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Open the door to a world of video-streaming and entertainment through Private Internet Access.

Virtual private networks (VPNs) allow you to push your network traffic through an encrypted tunnel, making it easy to hide your identity, and to browse the Internet securely when using public access points.

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Traditionally, they were one of the tricks of the trade for business travelers — VPNs were used primarily for weary, far-flung employees to to access their company’s internal network from public WiFi networks provided hotels and cafes. Other more privacy-concerned organizations used VPNs as a way for remote workers to send privileged communications without the risk of interception.

But more recently, the general public has started to use anonymous VPN services – such as those provided by Private Internet Access — in other, more interesting roles. For example, many use them in order to mitigate against ISP-level censorship, as is common in countries like China, the UAE and yes, even the United Kingdom How to Bypass Web Filtering and Censorship in the UK and Turkey How to Bypass Web Filtering and Censorship in the UK and Turkey Read More . Others use VPNs as a tool to defend themselves against government surveillance of the Internet.

As a tool, VPNs are useful and versatile. Indeed, we’re a big fan of them at MakeUseOf and have listed some of the unusual potential applications 5 Refreshing Uses For A VPN 5 Refreshing Uses For A VPN Read More for VPNs in the past. But did you also know that VPNs can help you catch up on the latest TV shows?

Yes, it’s true. There is a phenomenal amount of streaming websites which allow you to watch the latest shows, but are only available in certain locales. You might be familiar with some of the more prominent ones, such as Hulu, Netflix, and the BBC’s iPlayer.

These sites only allow people living in certain countries to access them. It seems unfair, doesn’t it? Just because you live in France or Germany, doesn’t mean that you should have to go without the latest episode of Family Guy. Similarly, just because you live in the US doesn’t mean that you should have to wait to watch the latest episode of Doctor Who.

With a VPN (we recommend Private Internet Access), you can bypass geographical restrictions by visiting those sites through local VPN endpoints — in other words, the websites will think you’re within the country and allow you access. While you might have already been aware of this geo-restriction workaround, you may not realize the vast quantity of amazing programming you can watch by accessing certain streaming video websites with a VPN.

This guide aims to show you what’s on offer, and to tell you the VPN endpoint you’ll need to use to access it. We’re going to take a trip across the world. From the US, to the UK, and finally Australia. Let’s see what we can watch.

Hulu

Hulu was founded in March 2007 with the vision that people should be able to watch the TV shows they want, legitimately, having to resort to illegal downloading. The principle was simple: you can watch a variety of television shows, clips and movies supported by advertisements. To access certain premium products from Hulu, you might have to pay a flat monthly fee.

Unsurprisingly, Hulu has been nothing short of a huge success. According to Internet ranking service Alexa, Hulu is one of the top 500 visited websites worldwide, and is visited by almost 25 million people each month. It has been a pioneer in the online streaming space.

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But, there’s a pretty significant downside. Hulu is only available to residents of the United States and its associated territories, and Japan. That’s bad news for everyone else.

Around 2010, there were rumblings the video-on-demand titan would dip its toe into the European market, and expand into the UK and Ireland. Consumers on this side of the pond waited with baited breath. But unfortunately, due to the complex nature of licensing digital content for streaming, the plans were cancelled.

Which is a shame, because there are some phenomenal television on Hulu. Shows like South Park.

Earlier this year, Hulu signed a three-year deal to exclusively stream the hugely popular and profane animated series by Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The entire catalog of 17 seasons is currently available to stream, in full length and uncensored.

Truth be told, if you love comedy, Hulu has you covered. It has everything you could possibly hope to watch. Their lineup ranges from the bitingly funny Colbert Show, to Scrubs, to the late-night institution that is Saturday Night Live.

If comedy isn’t your thing, Hulu also has no shortage of dramas, thrillers and action shows. Shows like the Vampire Diaries, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and Nashville.

And much like Amazon and Netflix, Hulu has its own original programming — shows you won’t find anywhere else, from the short-lived but critically acclaimed The Confession starring Keifer Sutherland and John Hurt, to the comedy stylings of Kevin Smith’s The Spoilers, which is their flagship film review show. Think Roger Ebert, but with a severe case of potty mouth.

If you’re not in the US, you can watch these shows on Hulu with a VPN from Private Internet Access. Just set your endpoint to an American one, and you’re golden.

