One of the things many people miss living away from home is access to their favourite TV shows. Content providers such as BBCiPlayer, US Netflix, ITVPlayer, Hulu and HBO block video streaming abroad due to digital rights restrictions. There are, however, ways to work around this.
We can help you to install Virtual Private Network (VPN) or Domain Name Server (DNS) software that lets you connect through a third-party server and makes it look, to the external world, like your computer is located in the region you set the IP address to – the UK or US, for example.
One option is to have a VPN on your iPad or computer and manually turn it on whenever you wish to watch a show (you can then stream the content to your big TV). With a DNS, you can install it on a specific device, such as AppleTV, iPad or computer, and have it permanently set to a region of your choice. The other option is to put the VPN or DNS on a router. We recommend setting up a separate VPN/ DNS router as opposed to using your main router as you may experience slower speeds from the traffic being tunnelled via a different region.
Our Tekkie Specialists can come and advise the most suitable solution for you. Set-up takes approximately one hour, with an ongoing commitment of approximately $5 per month with the VPN/DNS provider. There are a few options for setting up access to your favourite TV shows – it all depends on what you want to watch and the equipment you have.
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