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  Reply # 504181 10-Aug-2011 09:20
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Forgot you will need to add the cost of the premium for the voucher. This usually brings the cost up to about the NZ itunes cost. For example a US$25 iTunes voucher may actually cost you around US$31-33.

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  Reply # 504185 10-Aug-2011 09:24
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myopinion: You can buy iTunes gift vouchers.


How do you buy US iTunes gift vouchers? I thought you needed a US credit card or bank account.




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  Reply # 504188 10-Aug-2011 09:27
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myopinion: You can buy iTunes gift vouchers.


How do you buy US iTunes gift vouchers? I thought you needed a US credit card or bank account.


I think we've well deviated OT....

There are sites where you can get them..




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  Reply # 504201 10-Aug-2011 09:45
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Shadowfoot:
myopinion: You can buy iTunes gift vouchers.


How do you buy US iTunes gift vouchers? I thought you needed a US credit card or bank account.


I think we've well deviated OT....

There are sites where you can get them..


I like some US iTunes vouchers too!!! Where to source them. 




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  Reply # 504209 10-Aug-2011 09:52
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lchiu7:
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billgates: To setup Netflix on the Apple TV, signup to unblock-us service. Netflix itself is US$7.99/month. You can find the setup guide on the unblock-us website. It's very easy to setup and the speeds are not affected since the solution is not VPN based which halves your download/upload speed but a DNS based solution and it works a treat.


This service will not work with any ISP which uses transparent HTTP proxies (cough TelstraClear cough), because the proxy will perform either a second DNS lookup, or a reverse dns lookup on the IP in order to get higher cache hit rates.  Completely non-transparent, and completely not neutral.


Not sure what you are saying here re TCL since it tested fine using their cable modem service.


O.k. to be clear:

I paid unblock-us for 1 month's service (great service, great support, highly recommended).  I then tried Hulu - didn't work.  I tried BBC iPlayer - didn't work.

I eventually figured out that it was the transparent proxy getting in the way.  The transparent proxy will re-parse any requests and perform it's own DNS lookups.  Since unblock-us is primarily a DNS replacement, this breaks it.

It's completely not neutral - I've performed address resolution, the proxy shouldn't repeat it.  I raised a ticket with TCL, and they didn't understand why anyone would ever want to perform their own DNS resolution!

So, I cannot recommend paying for Netflix/Hulu/etc when using any other network with a proxy, and expect unblock-us to be able to get around the region coding.

There are ISPs that don't use transparent proxies, and unblock-us does work with them.




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  Reply # 504212 10-Aug-2011 09:55
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myopinion: Well it's horses for courses really. Pay a little and get crapo content, pay more and get good content. I don't see a problem with that. We currently pay between US$2.99 and US$3.99 for a movie and 99 cents for a TV episode on US itunes. That's pretty affordable in my book.


I haven't checked recently on what the latest content is but Hulu+ is US$7.99/month and it has some of the lattest TV shows, usually the last 5 or 6 aired. And they are unlimited once you have an account.  So 8 purchases from iTunes and you're at the same price as Hulu+.

Are those prices from iTunes play only or purchase?

VUDU charges US$2.99 for SD movies, $3.99 for HD movies (720p) and $4.99 (1080P) for a one time view.

Of course there are some wrinkles involved.  Hulu+ is of course US only but this thread is about getting access to US content. But more tricky is the fact that it only accepts US credit cards. That's a bit hard to get around for some.

I have also found for some strange reason you can navigate to a show on a portable device (I use a Nexus One) and when you try to play it, it says Web only. They have not got a licence to stream the show on a portable device yet.  Maybe for Android they feel that the platform is not secure enough so somebody could write some code to capture the stream?




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  Reply # 504215 10-Aug-2011 09:57
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Unfortunately Hulu+ is not on my ATV2. Those prices are for rent only.

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  Reply # 504217 10-Aug-2011 10:01
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myopinion: Unfortunately Hulu+ is not on my ATV2. Those prices are for rent only.


It is available on the iPhone and iPod Touch if you go to the US Apple store. But content won't play on the iPhone (error US only) but play fine on the iPod Touch (using unblock of course).




