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.
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...
> 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.