2 Effective Ways to Access Region-Blocked Videos Without a VPN

Chris Hoffman 11-02-2013

Internet users outside of the United States are blocked from accessing the wealth of streaming video and music content available to Americans. Even Americans are deprived of international services like BBC iPlayer How to Watch BBC iPlayer With a VPN or UK Proxy There are ways to circumvent geo-restrictions on streaming media. Here's how you can watch BBC iPlayer with a VPN or UK proxy. Read More . Faced with this, many people choose VPNs 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 . However, VPNs are not the ideal way to access region-blocked videos and music. There are better ways.


These services allow people outside the USA to pay for videos and music – either with money or with our attention and ads. The alternative is piracy, but we jump through hoops for the ability to access legal services. Media companies should be happy we try to bypass region blocks instead of turning to piracy, and they should be offering great services that we can pay for Is Netflix The Solution to Video Piracy? [Opinion] Netflix recently launched in the UK - and I wrote up a full and shining review of the service last time. It offers an affordable way to get high quality on-demand movies and TV straight... Read More . As Valve’s Gabe Newell once said, piracy is a service problem.

How VPNs Work (And Why They’re Not Great)

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network What Is The Definition Of A Virtual Private Network Virtual private networks are more important now than ever before. But do you know what they are? Here's what you need to know. Read More . When you connect to a VPN, your computer acts as if it’s on the same local network as the VPN server. When you browse the web through a VPN, your browsing traffic is forwarded through the VPN server. In other words, if you’re in the UK and you connect to a VPN in the United States, websites will see you as browsing from the United States. The VPN server acts as a sort of middleman.

This allows you to use VPNs to access Netflix, Hulu, Pandora 5 Cool Things You Can Do With Pandora Music Radio Read More , and all sorts of other region-restricted media websites. (Although VPNs have other uses How To Combat WiFi Security Risks When Connecting To A Public Network As many people now know, connecting to a public, unsecured wireless network can have serious risks. It’s known that doing this can provide an opening for all manner of data theft, particularly passwords and private... Read More , such as connecting to a corporate network on the road.)

Some of the best VPNs that work with Netflix are CyberGhost and ExpressVPN. (If you want more information, check out our full review of CyberGhost.)

However, VPNs aren’t the best way to access region-blocked videos.


1. DNS Services: UnoDNS, Tunlr, and Unblock Us

DNS tunneling solutions are the best way to access region-blocked video and music websites.

To use one of these services, all you have to do is change the DNS server setting on your computer or your router How To Change Your DNS Servers & Improve Internet Security Imagine this - you wake up one beautiful morning, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and then sit down at your computer to get started with your work for the day. Before you actually get... Read More . You can use your Internet connection at its advertised speed Are You Getting The Broadband Speed You're Paying For? How fast is your Internet connection, really? Your Internet service provider quotes you speeds, but how do you know if you’re actually getting the speed you’re paying for? You can find out using one of... Read More . Whenever you access a region-restricted media website, it will just work. You don’t have to connect to a VPN, the media-streaming happens at full speed, you don’t have to tunnel all your Internet traffic, and you can even connect to sites based in multiple countries at once – you could stream both Hulu and BBC iPlayer at the same time, if you liked.

These services work so well that they feel like magic. Configure it on your router and all your computers, game consoles, tablets and smartphones will have access to all the media you like – it’s like living in a magic bubble where no content is region-blocked. You never have to activate anything – it all happens automatically whenever you access a blocked website.

access region blocked websites


As James said in our review of UnoDNS Bypass Regional Locks with UnoDNS from UnoTelly [Giveaway] Are you frustrated by the international blocks that stop you from watching Hulu? Are you a UK Netflix user, annoyed that the American selection of movies and TV shows is orders of magnitude larger than... Read More , “anytime you access one of the many supported region-locked websites, the UnoDNS servers will perform some intricate packet-level magic that fools the site into thinking you’re located within the boundaries of applicable countries”.

I personally use UnoTelly’s UnoDNS. It’s a paid service, costing $4 or $5 a month, but I gladly pay it every month because the service works so well. Unblock Us is a similar paid service. If you’re looking for something free, you can try Tunlr. Tunlr works well Use Tunlr to Enjoy Streaming Services Anywhere in the World While 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... Read More , but it supports fewer services – it doesn’t support Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, although it does work with Hulu.

