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  Reply # 495951 20-Jul-2011 21:26
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lchiu7: You folks who are using a VPN to stream movies and shows from Netflix, Just wondering what impact does it have on your broadband plans?

I have thought about it but I burn through 80GB already doing normal stuff and I hate to think what this streaming might do to my plan.


I have a 90GB plan with Orcon with phone line and 45GB naked plan with VF on 2 different locations. I game for few hours on xbox live every night and watch tonnes of content on hulu, bbc iplayer, netflix and youtube and still have bit of data left. Company pays for the vodafone bill and I only have to fork out for the orcon bill. 


Sounds like there is only person in your household. I have 4, and 3 of them like Youtube a lot. I think the TCL billing is suspect but it's hard to prove but I have found with running few torrents and mainly surfing. I am exceeding 60G a month, often going up to 90GB (note correction to my original plan cap)




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System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


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  Reply # 496091 21-Jul-2011 09:04
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There are services that sell routers preconfigured to access their nodes, some have configuration files to load onto DD-WRT routers, or you can ask what are the configuration settings and manually set them if your router support these.





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freitasm: There are services that sell routers preconfigured to access their nodes, some have configuration files to load onto DD-WRT routers, or you can ask what are the configuration settings and manually set them if your router support these.



The unblockUS services a previous poster mentioned looks like a potential candidate. Since it requires settings in your router and all my home devices access the Internet through the router, I would not require any local software to be installed. That would suit devices like the iPhone, Android phone, Popcorn Hour and PS3. I guess if it worked I could download and install the Netflix client for the PS3.




System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


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  Reply # 496190 21-Jul-2011 11:52
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Interesting twist:


Scope of copyright law changes limited to P2P file sharing



InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) has obtained clarification from the Ministry of Economic Development (MED) that the intention of the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 is to cover copyright infringement by online file sharing using peer-to-peer protocols only.

The new notices and penalty regime introduced by these amendments is not intended to cover video/music streaming websites or online file lockers.

InternetNZ Chief Executive Vikram Kumar says, “What this means is that watching videos on YouTube or via blinkx, streaming music from Grooveshark, and downloading from online file lockers like MediaFire and 4shared will not be subject to the changes introduced by the amendments to the law coming into force on 1 September 2011. MED’s confirmation addresses some of the questions that arose when we were looking at the law changes in detail”.

“It keeps the scope of the changes narrowly focussed on copyright infringements by online file sharing via peer-to-peer networks and applications. This will be welcomed by many people. However, despite the intentions behind the law, the definitive interpretation will come from decisions made by the Copyright Tribunal and Courts if this aspect of the law is ever tested.”

“Streaming websites and online file lockers typically provide copyright owners with a more direct means of enforcing their rights.

Generally, this is achieved by copyright owners providing a notice directly to the website that infringing content is appearing on the site and needs to be removed. For example, YouTube has tools like Content ID and a Copyright Verification Tool that enable copyright owners to easily identify, control, and even remove their content from the site.”

“This clarification doesn’t mean that copyright infringements by means other than peer-to-peer applications and networks aren’t covered by the Copyright Act. The Internet Service Providers’ liability provisions inserted by the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act

2008 of general infringement (92B), storing infringing material (92C), and caching (92E) still continue. Rights owners can continue to seek enforcement through the Courts. However, they can’t use the new streamlined provisions of sections 122A to 122U for alleged infringements relating to Internet Service Providers’ storage and caching of infringing content.”

“This is a good time to emphasise that peer-to-peer technologies aren’t in themselves bad. Quite the contrary. These technologies provide significant advantages for many legitimate uses, such as eliminating the single point of failure typical of client-server systems and distributing computing resources. For example, peer-to-peer technologies are extensively used by popular services like Facebook, Skype and Twitter as well as for efficient data distribution in scientific research and Linux distributions. So blocking peer-to-peer protocols rather than focussing on copyright infringement in response to the law changes is a bad response.”

Explanatory note

“Streaming” is a technique for transferring data so that it can be processed as a steady and continuous stream. This allows a person to start watching online, say a video or TV show, without waiting to get the whole file.  Typically, streaming is used in a one-to-many situation. “Peer-to-peer” on the other hand is a distributed architecture where peers are both consumers and suppliers. People can connect directly with other people and is therefore used in a many-to-many situation.

Examples of peer-to-peer protocols include Gnutella and BitTorrent.

Popular peer-to-peer software includes uTorrent, BitComet, FrostWire, Ares, LimeRunner, and Vuze.

Online file lockers are ways for storing and sharing a wide variety of files online. Examples of online file lockers include MediaFire and 4shared.

 




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  Reply # 496558 22-Jul-2011 10:17
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freitasm: Interesting twist:

Scope of copyright law changes limited to P2P file sharing




MED's opinion and parliament's aren't consistent
http://techliberty.org.nz/filesharing-what-does-the-law-cover/

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freitasm: There are services that sell routers preconfigured to access their nodes, some have configuration files to load onto DD-WRT routers, or you can ask what are the configuration settings and manually set them if your router support these.



The unblockUS services a previous poster mentioned looks like a potential candidate. Since it requires settings in your router and all my home devices access the Internet through the router, I would not require any local software to be installed. That would suit devices like the iPhone, Android phone, Popcorn Hour and PS3. I guess if it worked I could download and install the Netflix client for the PS3.


[Update]

Out of academic curiosity I tried out unblock-us (free week trial) and was able to watch Hulu fine. I also signed up for Netflix (one month free trial) and was able to watch content on my PS3.  There is a wealth of content on Netflix but PQ is not that great - sort of almost DVD quality with 5.1 audio in some cases. In fact in some content there is DD+ audio but my receiver can't handle that so it shows up as 5.1 only.

Streamed fine over my TCL cable connection with little or no buffering.  But I am not sure I would continue with this since the potential impact on my Internet cap is unknown and I would prefer to use a different client. Ideally that would be the Popcorn Hour but it's not supported, only Roku and a bunch of Internet enabled TV's (not sold here) and some BD players (probably models also not sold here).

But the price is right at about $10/month for unlimited viewing.




System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


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