If all you care about is getting around regional content blocking, you could use smart DNS instead of a VPN. For the purposes of logging in and gaining access, smart DNS makes you appear to be coming from the country of your choice, but for the actual video streaming it uses your own actual connection (your full 100 Mbps).
Just be aware that smart DNS is not encrypted, does not mask your IP address, and puts the smart DNS provider in a position where they could potentially do man-in-the-middle attacks if they wanted to. But if all you care about is getting content from another region, smart DNS lets you use the full, unfettered speed of your connection.
Smart DNS Proxy has a 14 day trial.
VPNs are still useful for untrusted WiFi, masking IP addresses, and secure remote access.
I somehow stumbled upon (thanks to another redditor, don't remember who) a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited through a 3rd party site. (It's currently marked down from $500 to $150, I think I got it for $30 or 40 somehow).
I also used Smart DNS Proxy once, they have a seven day trial if you want to check that out, and I think their 1 year subscription is reasonable if you want to pay for it.
There are a few free ones you can get with browser extensions but I always found they were too slow and unreliable for streaming.
Seconding (thirding?) PIA (Private Internet Access). I used it in Korea, and I'll keep using it here. Great service. Great speed. Does its job.
EDIT: Sometimes, when I want to double down, I'll add on a DNS proxy. I use Smart DNS Proxy for that. Also great service, and easy to use on both my Mac and PC.
Yep, using Smart DNS Proxy here too, and the errors are exactly as you describe. There's a good chance the problem is coming from that since the issues are so obvious that if it was happening to users in the US who aren't using a smart DNS, there'd probably be a lot of talk about it!
Thanks for confirming.
You can get most US services. I use Smart DNS Proxy and have HBO Max, Peacock.
I signed up for the 11.99/month HBO Max deal and even with the conversion to CDN it is cheaper than a Crave TV with HBO subscription. Way better content as well.
I use Smart DNS Proxy. Everything works except Apple Channels. I haven’t checked Peacock - on way home shortly. But they are very fast to set up. Great service. DM me if you want any info for setup etc !
Da Unblock-Us (som jeg ellers havde været meget glad for) holdt op med at fungere, gik jeg over til Smart DNS Proxy. Det er snart et års tid siden, jeg brugte det sidst - men dengang var det i hvert fald OK. Om ikke andet, så er der en 14 dages gratis prøveperiode.
Forlænger man ikke efter prøveperiodens ophør, begynder de at sende mails med tilbud. Jeg ignorerede deres skrivelser i en måneds tid og endte til sidst med at betale omkring 100 kr. for ét års abonnement...
Brukte Unblock US før, de ser ikke ut til å finnes lenger, men Smart DNS Proxy ser ut til å tilby det samme, da bruker du en spesiell DNS server som får det til å se ut som du er fra ønsket sted for Netflix
A smart DNS service makes it look like you're in the countries of streaming providers that are normally geo-blocked outside of their borders. The service that I use and recommend is Smart DNS Proxy.
You can try accessing streaming services through a VPN provider but sometimes they are detected and blocked. You'll probably be better off with a subscription to a good smart DNS service such as Smart DNS Proxy.
If you don’t want to go down the VPN route, you can also use a Smart DNS proxy. I use Getflix. This is a paid service that provides a DNS from a different country, and in effect does the same thing as the VPN connection insofar as it makes the F1TV app think you’re connecting from a country where you can legitimately subscribe to F1TV Pro.
The reason I went down this route was I have an Apple TV and I wanted to watch on my TV with as little faff as possible, so I set the DNS on the Apple TV to the Netherlands, and then I just watch via the F1TV app. It works flawlessly and doesn’t require a new connection each time as long as your internet IP address doesn’t change (if it does you just reset it via the Getflix app/website).
Another benefit of a Smart DNS Proxy compared to a VPN is it tends to get a faster connection, I guess because it’s not encrypting the data or whatever the VPN is doing.
You can try Smart DNS Proxy. You can set certain programs to certain regions. I think they might have a trial, not sure. I've been using them for 2 years with no problem. Aff link below:
Seriously, I watch a great deal of overseas TV using a dns proxy. The amount of quality free content available on all five Aussie fta channels is truly staggering compared with all overseas fta and cable channels with the possible exception of the bbc and cbc Canada. I think it beats Netflix Australia hands down.
You can pay a few dollars a month for a dns proxy such as Smart DNS Proxy, set it up in your modem and sideload the overseas channel apps I mentioned onto your tv and have the best of all worlds. And dump Netflix.
You should also try Plex if you haven't 's free
I set my mate up with an OpenWRT unit which does the same...
Namely it's OpenWRT with the DNS servers simply set to those of Getflix (got a lifetime sub for 50 bucks on StackSocial a while back) and a DNS redirection rule in place to catch DNS requests that try to bypass it.