2. Browser Extensions: Media Hint

Media Hint is a browser extension that works in Chrome The Best Chrome Extensions A list of only the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from our readers. Read More and Firefox The Best Firefox Addons Firefox is famous for its extensions. But which addons are the most useful? Here are the ones we think are best, what they do, and where you can find them. Read More . Install it and you’ll be able to use Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, and Rdio Rdio Now Offers Free (Limited) Streaming Music [News] Feeling some heat? That might be coming from the battle of the streaming music providers, which currently includes a number of competent competitors, each trying to find some edge against the others. Now Rdio has... Read More , wherever you are. It’s extremely simple to install and extremely easy to use. It actually just works as a proxy – when you try to access one of these websites, the extension forces your browser to access it through Media Hint’s proxies. It’s seamless, easy-to-use, and free.

However, it only works on these few websites and it will be slower than a DNS-based service, as it’s just a proxy.


access region blocked websites

Hola Unblocker is another media-unblocking service that’s also available as a Chrome or Firefox extension. It only tunnels traffic to media websites (like Netflix), so it doesn’t slow down normal Internet use. Hola says it uses peer-to-peer technology to stay fast, so it shouldn’t slow down when more people discover this service. Like Media Hint, Hola Unblocker is free.

access region blocked videos

There are several free options here: Tunlr for a DNS service or Media Hint or Hola Unblocker for a browser extension. If you just want access to the websites it supports, Tunlr will work for you. The browser extensions won’t give you maximum streaming speeds, so you may not get the highest-definition video playback, but they are free and easy to use.


If you want a service that supports almost any possible media service you can think of, lets you access them at full speed, and works with all your devices, I can recommend UnoDNS. I’ve also heard good things about Unblock Us, although I haven’t tried it myself.

How do you access region-restricted videos and music online? Leave a comment and share your favorite method.

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  1. Jerry Larson
    January 26, 2016 at 11:21 am

    exactly i agree with the post you have wrote, you have listed some very good points, but my concern is more of a security so whenever i opt for a vpn i check their policy regarding logs and session activity keeping. Hence i find purevpn to be more safer as they don't keep logs

  2. lasse
    January 12, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Remember DNS are not private, and did not encrypt all data package
    That VPN do, and browser extension, with VPN support

    I use
    All my internet traffic are encrypted, and my games, did not get affected
    Then i want to watch a video, press the chromecast icon, and my chromecast stream the video or content direct over my network

  3. lasse
    January 12, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    The problem are
    DPI, that some ISP use to block website

  4. micha
    January 24, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks! Never heard about the DNS thingy before, works like a charm. Amazon Video here I come! :)

    • Serene Nah
      May 31, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Micha, Do you care to share which one did you use to get on for Amazon Video? Thanks Serene

  5. Chris
    January 18, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    I just signed up for Tunlr and received a confirmation email, but no instructions for how to use their service, and frankly, it does not seem that they offer any service, other than email address collection. Quoting from their "Terms" page:

    We are an online marketing company. We collect information about you when [ ...] We do not sell or offer for sale any goods or services of any kind. `

  6. Eliah P.
    December 25, 2014 at 10:08 am

    The Media companies are not interested in presenting services to the masses. They want to make $. So they restrict until you pay for a partial freedom.

    See e.g. the case of Netflix Australia. Longtime people had to turn to tunnels and proxy-hops to access Netflix US. Now Netflix opens a service based in Australia. 'GREAT', think the Media companies with $ in their eyes, 'Now we can not only ask rights payments from Netflix US but also from Netflix AU'.

    Of course the market is a bit smaller and Netflix has to buy every single right for AU seperately again, so the variety of content is much smaller. The Media companies of course also don't want those deprived of content user to bypass that 'great extra income opportunity'. So they demand from Netflix to prevent access to US services via tunnels and proxies ...

    Deprived of all options in the end the consumer turns to piracy as last resort. *BAM*

  7. Ezra A.
    June 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    So, I have two questions.

    YouTube is blocked at my campus. Can I use VPN solutions to access the blocked sites over the WiFi provided by my campus? Can the

    • lasse
      January 12, 2016 at 8:16 pm


  8. Ezra A.
    June 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    So, I have two questions.

    YouTube is blocked at my campus. Can I use VPN solutions to access the blocked sites over the WiFi provided by my campus? Can the admins at Systems Department of my campus check which sites I have visited? Because, after all, I am connected to VPN via the WiFi provided by them in the first place?

