How to get Netflix and Hulu Plus in Australia on Xbox One and PS4

by Ben Salter 9 Comments 42 Likes 30,884 Views 03/12/2013 Back to PS4 articles Netflix

UPDATE 20/08/2014: A couple of small changes have been made to reflect pricing changes. The original article was posted on 03/12/2013.

Your new console(s) is here! It's replaced something in your already crowed entertainment unit, and now you’re down a Netflix or Hulu Plus player. Never fear: Netflix is available to Australians on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with a little bit of...beating the system.

Meanwhile, here is how to get Netflix (and Hulu Plus) in Australia on Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Netflix has recently increased its price to US $9 per month, but is $8 for existing subscribers, while Hulu Plus is US $8 per month. Both can accessed in Australia using a geo-unblocking service, and each has a free trial.

Last time we used Unblock-Us, and have since tested UnoTelly, which both $5 per month, and allows you to choose Netflix’s region — it’s quite different between the US and UK. There are some free options as well, but we haven’t tried those, knowing that you get what you pay for, and for an extra $5 per month, it’s not really worth the hassle.

TL;DR - The Basics


If you’re relatively tech-savvy, have already circumvented geo-blocking and just need the basics here they are:

Xbox One: All you need to do is change the Xbox One’s region to the United States, using your regular Gamertag, to download Netflix and Hulu Plus. They will continue to work if you change it back to Australia.

PlayStation 4: As with the PS3, you need a US PSN account. Sign in with the US PSN account, download Netflix and Hulu Plus from the PlayStation Store, and continue to use both apps from the TV section of your Australian account. The US account will show more services available to download, whereas the Australian PSN account will only display the services you have already downloaded (in this case Hulu Plus or Netflix).

For more information, see below.

Unblocking and signing up to Netflix in Australia


To use a console (or a media player like Apple TV or WD Live TV), you’ll need to bypass the geo-blocking that restricts Australian access with your router.

The simplest way is a SmartDNS, or "DNS hack", like those mentioned above. Most offer a week free trial, and cost around $5 per month thereafter.

Since it’s what we used last time, here is how to set up Unblock-Us, but all the services mentioned above and more do the job. It’s up to you which you wish to use -- but as we've tested them both throughly, we recommend either Unblock-us or UnoTelly.

Step 1: Sign up for a seven-day free trial on unblock-us.com directly on the homepage — don’t hit the sign-up button or you’ll miss the free trial.

Step 2: Head to the How to Set Up page to learn how to configure your router (or just see below). We recommend setting it up via your router if you wish to use multiple devices. However, if you only wish to use one, it can be entered directly via the device.

Once you have set up your account by entering an email address, enter the following into your router’s DNS settings:

  • Primary DNS: 111.118.175.56
  • Secondary DNS: 118.127.33.48
  • Additional DNS: (if available)119.63.213.7

Step 3: Go to Netflix.com on any device and set up your one month free trial. It requires a credit card that will not be charged if you cancel during the first 30 days. After the trial period, Netflix costs US $8.99 per month.

Netflix accepts Australian credit cards and will ask you for its linked zip code (post code) — add your post code with a '0' at the beginning or end and it should work. If not, choose any American zip code (you probably know 90210). In the unlikely event it still rejects your card, try a different browser or delete and re-enter the information until it accepts the registration.

Step 4: Confirm your network is configured correctly by going to Unblock-Us.com using the Internet browser on your preferred device.

If Netflix or Hulu stop working, return to the Unblock-Us site to reset your connection. Your IP has probably changed.

Signing up to Hulu Plus in Australia


Hulu Plus offers more recent TV episodes than Netflix, including some the day after they air in the US, but the trade off is having to put up with ads.

Step 1: Ensure your network is configured to view Hulu Plus. If you’ve already done it for Netflix, you’re good to go (see above).

Step 2: Go to Hulu.com and sign up for a one week free trail. Like Netflix, you’ll need a credit card attached during the trail period. Most Australian credit cards will be accepted, but Australian PayPal accounts will not.

Step 3: If you're signing up via the Xbox One or PS4, you will be prompted to continue on a PC or tablet and enter a code into your console.

Xbox One: Downloading Netflix and Hulu Plus


Xbox One streams Netflix in HD with 5.1 surround sound. Its advantage over other platforms is the ability to Snap, which means you can watch Netflix and play games at the same time. It’s also one of the easiest platforms to download the app in Australia, as you only need to change your region, not create a new account.

I’ve had a few problems with Hulu streaming and skipping forward, but it could be my network.

Step 1: Follow the instructions above to access a Netflix or Hulu Plus account.

Step 2: Using any Gamertag, including one from Australia, change the Xbox One country setting to the United States. Head to Games and Apps > Settings > System > Location > United States. Confirm and the Xbox One will restart.

Step 3: Head to the App Store, where you will now find Netflix and Hulu Plus to download. There is also Amazon Video and catch up services. The same change of region will also allow you to download from the UK store.

Step 4: Download Netflix, Hulu Plus or whatever US apps you desire. It also appears possible to purchase games at a heavily discounted rate from the US store.

Step 5: Change the Xbox One’s country back to Australia.

Step 6: Launch Netflix and sign in with your account to enjoy high-definition videos with 5.1 surround sound through Xbox One!

