This post was most recently updated on July 8th, 2019
You will love this post If you own a legal streaming service account outside the countries where you are permitted to use it. For example, you are an expatriate in a non-US, UK, Canadian county, this article will be highly beneficial to you. Together, we will be addressing how to stream IPTV without traces. Before we proceed, I am disclaiming any misinterpretation of this article. IPTV streaming & Geo-restriction countries, VPN services to the rescue.
I am not going to recommend any particular IPTV service. However, if you are having issues trying to access your IPTV channels from a particular location, This article will help you. Every consumer wants value for his or her investment. For example, consider a US resident who newly subscribes to Directv streaming service and is made to travel outside the US suddenly. Basically, this means he is bound to forfeit is subscription. Such an individual is bound to lose on two fronts: 1. The money spent on subscription and 2. Missing out on favourite programs while still out of the US.
Must-see: Is IPTV illegal? if yes, to what extent?
List of video streaming services that work only in the USA
We have many wonderful video streaming services in the world. Most of these are enjoyed only by US residents. I will briefly list the major once here.
- Youtube TV
- Hulu: this is one of the most stubborn to watch outside the US. You can’t even watch it directly via kodi.
- Netflix: Available in many countries other than; China, Crimea, Syria, and North Korea.
- Bein connect : This is also a subscription package available only for areas where the cover legally.
Amazon prime video: Imagine I am a Prime subscriber and i cannot currently watch my prime video with my IP address. I need a VPN to have a chance.
PlayStation Vue: The US only
Sling TV: US only
DirecTV Now YouTube
- Acorn TV
- CBS all access
- Kodi: This is a very popular name among people of the developing countries and modest income earners.
To start with, I want to bring it to your notice that 99% of the services listed above are geo-restricted. Geo-restriction implies that for the same online streaming service, you’ll get one type of content in one country and another type of content in another country. Some 85% are totally geo-blocked. PS Vue, Hulu, foot.tv are all totally blocked from access outside the US. Now, why will anyone want to stream IPTV anonymously? Learn this in the next sub-topic.
Why use a VPN to solve the issues of IPTV streaming & Geo-restriction areas?
The followings are the reasons why people occasionally or often use a video streaming service outside and away from the supported country.
- If you are an expatriate in a land other than the US: This is the most obvious reason why many people want to access US-only video sites outside the US.
- Similarly, your relation in the USA might share their subscription details with you. The only way to access this will be to look of a means to bypass the geo-restriction
- To cut bills on cable or satellite subscriptions. This is more pronounced in developed countries than in Africa. The cost of subscribing to a Pay-TV is more expensive than streaming content.
- Moreover, you may opt to subscribe to a video streaming service in other to access contents that are not receivable locally. For example, If you want to watch HBO or Showtime in Nigeria, you can only do that through IPTV
- To have a taste of what your friends in the US are enjoying.
- Furthermore, you may wish to subscribe to a video streaming service outside the US to be eligible for some US-specific features. Explaining this further, USA PlayStation account offers more features than that of China or South Africa.
- Flexibility and convenience: It is more convenient to be able to watch your video content anywhere there is an internet connection.
- The Kodi effect: Despite the fact that Kodi is available everywhere, there are some preloaded Kodi apps like Hulu, HBO now and so on that will refuse to work with a non-US IP address.
Best methods for accessing video streaming services outside the US
We have two major ways of accessing geo-locked or geo-restricted content. These two methods are very effective and safe.
- By using a great VPN network
Let me digress a little by talking briefly about why we use a VPN.
Why do we use VPNs for our online activities?
- Firstly, and most importantly, In other to avoid a Copyright infringement notice from your ISP’s: If you are in an EU or the US, this is a common occurrence. Your internet traffic is monitored and if care is not taken, you will be tracked by your network provider and issued a copyright infringement notice.
- It is important that you stream anonymously: I mean being able to browse, download, and stream anonymously. Your IP address can’t be tracked by the servers you’re downloading from since the servers just see the VPN server that the traffic is routing through. Kodi is not anonymous for example.
- In other to bypass geo-blocking: meaning they are only going to serve streams to users in a certain set of countries. If you use a VPN, you can bypass this
- Furthermore, in other to get access to software updates as at when due: In case you don’t know, services are updated based on the certain criteria which include giving priorities to some countries over others.
- Fortify yourself against hacking using Kodi: Well in case you don’t know, the hacker can also be hacked. Kodi, being an open source software exposes it too easy manipulations by the bad guys of the cyber world. You often get adware while browsing through Kodi’s contents. By using a VPN with Kodi, you will reduce the chances of getting hacked.
But people are increasingly using VPN service providers to unblock content more than to protect their privacy.
What is a VPN?
VPN is a common name for Virtual Private Network. This is a network that uses different protocols and data encryption in order to increase the security of your online presence. Some of the protocols used in VPNs include PPTP, L2TP, SSTP and the newest one OpenVPN.
Moreso, The quality of the data protection you receive depends on the length of the encryption that can be anywhere from 64bit to 1024bit. Most of the VPN providers use 256bit encryption. In more simple terms, VPN providers allow you to browse the internet anonymously through their international servers. This also helps with other aspects different than security.
List of some best VPN services around
- Vyprvpn: I have personally used this and it is very effective. In fact, it is one of the most potent VPN used in bypassing China censorship and Hulu.
Using a SmartDNS Service to access Video streaming Services outside the US
To start with, I will not go recommend a smartDNS service over a VPN service. They both anonymise but one is cheaper and more secure than the other. In addition, you have more features in a VPN than in a smartDNS service. I have two smartDNS providers that cable of doing the job at hand.