust is called ExpressVPN but there are other good options available as well. Specifically, IPVanish is another good option. See the table below for a more detailed breakdown.
Believe it or not, Apple TV does not have internal support for VPN network settings but don't worry, it's still possible to setup a VPN with your Apple TV. There are actually two ways of doing this which I'll describe in detail below.
You can easily connect your Apple TV to a VPN through a VPN router. Of course to do this you'll need two things: an account with one of the three VPN services I mentioned above and a VPN enabled router.
Like I mentioned, I use ExpressVPN but either of the services I mentioned above will work.
If you don't already have a router, you'll want to make sure you have one from the list below.
After you've selected your VPN router you'll want to connect your VPN account details to your router. This is done a bit differently based on the type of router you have but it's really not difficult to do if you have any of the above routers.
Next, you'll need to connect your Apple TV to the VPN through the router. This is simple to do, it's really just choosing the correct wireless network on your Apple TV. Not just the Apple TV but any device connected to this router will be connected to the internet with the IP address of the router. This means you can access Hulu, Pandora, or Netflix on any device connect to this router. Pretty cool, right?
Here's How to Setup Network Sharing for Apple TV on Windows
Here's How To Setup Network Sharing for Apple TV Max OSX
If you're using Windows, this is what ExpressVPN will look like on your computer:
Finally, you'll need a US iTunes Account which is very easy to get. Simply connect to your your Apple TV (via US server) and go get a new account. Signup for a US email address if you don't have one (new gmail account is fine).
Turn on US apps
If you connect from a US IP address, US apps should appear automatically, if now you can turn this on by going to settings > iTunes STore > Location > United States
Setting up US payment method
Services like netflix require a US valid payment method with doesn't have to be tricky. If you have a credit card you may be able to register for netflix with the following method:
Guys, I know I threw a lot at you in this post but I assure you you can do all of this within half an hour. Let's take a look at how long this really takes:
As always, I'm here to help. You don't need to be a techie to set this up. If you have any questions please drop me a line in the comment section below. Thanks for reaching and Enjoy 🙂