    • lasse
      January 12, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      VPN, encrypt all the traffic

  9. taqiya
    May 29, 2013 at 8:48 am

    youtube unblocker automatically adds a link to play the blocked videos.Thw unblocked videos opens in a new tab via a proxy site and thus the video is submitted and will start playing.

  10. Faizan Ali
    April 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I think it depends on the VPN service you are using, I agree that most of them are slow but some of them are very fast when it comes to streaming... it all depends on what VPN you choose... i have been using this VPN service which has a split tunneling feature.. what it does is that it divides half of the bandwidth to the application i want to use.. for e.g youtube or netflix that way i can enjoy good streaming all the time.

  11. Henree Arriola de Garcia
    March 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Great article and great comments.
    thanks everyone!

  12. Errol M
    March 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    This article is fine for someone wanting to watch US content when away from home. However I want to watch Australian content. What about DNS services in other countries. Not everyone comes from the US.

  13. Brian Carr
    March 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    great thanks media hint works great on chrome (in the uk)

  14. Deirdra Murphy
    March 19, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    More great options! I think you are right on target with UnoDns, and I love that it works on all devices! Great article, and some great comments as well! Cheers!

  15. DariaWilen
    March 7, 2013 at 7:34 am

    To access Region blocked video's I use "Hotspot Shield" Free VPN for Android. It doesn't slow my internet speed as well it help's me saving my mobile bill. It saves my mobile bill because it supports data compression. Check it here -

  16. Carmen Qing
    February 21, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Is there any free ways to access region-blocked WEBSITEs? Please recommend, THX in advance.

    • Tina Sieber
      March 1, 2013 at 8:35 pm


      There are ways to do this. VPNs are one way, as described in the article above. You might want to explore MakeUseOf for other solutions.

  17. ste bar
    February 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    It is all very well to write an informative item but did you use this service for a period of time? If you saw their own pages, people were complaining about service and lack of response from them. I am grateful I did not give them some money.48 hrs is more than enough to receive a reply from a company site, Next time please remind them you are using them in an article, they might shift themselves if they knew :-)

  18. Jorge Saborio
    February 18, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Doesn't this really suck? You have access to the world wide web for unlimited information... and all the sudden the media companies want to impose to you what you can or cannot see, based on where you are. I´d gladly pay for content if I can see what I want. Even youtube has "differentiated" contact for people outside the US. These practices simply promote the use of torrents and peer to peer sites.

  19. Juanita Hiscock
    February 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Can a service like work?

  20. Gregori Gualdron
    February 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Im using Unblock-Us and it works pretty well. It even allowed me to access to Google content. Right now im using a free 7 days trial they offer, and so far so good. After that I'll cost $4.99 monthly.

  21. Chris Hoffman
    February 16, 2013 at 6:37 am

    I may just try switching to Tunlr now. Can't argue with free...

  22. Chris Hoffman
    February 16, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Interesting, thanks!

  23. Ajax Fox
    February 15, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Insightful article. Some great advice here to help the adverage to high end user sort out whats best for them...thanks again!

  24. Nancy B
    February 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    So as a green horn at this, which way to I go for free? The browser extension on Chrome browser or a VPN or what?

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 16, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Tunlr or perhaps one of the browser extensions.

    • Mike0921
      November 7, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      The latest Opera browser version (I just installed today) has a free VPN built into it (SurfEasy, they own the company I believe.) It is also compatible with many, but not all, Chrome extensions.

      Chrome and Chrome Canary have become unusable with the latest update to Win 10 on my Lenovo laptop... hmmm.

      Check it out!

    • Mike0921
      November 7, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Opera, which I just installed 2 hours ago, has a free VPN built into it from SurfEasy, which they own. It works so much better than Chrome's extension. They added it in June of this year I think.

      Note: Chrome and Chrome Canary quit working after the latest update of Win 10 last week.
      Also, Opera works with many of Chrome's extensions, easy to set up and faster than Chrome was...