Netflix

When Netflix first opened its subscription service in 1999, it was revolutionary. For the first time ever, consumers could rent movies online instead of having to drive down to Blockbuster and fork over cash for a scratched, beaten-up VHS tape. You’d just have to sign up to Netflix, request a specific film, and within a few days, a DVD was sent to you in the post.

A few things have happened since 1999.

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Firstly, DVDs are slowly (but surely) going the way of the cassette tape. Now, everyone’s all about the streaming video. The driving force behind that has been the rise of fast and unmetered household broadband connections. This significant change in the home Internet market has made it possible for people to watch high definition content from their homes, with no physical media involved, and has resulted in the astronomical growth of Netflix.

Almost fifty million people own subscriptions to Netflix, which is available in the United States, Canada, South America and huge swathes of Europe. The march of Netflix shows no signs of stopping, either. Starting in the middle of 2015, it will make its debut appearance in New Zealand and Australia.

So, given that it’s nearly ubiquitous, why would you use a VPN service to watch Netflix?

Well, simply put — regional programming. The programming available in the UK is vastly different in quantity (and quality) than in, say, the United States, or Canada. If you want to catch up on previous seasons of Community, your best bet is Canadian Netflix. If you’re fan of The Thick Of It, or Top Gear, your best bet is British Netflix.

Fortunately, Netflix allows travelers to use their subscriptions in other countries. If you’re a European subscriber and you’re on vacation in the United States, Netflix will treat you like one of their American customers and allow you to enjoy the local offering.

With that said, wherever you are, you’ll be able to catch up on their award-winning original programming. Shows like Orange Is The New Black, which has earned its share of acclaim for dramatization of Piper Kerman’s true story of what happens when an affluent Bostonian’s criminal past catches up with her.

Netflix’s original content also extends into documentaries, such as The Square, which covered the Tahrir Square uprisings in Egypt, and was the first Internet-only documentary to earn an Oscar.

And I can’t not mention Lilyhammer, which features E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt as a New York gangster turned informant, who has found himself adjusting to live in the vastly different world of rural Norway.

Better still, Netflix cannot tell the difference between someone genuinely on vacation and someone connecting over a VPN service. So, what’s on offer?

Well, quite a lot. It’s hard not to overstate the vast differences between regional libraries. At the time of writing, Netflix US had just short of 9,000 movies and shows available to stream. British consumers have to make do with around 3,500 movies.

Your mileage will vary. I’ve found shows exclusively on Netflix Canada or Netflix Mexico. Similarly, some shows are only available in the UK or America. Your best bet is to switch between VPN endpoints.

CBS Online

If you don’t live in United States, you might not be familiar with CBS. But I’m fairly sure you’re familiar some of their work, and the shows they own the licenses to. CBS owns the rights to some of the biggest blockbusters you could care to name. I’m talking about massively successful, international successes.

Successes like Star Trek. Some years ago, CBS acquired Paramount Pictures. With it, they received the rights to Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek franchise. This is a franchise which is stretched for over fifty years and boasts some of the most dedicated fandom of all science fiction. It started with Canadian crooner William Shatner as Captain Kirk, and then went onto have successful reboots in the 90s with Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek DS9 and Star Trek Voyager. We won’t mention Enterprise.

More recently, the American broadcasting titan has had successes with the likes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; the latest reboot of the Sherlock Holmes franchise, Elementary, starring Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller; and Two and a Half Men.

But the jewel in CBS’s crown is The Big Bang Theory. Although incredibly divisive, this is one of most watched shows on primetime television. Each episode draws in a mammoth 20 million viewers, and is the number one show in every Nielsen age category, from 2 to 11, to adults 55 and older.

And unsurprisingly, CBS wants a piece of the lucrative web streaming market. So it should come as no surprise they’ve released their own ersatz iPlayer. And you know what? It’s pretty good.

A surprisingly large swath of their catalog is available. Like the BBC’s iPlayer (below), some shows only include recent episodes which aired in the past few weeks. Don’t expect to watch the full back-catalog of Two Broke Girls, The Mentalist, or The Big Bang Theory.

Other shows are different though.

As previously mentioned, the entire Star Trek catalog is available to watch on the CBS player. Every episode, in its entirety. Ditto with Everybody Loves Raymond, Jericho, and Canadian cop drama, Flashpoint. Video quality isn’t too bad. It tends to hover around the 480p mark.

