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Watch TV on Android

Apparently there are now almost a billion Android devices, that’s a phenomenal number and according to a recent report by Time, 70% of smartphones and 42% of tablets that shipped worldwide in Q4 2012 ran Google’s OS. Needless to say, with that many in circulation, anyone who is anyone has an app for Android, it might not be as polished as their iOS one, but it is there and should definitely be fit for purpose. As a device for consuming media, it’s hard to fault the phones or tablets from the likes of Samsung and HTC not to mention the many others and the sheer range of different Android devices means that you are sure to find one that suits your needs and your budget. The Thumbsgest issue we have with Android is that installing country specific applications usually means downloading them from un-trusted third parties or jail breaking your device. Neither of which is ideal. If your using a tablet, you can simply connect to our VPN in order to trick Android into installing apps from another country, but that only works for devices without a cellular connection ie wifi only devices. Don’t worry, we have solutions for most scenarios, so get in touch if you need assistance.

Android Setup Instructions

SimpleTV works by redirecting certain traffic via our servers located throughout the globe. So for example, say you want to watch hulu.com, instead of your computer connecting directly to the Hulu servers, it is automatically redirected so that it connects via our servers in the United States. As a result, Hulu thinks that you are actually in the United States and lets you access the site. In order for this to work, you need to change your configuration so that you use our Domain Name System (DNS) servers. You can either make this change on an individual device, or if you wish to the change to affect everything on your home network, you can make the change on your internet router. We strongly suggest that you try it on an individual device first and this page will guide you through the setup process on an Android based device.

Step 1

To setup the connection, go into Settings, Wireless and network and then tap on Wi-Fi Settings


Step 2

Tap and hold on your current connected Wi-Fi connection, until a pop-up window appears and choose Modify network config


Step 3

Tap on Show advanced options and change the IP settings to Static


Step 4

Then scroll down and add in SimpleTV DNS to DNS 1 and DNS 2 DNS 1 DNS 2 Note This example shows the addresses for our DNS servers providing an American Netflix experience, please see our DNS Servers page for a complete list of servers available.

Tap Save to confirm the changes.


Step 5

Once you have done that, please click on simpletv.co/client/checkip.php to check your SimpleTV Setup status. If this is the first device you have setup from this location, you will probably need to register your current IP address.

Click on Update Your Settings, if you aren’t already logged in, you will need to enter your email and password.


DNS Check Stage 1

and then click on Register This Address.


DNS Check Stage 2

If you see all ticks, you have successfully setup your system to use our service.


DNS Check Stage 4

Sometimes, the change to the DNS settings does not take affect immediately and you may get an error like the one below:

DNS Check Stage 3


At this stage, we strongly recommend that you reboot your device and if you are using Google Chrome, that you flush your browsers cache. The reason for this is that your device and especially Google Chrome, keep a record of the servers they have accessed, so even though you have changed your setup, they will still continue to access the same servers as before and therefore will bypass our service. Rebooting your device and flushing the browser cache will usually clear this issue.

Step 6

Now that you have setup and registered your system you can go ahead and access the TV site of your choice. For the full list of supported channels, please refer to our Supported Services and Channels page.

Any problems?

Unfortunately it doesn’t always go to plan! If you are having problems please email us at support@simpletv.co and we will do our best to assist you.

Watch TV on Android
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