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Topic # 113069 4-Jan-2013 09:58 Send private message

I just tried Unblock Us and it works great, but why pay for it when you just have to enter their DNS settings?

Am i missing something here?

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  Reply # 740077 4-Jan-2013 10:09 Send private message

They check for a valid subscription via the IP address that account was/is currently registered with.






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  Reply # 740078 4-Jan-2013 10:13 Send private message

OK, that makes sense.

And i'm assuming using unblock us to watch Netflixs in NZ is not breaking any laws?

I read the blog post on the NZ Tech Podcast website so i'm assuming here that they wouldn't recommend anything illegal?

http://nztechpodcast.com/how-to-setup-netflix-in-nz/

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  Reply # 740079 4-Jan-2013 10:15 Send private message

You might be breaking Netflix terms and conditions but you are not breaking any of NZ law.




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  Reply # 740107 4-Jan-2013 11:49 Send private message

billgates: They check for a valid subscription via the IP address that account was/is currently registered with.


Does that mean you need a static IP address?

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  Reply # 740109 4-Jan-2013 11:51 Send private message

billgates: They check for a valid subscription via the IP address that account was/is currently registered with.


so if you want to use unblockus you will want a static ip address, otherwise you will have to keep going to unblock-us.com and revalidating your ip address each time you get disconnected.  otherwise all requests to netflix/hulu/etc are redirected to unblock-us.com.

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  Reply # 740111 4-Jan-2013 11:57 Send private message

reven: 
so if you want to use unblockus you will want a static ip address, otherwise you will have to keep going to unblock-us.com and revalidating your ip address each time you get disconnected.  otherwise all requests to netflix/hulu/etc are redirected to unblock-us.com.


that's correct. You really need a static IP for it work flawlessly else you will always need to revalidate your new dynamic IP with their servers if it keeps changing.




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  Reply # 740122 4-Jan-2013 12:27 Send private message

I use UnoTelly which offers in a similar service.

I am with Telecom as my ISP and find that my IP address hardly ever changes and UnoTelly have simple user dashboard to make it a 'one click' to update it.

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  Reply # 740127 4-Jan-2013 12:39 Send private message

reven:
billgates: They check for a valid subscription via the IP address that account was/is currently registered with.


so if you want to use unblockus you will want a static ip address, otherwise you will have to keep going to unblock-us.com and revalidating your ip address each time you get disconnected.  otherwise all requests to netflix/hulu/etc are redirected to unblock-us.com.


Unless your ip is changing every day then it isn't really much hassle. I don't have a static ip with telecom but my ip only changes maybe once every few weeks, if that. Then all I have to do is go to unblock us .com and with one click on the homepage it updates my new IP address. It takes 10 seconds.

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  Reply # 740131 4-Jan-2013 12:43 Send private message

my ip was changing every day :)

it can be a hassle if its changes a few times a week, especially if you need to clear a dns cache to continue.

i would say, try without a static ip (if you dont already have one) and if it becomes a hassle, spend the extra $5 or so a month to get a static ip address. i used unlockus without a static ip for months before i got sick of re-validating.

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  Reply # 740133 4-Jan-2013 12:55 Send private message

Thanks for those answers.

With Unblock-US, does this mean that Netflix on an AppleTV will work?

I am looking for a new way to consume content (rather than ripping DVD or BD to MKV and storing on HDD and playing back via WDTV Live)

What are the other side effects of using Unblock-us? will it affect general browsing etc.?

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  Reply # 740135 4-Jan-2013 13:10 Send private message

The alternative is to use a router that supports dd-wrt or tomato, then you can use Astrill VPN on the router.

You can specify the IP address of the apple tv or other device you only want to traverse over the VPN connection, leaving all other devices going out the normal way

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  Reply # 740144 4-Jan-2013 13:47 Send private message

trig42: Thanks for those answers.

With Unblock-US, does this mean that Netflix on an AppleTV will work?

I am looking for a new way to consume content (rather than ripping DVD or BD to MKV and storing on HDD and playing back via WDTV Live)

What are the other side effects of using Unblock-us? will it affect general browsing etc.?


Yes Netflix will work on a apple tv as long as you set the apple store to US.  You can enter the unblock dns server into the apple tv and leave the rest of your stuff using your isp's dns if you want to.

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  Reply # 740145 4-Jan-2013 13:53 Send private message

wallop:
trig42: Thanks for those answers.

With Unblock-US, does this mean that Netflix on an AppleTV will work?

I am looking for a new way to consume content (rather than ripping DVD or BD to MKV and storing on HDD and playing back via WDTV Live)

What are the other side effects of using Unblock-us? will it affect general browsing etc.?


Yes Netflix will work on a apple tv as long as you set the apple store to US.  You can enter the unblock dns server into the apple tv and leave the rest of your stuff using your isp's dns if you want to.

Oh cool.

I'd only need it on one device. Is it a biggie to change apple store to US? and, finally, would I need a US credit card to pay for Netflix?

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  Reply # 740155 4-Jan-2013 14:06 Send private message

trig42:
wallop:
trig42: Thanks for those answers.

With Unblock-US, does this mean that Netflix on an AppleTV will work?

I am looking for a new way to consume content (rather than ripping DVD or BD to MKV and storing on HDD and playing back via WDTV Live)

What are the other side effects of using Unblock-us? will it affect general browsing etc.?


Yes Netflix will work on a apple tv as long as you set the apple store to US.  You can enter the unblock dns server into the apple tv and leave the rest of your stuff using your isp's dns if you want to.

Oh cool.

I'd only need it on one device. Is it a biggie to change apple store to US? and, finally, would I need a US credit card to pay for Netflix?


A US credit card or US Paypal account makes it easy, BUT it is not necessary.

Try either Entropay virtual US$ credit cards (I use this for Netflix) or the PrePaid cards and Netflix gift cards available from www.buyfrompowerseller.com (which I have used as well).

Basically you need a valid credit card (or US Paypal account) to open an a ccount with Netflix, but then you can use their gift cards from then on.

I found after trial and error that Entropay was easier and cheaper in terms of overall cost. But the Gift Cards do allow you to pay for up to 12 months in advance which protects you agianst Netflix increasing their price or (for whatever reason) blocking the use of the Entropay card (which although in US$) is not issued by a US bank.

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  Reply # 740177 4-Jan-2013 15:23 Send private message

I have always just used a NZ credit card for Netflix. I think you need a valid US address, use google to find one.

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