When it comes to connecting the Roku to US content you are going to need two things smartDNS or equivalent and a Roku account registered with an American address.
For this reason it is necessary that the you take a moment to read this Unblock US and Overplay review, choosing the best approach to start will get you utilizing the Roku fully within no time at all.
There are a plethora of instructions online about how to do this but most are very out-dated and/or non-Roku specific. The problem with that is things in the online world change very fast and as a result what worked yesterday might not work today. For example Netflix used to offer American content only to Netflix accounts with American addresses and American payment methods (American address on the credit card for example). Thankfully Netflix has since updated and now with an Canadian account you can view US content when you cross the border… whether you do so literally or only digitally is where smartDNS comes in.
A quick bit on smartDNS and its purpose is probably helpful to understanding what is going on and why you need it.
SmartDNS is the name of a service that allows you to relay the part of your internet connection which identifies your geographic location. This is better than VPN if you are only trying to access content and websites that are country specific access. VPN is also offered with Overplay but not through UnblockUS. As a rule VPN, as a funnelling of your internet activities through a third party that acts like a relay, will slow your internet connection down or at least has the potential to do so. It makes sense as your internet traffic must travel from the source server to the VPN server then to your computer/mobile/tablet.
SmartDNS is also a security improvement to the free services which require your information and your activity go through a publicly shared and open server which is far more prone to hacking and other malicious activity. Which is important because your Roku account setup will require payment information and the like, things which I personally don’t want shared.
As for which of the two, Overplay or UnblockUS, I prefer Overplay by far for two main reasons. First its easy to setup a VPN through them if you so desire for anonymity or otherwise. Second and most importantly when it comes to the Roku only the Overplay service works with the Roku account setup process, this is of course crucial as setting up your Roku account as American is the only way you can access American Roku channels such as Hulu Plus, Pandora, HBO Go, etc.
To get instruction on how to create an American Roku account so that you can enjoy the American only content that elevates the whole Roku experience, click here!