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Our specialists share their knowledge about best practices of using VPN and Smart DNS. They write about how useful these services can be and what you can use them for.

New VPN Servers in Germany, Australia and Singapore

We are thrilled to announce that we have recently added 3 more VPN servers so as to ensure the best online experience of our increasing number of users and to facilitate their access to online content. Adding new servers allows you to bypass certain regional bans and also allowing you to maintain your anonymity online. SmartyDNS users now have the opportunity to enjoy 3 brand new top notch VPN servers based in Sydney, Australia; Singapore and Nuremberg, Germany. Continue reading “New VPN Servers in Germany, Australia and Singapore”

EU Commission Votes for Content Portability

The European Parliament have returned a positive vote on content portability on May 18, supporting the right of EU citizens to access legal content, music, games and movie streaming subscriptions when travelling to any country within the European Union. The aim of this initiative is to improve access to content and reduce online piracy. The new rules were adopted with an overwhelming 586 votes to 34, with 8 abstentions.

The draft supporting content portability was originally adopted in December 2015 as part of the Digital Single Market strategy, designed to remove barriers to e-commerce within the EU.

After the new regulations, internet users will have access to online content subscriptions including video providers, online television, music, sports or game streaming services they have a paid account with in their home country.

Services like HBO Go, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify or Deezer usually offer different content depending on the region by verifying the IP address of the subscriber. Under the new system, ISPs will verify the user’s state of residence and make the home country content available regardless of the user’s current location. Also, internet service providers must ensure that any personal data processing is equitable and must introduce safeguards, especially for IP address checks.

“This is an important step in breaking down barriers in the Digital Single Market.”.

Andrus Ansip, The Vice President in charge of the Digital Single Market strategy

The positive vote on content portability is most relevant in light of the recently adopted rules on roaming charges within the EU.

The draft law is to be formally approved by the EU Council with effect in early 2018. Member states will have nine months from the date of the regulation entry to prepare for the change.

Until 2018, when the new regulations will be applied, the restrictions to access certain content can only be bypassed through the use of a VPN service or a Smart DNS. This will allow users to unblock websites like HBO or BBC iPlayer and also grant them complete access to all types of blocked content regardless the country they are in and without having to worry about the security of their personal data.

Top 10 media websites unblocked by SmartyDNS

There are literally thousands of media websites available on the internet right now yet only a handful of them are popular because of their contents, quality and audience. Here is a list of top 10 media websites unblocked by SmartyDNS.
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Top 5 Netflix alternatives

Netflix is certainly known as the king of movie and TV show streaming and understandably it was one of the first and it certainly helped push online streaming to where we are today. Though it is certainly limited in its approach.
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Top 5 video on demand services you can unblock with Smart DNS

Video on demand (VoD) is huge now, this is no secret and with such growth sees a tonne of new players in the market all trying to make a name for themselves. We have the juggernauts of the streaming world but there are other more niche services that are filling a gap the big boys just can’t. Here are the top five video on demand services:
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Top 5 TV shows of the year 2015

2015 has been quite the year for TV shows. There was huge slack to pick up after the likes of Breaking Bad and Dexter aired their finales. There was certainly a hole in all of our lives when they were put out to pasture but there are plenty of worthy pretenders to the throne this year. I will be listing the top 5 TV shows of the year for your delectation.
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Top 5 sport media websites

As we have all moved online sports have certainly followed. Sports streaming services really come in handy. We don’t always have access to a TV with the relevant prerequisites to watch our favoured sports so being able to watch it with just the internet is fantastic. Especially those of us who may have moved abroad and there is pretty much zero coverage of our sport of choice. I lived in Germany for two years and finding a TV channel that showed cricket was pretty much impossible. Thanks sport media websites, I managed to watch whatever I wanted to.
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Top 5 music streaming services

Music streaming has really taken off as of late, with the way mobile phones have essentially invaded our everyday lives (for better or worse) that also now means with mobile internet structure that we have instant access to the internet, anywhere and at any time. This is has really been quite the boon for music streaming services and that’s why it’s important to have a list of what I feel are the top 5 music streaming services.
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Top 5 free video streaming services

