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Is there any risk to using these sites.
I don't think you need to worry about sites like PBS. If you're downloading shows from Porn sites then you may have a bit to worry about ;)
 

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Not really worried about the network...

I'm not worried about viewing content on a major US network it's the obscure VPN sites like Hotspot shield that worry my.
 

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After trying some of the free services which get oversubscribed really fast, I bit the bullet and ordered a cheap OpenVZ VPS and setup openvpn to access US sites ($5/mos). Works really well, I get about 4-8Mbit through the tunnel. This method is far less likely to get blocked, but on the flip side you need to know what you're doing. I use linux on a somewhat regular basis, so this wasn't a large departure for me.
 

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I'd like to watch shows/repeats in the US that many networks (like PBS) willingly provide access to. I have no clue what I'm doing so I thought I'd try a free VPN first. I tried Hotspot Shield but I'm little worried about what I may have downloaded (I have an iMac so I'm probably OK). Is there any risk to using these sites.

Ps Do some pay services provide multiple city servers so you can access the local programing in those cities?
Hulu loves to block VPN services. But an attentive one will usually just change the IP's once it has noticed this. If Hulu is down you can try to network itself (NBC and FOX excluded) as they are rarely blocked.

I've never had ABC or CBS blocked.

Reality is at least this summer the combination of Rogers On Demand and GlobalTV (now with high quality feeds) has meant I don't need to use my VPN often. CTV's feeds are ugly as balls though (which is unfortunate because their olympics coverage was gorgeous).

I'm not sure what you mean by local feeds. I've never had content in the US where a US VPN didn't let me view because of regional restrictions (state to state that is).
 

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I just subscribed to StrongVPN and configured it on my dd-wrt firmware router and now my entire network can access US based services. Hulu for my PC, Pandora for my Sonos...the list get longer with everything I try. The speeds are very good but it depends on the router you are using, the older router like a WRT54G only has a 200Mhz processor whereas the WRT310N has a 300 Mhz and that makes a difference. I am going to upgrade to the WRT610N to get a 600 Mhz processor. I was loosing about 20% of my bandwidth on the 310N when downloading from newsgroups. Now the is pretty good considering it has 10 download streams running and the router is encyrpting all of it.

I will be working on routing with the router to only route US based service through the VPN tunnel and leave non-location based traffic through my ISP. Another plus...not throttling for bittorrent and other P2P!
 

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clandestinevpn.com

I like this one... they are cash only and have a PO box in Mississauga. I sent them $15 and got an account. It was $15 for one month but it's been like 3 months now and it's still working. I can torrent all I like and it's giving me a US IP's. Hulu works too. Speed is good too.
 

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US Billing Address for Canadians?

I just signed up for Witopia VPN service so that I can access Hulu. I'd like to subscribe to Hulu Plus but the site won't let me because my Visa card is billed in Canada. Are there any services that allow you to route payments through a US billing address?
 

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Buy a Vanilla Mastercard gift card at a store like Shoppers Drug Mart and use that for your credit card. These cards show up as US domiciled credit cards. If you need a US address just make one up or find one on the net (like 1600 Pennsylvannia Ave NW, Washington DC, 20050)
 

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Wow, that sucks!

You clearly haven't actually tried this. I just went out and bought a card and netflix instantly recognized it as a prepaid card and rejected it.
 

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Do you have a PayPal account? For the U.S. Netflix site, after inputting a U.S. address when you sign up....it can be any address....just use PayPal as your payment preference. I used my Canadian PayPal account with no credit card or bank account attached to it, and use a generic email address on it....ie: a Hotmail or GMail address. (I have 2 PayPal accounts). When the time comes, I can send money from my first PayPal account that does have a bank account and credit card attached to it, to the one I used to set up the U.S. Netflix account, so the monthly payment is covered! ;)
Just make sure you are using your VPN service when you do the signing up, and inputting your PayPal payment info on Netflix . com.
I signed up for the Netflix .com trial by doing this. Apparently they don't know/care if you use a Canadian PayPal account to pay them....as long as the money is coming in!
I use PayPal as a payment method for my Canadian and U.S. Netflix accounts!! :cool:
 

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I use OverPlay VPN: https://www.overplay.net/

It costs about $10 per month and has a small client that installs on your system. You run the client, pick which country you want an IP address for (they have access to servers all over the world, so you can access sites that are geographically restricted just about anywhere), and click the connect button - in seconds you have a localized IP address for that country.

I use it to access a lot of US and UK websites that otherwise block content in Canada - very fast and never any issues.
 

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I've been using StrongVPN and it works well. I can even use it with the ABC app on the iPad. Anyone used a VPN with the US Netflix to get better content?
 

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I haven't tried this myself with Netflix but I did use this method to setup a US domiciled iTunes account so that I could buy iPad apps since I got an iPad in the US before they were available in Canada and you couldn't access the iPad app store with a Canadian based iTunes account.

If you Google "netflix canada vanilla mastercard" you will find people that have used this method with netflix in the past so perhaps they have changed their systems recently to block prepaid cards.
 

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I waited too long before I tried the vanilla MasterCard. It is definitely blocked for Netflix even though I used a friend's US address.
 

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I signed up on both Netflix .ca and Netflix .com using PayPal. They must have removed the option in the last couple of weeks....which is when I signed up for both. HotSpot Shield works for accessing U.S. Netflix, although not stable all the time. One of the paid VPN services should work much better.
I also have a U.S. iTunes store account. I just purchase U.S. iTunes cards on eBay for purchases. Where there's a will........
 

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Please forgive my ignorance with this question, but I have read through this bread and haven't seen the question. Is there a list available that shows what content is available to stream from he us and uk using a VPN?

I like the possiblties, but what do tv stations in the us and uk put up for people to watch online?

Thank you.
 

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Vanilla MasterCards do not work because they have a present balance, you can't continually charge a subscription the that card it eventually runs out of money.


upsider13259: The content varies depending on the network. Your best bet is to head over to NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, BBC, SKY etc and see what they have to offer. Hulu is owned by NBC and Fox so you might see some duplication there.
 

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READ: VPN Authority

I'd recommend using VPN Authority. This is arguably one of the best VPN services out there. I've been using them for a while, and unlike the other guys, they are cheap, no contracts, offer free trials, and are super fast. Anyways, this is my 2 cents and worth considering.

VPN's ROCK!!!! :p:p:p
 
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