Are you a regular user of Zattoo, but you don’t have access to Switzerland channels on your Apple TV? This post is for you. Learn how to watch Zattoo Apple TV 4.
What is Zattoo?
Zattoo is a TV streaming service (similar to BBC iPlayer) available in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The Zattoo on-demand content can be watched on computers, smartphones (iPhone, Android, WP7), tablets (iPad, Android, Windows) and other Internet-connected devices (Smart TVs, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Apple AirPlay, Chromecast).
The channels available depend on the country of residence. Thus, similarly to Netflix, by creating an account in Germany you will only be able to access the channels listed for German TV users.
Why would you be interested in Zattoo Switzerland?
Zattoo FREE offers a great selection of TV channels, such as the German public broadcasting channels (ARD, ZDF, 3sat), sports and special interests TV streaming (Sport1, DMAX, Tel 5, N24). Also, children and youth channels (Comedy Central, Nickelodeon), HD channels (ARD, ZDF, KiKA, SRF Info, Arte).
But, Zattoo Switzerland offers access to some attractive Swiss channels like SRF 1 and 2, 3 plus, RTS, private channels of the ProSiebenSat1 and RTL groups, international channels like TF1, M6, BBC, ORF.
Thus, if you are located in Germany, you may be interested in having access to the Swiss channels list as well.
How to watch Zattoo Switzerland?
Are you located in Switzerland? If so, all you have to do is to open the Zattoo site or the Zattoo app and enjoy the streaming channels.
If you are connecting to the Internet from outside Switzerland, you will either get access to a list of channels that not include the Swiss ones or you will get the “Sorry, Zattoo is not available in your country yet.” message.
To get access to Zattoo Switzerland channels, you need a VPN service with servers in Switzerland or a Smart DNS service that unblocks Zattoo.
Let’s start with the VPN. Such a service changes your online location to the desired one, Switzerland in this case. Thus, the Zattoo site will see you as a Swiss resident. Subscribe to one of the VPN services that offer servers in Switzerland (HideMyAss, ibVPN, ExpressVPN, PureVPN, NordVPN) and start watching your favorite channels.
How to watch Zattoo on Apple TV 4?
Unfortunately, some devices, like Apple TV 4, are not VPN-enabled. Thus, no VPN can be set up on these devices directly. Wait! There is still hope. Here is what you can do to watch Zattoo Apple TV 4:
1. Setup a VPN on your router
All the VPN services mentioned above can be quickly set up on DD-WRT, Tomato or other types of routers. By setting up a VPN connection to a server located in Switzerland, you will be able to access Zattoo Switzerland on all devices connected to your router, including Apple TV 4.
The disadvantage is that all devices connected to the router will use the VPN connection for accessing all sites and apps. It may slow down your regular activities like browsing, downloading, checking emails.
2. Setup a SmartDNS service on your device
Another option is to use a SmartDNS service (if you don’t know what SmartDNS is you may find a reasonable explanation here). With several simple settings on your device, you may get the same result as if you were using a VPN. But, firstly you may find a SmartDNS that unblocks Zattoo. My choice is ibDNS provided by ibVPN.
After you subscribe and get access to a DNS IP address, you need to manually setup the DNS on your device. For Apple TV 4 the steps to be performed are:
Step 1. On your Apple TV Menu choose the “Settings” option.
Step 2. Select “Network.”
Step 3. Click on the Wi-Fi button at the top.
Step 4. Choose your Network.
Step 5. Choose to configure the DNS option at the bottom of the page.
Step 6. Confirm that you want to set DNS manually.
Step 7. Select configure DNS option and select Manual then input the DNS IP address provided by the SmartDNS service. Next, you will be able to watch Zattoo Apple TV 4.
A significant advantage of this approach compared to the one using a VPN is that you will not see any speed loss. The streaming will use the full bandwidth provided by your ISP.
Zattoo Switzerland offers access to several appealing channels. If you are located outside Switzerland, you may still be able to access them by using VPN or SmartDNS services.
What do you think of Zattoo Switzerland? Do you watch Zattoo on Apple TV 4? Are you using a VPN or SmartDNS to unblock it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.