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NetFlix in Aus - Do you use it? - With Spoot!
TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3831 posts
Ok so i have finally decided i want to try out netflix, so i am planning on getting some data from Private Tunnel ($12 = 50GB) and setting up an account. question is do you use it? has anyone use Private Tunnel? what are the transfer rates.. i guess i just want to know if its going to be 3 hours of buffering or if the transfer rate is good..

Obligatory Spoot for noob question:

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b106/TufNut/Adriana_Volpe.jpg
06:16pm 02/04/12 Permalink
Sip
Brisbane, Queensland
527 posts
I wish they would hurry up and get it going in Australia.
06:24pm 02/04/12 Permalink
crazymorton
Brisbane, Queensland
2923 posts
coincidentally i was reading this article today which said.

The second and simpler solution is to use a service such as unblock-us.com or unotelly.com to use one of their US-based domain name servers (DNS). Using a US-based DNS means that when your computer accesses, say, Netflix, the site sees your computer as being in the US and grants it access to content. To configure your computer or home network to a US-based DNS address, the DNS settings in your computer's network preferences need changing. For access to US content on all the computers on your network, configure your router with the US DNS address details Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/hometech/see-no-evil-in-outwitting-the-tv-networks-20120331-1w4iw.html#ixzz1qrzTeuAG


might be worth a try?
06:31pm 02/04/12 Permalink
TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3833 posts
indeed, thanks crazymorton
06:33pm 02/04/12 Permalink
crazymorton
Brisbane, Queensland
2924 posts
let us know how it goes if you decide to try it.
06:53pm 02/04/12 Permalink
TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3834 posts
I ended up using Entropay for the virtual credit card and i am using Private Tunnel for the proxy. its working well. i am watching The Dead Zone atm.. stream is perfect. gonna try Hulu in a bit.

Edit: im on Optus 100Mbps cable.

last edited by TufNuT at 20:28:35 02/Apr/12
08:27pm 02/04/12 Permalink
HerbalLizard
Brisbane, Queensland
5480 posts
VPN easy simple and works
08:29pm 02/04/12 Permalink
3x0dus
Townsville, Queensland
1621 posts
Unblock us been using it for 6 months with Netflix, works fine
08:51pm 02/04/12 Permalink
TicMan
Melbourne, Victoria
7858 posts
Just tried it out (NetFlix), seems like lots of really old stuff on there with the latest releases being "Rango" and "Limitless".
09:25pm 02/04/12 Permalink
TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3835 posts
Well Hulu blows.. requires a full US address..
09:58pm 02/04/12 Permalink
Crakaveli
USA
6062 posts
10:02pm 02/04/12 Permalink
TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3836 posts
haha Crakaveli thats great. gonna watch kick-Ass on Netfilx then give fake name generator a try..

more Spoot coming.... thanks for all the suggestions :)

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b106/TufNut/12-1.jpg

last edited by TufNuT at 22:14:24 02/Apr/12
10:11pm 02/04/12 Permalink
Reverend Evil
Wynnum, Queensland
20225 posts
Please. No more spoot TufNut if you think that pic was worth posting.
11:09pm 02/04/12 Permalink
Reality
Sydney, New South Wales
376 posts
http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/


it's not working properly, it keeps giving me 80 year old men employed as security guards or bouncers
01:13am 03/04/12 Permalink
Taipan
USA
3687 posts
I have had nrtflix for a couple of years. Its fine if you like a lot of b grade movies and the odd decent tv show which by the time it hits netflix yuve probably already seen. Personally i dont think it has enough new content to make it a very big deal but then again at 7 bucks a month for me you cant really expect to much.
02:15am 03/04/12 Permalink
rubba-chikin
Brisbane, Queensland
6595 posts
I had a free month trial sent in the mail to me here and almost signed up for it.
Got halfway though the signup to the point where it wants a credit card and decided to actually go and see what content they actually had available before giving them my card details...