Step 7: If you’re making a new account, Hulu Plus on Xbox One will prompt you to go to hulu.com/plus/xboxone to sign up. During the sign up process, you will be given a short code to enter into the app on Xbox One to begin streaming new TV episodes.

PlayStation 4: Downloading Netflix and Hulu Plus


Step 1: Follow the instructions above to sign up for Netflix or Hulu Plus.

Step 2: Next, you’ll need a US PSN account. Sign up for an American account here.

Step 3: Sign in to the PlayStation 4 using your American PSN account and elect it as your Primary PS4 to share apps with other accounts.

Step 4: Go to the PlayStation Store > Apps and download Netflix, Hulu Plus or any US apps you plan to use.

Step 5: Return to your Australian PSN account or continue using your American log-in.

Step 6: Launch Netflix and sign in with your account to enjoy high-definition videos with 5.1 surround sound on PS4!

Step 7: If you’re making a new account, Hulu Plus on PS4 will prompt you to go to hulu.com/plus/activate to sign up. During the sign up process, you will be given a short code to enter into the app on PS4 to begin streaming new TV episodes.

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How to get Netflix and Hulu Plus in Australia on Xbox One and PS4 Comments

  • CybaCowboy 1998 XP 04/12/2013
    What's so special about Netflix (aside from the lack of the Australia Tax)?

    After all, we already have Quickflix (on the PlayStation 3 and presumably, PlayStation 4) which as I understand it, is roughly equivalent to Netflix (though Wikipedia indicates that they are separate companies)...
  • Gryllis 342246 XP 04/12/2013

    @CybaCowboy said: What's so special about Netflix (aside from the lack of the Australia Tax)?
    After all, we already have Quickflix (on the PlayStation 3 and presumably, PlayStation 4) which as I understand it, is roughly equivalent to Netflix (though Wikipedia indicates that they are separate companies)...



    Way more content than Quickflix. Especially if you use the UK, US and Canadian versions of Netflix.
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  • milo 5111 XP 04/12/2013
    i tried this for a while on the ps3 but after a while i would get an error or something about not being able to view this content or stream or some crap like that..
    i thought netflx was thinking of coming down under any way??
  • CybaCowboy 1998 XP 04/12/2013

    @Gryllis said:
    Way more content than Quickflix. Especially if you use the UK, US and Canadian versions of Netflix.



    That doesn't surprise me - I setup a North American PlayStation Network (PSN) account on our PlayStation 3 a few years ago, and I was gobsmacked at just how much more content they have access to... Whether you were talking avatars, themes, DLC or just games, their PlayStation Store is an ocean compared to our "bathtub".


    @milo said: i tried this for a while on the ps3 but after a while i would get an error or something about not being able to view this content or stream or some crap like that..



    The wife uses the (Telstra) T-Box for all her movies, mostly because it's bandwidth-free...

    Back to consoles however, I've always been pretty happy with Video Unlimited - the downloads are enormous (in the most extreme sense, too), but the quality is incredible!

    Unfortunately because the Internet is rubbish in Australia (both in Palmerston/Darwin and in more "civilized" cites), it makes it extremely hard to justify using Video Unlimited... Well, unless you have a lot of patience.


    @milo said:i thought netflx was thinking of coming down under any way??



    Can't wait until they add on the infamous "Australia Tax"...

    Cost price+retail markup+shipping+other local taxes+GST+anything else they can come up with+Australia Tax=Australia price! ;)
  • Dusty Lids 47362 XP 06/12/2013

    @CybaCowboy said:

    @Gryllis said:
    Way more content than Quickflix. Especially if you use the UK, US and Canadian versions of Netflix.


    That doesn't surprise me - I setup a North American PlayStation Network (PSN) account on our PlayStation 3 a few years ago, and I was gobsmacked at just how much more content they have access to... Whether you were talking avatars, themes, DLC or just games, their PlayStation Store is an ocean compared to our "bathtub".

    @milo said: i tried this for a while on the ps3 but after a while i would get an error or something about not being able to view this content or stream or some crap like that..


    The wife uses the (Telstra) T-Box for all her movies, mostly because it's bandwidth-free...
    Back to consoles however, I've always been pretty happy with Video Unlimited - the downloads are enormous (in the most extreme sense, too), but the quality is !
    Unfortunately because the Internet is rubbish in Australia (both in Palmerston/Darwin and in more "civilized" cites), it makes it extremely hard to justify using Video Unlimited... Well, unless you have a lot of patience.

    @milo said:i thought netflx was thinking of coming down under any way??


    Can't wait until they add on the infamous "Australia Tax"...
    Cost price+retail markup+shipping+other local taxes+GST+anything else they can come up with+Australia Tax=Australia price!



    US store is better. But PSN+ is very even with what we get compared to US.

    Plus I am not switching accounts for a US account. But 100+ ps3 games will not be going bye bye:P

    Yeah you can't even compare quickflix to Netflix/hulu. Quickflix literally has nothing :'(
  • Tano 338145 XP 09/12/2013
    Netflix is okay. Doesn't have all the movies I like to watch :P But still pretty cool.

    Is Hulu worth it? Main difference between the two?
  • hafizhanaf 2 XP 04/01/2014
    does this work in any asia region? i live in malaysia.
  • Daniel617 6 XP 11/01/2014
    Have a look at tunnelto.us... free alternate to unblock.us
  • XxmadmanxX 83559 XP 12/01/2014
    I wanna do this but too lazy

    first world problems I tells ya
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