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  Reply # 504222 10-Aug-2011 10:09
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It's completely not neutral - I've performed address resolution, the proxy shouldn't repeat it.  I raised a ticket with TCL, and they didn't understand why anyone would ever want to perform their own DNS resolution!

So, I cannot recommend paying for Netflix/Hulu/etc when using any other network with a proxy, and expect unblock-us to be able to get around the region coding.

There are ISPs that don't use transparent proxies, and unblock-us does work with them.


Well works fine for me on TCL cable. And this is for Netflix, Hulu+ and Vudu. I made changes in the router if that makes any difference. I don't use a proxy but of course who knows what TCL does?




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  Reply # 504266 10-Aug-2011 11:31
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lchiu7:
jpollock:
It's completely not neutral - I've performed address resolution, the proxy shouldn't repeat it.  I raised a ticket with TCL, and they didn't understand why anyone would ever want to perform their own DNS resolution!

So, I cannot recommend paying for Netflix/Hulu/etc when using any other network with a proxy, and expect unblock-us to be able to get around the region coding.

There are ISPs that don't use transparent proxies, and unblock-us does work with them.


Well works fine for me on TCL cable. And this is for Netflix, Hulu+ and Vudu. I made changes in the router if that makes any difference. I don't use a proxy but of course who knows what TCL does?


Oh, it's easy to see telstra clear's proxy.  If you do a tcptraceroute to anything on port 80, it stops inside of TCL's network - that's the proxy. :)

I'll have to test unblock-us again, I'd love for it to work.

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  Reply # 504272 10-Aug-2011 11:38
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I tried unblock-us last month on TCL and it was intermittent. I thought it was just that unblock-us was no good but it seems from the other responses here that it's TCL's problem. If I have a chance, I'll log a ticket and see whether I can get anywhere.

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  Reply # 504273 10-Aug-2011 11:43
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jpollock:

Oh, it's easy to see telstra clear's proxy.  If you do a tcptraceroute to anything on port 80, it stops inside of TCL's network - that's the proxy. :)

I'll have to test unblock-us again, I'd love for it to work.

Jason


This is a traceroute output I just did

Tracing route to www.netflix.com [50.22.86.51]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

  1    <1 ms    <1 ms    <1 ms  xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
  2     *        *        *     Request timed out.
  3    11 ms     9 ms     9 ms  lo0.internet.ivpn.pe14.telstraclear.net [218.101.61.97]
  4     *        *        *     Request timed out.
  5    17 ms    17 ms    18 ms  ie1-g-0-0-0.telstraclear.net [203.98.50.1]
  6    19 ms    22 ms    18 ms  ge-0-2-0-1.xcore1.acld.telstraclear.net [203.98.50.251]
  7    18 ms    19 ms    19 ms  203.167.233.10
  8   143 ms   143 ms   143 ms  i-0-0-4-0.tlot-core01.bx.reach.com [202.84.142.118]
  9   143 ms   143 ms   143 ms  i-2-5.tlot03.bi.reach.com [202.84.251.242]
 10   144 ms   143 ms   143 ms  te2-6.bbr01.cs01.lax01.networklayer.com.any2ix.coresite.com [206.223.143.131]
 11   171 ms   171 ms   171 ms  po5.bbr01.eq01.dal01.networklayer.com [173.192.18.140]
 12   171 ms   171 ms   170 ms  ae0.bbr02.eq01.dal03.networklayer.com [173.192.18.182]
 13   173 ms   196 ms   172 ms  ae5.dar02.sr01.dal07.networklayer.com [173.192.18.181]
 14   172 ms   174 ms   173 ms  po2.fcr01.sr01.dal07.networklayer.com [50.22.118.133]
 15     *        *        *     Request timed out.
 16   172 ms   173 ms   173 ms  www.netflix.com [50.22.86.51]

Trace complete.







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  Reply # 504584 10-Aug-2011 18:42
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lchiu7:
jpollock:

Oh, it's easy to see telstra clear's proxy.  If you do a tcptraceroute to anything on port 80, it stops inside of TCL's network - that's the proxy. :)

I'll have to test unblock-us again, I'd love for it to work.