Only downside is that region selection has to be done via the Getflix website, not the router UI but the user experience is pretty much the same once the site is bookmarked.
Works well and has done for a while. He literally watched the FA cup from BBC iPlayer on it this morning.
So yeah - any OpenWRT router can kind of mimic streamlocator... providing you have a DNS unblock service somewhere (Getflix, Unlocator, Smart DNS Proxy etc etc)
Not sure about a VPN, but I can verify that using a Smart DNS Proxy (which only routes the location checks for videos, and not all data) does not seem to cause any issues with telework and has worked with the mlb package that T-mobile gives for free.
I dont see any reason why you shouldnt be able to use "Smart DNS Proxy" as a DNS on your TV and phone, but use Pihole with Unbound for other devices.
You decide what device should use what DNS.
If you set Pihole to run as DHCP for your network, then all devices who are set to automatically retrieve their settings through it will also use Pihole (and through that then, Unbound as DNS) and not "Smart Proxy DNS".
So if you want some exclusions to that, you need to set the TV for example to not use DHCP and use a static IP etc and the "smart" DNS instead.
I’m in Canada, use Smart DNS and Apple TV 4K and have the exact same issue. Sometimes the show stops in the middle with an error message but mostly it does it as soon as the show is over. Lately it has been giving me the error as soon as I open the app.
I was also assuming it was the smart dns service. Which one do you use? I am using Smart DNS Proxy.
Smart DNS Proxy works for US Netflix. That is using DNS addresses... while the service does have a VPN, only the DNS method works to access the US site. The only device I had any issue with was my Amazon Fire... the customized Netflix app for that gives you the "adblocker or proxy" error message. I got around it by sideloading the android Netflix app to the Fire instead, and it works fine.
I advise using a Smart DNS Proxy instead of a VPN. It is super simple to do. Its cheap & I use it for this exact purpose.
Then you can watch strictly on iPlayer on whatever you choose: iPhone app / Laptop Web Browser / AppleTV app / etc....
Use a proxy. It stops Telstra blocking you. I've been using Smart DNS Proxy for years - cheap and super effective. There's a free two week trial. Doesn't slow you down and lets you be in four countries at once. I tend to watch these shows at the source.
Suggestion 2. Dump Telstra. Aussie Broadband and Supa Loop are both faster, cheaper and have real Aussie people available to talk to you during lockdown.
With Telstra there is not a soul and even their bots and auto systems hang up on you. What an insult.
Absolutely. I read in another thread that someone was able to use Smart DNS Proxy to circumvent the Windscribe Geo blocking by NBA League Pass.
Might try the 14 day trial today to see if it works, but the true fix would be for Windscribe to find a way around this, hopefully.
You can use a smart DNS on PS4. I am doing t. You just change the DNS in the PS4 settings. You can also just change the DNS in your router and then every device will work. I use Smart DNS Proxy and have never had a problem. It's not like your projector is supplying your devices it's wifi signal, right?
Thanks! I read about Smart DNS Proxy before but assumed it was a generic name, but now see and signed up for a trial. They offer a region switch just like the one good old Unotelly did, I'm even assuming they're using very similar technology, does anyone have any background there?
If she likes Mexican content, Televisa has an app called Blim which I access via the Mexican App Store (creating accounts in another country is not hard, I'm sure Google has info on that). The monthly subscription fee for Blim is 109 MXN pesos (so almost $7 CAD) and I pay via PayPal (normal Canadian PayPal account works funnily enough). The only DNS service I've been able to use with it successfully is Smart DNS Proxy. All in all, a lot of workarounds but there's really not any Spanish offerings in Canada (just not enough of us latinos I guess).
It plays fine for me. I recently had an issue with something and Smart DNS Proxy chat support gave me two different dns servers to enter into my modem and made it you really should be trying that as they know more than I do.
I can't help you with Nord. I'd never use them. They give away hacked Nord accounts for free on the internet.
If you go into the Smart DNS Proxy settings and set regions B and D to Australia, 10Play should work. It does for me. When it has stopped in the past it was always either because I had changed one of those settings, or I needed to update Chrome, so make sure you have the latest version.
I find their customer service very good. They have even unblocked specific sites for me a few times, and to survive the great Netflix vpn lockdown a few years ago with barely a hiccough was good going.
Don't use the vpn. Use the dns proxy. They are quite different.
You're right. My bad, used the wrong term there. But you got it right, I want to access Spotify, which doesn't provide its services in my country officially. So far I've been doing it via a free VPN, but now that the VPNs are blocked, I'm looking at alternatives, and a Smart DNS Proxy sounded promising, thought I don't think I understand it properly yet.