With that said, there’s a catch. From all these shows (in CBC parlance, ‘classics’), only a small selection of episodes are free. If you want the whole thing, you’ll have to become a member of CBS All Access, which is their premium (and paid) streaming package.

And if you’re used to advert-free BBC iPlayer and Netflix, you won’t be too happy to hear that the free episodes come jam-packed with advertising. Expect a 40-minute TV episode to feature at least four advertisement breaks, with each lasting minutes.

If you’re desperate for your Star Trek fix and you don’t fancy opening your wallet, you can circumvent this by watching them on startrek.com. Predictably, this is geo-restricted to customers in the United States, however. To watch it, you’ll need to fire up a US-located VPN, as you will with CBS Online, for that matter.

BBC iPlayer

Founded in 1922, the British Broadcasting Corporation is a media institution of magnificent proportions. With a stated aim of ‘to educate, inform, and entertain’, the BBC has produced some of the most enlightening radio and television programming the world has ever known.

It started life as a smattering of radio stations in the late twenties, before going on to pioneer broadcast television in the late thirties. This was interrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War, only to resume in 1946. Since then, it has carved itself out a niche in the British television landscape as a fiercely independent producer of high-brow programming.

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And although the BBC is one of the oldest broadcasters in the world, they’ve still managed to modernize. In the mid 70s, they pioneered a system named CEEFAX, which was almost the TV analog of RSS feeds. It allowed users to passively receive up-to-date news through their television sets, transmitted over the airwaves.

And two decades later, BBC launched their digital services. Those with the right kind of TV and receiver could take advantage of crisper, cleaner video and audio.

So, given this track record of innovation, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that the BBC has managed to create an incredible streaming product that allows viewers to watch their favorite BBC shows, all from their web browser, Internet TV box, tablet, games console, or smartphone.

Meet iPlayer. It’s available on a startling array of devices, and allows you to catch up on videos aired in the past 30 days. It also allows you to watch television shows as it’s being broadcast, although if you’re a UK resident doing this without a TV license, you might be breaking the law. So, what’s on?

Well, if you’re a parent, you’ll certainly get a kick out of Ceebeebies. This is the section of the iPlayer site aimed at toddlers, babies and young children. This boasts a wealth of programming that should be sufficient to keep a child occupied on a rainy afternoon, including the charming Rastamouse and the educational and slightly moralistic Justin’s House.

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And for slightly older children, there’s CBBC. This has locally sourced programming, like Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories, as well as American imports, like PBS’s Arthur. For technologically-inclined youngsters, there’s also Technobabble, which gently introduces the viewer how technology impacts the world around them.

We’ve not even mentioned the rest of the BBC’s offerings, yet. Obviously, there’s the likes of Doctor Who, which has captured the attention of fans both young and old for the past fifty years. Petrolheads will enjoy the coarse stylings of the Top Gear crew, whilst fans of drama will enjoy the variety of serials produced by the BBC on a regular basis.

Shows watched on iPlayer aren’t interrupted with adverts, since it is funded by UK license fee payments.

As you might expect though, you’re only going to get the BBC iPlayer in the UK. If you’re outside, you’re going to have to use a VPN service like Private Internet Access. Set your endpoint to the one with the Union Jack.

Channel 4: 4oD

Channel 4 is one of the UK’s four main terrestrial broadcasters, and has an interesting place in British broadcasting history.

It started life in 1982 as an alternative to the duopoly that existed at the time between the BBC and rival broadcaster ITV. And in the next twenty years, Channel 4 carved itself an important place in the UK media landscape. This is largely the result of its fiercely brave documentary programming, as well its tendency (for better, or for worse) to produce shows that pioneer new formats. This is doubly true when it comes to reality television, given Channel 4 was one of the first stations to broadcast Big Brother, which has since enjoyed success in the USA and India.

And not entirely unsurprisingly, Channel 4 programs can be streamed online. Anyone with a smartphone, tablet, computer or smart TV may view their programming through Channel 4’s 4oD player.

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But what’s on offer?

Well, one of the biggest strengths of 4oD is its extensive back-catalogue. Unlike the BBC, Channel 4 allows you to stream a huge variety of previously-aired shows.

Shows like Skins. When first broadcast in 2007, it shocked many viewers with its controversial and visceral look into what life is like for teenagers growing up in modern, inner-city England. All seven seasons of Skins are available to stream online.

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Channel 4 also produce some phenomenal drama shows. Shows like the darkly-funny Babylon, by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, and Peep Show, featuring Mitchell and Webb.

