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VPN and streaming

Netflix, Hulu and other streaming and broadcasting services checks your IP-adress before they let you stream anything. If you have an Norwegian subscription, or want to watch a Norwegian broadcasting service, and travel abroad they don't let you access their content. Do not despair; there is hope and the hopes are called Virtual Private Network (VPN) and public proxy. Public proxy is also called an open proxy. VPN is a better solution than public proxies and I am going to explain why in the next paragraph.

The purpose of using both VPN and public proxy servers is to conceal the users identity, or to spoof a certain geo-location. This lets you ie use geo-locked services such as TV streaming websites so you may watch it outside their country of origin. Many VPN providers, in addition to offering VPN also provide some kind of proxy service, and there are also many public proxy servers which can be used for free. Although performing a similar function, the actual processes involved are very different, and therefore have very different consequences. A proxy server is a computer that acts as an intermediary between your computer and the internet. Any traffic routed through a proxy server will appear to come from its IP address, not your computer(s). Unlike VPN servers, proxy servers do not have to devote resources to encrypting all traffic that passes through them, and therefore can accept simultaneous connections from a great many more users, typically tens of thousands. Public proxies are often cheaper (and often free) and will hide your IP from basic checks, and is therefore ok for accessing some geo-restricted websites and for account creation. Your IP-adress may be detected and the traffic between you and the public proxy is not encrypted while using public proxies.

VPN where designed to extend private or corporate networks across a public network, such as the Internet, while encrypting the connection. It enables a computer to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if it were directly connected to the network. This is done by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection from where you are to another country, or from part of a country to another. Even though VPN where designed for private and corporate networks it's possible to use it for streaming as well. VPN create an encrypted ‘tunnel’ between your computer and the host server, with the internet traffic going in and out of the host server. Your ISP or government can only see that you have connected to the VPN server and nothing else – your activities, IP addresses you have visited etc. are all completely hidden from them behind a minimum of 128-bit encryption. However, the VPN server can see what you get up to on-line. This is why I feel it vital that a good VPN provider to keeps no logs. Anything less and its users’ activities may be compromised. Although setting up VPN does usually involve downloading and installing a VPN client, or otherwise configuring your computer or mobile device, the computing skills needed are minimal, and most providers supply detailed step-by-step setup guides in any case. One good thing is that once set up, all your internet activity, no matter which program you use, is now safely routed through the VPN. The only notable negatives to VPN are that it is comparatively pricey, and the encryption process taxes the servers so that when in heavy use internet access through them can slow down noticeably.

You can sit on the far side of the globe while you are on vacation and use streaming services back home, thanks to VPN. If you want you can even subscribe to Hulu and Netflix in ie United States even if you live in another country. If you do this you have to get a prepaid credit card and an American home address. I will describe how to do this lather.

You have different types of VPN; either free or paid. Free VPN often have low bandwidth, are unstable and may suffer from DNS leaks. If you are going to stream from services like Netflix and Hulu low bandwidth is most likely going to kill the experience. As far as I know only Windows-based operating system (OS) is the only OS suffering from DNS leaks and it is a security vulnerability that can cause your true IP address, or at least your ISP’s address, to leak out into the open without your knowledge. If this happens you may not be able to use streaming- or broadcasting services. To avoid DNS leaks you could set static IP-adress. Read here for an exploration how to do this. If you want to check if you suffer from DNS leak you can check dnsleaktest.com.

When it comes to VPN services you have to pay for astrill.com, hidemyass.com, HideMyNet or strongvpn.com are good choices. Torrentfreak.com have written a good article about VPN that lists additional VPN services. These services have servers in a variety of countries so check if they have servers in the country you want to connect through before paying. Most providers offer a 30 day try-out before requiring you to pay.

As mentioned above you need a prepaid creditcard (or giftcard) and an American address before you can subscribe to American Hulu, Netflix or similar service. These services have been around in America for ages and have a more movies, series and so on than they have in other countries. You could use buyfrompowerseller.com to get American gift cards for iTunes, Netflix, Hulu and others. The below description is from buyfrompowerseller.com but the method is the same if you use any other similar service.

  1. Use buyfrompowerseller.com to get an American gift cards for iTunes, Netflix, Hulu and others. You may use other similar sites if you feel like it.
  2. Turn on a VPN service to make your IP a USA IP address.
  3. Register your card with a valid US address. (You can search Google "house for sale in Oregon or Delaware" and choose an address for example). WRITE DOWN the address since you will need it later in step 5. Also we recommend to choose an address in Oregon or Delaware so that you don't have to pay sale tax. Otherwise with tax, the $25 balance will not be enough for 3 months of Hulu Plus.
  4. At consumercardaccess.com click on Register your gift card on the left after entering the card information.
  5. Go to Hulu plus to register a Hulu Plus account. Enter the billing address using the address in step 3.

    Please note the balance of the card is $25 which should be enough to cover 3 months of Hulu Plus ($7.99 monthly). If you want to keep your Hulu Plus account alive, you need to buy Hulu Plus subscription code and redeem it BEFORE your account is expired.

    If everything works out well, please help to write a review either on our Facebook page, or at the product page. We appreciate it. **** This card can also work for Netflix, Roku, Amazon Instant Video. If you like to use it for Netflix, Roku, Amazon Instant Video as well, please let us know. We will send you a detail instruction. *****
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