  25. Kevin Wiley
    February 14, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I was very interested in this article since I have been in China and will continue to be here for another 6 months. I must agree with many of the comments left here. I signed up for the Gold Package. I went through the set up with no problems. Changing the DNS did allow me to view Hulu and the speed was a little better. But my Searches defaulted to Hong Kong which didn't help at all. I then setup the add on VPN service which basically does the same thing my other VPN service does but about $10 less. I sent a support ticket but never heard back. I ended up switching back to OpenDNS and StrongVPN service. Reliable Hosting and StrongVPN have the best support I have ever encountered and is worth the $10 per month to me.
    Canceling UnoDNS account because here in China it's not equal to what I already have and Support is utmost important for me with something as serious as connecting to the US.

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 16, 2013 at 6:36 am

      In China you'd definitely want a VPN to get around the great firewall, I think

      • Kevin Wiley
        February 16, 2013 at 7:18 am

        Hello Chris. Yes, you are so right must use a VPN Connection here in China. Just to update, I received a detailed support response from UnoTelley on exactly which DNS servers to use and that being in China to defenitley setup and use their VPN connection. The support email did take a couple of days but that could have been from increased exposure from your article.
        Thanks again for your post.

  26. Avisek Nandi
    February 14, 2013 at 7:29 am

    i will try out unodns

  27. Karen Ang
    February 14, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I use UnoTelly and it works great although it eats up all the bandwidth of my 3rd world connection

  28. Anonymous
    February 14, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Is there a way to unblock sites blocked by campus Wi-Fi network?

    • dragonmouth
      February 17, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      There probably is but sites are blocked by schools for a reason, mostly security. All network traffic is logged and the campus IT department could get nasty if they find you are bypassing their blocks. You may face anything from a reprimand to an expulsion from school. Do you think it is worth taking a chance on bypassing campus blocks?

  29. Marija-Ira Pletikos
    February 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I love Tunlr. works like charm.

  30. Anonymous
    February 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    this is unbelievable, I have been using the internet since 1993, and this article just shows that what was once a free innovative place, stimulating exchange of knowledge, has become regulated and restricted throughout the world. I myself possess enough knowledge to bypass all of this nonsense, but why do people feel the need to lay claim to territories, even "virutal" ones. None of us have control over birth and death ultimately (we are all subjected to these parameters), so why are we so obsessed with delaying the progress of society's eveolution?

  31. Âdil Farôôq
    February 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Simply changing a Dns is not enough i use VPN and quit satisfied with its performance as of now Youtube is blocked in my country so i tried to change my DNS but it didn't helped at all but on VPN it opens and uses the full speed.

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 16, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Yes, DNS-based services don't generally do YouTube

  32. Anonymous
    February 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Expat shield works fine with iplayer but slows down a bit. I also use DNS service. Its free and nice. They say its a cloud based proxy DNS. Can anybody explain what that means???

  33. Damon Osborne
    February 13, 2013 at 8:54 am

    For BBC iplayer I use Expat Shield from Anchor Free. Free and it works well from France, Turkey and India.

  34. Jim
    February 13, 2013 at 4:45 am

    To say it streams blocked sites faster is a joke. The way it works in a non technical sense is that it acts as a selective proxy server just for those sites. For the blocked sites you still incur any overhead or slowdown just as you would with a proxy server or a VPN. How fast you stream has to do with whether you are using a good or a crappy proxy service.

    The benefit to the DNS service is that your sites that aren't blocked do not incur that overhead. This article brings up a good alternative service but is way too fanboyish.

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 16, 2013 at 6:35 am

      It's "fanboyish" because it honestly works extremely well. I don't buy that it slows all the traffic down the same way; it appears to only proxy certain types of requests. It's faster in my experience than paid VPNs.

      • Jim
        February 16, 2013 at 7:14 am

        It's effectively a type of proxy server combined with DNS so that is specific to certain sites only. It's a nice one and an elegant way of doing it but that's all it is. They are not working some super advanced "magic" on the packets as the article state. Any generic proxy service with equivalent resources per user is faster than a VPN. It may very well be the fastest proxy service out there but if so it is simply because they have more or better placed resources allocated per subscriber.

        The article also confuses this with DNS tunneling. That's where you encapsulate all your tcp packets as dns packets to slip by a firewall that is blocking traffic.

        A valid review would be that you found what you thought was a cool proxy-type service and at least in Canada it gave great performance. Instead it came across as a press release for the vendor and it made it sound much more mysterious and capable than it really is.

