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T.V. and Amazon Prime

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Adverts appearing on TV for New Clarkson Show.


Q. If I go ahead and subscribe to PRIME, can we get all the jingle jangle and bells and whistles in the CH etc.? Is it worth my while subscribing?


Thanks in advance TV experts


and 'ave a Great Day y'all


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I suspect you'll have to use a smartdns (such as overplay) or VPN to get the service
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Old 04.11.2015, 15:31
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There are a few very old threads on the subject but has anybody managed to configure their swisscom standard rio grande (or whatever it's called) router to use VPN settings ?

I use VPN on a macbook plugged into the TV HDMI port and watch streaming services... But I like the look of the new apple TV but like most of things it's crippled here without VPN.
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I suspect you'll have to use a smartdns (such as overplay) or VPN to get the service
...although given they've just relaxed their rules on shipping to Switzerland I wouldn't be surprised to see that change soon as well.
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...although given they've just relaxed their rules on shipping to Switzerland I wouldn't be surprised to see that change soon as well.
I don't think the new Fire TV box can be shipped to Switzerland yet, according to the website, but maybe it will change

Regarding the question above about changing the Swisscom Centro Grande router, I don't know if it can be changed for VPN, but you can change the DNS settings if you use a SmartDNS, so all connected devices can use it.
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I don't think the new Fire TV box can be shipped to Switzerland yet, according to the website, but maybe it will change

Regarding the question above about changing the Swisscom Centro Grande router, I don't know if it can be changed for VPN, but you can change the DNS settings if you use a SmartDNS, so all connected devices can use it.
Okie cool .. Thanks .

My VPN supplier also provides DNS ..
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There are a few very old threads on the subject but has anybody managed to configure their swisscom standard rio grande (or whatever it's called) router to use VPN settings ?

I use VPN on a macbook plugged into the TV HDMI port and watch streaming services... But I like the look of the new apple TV but like most of things it's crippled here without VPN.

I happily use a smart DNS (Unlocator) on my Swisscom router which then allows me to use the new Apple TV with US netflix etc.
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Hi Effers


Adverts appearing on TV for New Clarkson Show.


Q. If I go ahead and subscribe to PRIME, can we get all the jingle jangle and bells and whistles in the CH etc.? Is it worth my while subscribing?


Thanks in advance TV experts


and 'ave a Great Day y'all


GREG

I cancelled my Prime when we moved here because it wouldn't work without any additional techie bells and whistles. You could always try the free month and see? I assume that's still on offer?
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Re: T.V. and Amazon Prime

Thanks for the helpful comments y'all


an' 'av a great day one and all


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Re: T.V. and Amazon Prime

Hi,

we have UK Amazon Prime working here. It works on the Samsung tv and also on the Fire TV stick and now on the roku box as well. It is very simple to get working. The "hardest" bit is getting a uk prim account as naturally you require a UK credit card apart from that a smartdns e.g. Unotelly and then everything works well.

Getting the amazon tv box/stick just requires a trip to the closest Saturn/Media markt in Germany.

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Re: T.V. and Amazon Prime

I was pretty unimpressed by the navigation (and the offering) of Prime. I can't see me subscribing after the free period is over.
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Re: T.V. and Amazon Prime

Hi BaselLife,
Could you explain how the smartdns work? I own a kindle fire, fire tv and have an amazon.de account and would like to join prime to get access to all the prime videos. But after asking amazon's customer service that fire tv detects IP addresses and based on this will provide its services, I realised it is a bit complicated to set up.
Unfortunately I am not very tech savvy so if you could explain in layman's term, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you in advance!
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Hi BaselLife,
Could you explain how the smartdns work? I own a kindle fire, fire tv and have an amazon.de account and would like to join prime to get access to all the prime videos. But after asking amazon's customer service that fire tv detects IP addresses and based on this will provide its services, I realised it is a bit complicated to set up.
Unfortunately I am not very tech savvy so if you could explain in layman's term, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you in advance!
I subscribe to Overplay SmartDNS. You activate your ip address by going to their setup page online, it does the activation itself on the webpage so it is very easy. You can then change what version of Amazon Prime you want on that page too - mine is a UK Amazon Prime account so I have it set to there, I don't know if a Amazon.de account means you have to stay with the German version, as for Netflix for example you can choose any country you want no matter where you are subscribed.

You then have to change the DNS settings either on the network settings of each device to those that the webpage says you need to change them too, or change the DNS settings on the router so all devices in the house connect use them automatically. The DNS settings are generally easy to access so nothing to worry about. I do the latter and means I can access Amazon Prime, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, etc, on everything in the house. Either way it is pretty simple to do, so long as your router allows for DNS settings to be changed. I have Swisscom's Centro Grande and it is easy to do.

I won't pretend to understand exactly what the DNS settings do, but it is a way of tricking these services to thinking you are in the correct country so your real ip address isn't a problem. It is also quicker than using VPNs.
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"For licensing reasons Amazon Video and Prime Video content is currently not available in Switzerland. Amazon Video and Prime Video content from Amazon.de can only be purchased, streamed and downloaded by customers in Germany and Austria. There must be a German or Austrian payment method and a German or Austrian billing address in your account in order to purchase videos."

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Re: T.V. and Amazon Prime

I've been using Prime on a Fire stick for a few months now with a US IP, using unlocator smartdns. It works very well!

In order to set up the account without having a US-issued credit card, I had to buy myself a Prime gift card and create a new account using that card, while connected to a VPN. It's a bit complicated but I think it was worth the effort.

There are a few issues related to not having a US-issues credit card... 1) you can't buy anything. So you can only watch things on Prime. 2) you can't even buy free things - some videos on there are free, but not part of Prime. Even these require a credit card.

They also don't ship the fire stick to Switzerland, so I had to use Grenzpaket.ch for that and have it shipped to Austria.

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