Accessing UK Streaming Television from Anywhere in the World on the Amazon Fire TV
The Amazon Fire TV makes for one of the best platforms for watching UK television abroad. Supporting a wide range of UK streaming apps, combined with an easy way to unblock geographic restrictions via SmartDNS such as Getflix, and all for a great price, we’ll show you how easy it is to watch UK television wherever in the world you are.
The Amazon Fire TV comes in two main form factors, the tiny HDMI dongle that makes a perfect travelling companion, and the more expensive 4K complaint AFTV Box. Which is the right one for you depends on what you are after, but check out our reviews on the links above for more details on what other things these great devices can do.
The Amazon Fire TV offers one of the widest ranges of UK streaming apps of any set-top-box, and whilst it is missing Now TV which the UK Roku has, the Amazon Fire TV is a lot easier to set up for accessing globally via Smart DNS.
Apps currently available on the Fire TV include the following:
All of this covers a huge portion of the UK’s FTA television needs, with brilliant live feeds via the BBC iPlayer (including their live Restart feature allowing viewers to begin a live show from the beginning) as well as catch-up content from the rest of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and UKTV Play which includes content from channels such as Dave, Really, Yesterday and Drama. Whilst only the BBC iPlayer currently offers live streams, TVPlayer can partially suffice until the others update their apps on this platform.
In addition, the Amazon Fire TV also supports the following British subscription Video-on-Demand services. (Getflix will of course open up all of the main Netflix libraries if you have a subscription)
All of the above mentioned apps are designed to work only in the UK. If you live outside of Britain, you’ll almost certainly be hit with geographic restrictions that will block playback of any on-demand or live content.
However, that can be easily remedied by adding Smart DNS servers to the device’s network settings. This is one of the great things about the Amazon Fire TV, as competing boxes like Roku require this at the router level which is not as easy for many users.
There are a lot of Smart DNS companies around these days, but not all of them support all of the above mentioned UK apps on the Fire TV. However, we’ve found one that does; Getflix. Getflix charge less than $4 per month with a free two week trial that doesn’t even need a credit card to get you going.
Getflix’s Smart DNS is incredibly easy to set up on the Amazon Fire TV and if you are using Getflix, just make sure their mobile or desktop app has channel B set to the UK.
It’s as easy as that! But all that said, there are always a few trip hazards to be weary of, and it would be misleading to not mention them here. If you already have a UK Amazon account, everything is sorted, but if your Amazon account is from another country like the US or Germany, you will need to temporarily switch this over to the UK in order to install the apps.
This can be a little fiddly, but if you follow these instructions, you will be able to install UK apps, and once you return Amazon back to your usual country, everything should return back to normal.
The advantage is that the UK apps will then mix in with your existing ones, so if you normally have an American account, you can have the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub sitting next to Hulu, PBS and Sling TV!