Use Tunlr to Enjoy Streaming Services Anywhere in the World

James Bruce 17-06-2012

tunlr streamingWhile American internet users can quite happily watch Hulu, the fact that I live in the UK means I can’t. Likewise, BBC iPlayer is free for UK citizens; but if your physical location says America then you’re out of luck buddy. It’s a frustrating state of affairs, and we won’t stand for it! Neither will a new free service that aims to remove region restrictions the world over by way of some magic DNS trickery.


We are the internet generation, and we hereby refuse to accept political boundaries. There are no borders for us; Justin made that quite clear when he showed us just how this amazing internet brings people from all over the world together to produce MakeUseOf How The Internet Makes MakeUseOf Possible [Opinion] I love the web. It's a chaotic place where just about anything can happen. Unknown people become celebrities, revolutions spread from nation to nation and college students become billionaires. And a group of people spread... Read More . The idea that any country could censor the internet outrages us; yet we routinely accept that licensing constraints mean streaming services are region locked. The legal reasons for this may all be well and valid, but there are no real, physical boundaries on the internet and the location based rules shouldn’t apply.

I’ve shown you how to get around these location blocks before using a premium VPN How to Get Full Access to American Netflix Selections on Your UK Account - With Any Device! A common complaint about UK Netflix (and it's competitor LoveFilm, though I still maintain the selection and interface of Netflix is far superior) is that the updates are so infrequent that the choice of movies... Read More service, but VPNs cost money and can be slow. Tunlr is hoping to solve that using a slightly different method.

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How Do I Use It?

Simple. Head over to the Tunlr site, click Show Me How, and scroll down for the replacement IP addresses you should use. If you’re unsure how to adjust these settings, the site contains specific instructions for changing the DNS IPs on various devices including Xbox and mobile: pretty much any internet connected device can be used. Some of the services currently supported include:

  • US video streaming services: Netflix, Hulu, CBS, ABC, MTV, Crackle, Fox,, PBS, History channel
  • US audio streaming: Pandora,,, MOG, iHeartRadio
  • Non-US video streaming: BBC iPlayer  (UK), 4oD (UK), iTV (UK), Zattoo (Switzerland and Germany)
(Note, the IPs shown below may have changed in the meantime – visit the site for the latest updates)

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What is this sorcery?!

Tunlr is not a VPN, but some of it’s internal functions are VPN-like. A small portion of your traffic, which contains certain headers relating to location – is extracted and manipulated through VPN-like tunnels in order to fool the streaming services into thinking your in a particular, valid location. The rest of your traffic is untouched. This is what makes the Tunlr method faster than a typical VPN, whereby everything is routed through a different country.

Any downsides?

Yes. Tunlr is a free service, and as such no guarantees can be made about reliability of service, speed, or security. As their FAQ states:

We’re not aiming to provide a professional 24/7 service. Tunlr is up when it’s up, and is down when it’s down.

While changing your DNS isn’t exactly difficult, Tunlr asks that you not keep the Tunlr DNS active permanently or on your router; primarily because that many requests would kill the service very quickly. Restrict your usage to when necessary only. If the servers do get hammered then you may find your internet crashes to a halt as IP addresses can’t be resolved. A premium VPN How To: Setup A Premium VPN Service For The Ultimate In Online Security [Windows] The online world is fast becoming a dangerous place. A premium VPN service is a small price to pay for the ultimate in online security, allowing you to both download what you wish and avoid... Read More service on the other hand – while perhaps being slower – is easy to activate when required, and offers a good level of security.

To be honest, I don’t expect this service to be around for long – the more users it has, the more unreliable it will be, and the more content providers will sit up and pay attention. Right now though it works well; so use it while you can! There’s also a question of legality of course: one Swiss TV provider has been taken off the supported matrix, though I’ve been unable to ascertain if this was due to legal or technical reasons.


