Apps with geographically restricted content, like the recently released BBC apps, are going to become more common now that the Fire TV is an international device. This guide will show you how to configure your Fire TV to use a regional bypass service to watch geographically restricted content.
First, you will need to sign up for a DNS bypass service. There are several to choose from and they all generally work the same way by giving you a pair of DNS IP addresses to use. UnoTelly is one of the most popular and the one I used to write this guide.
This guide is for Fire TVs connected with a wired connection. If your Fire TV is connected via wifi, you cannot use this guide and will have to configure your router to use the bypass service DNS servers. This is not recommended since it means all the computers and devices connected to your router will have their internet traffic going through your bypass service which is a big security risk.
- Verify that the app you are trying to use is preventing you from watching content due to regional restrictions. It’s not always clear as some apps will display an undescriptive error message.
- Acquire the DNS addresses from your bypass service
- From the Fire TV home screen, scroll down to “Settings”
- Scroll right to “System”
- Select “About”
- Scroll down to “Network” and write down the values listed next to “IP Address”, “Gateway”, and “Subnet Mask”.
- Go back one screen and scroll down to “Network”
- Select “Configure Network”
- Enter the “IP Address” value you wrote down in step 6 and click Next
- If the value for “Subnet Mask” that you wrote down in step 6 was “255.255.255.0” then enter “24” as the “Network Prefix Length”. If the “Subnet Mask” value was “255.255.255.255” then enter “32” as the “Network Prefix Length”. For any other “Subnet Mask” values, use this tool and ener the value listed as “CIDR mask” as your “Network Prefix Length”
- Enter the “Gateway” value you wrote down in step 6 and click Next
- Enter the first DNS address given to you by your bypass service and click Next.
- Enter the second DNS address given to you by your bypass service and click Connect.
- Head to the home screen and Reload the app with restricted content. Assuming your bypass service works, you should now be able to watch the geographically restricted content.