Not really much new release content so I decided against it. Then every 2 days I'd get an email saying "Hey you should finish signing up for your trial!" Got the s**** with that and unsubscribed from the emails only to continually receive them. Tried to unscubscribe again to no avail so I created a junkmail rule to send them straight to the trash and am not gonna touch s***flix again!
03:59am 03/04/12 Permalink
Rhys84au
Brisbane, Queensland
11 posts
netflix might not have all the latest and greatest content BUT

netflix is moving into the space of media production.. so soon there will be netflix originals and also shows picked back up by netflix as they won rights to shows ontop of this its great for "i feel like watching..." moments. i went through every single star trek, stargate and a bunch of other stuff really quickly.. was awesome.

for less than 12 bucks a month you cant go wrong, i used unblock-us and a heritage credit/debit card. couldnt get any other cards to directly work without using a 3rd party however netflix will accept a heritage card.

well worth the pittance it costs..
08:04am 03/04/12 Permalink
Herron
Brisbane, Queensland
110 posts
I use unblock-us for Netflix, Hulu Plus, and US Itunes on ATV2 and Xbox360. I had to use an amex card and a US post code (find a similar on with an extra 0 on the end :p ) but it was pretty straight forward. It's also great for some of the US music streaming services.

Netflix is awesome for classic movies, docos and TV series. They do get some new ones on there too if you keep an eye out. The best way to browse the library is through http://instantwatcher.com/ Just sort by NY Times reviews or Rotten Tomatos and you can find some gold. I don't watch much TV so I find it perfect for me. A bit more convienient then dealing with downloads.
09:07am 03/04/12 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
4803 posts
yeah ive tried netflix but dont think its worth the money... i use unblock-us. works fine....
09:26am 03/04/12 Permalink
BOOST
Brisbane, Queensland
449 posts
coincidentally i was reading this article today which said. The second and simpler solution is to use a service such as unblock-us.com or unotelly.com to use one of their US-based domain name servers (DNS). Using a US-based DNS means that when your computer accesses, say, Netflix, the site sees your computer as being in the US and grants it access to content. To configure your computer or home network to a US-based DNS address, the DNS settings in your computer's network preferences need changing. For access to US content on all the computers on your network, configure your router with the US DNS address details Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/hometech/see-no-evil-in-outwitting-the-tv-networks-20120331-1w4iw.html#ixzz1qrzTeuAG might be worth a try?


I don't see how that would work. Netflix doesn't know what DNS you are using.
10:13am 03/04/12 Permalink
Herron
Brisbane, Queensland
112 posts
I assume they are pointing the domain lookups for the services they support through a VPN on their side and the rest is resolved like normal. Something like that oO
11:53am 03/04/12 Permalink
jmr
Brisbane, Queensland
7674 posts
Worst taste ever, that redhead needs to be killed asap
12:27pm 03/04/12 Permalink
Outlaw
Gold Coast, Queensland
1817 posts
Shes a prawn, I'd do her ass. Thought thread was about netflix porn.
12:29pm 03/04/12 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
4805 posts
ublock.us is alot of better then VPN because your speeds are always the same no slow down :)
12:53pm 03/04/12 Permalink
thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
9356 posts
Who the f*** goes to the trouble to hack the internet so they think you're in the USA just so you can pay for stuff? Bet you think you're hard core when you throw your rubbish on the ground...
01:29pm 03/04/12 Permalink
Creepy
USA
1903 posts
Dunno. Do they still have video rental stores back home in Aus?
01:38pm 03/04/12 Permalink
Jim
UK
12758 posts
thermite your herpyderp is showing again
02:16pm 03/04/12 Permalink
copuis
Brisbane, Queensland
2533 posts
two spoot images, thread fail
02:31pm 03/04/12 Permalink
pARODY
Brisbane, Queensland
1084 posts
You can't just change your DNS servers and expect to look like you're coming from a different geographic location. DNS servers just answer queries based on what your IP address is, and that will be using the DNS root servers to follow the chain of which NIC to query for your netblock.

unblock is just another VPN service that masks your public IP to have a geographic location based in the US.

DNS doesn't carry geographic location data. Just sayin'.