There’s also no shortage of American imports, including The Big Bang Theory.

Their factual broadcasting is something to write home about, too. Their documentary repertoire is too vast to mention, although their standout series is Dispatches, which has tackled everything from social injustice, to poverty in modern day Britain, to regulation of the banking system. Their filmmaking is fierce, and fearless.

Channel 4 also has a decent amount of sports broadcasting. Although they lack premiership soccer and top-tier rugby, they offer other, more niche sports like professional poker, to American football, to cycling. If you have unusual taste in sports, Channel 4 has you covered.

But unlike the BBC’s content, 4oD’s broadcasting are supported by advertising. Although they’re technically publicly funded, they’re very much a commercial entity who fund their works through commercial means. This means advertisements.

But if you don’t fancy watching 4oD through their own website, they also serve their content through YouTube. Although, it’s worth noting that like the main 4oD website, it is only available to viewers based in the United Kingdom.

So, how do you get the best of UK public broadcasting? Through a VPN, of course. Just set your endpoint to the United Kingdom.

ABC’s iView

The UK has the BBC. Canada has the CBC. So, it makes sense that Australia has the ABC.

Founded in 1932, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is the antipodean equivalent of the BBC, having spent the majority of its life producing high-brow educational and cultural programming. For the first 40 years of its life, it was a radio-only organization, but later, it inevitably joined the television revolution.

Since then, the ABC closely followed the path its British counterpart has taken. It too has launched digital TV stations, leaving the fuzzy analogue world behind, and it too has launched an Internet streaming site.

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It’s called iView, and if you want to enjoy the best of the Australian television world, you need to check it out.

But what’s on offer? Admittedly, the ABC doesn’t quite have the blockbuster successes of the BBC. Many of their shows isn’t internationally known, which is a shame. Otherwise, their programming lineup is excellent, particularly their comedy franchises.

Perhaps the most widely known is The Chaser. This six-piece comedy group has had a number of successful runs, including the internationally known Chaser’s War On Everything which was notorious for courting controversy and tabloid outrage. After a brief hiatus, their latest show is The Chaser’s Media Circus, which is currently airing on broadcast television, and can be watched on iView.

And if you remember Summer Heights High, you’ll probably remember Jonah, the slightly recidivist playground bully with a tendency to interrupt his classes with amusing tirades of chain-profanity. He has his own show with Jonah from Tonga, and that’s also available on iView.

There are even some pretty incredible science programming. One standout example is Catalyst. If you’re familiar with Bill Nye The Science Guy or Bang Goes The Theory, this show will feel pretty familiar.

Given the ABC’s close relationship with their British counterpart, it’s hardly surprising there’s also a wealth of British programming. At the time of writing, they’re airing a documentary featuring the life story of Scottish comedian Billy Connolly, featuring former Python Eric Idle, in addition to David Attenborough’s Kingdom Of Plants series and Death In Paradise.

Given Australia’s proud sporting history, it makes sense iView has a lot to offer in this respect. Fans of national, regional and international sport are covered, and there’s everything from basketball to Aussie-rules football.

Like the BBC iPlayer, ABC iView doesn’t run advertising on their online video. It’s always good to know that whatever you watch won’t be interrupted with an advert for dishwasher soap or toothpaste.

As you might expect, watching the best of Aussie TV is easy. Just set your VPN endpoint to Australia, and you’re golden. Mate.

Around The World With A VPN

There’s some great programming here. And we’ve travelled across the Anglophone world, from America to the United Kingdom, to Australia. There’s a lot on offer, and whether you’re a parent looking for some family-friendly viewing for your children, or if you’re just looking for some visceral, cutting-edge comedy, we’re confident there’s a site out there with the right content for you.

But far too often, getting that content isn’t possible without circumventing some geo-restrictions.

We’re able to do that by using a VPN service, and there are no shortage of VPN providers. Indeed, we’ve written about them in the past, and we’re big fans of Private Internet Access. Why?

A few reasons, actually. We love their strong, industry-standard encryption, which prevents governments and ISPs from intercepting our traffic. We love how many endpoints they have, which stretch from America to Romania, to Israel, to Australia, and everywhere in between. We love their hands-off approach to customer privacy, with no logs retained. We love how affordable they are, with a subscription costing only $39.95 per year, which works out to about $3.33 per month. We even love how you can pay with Bitcoin, as well as most major credit cards and Paypal.

