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  Reply # 1084281 8-Jul-2014 18:19
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Slingshot: Looks like there were some troubles for BBC iPlayer earlier today but they look to be resolved now. Might need to clear your browser and DNS caches but you should be good. Cheers,
Chris


Thanks Chris...now I get a "This Content doesn't appear to be working" error instead of the Geoblock one, which is a step in the right direction at least!






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  Reply # 1084515 9-Jul-2014 01:55
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So is this done by a sort of automatic VPN or a dns service?

If it's dns, how does it work exactly? Does the content still get sent via another server in the us before getting to me? I know how VPN work just not this

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  Reply # 1084539 9-Jul-2014 08:09
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It seems Slingshot is being observed with interest on Global mode.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/08/slingshot_flings_its_stones_past_international_geoblocks/



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  Reply # 1084551 9-Jul-2014 09:10
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It's everywhere: GigaOM, Slashdot, TechMeme, Mashable, etc, etc.

Slingshot got so much free talk about them - more than any paid PR/marketing budget would achieve.





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  Reply # 1086323 10-Jul-2014 11:41
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FWIW iPlayer now seems to be back!




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  Reply # 1086325 10-Jul-2014 11:46
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freitasm: It's everywhere: GigaOM, Slashdot, TechMeme, Mashable, etc, etc.

Slingshot got so much free talk about them - more than any paid PR/marketing budget would achieve.



yep, but mostly from people who can't buy Slingshot products (because they aren't in NZ)

Also, likely it now has much more attention from the studios etc, which is not what you want.



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  Reply # 1086346 10-Jul-2014 11:58
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Don't underestimate the number of New Zealanders who get their technology news from overseas sites and will be surprised to see a local company appearing in their feeds.




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  Reply # 1086444 10-Jul-2014 14:18
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NonprayingMantis:
Also, likely it now has much more attention from the studios etc, which is not what you want.


True, but if we are too insignificant to deliver their content to on a legitimate basis, then logic would suggest we are too insignificant to worry about when it comes to bypassing their silly blocks so we can give them more money.

But logic has never been the strong point of foreign content providers.





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  Reply # 1086578 10-Jul-2014 18:25
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I wish other ISP's would follow and do the same, However vodafone won't because they sell sky and their own TV, Telecom won't because they're launching their own service. Wonder if callplus will also let flip and orcon uses use it

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  Reply # 1089612 15-Jul-2014 22:14
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http://m.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11293212

The number of Slingshot customers accessing movie websites like Netflix has quadrupled since the internet company unblocked them earlier this month and the volume of traffic to them is 12 times greater than what it was.

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  Reply # 1089646 15-Jul-2014 23:29
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I also wish other ISPs would follow this lead.

In my case, if Telecom doesn't move to match sharply, I may move to Slingshot.

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  Reply # 1089648 15-Jul-2014 23:51
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JimmyH: I also wish other ISPs would follow this lead.

In my case, if Telecom doesn't move to match sharply, I may move to Slingshot.


really? because of a service they offer which is clearly inferior to one that costs a measly $3/month?? (Unotelly)

No way would I move ISPs for something as minor as that.

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=151&topicid=143924


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  Reply # 1089649 15-Jul-2014 23:53
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DravidDavid:
NonprayingMantis:
Also, likely it now has much more attention from the studios etc, which is not what you want.


True, but if we are too insignificant to deliver their content to on a legitimate basis, then logic would suggest we are too insignificant to worry about when it comes to bypassing their silly blocks so we can give them more money.

But logic has never been the strong point of foreign content providers.


difference is, that we may be too small a market to care enough about the $$, but if they let NZers get away with unblocking, it sets a precedent for other, larger, countries (like Australia) to do the same thing.

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  Reply # 1089659 16-Jul-2014 00:55
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NonprayingMantis:
DravidDavid:
NonprayingMantis:
Also, likely it now has much more attention from the studios etc, which is not what you want.


True, but if we are too insignificant to deliver their content to on a legitimate basis, then logic would suggest we are too insignificant to worry about when it comes to bypassing their silly blocks so we can give them more money.

But logic has never been the strong point of foreign content providers.


difference is, that we may be too small a market to care enough about the $$, but if they let NZers get away with unblocking, it sets a precedent for other, larger, countries (like Australia) to do the same thing.

Australia, who apparently are also too small to care about providing content to.

I see where you are coming from though.  Netflix and other content providers and content creators need to get their A in to G and realize every connected country in the world is practically next door to one another.  The geo fence dividing us needs to come down...But I'm guessing it will be built up higher!





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  Reply # 1092987 21-Jul-2014 13:37
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Does anyone know what other sites Slingshot Global Mode has unblocked? On their website they say they've unblocked two dozen - but I can only find reference to Netflix, Hulu, BBC iplayer and Amazon Prime in the news reports. Thanks

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