How-To: Changing Your Samsung J-Series (2015) TV/Blu-Ray Country App Store
Just bought yourself a brand new J-series Samsung TV with the hope to install on-demand apps from your home country despite being abroad? It won’t take long to realize that the only store available in the smart hub is your local one with no way to change this – that is unless you use the backdoor, and in all honesty, it’s a pretty painless process.
It is quite possible to change which app store your Samsung TV will open, and in doing so you can access a wide range of countries with each store containing region specific apps. This could unlock exactly the services you are after, whether the BBC iPlayer from the UK or Hulu Plus and Netflix from the US.
What you can do:
- Change the app store to any country Samsung supports.
- Install any apps from your chosen region.
- Change back to your original region at a later stage.
What this will not do:
- Install apps from multiple regions; only apps from one store will be available at any given time. Previous apps will be deleted before your region is changed.
- This will not change your existing satellite, cable or terrestrial services.
Who is this suitable for?
- Perfect for the expat who lives in a different country, but wants to access apps and services from their home country. Smart Hub apps work via the Internet, so can be set separately from normal terrestrial, cable or satellite television.
- Perfect for the cord cutter. Cord cutting is where viewers decide to watch OTT services such as on-demand or catch-up TV, and this method allows you to set your TV’s smart hub to a different country in order to access additional content.
- Your TV must already be connected to the internet to set your country code.
- Your TV or Blu-Ray player must have the “mute” key for this to work.
- One very important thing to keep in mind is that changing regional stores and installing apps does not guarantee that the app will work outside of its native region. Many apps restrict themselves to specific regions and in order to access them outside of this, you may require a VPN or smart DNS service such as provided by Overplay, Getflix or Unblock-US.
Unblocking geographic restrictions on this device is supported by the following Smart DNS providers:
Set the source of the television to “TV” by using the Source button on the remote.
On the remote, open to the main menu as shown below.
Using the remote, navigate to the system portion of the Main Menu, and then click to enter the submenu.
Click on Setup to proceed to the next stage.
You should now begin the on-screen setup that you completed when you first bought the television. To make things easier, your previously entered information should be retained.
The list of various countries should appear. Select your country from the list and then click to continue.
Your country app store has now been changed, but you must complete the rest of the setup procedure.
I recommend rebooting the television and agreeing to any further smart hub updates. It is up to you to choose which additional apps you wish to install.
Once this is complete, your TV will have effectively a dual personality. All normal TV operations will remain as it was, so your cable, satellite or terrestrial feeds from your local country will not change. However, your television’s smart hub will now offer widgets from a second, alternative country. In most cases, this will include on-demand or catch-up services, but every now and again, you may come across a widget that offers live television as well.
All you may need to do now is set up a smart DNS or VPN service to unblock any apps that are restricted to a specific country. Because the Samsung Smart TVs do not have a facility to directly configure a VPN, it is recommended to choose a smart DNS service.
We recommend one of the following Smart DNS services:
If this has successfully worked, you can now sit back, relax and enjoy on-demand content from back home, directly on your main television without the need of additional hardware.
Although the above steps are generally safe, Eye On-Demand takes no responsibility for any damage to your television or any other issues that may arise. Perform the above actions entirely at your own risk.
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