How to use MediaStreamer on your Apple TV (1st, 2nd, 3rd gen)

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Use this tutorial to learn how to set up your Apple TV (1st, 2nd, 3rd gen) with MediaStreamer by changing your DNS settings.

MediaStreamer not working? To use the MediaStreamer DNS servers, you must sign in to your hostname provider and register your IP address with ExpressVPN. See the instructions below on how to do this.

Note: The video below shows a 4th-generation Apple TV, so the interface appears different from that of older models.

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Get your DDNS hostname
Sign in to update your hostname
Get your DNS server IP address
Configure the Location settings on your Apple TV
Configure the DNS servers on your Apple TV
Register your hostname to access MediaStreamer with DDNS
I cannot access or stream videos


Get your DDNS hostname

Note: Dynu’s standard free service is sufficient for most users. You do not need to create more than the four free hostnames to use MediaStreamer.

Go to https://www.dynu.com and click Create Account.

DYNU website with "Create Account" highlighted.

Create your account and click Submit.

DYNU Create Account page.

Dynu will send you a verification email. Open the link in that email, then log in to your account on https://www.dynu.com and select DDNS Services.

Dynu Control Panel with DDNS Services highlighted.

Click on + Add to add a DDNS service.

Dynamic DNS Service page with +Add button highlighted.

If you do not have a hostname already, enter your desired hostname in Option 1 and click + Add. This is the recommended option for users who are not familiar with domain names.

If you already have your own domain name, enter your domain name in Option 2 and click + Add.

Dynu DDNS page showing Option 1 (for users who don't have a hostname) and Option 2 (for users who do).

Once done, you will see your hostname and your current public IP. Make sure the settings in the middle are turned OFF and click Save. However, if you wish to receive email notifications from Dynu, set Email Notification to ON.

dynu ddns ip settings

And that’s it! Your DDNS hostname is set up and ready to be used!

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Sign in to update your hostname

Using a device that is connected to the same network as the Apple TV, sign in to your account on https://www.dynu.com. This will ensure that your IP is updated in order to use MediaStreamer on your Apple TV.

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Get your DNS server IP address

To set up the MediaStreamer DNS server on your Apple TV, you will need to obtain the MediaStreamer DNS server IP address.

Open the Welcome Email you received when you signed up for ExpressVPN. Click the link in the email.

ExpressVPN welcome email with Set Up ExpressVPN button highlighted.

If you cannot find the link, sign in to your ExpressVPN account.

ExpressVPN Sign in page with Sign In button highlighted.

Once you have clicked the link in the welcome email or signed in to the website, click on Set Up on More Devices.

ExpressVPN setup page with Set Up on More Devices button highlighted.

Select Apple TV on the left side of the screen. On the right, you will find the MediaStreamer DNS server IP address. Keep it on hand for the setup.

ExpressVPN Apple TV setup screen with IP address highlighted.

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Configure the Location settings on your Apple TV

On your Apple TV, open Settings.

Apple TV screen with Settings button highlighted.

Select iTunes Store.

Apple TV Settings menu with iTunes Store highlighted.

Select Location.

Apple TV iTunes Store menu with Location highlighted.

Scroll down and select United States.

Apple TV Location menu with United States highlighted.

Go back to the main screen. The apps you want should now appear.

Apple TV screen showing U.S. content providers.

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Configure the DNS servers on your Apple TV

Go into Settings > General.

Apple TV Settings menu with General highlighted.

Select Network.

Apple TV General menu with Network highlighted.

Select Wi-Fi or Ethernet, depending on your Apple TV internet setup. (Here we have chosen Ethernet. If you are using Wi-Fi, select Wi-Fi and enter your wireless network credentials.)

Apple TV Network menu with Ethernet highlighted.

Select Configure DNS.

Apple TV Ethernet Configuration menu with Configure DNS highlighted.

Select Manual.

Apple TV Configure DNS menu with Manual highlighted.

Note: We strongly recommend you write down your current DNS address/setting before changing it for future reference and safekeeping. You may need it if you ever want to stop using our service.

Enter the numbers of the MediaStreamer DNS server IP address, which you found earlier.

Apple TV Configure DNS screen awaiting input of IP address.

You MUST restart your Apple TV for the DNS change to take place. Go into Settings > General > Restart.

Congratulations! You now have access to the MediaStreamer service.

Note: MediaStreamer DNS is NOT a VPN. It does not offer the same privacy and security benefits as a VPN.

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Register your hostname to access MediaStreamer with DDNS

In order to use the MediaStreamer smoothly, you must register your hostname on the ExpressVPN website. Follow these steps to register your hostname.

Sign in to your account using your email address and password.

sign in to your expressvpn account

Go to the DNS Settings tab after signing in.

The "DNS settings" tab of the ExpressVPN account dashboard.

Under Dynamic DNS Registration, enter the hostname you want to register and click Save Hostname.

enter hostname

After the process is completed, you will see an indication that the hostname has been updated.

hostname updated

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I cannot access or stream videos

If you have followed the above steps but have trouble accessing or streaming videos, please contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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