  35. riverboy
    February 12, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Top article, myself I use Unblock Us at $A29/year I have no complaints. Pity is the people who should be reading these types of articles don't.

  36. Spencer Taylor
    February 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    @choffman this is a great article; however, there are some serious issues you have with either your understanding or description of VPN's - my guess is description. There are MANY types of VPN's, The types of VPN's that slow down streaming media and cause the types of problems you are speaking about in the article are low-level service providers like Cyberghost or Hotspot Shied. A hardware VPN had very low overhead AND will not slow down or stop HD content from streaming at true 1080p. I use one everyday. While DNS is ONE way to accomplish this, a hardware VPN offers so much more security AND allows you to do all of things mentioned in your article. Note, I am not "nitpicking" and I understand that most people will not setup a hardware VPN that encrypts data on the fly, but from a security standpoint, DNS routing is trivial.

    • Guy McDowell
      February 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm
    • Chris Hoffman
      February 16, 2013 at 6:33 am

      Any VPN will add additional latency. If you're connected all the time, you're going to see increased latency while browsing the web, playing games, etc. So the solution is to manually disconnect and reconnect when you want to use the VPN. You'd also have to manualy toggle between US-based and UK-based VPNs. It's just not as convenient.

      On the other hand, VPNs are ideal for privacy.

      • Spencer Taylor
        February 17, 2013 at 6:18 am

        @ Chris, this is a very good point. For me, going sans VPN is not an option; however, for many people, a DNS workaround is a great way to go. IMHO, I prefer the slight drop in net performance vs the security benefits, but that is really outside the box of viewing region blocked content.

  37. Russ B.
    February 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    My problem is the opposite of this. I actually paid for a service last year and could not get it, most the time, because I lived too close. Anyone within a few hundred miles or more of their favorite sports team and having a MLB service knows what I mean. You are blacked-out. This was my 1st time with this service and it was useless without going through an out-of-country proxy. It will also be the last time paying for this service unless there's a better work around. Proxy servers where most the time too slow. Any other solutions here?

    • Oron Joffe
      February 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Well, the solutions described above, such as UnoDNS, should still work. Have you tried them?

  38. froman
    February 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    This is all well and dandy and for a person that is only half a geek and not understanding all of this, I am in the US and want to watch shows from Canada or England. BTW, I love Dr. Who. The only way I can see it is using VUZE to download it. How about identifying which sites are helpful for US viewers to see overseas programs. I went to the sites you mention and they are to help Non US to view US stuff.

  39. Mac Witty
    February 12, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I have used Netshade from Rayner Software on Mac for a while and it works very well. You can choose between proxy and VPN or combine. I have tested UK, US Germany and France so far and got what I wanted. Not free

  40. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 12, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Endless war between blockers and freedom'ers :)

  41. Junil Maharjan
    February 12, 2013 at 5:14 am

    most of the alternatives are for browser-based. are there any that supports mobile devices?

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 16, 2013 at 6:25 am

      DNS solutions work for mobile devices.

  42. Catherine McCrum
    February 12, 2013 at 4:55 am

    So glad to know of more choices. Have been using the VPN for a few years now and it does really slow everything down. Will try out the other services soon. Thanks

  43. Alberto Lerma
    February 12, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Hola Unblocker works great!.

  44. Datalove
    February 12, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Well this article is rather misleading. I've used several different VPN's with out much, if any, loss of speed. I max out at 19.89 Mbps with out a VPN and connected VIA openVPN I max out at 19.56 Mbps. Most reputable VPNs aim to satisfy maximum speeds at all times.

    Windows, OSX, Linux, Android and iOS come with built in VPN support. One time setup and you're good to go. Game consoles are a different story.

    VPN's are also great for preventing ISP and wifi snooping since all data is sent through an encrypted tunnel. They can see that you're transmitting data, but it's all gibberish and useless. Also, good VPN's offer extremely good firewalls on their end. Not all VPNs are of the same quality (especially free ones). You can't categorize all VPNs together.

    Browser addons are convenient, but usually end up useless once the websites wiseup and decide to block it. UnoTelly’s UnoDNS well set you back $60 a year for a very VERY simple task. Whereas a service like privateinternetaccess(My current VPN) will cost you $40 a year with much more utility in the long run.

