In addition, I also purchased a WD TV Live to watch Netflix on my big screen TV. However when I set it up, I realized that the WD TV Live does not work with Netflix! 😦
After feeling sorry for myself, I decided to figure out how Teleport works, and maybe try to fix the issue with Netflix and WD TV Live.
First of all, I heard that many WD TV Live users have managed to let Netflix work using Unblock-Us. I went ahead and tried configuring Unblock-Us, and sure enough, it works! This made me further believe that the issue is not with WD TV Live nor Netflix, and surely is with Teleport.
I set up my laptop to NAT all traffic in and out of the WD TV, so that I could listen to all the traffic.
In short, MyRepublic Teleports uses their DNS to redirect you to an Amazon instance in the US for specific domains – mostly the authentication / setup part of streaming services like Netflix. The main bulk of the streaming content afterwards comes from CDNs, which I believe does not need to go through the US link. Let’s take a look.
The WD TV Live starts off by connecting to
nccp-nrdp-31.cloud.netflix.net. If you look it up using MyRepublic DNS servers, you can see that it resolves to an Amazon EC2 instance in the US WEST.
$ dig @126.96.36.199 nccp-nrdp-31.cloud.netflix.net.
;; ANSWER SECTION:
nccp-nrdp-31.cloud.netflix.net. 0 IN A 188.8.131.52
$ dig -x 184.108.40.206
220.127.116.11.in-addr.arpa. 300 IN PTR ec2-54-215-3-116.us-west-1.compute.amazonaws.com.
After that, it connects to 2 other domains,
api-global.netflix.com. This is where the problem lies – MyRepublic still resolves these two to the same EC2 instance.
uiboot.netflix.com. 0 IN A 18.104.22.168
api-global.netflix.com. 0 IN A 22.214.171.124
As far as I can tell, both
uiboot.netflix.com connections are HTTPS, which means they can’t share the same IP. To test my theory, I set up a DNS server that responds with the Unblock-Us DNS servers for
api-global.netflix.com. It works!
I guess the fix for MyRepublic is simple – they just have to create another 2 instances to take care of the traffic going to the 2 affected domains, and everything should work!
I’ve forwarded them the information, hopefully it’ll help them.