Have you used Tunlr or had any problems getting it working? Are you a network wizard that plans to hook up a p2p based version of this, because that would be awesome if you could. Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to tell your friends: just click the share buttons below.

Image Credit: Internet map, 2007 from Opte Project

Related topics: DNS, Internet Filters, Proxy, VPN.

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  1. Brian21
    October 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Too bad that tunlr dropped Netflix, it was a great service. I think that I'll give a try to Unotelly now. I found a deal they have for tunlr customers here: . Also I've read the review you had about Uno and I think that it fits to my requirements.

    • Muo TechGuy
      October 4, 2012 at 7:27 am

      Whoa, thanks for the heads up Brian, that's a shame. Still, I think we all knew this would happen at some point; it simply couldn't sustain itself.

  2. Dave Gordon
    August 24, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Unfortunately, although the BBC iPlayer works from here in Australia it does not work for my SkyTv account when trying to view online using SkyGo. Could anyone advise how I can get this to work?

    • muotechguy
      August 24, 2012 at 7:23 am

      I'm afraid the only way to get a specific service to work is to ask Tunlr to add support for it; I believe there's a specific sub forum for this. Given that the service is free though, I would expect much support. If you go for the paid UnoDNS service that I currently use and also reviewed (we had a giveaway last month, but you missed it), then SkyGo is included in gold level packages: [Broken URL Removed]

  3. April Alboc
    July 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    So, kinda like a quick fix solution? would you recommend going for IPVanish for a more lengthy run?

    • muotechguy
      July 23, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Actually, no. I've been using a similar premium service called UnoDNS; very reliable. Been enjoying US netflix for months now. We're running a giveaway for it right now. //

    • muotechguy
      July 23, 2012 at 8:04 am

      Dammit, apologies April, the giveway is now finished. You can still read about the service there though.

  4. WhoBeI
    July 6, 2012 at 6:37 am

    I've been wanting to watch videos on BBC's site for a while and hopefully it's a lot easier and more reliable than the other methods I've tried.

  5. Dylan
    June 22, 2012 at 6:39 am

    I've been using Tunlr for a month now, and even though you can access any restricted site (including, the dns speeds of Tunlr are slow.

  6. Jeff Gilcher
    June 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I tried it with iPlayer and it works great. Now maybe I can get my Doctor Who on.

  7. Fayz
    June 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I think I'll stick to my VPNs. Last time I tried something like this, my internet went down for a whole month! That was a very dark month for me! :'(

    • James bruce
      June 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Best use both, methinks! You can always change it back to your regular DNS, you know! I don't think I would cope wth a month without Internet...

      • Fayz
        June 18, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        Well it was a month-ish. :p It was out for exactly 3 weeks and 1 day. Still was able to nearly drive me crazy! But I will give it a try and see. :D

  8. erickhbhn
    June 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I have tested ! No need to install, just change dns and it works...I've tested on hulu ! Thanks for sharing this one !

  9. Kelly Buchanan
    June 18, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Looking forward to trying this. I've been trying different vpn's.

  10. Arun Singh
    June 18, 2012 at 1:42 am

    nice service i start using this.

  11. Chris Hoffman
    June 18, 2012 at 1:32 am

    I've tested this and it works! Really awesome. Best solution I've found.

    I wouldn't keep it running all the time, though.

  12. Mike Lawrence
    June 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    This is a great product for those who want to learn how to use, or discover if they want to use a VPN. Great article!

  13. Kai23
    June 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    It's like UnoTelly !

  14. Kai23
    June 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    It's something like UnoTelly :)

  15. Mihovil Pletikos
    June 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    great stuff... can someone confirm if it works for netflix?

    • Dylan
      June 22, 2012 at 6:40 am

      Yes it works with netflix :)

    • brian.k
      October 1, 2012 at 8:42 am

      It has officially stopped support for netflix. I have just read it on their blog.
      So I guess we only have unotelly now. At $5 it is not a bad service though (although never better than something free !!)