Continuing from our last article in this series about the Top 5 TV shows on Netflix we now have the Top 5 best free video streaming services. Obviously this means our criteria is websites that let you watch content without needing any sort of subscription fee or one time payment. As streaming is now immensely popular you’ll find that you can watch a lot of your favourite movies or films online for free maybe just with the occasional advert here or there. For a lot of people that is worth the price tag of free.
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Unblock Orange is the New Black with Smart DNS

Orange is the New Black has really taken off this past year at least that is when I started to hear about it. It certainly has a rapturous word of mouth appraisal from pretty much any one that watches it. You can unblock Orange is the New Black with Smart DNS if it so happens that your country doesn’t have access to Netflix yet.
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Unblock Blinkbox with Smart DNS

Blinkbox is another UK offering in the on-demand streaming business, with content deals with some of the biggest producers around. The likes of HBO, BBC Worldwide, Disney, Warner Brothers and Universal are just to name a few with there being many more on offer for customers. This makes it a worthwhile endeavor to unblock Blinkbox with Smart DNS outside the UK.
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11 websites and 4 applications unblocked!

Hi everyone! Our team is addicted to impressing people, so it is a motivating reason to go on and keep our customers happy! We came up with another 11 media websites you might have been waiting for a while already. We love the way you communicate with us, by keeping us up to date to all your entertaining desires. So you know, the following unblocked websites came as a result of your request.
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Watch True Detective with Smart DNS

True Detective is a TV show that first aired at the beginning of last year, January 12th 2014. It airs on HBO and you can watch True Detective with Smart DNS online.

True Detective is (as the name suggests) a crime show, created and written by famous author Nic Pizzolatto. The first season contained eight episodes and has already been commissioned for a second season that was released on the 21st of June of this year. The TV show is written as an anthology so every new season brings us a new cast of characters to become acquainted to. Continue reading “Watch True Detective with Smart DNS”

Watch Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck with Smart DNS

Kurt Cobain is seen by many as a musical auteur. His band Nirvana are certainly an icon for their generation, pioneering the grunge genre and speaking to many apathetic teens at the time. This documentary charts the guitarist’s early days from when he was in Aberdeen, Washington but also shows his rise to stardom and then fall to Earth with his extremely popular band, Nirvana. The film has a lot of content to get through and is a whopping 145 minutes long so make sure you set aside the time to really become engrossed in the fascinating story of the man that helped create a genre in grunge. You can watch Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck online at either HBO NOW or HBO GO).
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Unblock CinemaNow with Smart DNS

CinemaNow has actually been around for a rather long time; the company was founded all the way back in 1999 and was one of the first on-demand streaming platforms. It seemed to have a bright future ahead of it as it secured backing from some huge names like Cisco, Microsoft and Lionsgate. In 2009 CinemaNow (now owned by Sonic Solutions) announced an alliance with Blockbuster to provide digital content under the once powerful Blockbuster brand. You have probably guessed that didn’t last long as Blockbuster slowly died out.
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Unblock Lifetime with Smart DNS

Lifetime is another one of the American TV mainstays; it has been around since February 1st 1984 and is in 82.4% of American households as of February this year. That is over 95 million homes that this TV station is being broadcast to. Lifetime was the result of a merger between the Daytime channel and Viacom’s Lifetime Medical Television. Lifetime is a TV station that is only available in America but you can unblock Lifetime with Smart DNS so you can watch it from anywhere in the world.
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Unblock USA Network and USA Now with Smart DNS

You can now unblock USA Network and USA Now with Smart DNS. Using Smart DNS you can unblock outside the US or UK websites that are geo-locked to specific regions.
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Unblock Rhapsody with Smart DNS

Rhapsody has been around for a long time now (long in regards to online music services). They were in fact one of the first music streaming services about. They are now steadily become more and more popular so it’s lucky you can unblock Rhapsody with Smart DNS.
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Unblock Bloodline with Smart DNS

Bloodline is another one of Netflix’s own children, the whole first season premiered on the same date. Every single episode was released on March 20th and you can unblock Bloodline with Smart DNS. The first season received some glowing reviews, some outlets even call it the best Netflix original series to date and considering the wide portfolio that Netflix has now that is quite impressive. Bloodline was renewed for a second season on March 31st so the series must be doing something right.
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Unblock House of Cards with Smart DNS