You can find out more at their official website.

Are there any other video streaming sites you recommend? Found any clever ways to get around geo-restrictions?

  1. 1stworldview05
    November 29, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Netflix true crime series Narcos spurs huge demand for Colombian women.

    Produced by Netflix, the show "Narcos" takes on the infamous Medellin drug cartel which follows the rise and fall of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Drug Enforcement Agency agents hunting him. The story is told largely from the points of view of Escobar (Brazilian actor Wagner Moura) and U.S. DEA Agent Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook), on opposite sides of what would become an all-out war.

    Many critics of true crime dramas have always complained they are promoting crime and violence by glorification, an unintended consequence of American entertainment industries. These shows can have other interesting consequences. The Foreign Bride industry has seen a huge spike in demand for Colombian women. This can be viewed as positive or negative, depending on social perspective.

    Foreign Brides, sometimes referred to as "mail order brides", a term the industry completely rejects, have become a billion dollar a year business. According to industry leaders, Colombia represented only about 3% of the market three years ago. Since the popularity of Narcos, many companies have seen near tenfold increases in men seeking Colombian wives.

    A Foreign Affair (AFA), a company that helps men find women through international tours, says tours to Colombia are now selling out. AFA arranges group tours where 10 to 20 men travel together to Medellin, Cartagena or Barranquilla. During the tour, they attend arranged Social events where the men meet hundreds of beautiful Colombian women looking for marriage. Women can also place their profiles on the AFA web site, in the hopes of finding a husband.

    Kenneth Agee, the marketing director for AFA says, "Because of the show we are doubling our tours to Medellin for next year. Narcos has brought a lot of attention to the intense beauty of Colombian women. Although the show is often very violent, the women of Colombia come across as very family oriented and loyal. These values seem harder and harder to find in this world. I would have to agree, because of the interest in Narcos, we even added an excursion to where Pablo's self-built prison was located, in the hills overlooking Medellin.

    The crowning of 2015 Miss Universe Paulina Vega put Barranquilla, Colombia on the map. Barranquilla now has recognition for being home to some of the most beautiful and talented women in the world. Not only is Miss Universe from here, Grammy Award winning pop singer Shakira, and actress Sofia Vergara also call Barranquilla home. Vergara stars on the ABC series Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett. She's been nominated for 4 Golden Globe Awards, 4 Prime time Emmy Awards, and 7 Screen Actors Guild Awards, all stemming from this role. In 2014, she was ranked as the 32nd Most Powerful Woman in the world by Forbes.

    David from Mesa AZ says he met more qualified women in one week than he has during the last 10 years. In 2010, Lisa Ling and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) filmed a one hour show on the AFA tour called "Online Brides - Our America with Lisa Ling." Even Lisa Ling was surprised by the beauty and sincerity of the women from Barranquilla.

    Janet Davis, head of a women's rights group says "AFA is just taking advantage of women from these third world countries. This is no different than Pablo trafficking in narcotics, but these companies traffic women." Proponents refer to a Report (INTERNATIONAL MATCHMAKING ORGANIZATIONS: A REPORT TO CONGRESS) that these marriages have much lower divorce rates and abuse rates compared to traditional domestic marriages. This data makes international dating similar to a woman in the US joining eHarmony to look for a husband.

    23-year-old Viviana, from Cartagena, says "I come to these events because I know the men attending are serious about marriage, they are faithful and are good to family. For Colombian women, it is the most important thing, good husband and good family.

    Kenneth says, "It has not been all rosy. Narcos has brought us some problems. In Cartagena, we have several Penthouses we rent out. One was originally owned by "Don Diego" head of the Norte Del Velle Drug Cartel, the other by Pablo's people. Over the past year, the properties have been tracked down by individuals thinking they will find large qualities of cash hidden, thus we sometimes find holes all over the walls after a tenant leaves.

    For Narcos fans, those who love the gangster genre, or just those who just like seeing beautiful Latin women, there's good news; Netflix's has confirmed Season 3 and 4.

  2. F1 FAN
    April 4, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Recently Channel 4 has been able to detect regions and deny service despite a UK VPN. Has anyone found a work-around? Their F! coverage is better than Sky.

