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While you may be ready to sign up for one of the video stream­ing ser­vices, chances are you won’t get ac­cess to any. This is due to li­cens­ing and at present, just about all of the­ses stream­ing ser­vices are only of­fi­cially avail­able within the US. Pre­vi­ously, you’d need some tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise in set­ting up a proxy such as a Vir­tual Pri­vate Net­works (VPN) and rerout­ing your DNS to ac­cess these sites.

To­day, the pop­u­lar­ity of VPN and DNS proxy ser­vice providers have made these ser­vices very af­ford­able and easy to setup with a few sim­ple clicks.

What’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween a VPN and DNS? In a nut­shell, a VPN em­ploys a phys­i­cal server in the lo­ca­tion you want to ac­cess (such as the US). All your traf­fic is en­crypted through the server, which af­fects ev­ery site you visit. The downside of a VPN is that you’ll be limited to the band­width and speed of the VPN server. Also, you can­not ac­cess mul­ti­ple coun­try sites. If you con­nect to a US VPN, for all means and pur­poses, you’re vis­it­ing from the US.

The sec­ond op­tion uses smart DNS rerout­ing, as the ser­vice provider op­ti­mizes the rout­ing only to the af­fected sites, such as Net­flix. Your in­ter­net speed in gen­eral will not be af­fected and you can con­tinue surf­ing lo­cal sites nor­mally. It is also pos­si­ble to setup mul­ti­ple masks, so you can watch Hulu (US) and BBC iPLayer (UK) at the same time with­out hav­ing to man­u­ally switch servers.

Unotelly, one of the more pop­u­lar in­ter­net DNS ser­vice providers have plans as low as US$4.95/month. If you don’t trust these on­line ser­vices, some broad­band providers them­selves have started in­te­grat­ing DNS rerout­ing as part of their pack­ages. For ex­am­ple, Sin­ga­pore ISPs MyRepub­lic and ViewQwest of­fer fiber broad­band plans with built-in DNS rerout­ing as an op­tional value-added ser­vice. Users won’t need to ad­just any net­work set­ting as ev­ery­thing is trans­par­ent. Sites like Net­flix and Hulu will “just work”.

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