Where are you located? Smart DNS Proxy told that they don't proxy every channel's video streaming as it's not needed. Depending on your distance to the USA and your ISP routing to those channels US networks might give a different experience for everyone. However, the channels needs to be proxied totally are coming from the Smart DNS Proxy US network itself which is better optimized for global users. They seem to have a great connection with multiple data carriers globally. But there is no specific info on their website showing which channel is coming from what network.
Using the closest DNS server to your physical location as primary DNS and 2nd closest DNS server as secondary DNS gives better reliability. As they are closer your ISP will reach them faster. However you are in west coast of Canada, you might want to use Smart DNS Proxy Washington DNS as Primary and Toronto as Secondary.
I have a seperate router connected to my main modem with Smart DNS Proxy setup on it. So whenever I want to access Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and Disney Plus I connect to this router wireless connection from my device.
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I don't think youtube TV is generally supported by Smart DNS Proxy as they don't mention that it's supported. Are you located in the US? I think youtube TV can only work when you are physically located in the US. I have no issue with US Netflix or other channels on my Apple TV. You might want to ask your ticket to move to their L3 network engineers so they can troubleshoot for your network to see what's causing this issue for you.
Smart DNS Proxy is excellent as a smart DNS service. As for their VPN service, they discuss it in more detail at I personally use IPVanish as a VPN.
Nope, I actually got in touch with Smart DNS Proxy several times, waiting some time between each contact, but the answer was always the same: no support planned...
I haven't been looking that much at other providers because I really don't have the time to subscribe to everyone's trial and test this out + everything else I'm using works fine at 4k.
Have you also considered a smartDNS? Smart DNS Proxy dot com is a good one - works with peacock TV. I've also got smartDNS from KeepSolid. The KeepSolid DNS doesn't officially cover as many sites, but I've added rules in my local DNS so I can use peacock TV and Pluto TV with it.
I use Smart DNS Proxy. Works flawlessly. There's a free two week trial. You need a BBC account, but open one from your vpn/proxy. Just use a phony uk address and always say you have a tv licence when asked. They never check.
This is because your IP is changed and Smart DNS Proxy network can not know that you are it's user. You just need to login to your account and activate your new IP address in the network. Then you can stream Hulu and others right away.
Netflix is still giving the proxy error even after using Smart DNS Proxy. It runs smoothly for a while but after sometime Netflix is giving the error. Then have to repeatedly close and reopen Netflix and sometimes have to turn on and off the TV completely from power switch and it works for a while again, then again the same error after a while. It’s annoying.
Smart DNS Proxy and Namecheap VPN works for me, the former works faster as they only use DNS rerouting, but I think you can only access US Netflix and other sites.
Namecheap VPN is clunky, but it came free for a website I'm using. I think they have a free trial + you can set different countries.
I second the Smart DNS Proxy recommendation below. I've been using it for years. It's cheap and also has a two week free trial.
It doesn't slow you down. You can use with Kodi or Chrome. For ad free catchup, try Aussie Addons but search the Whirlpool forums for some new updates. Also, Chrome extension Ublock Origin will strip the ads out of all catchup except SBS and that is almost ad free anyway.
It is better to use something like Smart DNS Proxy instead of VPN to access Netflix. I have been using it for few years now and it works exceptionally good.
Try Smart DNS Proxy. They are cheap and have a 14 day free trial. They have a simple Roku uk/us switch. You will need to set up within your modem settings for Roku to work. They have easy instructions. You will need to select UK proxy settings then set up a brand new UK Roku account and use this with your factory-reset Roku. If successful, the UK Roku store will load.
If you are not successful please do not harm the Roku but send it to me where it will be cherished and cared for.
I have successfully used my Smart DNS Proxy service with BBC iPlayer - web, pc, kodi and android - for years now. If it gets blocked, which has happened four times in as many years, the techs there always get it working again within 24 hours. I am in Australia. iPlayer in Kodi does stop for other reasons though...
Why not try Smart DNS Proxy? Unblocking Netflix works fine without any issues on any devices. You could chat with them to give you some discount once you sign up. They are cheap and works superbly
You need to change your DNS on the router/modem + set static routes to block and reroute google DNSs 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11 to your routers DNS (Smart DNS Proxy) Ips. But if any 3rd party DNS changer app helps that's good. However, normally android based devices are embedded with Google DNS.
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I'm able to stream very well on both Smart DNS Proxy and Getflix for both Disney+ and Netflix. I don't think I can get 4K as 4K needs constant 20Mbit traffic between US to Turkey where I live. But I get full HD all the time.