  3. Herman
    February 4, 2016 at 4:59 am

    I do "watch" programs using a VPN. I said watch, not download, or distribute, or copy or sell, just watch. To me it is no different than the old days. You know, back when TV was for "everybody". These big sites who choose what we are allowed to see or not see is discrimination in my book. What makes England so special that they are allowed to watch blockbuster movies but the US is not? Why am I not allowed to watch a comedy made in England, and now I can only see certain ones made here in the US? Discrimination. I want to get rid of cable but now I am being told by certain networks, (Spike, Hallmark, HGTV) that is I don't subscribe to those channels on my cable then I can't watch an episode I might have missed on the network site. So to get rid of cable I have to have cable, WTF?? TV should free for anyone, and if you want to watch a certain movie, then pay a small fee like you would if you went to see that movie at the theater. And you can make your own popcorn at home. Which tastes better anyway.

  4. David Rubien
    October 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    This website is BS. Hulu does not work on Private Internet Access.

  5. Ed
    May 11, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Sorry, that's in the Hulu section, not in the introduction. My bad.

  6. Ed
    May 11, 2015 at 5:16 am

    In the introduction, it says ".... legitimately, having to resort to illegal downloading.". Shouldn't that be 'without' having to...?

  7. Moses Nawabi
    February 6, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Can pia do anything for sports? Like any good illegal websites that are blocked normally but are able to be accessed with a pia?

  8. darrin
    February 5, 2015 at 2:21 am

    it is a shame that people with power around the world should decide what we all watch.

  9. Zibi
    February 5, 2015 at 12:08 am

    I use Hola unblocker which is so easy to use. I have never had any issues using the Chrome extension on my Macbook pro. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hola-better-internet/gkojfkhlekighikafcpjkiklfbnlmeio?hl=en

  10. rk
    February 4, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Hey, pardon my ignorance but how do I get hold of this guide? I know sometimes we have to put our email and we get the download linke via email but I don't see any such options here.

  11. Elvinu
    February 4, 2015 at 6:32 am

    I would love a tutorial for aws and vpn for this kind of things. And the price for it.

  12. Jamie
    February 4, 2015 at 2:01 am

    I'm using UnoTelly and their "smart" DNS system. Granted I mainly use it for Netflix but they give access to every region and local is easily changed via their phone app. There's a lot more than Netflix available.

    With a bit of fiddling and their help documentation I've been able to redirect my Chromecast from Google DNS to UnoTelly so that I can access all Netflix regions extremely easily by switching it via my phone and then casting to the TV via the Netflix app. Works an absolute treat with Tomato on my router and a Nexus 5!

    My plan also includes VPN with 4 different endpoints so it's possible to watch 3 different regions of Netflix all at the same time (yes, I've tried it and it works).

    Service has been fantastic. A great setup for a house with two teenagers that can't agree on anything. Only downside is having to purchase an annual plan for best price.

  13. karen
    February 4, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Hi. You have written a lot about VPN. I do use the BBC i-player and it's really good. And there are a number of apps in the google apps store to watch various channels.

    However I find Watch TV Series is sufficient for my needs. I restrict TV watching to 60 -90 minutes an evening and I do not want to watch ads so I'm happy with Watch TV.

  14. Kevin M
    February 3, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Sadly for most of America the author of this great article is not up to speed with the fact that here in the US most of us are still slave to big broadband data capping. Regardless of what he thinks it will not matter what VPN we use, our ISP is still going to record and charge stiff user rates if we go over our data cap. Sadly they get away with it because most of Americans are still to ignorant to the fact and are not getting off their couch potato asses to fight this illegal action.

  15. etim
    February 3, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    I was sent this posting/article as a separate email. Smells like spam.
    Junking up my inbox is not appreciated.

    • Kevin M
      February 3, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      I assure you it is not the fault of Make Use Of. The fact that you are obviously not at all tech savvy you would know that posting a cancel request on a comment board is not going to get you anywhere. If in fact this is coming from MUS there is a clear and obvious link in the footer that you use to unsubscribe. If that link is not there then yes it is spam and again because of your lack of tech knowledge, there is not a damn thing that MUS can do for you.

    • etim
      February 14, 2015 at 12:10 am

      Bite me Kevin. It's not a matter of how 'tech savy' I am or am not, and I wasn't submitting a cancel request. The email came in under muo headers and is posted with the muo logo at the top, to give the appearence of a typical muo n-letter..
      What I'm saying is 'stop sending out junk email under the guise of a muo newsletter!