Jason


This is a traceroute output I just did

Tracing route to www.netflix.com [50.22.86.51]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

  1      2     *        *        *     Request timed out.
  3    11 ms     9 ms     9 ms  lo0.internet.ivpn.pe14.telstraclear.net [218.101.61.97]
  4     *        *        *     Request timed out.
  5    17 ms    17 ms    18 ms  ie1-g-0-0-0.telstraclear.net [203.98.50.1]
  6    19 ms    22 ms    18 ms  ge-0-2-0-1.xcore1.acld.telstraclear.net [203.98.50.251]
  7    18 ms    19 ms    19 ms  203.167.233.10
  8   143 ms   143 ms   143 ms  i-0-0-4-0.tlot-core01.bx.reach.com [202.84.142.118]
  9   143 ms   143 ms   143 ms  i-2-5.tlot03.bi.reach.com [202.84.251.242]
 10   144 ms   143 ms   143 ms  te2-6.bbr01.cs01.lax01.networklayer.com.any2ix.coresite.com [206.223.143.131]
 11   171 ms   171 ms   171 ms  po5.bbr01.eq01.dal01.networklayer.com [173.192.18.140]
 12   171 ms   171 ms   170 ms  ae0.bbr02.eq01.dal03.networklayer.com [173.192.18.182]
 13   173 ms   196 ms   172 ms  ae5.dar02.sr01.dal07.networklayer.com [173.192.18.181]
 14   172 ms   174 ms   173 ms  po2.fcr01.sr01.dal07.networklayer.com [50.22.118.133]
 15     *        *        *     Request timed out.
 16   172 ms   173 ms   173 ms  www.netflix.com [50.22.86.51]

Trace complete.



Yeah, it won't show up on traceroute, those are ICMP packets, and aren't intercepted by the proxy.  You need a layer 4 traceroute to see it.  On Ubuntu:

apt-get tcptraceroute

another variant is LFT, "Layer Four Traceroute" 

with tcptraceroute, this is what you get (port 80 is the port used by HTTP):
$ tcptraceroute www.netflix.com 80
Selected device eth0, address 10.10.10.5, port 47208 for outgoing packets
Tracing the path to www.netflix.com (69.53.236.17) on TCP port 80 (www), 30 hops max
1 10.10.10.1 0.323 ms 0.245 ms 0.223 ms
2 * * *
3 lo0.internet.ivpn.pe25.telstraclear.net (218.101.61.124) 10.111 ms 15.594 ms 12.018 ms
4 * * *
5 ie1-g-0-0-0.telstraclear.net (203.98.50.1) 29.480 ms 19.233 ms 19.769 ms
6 www.netflix.com (69.53.236.17) [open] 20.963 ms 18.820 ms 23.094 ms

 As you can see it gets nowhere near Netflix. :)






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  Reply # 504616 10-Aug-2011 20:02
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YO YO YO
GEEKS.
Calm the F*** down.
Can we stay on topic. I don give a rats a$$ on those numbers and proxies and hops...
I wanna know your experiences with Netflix and recommendations for Apple TV etc.
Seesm like Netflix isnt as great as it sounds...?
So they dont get brand new movies as soon as it comes on DVD?
Thats average.
I thought they got everything. But again for $13 usd (8+5) its not expensive at all to try.
I am with telecom. Will i have any problems setting up? Will i be able to set up easily? So just follow the set up on unblockUS?
And another question i asked was will this unblock US service solve my 3 strike law? YES or NO? not Kinda...

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  Reply # 504633 10-Aug-2011 20:26
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Netflix is great for those random indie/PBS documentaries which are more arts and science based.

Vudu is great for the latest DVD/Bluray Movie releases

Hulu+ is great for the latest TV shows.

There is a little crossover on TV shows between Hulu+ and Netflix but those are the basics.

I can stream Netflix just fine with about 3MB/s connection in central Wellington. The others work fine too. But if I use BBC iPlayer I have troubles irrespective of whether I use a VPN or a DNS based service.

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