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 ExpresssVPN. See the instructions below on how to do this.

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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 perfectly sufficient for most users. You do not need to create more than the four free hostnames in order to use MediaStreamer.

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

create dynu account

Create your account to receive the account verification email from Dynu.

dynu account details

Open the link in the verification email then log in to your account on https://www.dynu.com and select DDNS Services.

select ddns services

Click on + Add to add a DDNS service.

add ddns

If you do not have a hostname already, enter your desired hostname in Option 1 and click + Add. This is the recommended option fo 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.

create hostname

Once done, you will see your hostname and your current public IP. Uncheck both Wildcard Alias and Enable IPv6 Address and click Save.

save ddns

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

From your iOS device, 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.

open the welcome email

If you can’t find the link, log in to your account here.

log in to expressvpn.com

Once you’ve clicked the link in the welcome email or logged in to the website, click on Set Up ExpressVPN on the Active Subscriptions page.

set-up-expressvpn

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.

apple tv ip address

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Configure the Location settings on your Apple TV

On your Apple TV, open Settings.

settings

Select iTunes Store.

itunes store configuration

Select Location.

configure location

Scroll down and select United States.

select United States

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

content available

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Configure the DNS servers on your Apple TV

Go into Settings > General.

settings

Select Network.

network settings

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).

network settings

Select Configure DNS.

configure dns

Select Manual.

manual dns

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.

dns ip

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.

Go to www.expressvpn.com and click on MY ACCOUNT on the top header bar.

go to my account

Sign in using your account information.

sign in to account

After signing in, click DNS Settings in the top header bar.

access DNS settings

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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