I don’t watch much TV, but as of late I started biking while re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I find it hard to watch new programs while exercising, so I wanted something familiar yet with a lot of action. After finishing the first season box set, I was going to purchase the second season (the only one I don’t own), but decided to see if Netflix offered Buffy for watching instantly. When I found out they did, I activated my free trial and set up my Wii to start watching.
Since I now had a Netflix account I wanted to try it out on my iPod Touch 4G. I downloaded the app, logged in, picked an instant movie, and it would think for a while then kick me back to the movie information page. After scouring the Neflix site and searching Google for about an hour I finally found the solution in the Apple Support Communities.
User sriramk wrote:
I spoke to Netflix support and they helped me fix this issue.
Solution: Switch from your automatic DNS settings to Google’s DNS server. General->Network->Configure TCP/IP->Manual and pick 008.008.008.008.
Now, I was stumped a bit since I have an XBox 360 on the same network with no issues. The support guy said that Apple TV connects to their licensing servers a bit differently so this should fix the issue.
I was a bit skeptical when I read this, why should a different DNS server make any difference, but I was desperate to get it to work so I changed the DNS setting to 126.96.36.199 in my wifi settings on my iPod. Low-and-behold a movie actually started playing when I tried it again.
I found this fix also worked on my daughter’s iPod touch 1st Gen.