> if it's on Netflix in any region, you can watch it via ExpressVPN.
can you please elaborate on this ? i've been using "Smart DNS Proxy" for almost a year now, just to get U.S content of Netflix, they don't offer any other region, how easy it is to switch region with ExpressVPN ? cause for the DNS its a pain in the ass, i ended up creating an app to automatically switch DNS IP address on windows, can you please describe the process with VPN ? (never used a VPN before)
I used smart dns proxy for Sling rather than VPN as I found the VPN route did not work. I did not need to hide my location. The postal code trick worked for me. Rather than two zeros, I had to enter 01 as the last two digits. Make sure the zip code actually exists for the US. I signed up about 4 months ago using a Scotiabank visa credit card. Smart DNS Proxy does offer a free trial, which might be enough to get you signed up. Good luck.
I use Smart DNS Proxy (yes the name is weirdly the exact same as the line in your question).
I do not use their proxy service but just their VPN and have been using it for 8 months now. It gives full access to whatever region you want with pretty great speed. Currently have HBO US for the new GOT season 8 will probably move over to amazon prime US after the season is done.
Price is great, i bought one year subscription up and it cost me a couple hundred. Service has been 100% and hasnt gone down once for me.
You don’t need a VPN for this. A DNS service such as Smart DNS Proxy will allow you to watch HBO from Korea. It also is simple to setup as you need to add the DNS servers to your Xbox only rather than at the router level if you only need to watch HBO on your Xbox.
American here, but I've used a proxy while living abroad, so I have some experience with this. You shouldn't need a VPN but you would need to set up the proxy first to mask your location. I recommend Smart DNS Proxy. They offer a free trial. Then you'll have to download the iOS SAFSee app to stream on your iPhone. This should work if you follow all the steps. If not Smart DNS also provides support.
Yes, it is possible to buy single matches. I bought the stream for Wimbledon AFC last week for £ 4.99. It was a poor match to choose but the quality was solid. I just wish there were some graphics to show the time, score, etc.
I actually took that stacksocial lifetime deal early last year, and it worked for me.
But their US Netflix non-web-browser connections stopped working since then, and that was a deal-breaker for me and my Apple TV (HBO Go and Amazon Prime still work).
I'm still looking for alternatives; VPNs are very slow for me here in this part of Asia. Just heard about Smart DNS Proxy today, will try them and see.
I tried three smart DNS services. One of them was Smart DNS Proxy. I told Smart DNS Proxy about this on opening day and they still don't have it figured out. I moved over to YonderTV and it works great. It's $30 annually so not as expensive as Unlocator.
This week NBA International League Pass stopped working on my Apple TV with Smart DNS Proxy :-(
Anyone still have it working? Tried Unlocator tonight and that doesn’t work either.
The only way it seems to work is on my Mac is with a VPN. Could use Airplay to send to my Apple TV but that’s not nearly as convenient.
You know, it is possible to run and use a Fire TV device outside of the U.S. if you really wanted to use one in Canada. Takes a bit of technical doing, but certainly possible. That would include running an appropriate VPN service on your wifi router and/or a DNS redirect service of something like Smart DNS Proxy.
Can anyone recommend a VPN to use with NFL Gamepass? Hola worked last year, but doesn't seem to this year. I have tried the free trial of Smart DNS Proxy, but it has been inconsistent and there have been many instances where I have not been able to get the launch page to load properly. I'm hesitant to pay for a VPN not knowing for sure if it will work, so I would like to know if anyone has a recommendation. I would only need the service for 3 months, so paying for that timeframe would be ideal. This is the only thing I'd be using the VPN for, so the cheapest (or free) one that accomplishes that would be ideal. Thanks.
Time Warner Cable through Motorola router through Macbook if that matters.
I used the free trial of Smart DNS Proxy.
I use Private Internet Access on my laptop and it has also been blocked by Netflix.
However, I use Smart DNS Proxy for my TV and it's been working perfectly. It had some issues in the beginning of the year (although I never got a VPN error message) but now has been working perfectly.
I had issues with Smart DNS Proxy but not Unlocator. I noticed that part of the authentication handshake touched as well as , so if your provider doesn't do MLB or didn't react to the changeover quickly enough, that might explain your issues.
I'd recommend using Unlocator and they have guides how to do it. You change your DNS settings only once and that's it. You don't need to connect to servers or change your location manually. Their servers auto detect which country you need to appear from to access a specific channel and they swap the data for you.
Smart DNS Proxy is the best alternative of VPN if you want to bypass Geo-restrictions.
The reason that SmartDNS differs wildly from VPN with better user speed is that it does not require traveling through a distant server location. So a SmartDNS router setup gives you some of the advantages a VPN service can offer without the potential disadvantage of slower speeds from heavy VPN encryption.
Hope it could help
If you're sole purpose is to watch content in other countries then I suggest you check out some Smart DNS services. There are several out there including OverPlay, Unblock US, Unotelly, PureVPN, Smart DNS Proxy. Just to mention a few. Smart DNS is faster than VPN but it won't encrypt your connection so if you want privacy protection a VPN is still best.
As for fast VPN servers in the UK I would suggest IPVanish, PIA or ExpressVPN.