( whois carries some geographic data for the pedantic amongst us )
02:36pm 03/04/12 Permalink
Herron
Brisbane, Queensland
115 posts
unblock.us is not a VPN - it does use DNS trickery to get around the location issues. They are just acting as the DNS so they can redirect certain traffic to their workaround server-side.
03:17pm 03/04/12 Permalink
Jim
UK
12759 posts
yeh for domain names on their supported list they respond with ip addresses that they own instead of the real ones, causing your web client or whatever to connect to their servers, where they proxy the request from their US ip's on your behalf

for australians it sounds like it might be a good way to gimp your entire web experience for what is probably just a small portion of your usage - you're now using resolvers in the US for *everything*

from brisbane on a gbit telstra link, it's a 160ms round trip to their name servers (208.122.23.22 and 208.122.23.23), instead of sub-20 or whatever to your isp's. encountering a cname will effectively double that, at least. note that those two name servers seem to be sitting behind the same router as well, so if their network goes offline you lose your ability to resolve domain names unless you modify your config again. what they should probably do there is only provide you with a single name server, allowing you to keep your ISP as your secondary. then they can just load balance the incoming dns between their two name servers behind the scenes

so particularly for people who aren't very tech-savvy, the unblock-us method is kind of a dumb idea in some ways. I think the only way to use it without those negatives is to swap your dns configuration back and forth when you want to use netflix or whatever, then change it back any other time
06:59pm 03/04/12 Permalink
TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3837 posts
Who the f*** goes to the trouble to hack the internet so they think you're in the USA just so you can pay for stuff? Bet you think you're hard core when you throw your rubbish on the ground...


ZOMG WE ARE HACKING THE INTERNETS BRO!
07:26pm 03/04/12 Permalink
HERMITech
Brisbane, Queensland
7805 posts
If you signed up for the Tiberium Wars beta online (was posted here somewheres), there is one of the "pay to play" offers which scores you ingame credit if you sign up for a free months trial with Netflix.

All you have to do is unsubscribe from Netflix prior to the free months end and you don't get charged.
07:39pm 03/04/12 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
4808 posts
easy to get netflix 1 month free
just use this

WWW.NETFLIX.COM/REVISION3
07:47pm 03/04/12 Permalink
IVY_MiKe
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
864 posts
1 word, SickBeard.

I watch what I want to watch, and it literally does all the ground work for me...

All I've gotta do is make sure it won't devour my quota for the month.
08:00pm 03/04/12 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
4809 posts
agree

all i use nzbmatrix and newsbin search engines with
Sickbeard, couchpotato and sabnzbd all on NAS drive.
08:04pm 03/04/12 Permalink
3x0dus
Townsville, Queensland
1622 posts
Zzz

The unblock DNS only needs to be set on the device in question (apple tv /iPad on certain wifi in my case).

So it dosnt gimp your connection in that respect.

Only the initial auth data for the Netflix requests go through the Via the DNS/VPN trickery and this data is minimal, this is similar if you request a video from Netflix on a VPN disconnect VPN and go via your normal connection it works fine do that one video as the content server dosnt limit by ip just needs an auth token which is behind IP restrictions.

I tried about 2-3 diffrent VPN before ending up at unblock, VPN speeds where so varying it was sometimes impossible to watch, but because unblock only carries minimal data requests and the rest go via your normal connection it's plenty fast.

Netflix also allows 5 devices for one Account, so I have 2 AppleTV, 2 IPads and an iPhone all hooked up to Netflix for $8 a month.

iPad app supports video out, so when I'm away like I am now I have Netflix on TV via iPad digital av, wherever I go.


09:29am 04/04/12 Permalink
3x0dus
Townsville, Queensland
1623 posts
Oh and yes in the last 3 months there new release content has been pretty poor, however I find myself using it more for either documentaries or "blast from the past" tv watching where it has plenty oldie but goodies to watch.
09:33am 04/04/12 Permalink
Jim
UK
12762 posts
Only the initial auth data for the Netflix requests go through the Via the DNS/VPN trickery and this data is minimal, this is similar if you request a video from Netflix on a VPN disconnect VPN and go via your normal connection it works fine do that one video as the content server dosnt limit by ip just needs an auth token which is behind IP restrictions.
if you change your dns servers to only use unblock-us as per their instructions, then every dns request will go to their dns servers. your computer isn't doing any trickery, it's just asking unblock-us to resolve domain names for you, instead of asking your ISP.

fair enough if you only use that device for netflix, but if you're using it for other stuff as well then every time you need to resolve an uncached domain name to an ip, what I described earlier will be happening
12:36pm 04/04/12 Permalink
BOOST
Brisbane, Queensland
450 posts
Better off editing your hosts file
01:19pm 04/04/12 Permalink
DirtyApe
Brisbane, Queensland
952 posts
01:36pm 04/04/12 Permalink
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