  16. dvfco
    February 3, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Why can't we seem to get any live sports? I'd give up Cablevision in 1/2 a second if I could get European Football / Soccer, but I can't find anyone with a clue on how to get it live and online.

    Any ideas?

  17. Slavko
    January 31, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Spotflux at present powers Epic’s(Epic Browser-is a free Download) proxy. Spotflux is well known for their free VPN service.

  18. David H.
    January 30, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I tried a month-long trial of PIA and was pleased. Worked fine on Mac OSX, iOS, and Win7. Yeah, Internet speed was slower with the VPN connected, but not unreasonably so (make sure to manage your expectations about this - it's common across all such vendors). I intend to sign up for a year's worth of their service soon...

  19. Muhammad Adil
    January 29, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    LOL. PIA the name of my country's airline. Haha.

  20. Victor
    January 27, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Hm. I don't use VPNs to do this. I use Hola/Anonymx, or another proxy service, and it works completely fine! Granted, Hola is technically a "VPN Proxy," but still, they are free, and allow you to do all of the above!

    In terms of great television programming, one of my favorite CBS shows is Person of Interest, set in a world of surveillance, similar to the one we live in today, where a sentient AI, designed to identify potential criminals and/or victims, and its human assets work to protect common people. Great show.

    You also kinda missed the NBC network too!

  21. Brock
    January 27, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I use Hulu perfectly fine with PIA.

    • Anon
      January 31, 2015 at 11:59 pm

      Can you explain how? Because every US connection I've tried has been blocked using PIA

    • oilyfish
      February 1, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      Same here - no hulu using pia

    • Derrick
      February 8, 2015 at 10:19 am

      No joy with Hulu on PIA too... :(

    • Annie Andre
      April 27, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Me too, I am blocked with PIA since over 6 months now. BOO!

  22. Anon
    January 27, 2015 at 6:46 am

    This is overselling it a little. Example, I have Private Internet Access and I can tell you Hulu blocks their IP addresses from accessing their content.

  23. DonGateley
    January 26, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I find their access app to be very problematic. Foremost, when disconnecting it leaves me unable to access the internet. I must exit the app and then ask Windows to troubleshoot my connection in order to clean it up again so you can continue. Sometimes that doesn't work and I must restart Windows to get back on line.

    This is probably related to my use of the two optional features, the DNS Leak Protection and the VPN Kill Switch. Both mandatory if you want to stay anonymous and if you want internet traffic to be interrupted so that it doesn't suddenly go clear on you and drop any encryption.

    When it's on I'm blocked from commenting on several sites and Amazon rather reliably times out giving a "Connection was reset" page. Since disconnecting is a pain in the ass getting around the latter is also a pain in the ass.

    My request for service was not answered acceptably. A bunch of questions some of which had no meaning at all to me and suggestions that I turn off my anti-virus software plus a whole bunch of things to "try." They need to provide a diagnostic that answers all those questions for you and fixes the problem without you spending hours or days seeing if what you tried works. Turn off my anti-virus? Yeah, right.

    When it works it works really well but the boundary conditions are nasty.

    • na
      January 30, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Yes you are correct you need those enabled to provide maximum protection but if you disable those real quick then disconnect you should not have any problems. Simple fact is those settings are made to make sure you are on the pia network and not anywhere else. Uncheck them and you should have no problems disconnecting if you are you have some settings somewhere that are not configured properly and it is very hard to make a diagnosis that applies to everyone or even a specific person when you cannot visually see their machine.... There are many forums and what not with intelligent people willing to help though.

    • DonGateley
      January 30, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      Indeed, resetting those options in Settings before disconnecting kept my connection alive and that's great. Thanks. Of course I would rather it be fixed so that I didn't have to do that but doing so removes most of the pain.

      Something still needs to be done to fix the time out and blocking problems. Yes, I can momentarily now disconnect more easily but it would sure be nice to not need to.

  24. Heather
    January 26, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I use IronSocket... Gives you the VPN from many different locales but they also give you a DNS proxy so if you don't want all the security and slower speeds found when using a VPN you can just use that to bypass geolocating web sites. Those settings can also be used on an Apple TV, Roku, PS3, etc whereas a VPN cannot.

    • Maria
      February 22, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      I have used many VPN providers, but during my VPNanalysis I found Private Internet Access is the best, I used it for the same purpose as mentioned in the above article and I agree with the writer's point of view against Private Internet Access, it is best, cheap reliable and they take anonymity and privacy seriously.

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