    And some of your other free recommendations involve tunneling VIA proxy which slows down speed considerably (Your arguments against VPNs apparently) and trusting your DNS settings to someone other then openDNS, Google or your ISP is questionable in itself.

    • Guy McDowell
      February 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      I have to agree with Datalove. Simply using another server as your DNS server isn't necessarily better than using a VPN/Proxy.

      In addition, ISP's that provide the modem/router to their customers are starting to change the firmware so that the user can't change the DNS service they want to use.

      Any method used to represent your device as being from a different region than it really is, is a method of circumventing measures taken to protect copyright, and is, therefore, piracy.

      • Oron Joffe
        February 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm

        While a VPN _server_ should be able to cope with your connection's speed, it still adds a "hop" to the route your packets travel, and typically this will be a goodly number of hops, so it _does_ slow down your connection, or at least increase its latency substantially. That's not to say VPN's are no good - they are excellent tools, particularly if you are worried about snooping, but they are not the only answer, and I for one was happy to learn about the "magic DNS" approach.

        • Guy McDowell
          February 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm

          A VPN doesn't necessarily add anymore hops than using a DNS that isn't your ISP's.
          Stay tuned for an article that will explain this...tomorrow!

        • Chris Hoffman
          February 16, 2013 at 6:24 am

          VPN is ideal for tackling snooping, no doubt. However, this isn't really about snooping, it's about watching Hulu and Netflix!

          Unfortunately, VPNs aren't ideal for streaming. If I have a VPN enabled all the time, all my web traffic is delayed. It's not just about speed, it's about latency.

          If I have a VPN used on my computer, I can't use the same service on other computers, tablets, smartphones, game consoles, etc. The DNS solution works really well. it's automatic and only proxies certain types of data requests, giving you full streaming speeds and normal low-latency connections to normal websites. I don't have to think about it at all.

    • Comradde PhysioProffe
      February 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      This is exactly correct. VPN solutions are *much* better than what the author of this post suggests.

    • Comradde PhysioProffe
      February 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      This is exactly correct. VPN solutions are *much* better than what the author of this post suggests.

    • gavin
      December 26, 2014 at 11:10 am

      That’s a good article Chris. I personally prefer UnoTelly. It’s similar to unblock-us (or other DNS service) but they offer a DNS server close to physical location and I can achieve better performance.

  45. max
    February 12, 2013 at 12:34 am

    I don't know why it's taking Big Media so so long to enable services that give viewers what they are looking for. The people have spoken loud and clear. Instead of wasting time and millions running after "piracy", they should be spending their resources making these region-free services available right now. It would end a lot of the conflict.

    • dragonmouth
      February 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      "I don’t know why it’s taking Big Media so so long to enable services that give viewers what they are looking for. The people have spoken loud and clear."

      You are under the mistaken belief that Big Media is here to serve the viewers. Far from it. The viewers exist to provide Big Media with a revenue stream.

      • wolfshades
        February 13, 2013 at 6:32 pm

        The comment stands. You just need to follow the logic: if Big Media "give viewers what they're looking for" who else gets to benefit besides the viewer? Big Media! Plus, they get more subscribers, thereby increasing their venue stream.

        When it comes to marketing, we live in a global village, not artificial borders. Money and profits disdain borders actually.

        • dragonmouth
          February 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm

          The comment does not stand. Maybe in an ideal world. If Big Media "gave the viewers what they're looking for" there would be no need for this article, we would not be having this discussion and "piracy" would be something that took place on the high seas.

          "When it comes to marketing, we live in a global village, not artificial borders."

          If that is true, why are products freely available only in specific markets circumscribed by artificial borders? Why is Hulu only available in the US? If your statement about "money and profits disdaining borders" is true, wouldn't the purveyors of Hulu want to maximize their profits by having it available all over the world?

        • Chris Hoffman
          February 16, 2013 at 6:21 am

          It's a real mess. For example, Show A is available on Hulu in the US, because there's a copmany with US distribution rights. In other countries, other companies have exclusive distribution rights to Show A. So for Hulu to show Show A in every country on Earth, they'd need to deal with 50+ different owners of the rights.

          That said, content creators need to figure this out. Deals like this one are part of the past. They need to focus on giving people good, well-priced, legal services, not pushing strict anti-piracy laws.