House of Cards is an addition to Netflix’s long line of fantastic original programming as the service looks to not just rely on other networks to allow them to stream their shows but to have a solid backup plan should that go bellies up. I am very surprised at how far Netflix has branched out from their role as just a streaming service, it is quite admirable. House of Cards not entirely a new concept as it is fact based on the BBC miniseries of the same name which focuses on UK politics after Margaret Thatcher. Continue reading “Unblock House of Cards with Smart DNS”

Unblock Vikings (TV series) with Smart DNS

Vikings started only a couple of years ago on the channel HISTORY and has since really caught on and has quite the dedicated fan base. It is worth nothing that even though the programme airs on HISTORY there are of course liberties taken in historical accuracies for the benefit of the programme (whether you think it is a benefit or not is up to you though of course). Though due to the continued success of the programme, I can probably safely assume the inaccuracies aren’t all that much of a problem to the majority of people. Still for those that love Vikings and love drama there probably isn’t a better series for you than Vikings.
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Watch Game of Thrones with Smart DNS

Season five of Game of Thrones kicked off on brand new on demand service HBO NOW (which we have unblocked already!) and it looks to be more bloody than ever with how season four left us hanging. I don’t want to spoil anything if you are still waiting to catch up or still in fact waiting to start but I can guarantee it is more than worth catching up to season five because the ride is one of the most fantastic TV has ever seen. My other half convinced me to watch it after I was skeptical due to the first episode I watched not really clicking with me. But after a while I really started to enjoy it and it became something I really looked forward to watching throughout the day. I’m not really one for the high fantasy themes and though Game of Thrones hasn’t changed my mind on the matter the rest of it is good enough to keep me watching.
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Unblock HBO Now with Smart DNS

Today is quite a big day in the on demand streaming calendar as HBO NOW, HBO’s new on demand streaming service launched. Perfectly timed in fact as the fifth season of the smash hit Game of Thrones is set to make its premier in just 4 days’ time, which I am sure will entice quite a few to sign up just to watch what has become the most popular thing on television. Even with the likes of Breaking Bad the fandom never seemed to reach as far as that of Game of Thrones.
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Unblock Cartoon Network with Smart DNS

I think Cartoon Network is probably one of the most well-known channels out there. Maybe that is just me speaking as a child growing up in the 90’s early 2000’s but it certainly was a huge part of my own childhood as I know it was for a lot of kids (that was until you started to have to pay for Cartoon Network then I would only get to watch it at my grandparents’ house back when OnDigital was a thing). Continue reading “Unblock Cartoon Network with Smart DNS”

Unblock Food Network with Smart DNS

The Food Network as you may be able to guess from the name is a channel that is dedicated to programming about food in all its various forms and varieties. Food Network was founded back in 1993 (dubbed TV Food Network back then until 1996) in New York City and has had quite a tumultuous history, with many ups and downs. 1997 showed for the first time that the channel had the legs to become something rather big as Erica Gruen was hired to be CEO of the company (becoming only the second woman in history to be a CEO of a US TV network) and helped pushed the Food Network as it started to become a staple of US television.
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Unblock Disney with Smart DNS

The Walt Disney Company or of course just Disney is one of the most recognized brands on earth. With the likes of Mickey Mouse and all of their various fairy tale story films that have accompanied many generations and continue to do so these days (though in a completely different tack). Of course there are some rather insidious things that lie within Disney but to the majority of people it is a factory of dreams. Pushing out one critically and fan adored brand behemoths after the other, I am not sure there is any other company in the world that can push anything out into the populous and have it adorned by so many (other than probably Apple but that is a completely different kettle of fish).
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Unblock PBS with Smart DNS

PBS or the Public Broadcasting Service is a non-profit public broadcaster that launched 44 years ago on October 5th 1970. When compared to some of the other popular TV stations is not old at all (the majority being around at least 30 years older than that). PBS is available just in the United States and the service is stationed in Virginia.
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Unblock STV with Smart DNS

STV is the Scottish variant of ITV for those that live north of the border. It launched all the way back in 2006 as a replacement to the previous available Grampian Television (this is now STV North) and Scottish Television (STV Central). STV has expanded a little more in the past couple of years. On the 2nd of June of last year they launched the first of two local STV Channels with STV Glasgow and just last week on the 12th STV Edinburgh was launched. Now the residents of these two cities have their own tailored STV channels. Continue reading “Unblock STV with Smart DNS”

Unblock Rdio with Smart DNS

Rdio was opened all the way back on August 3rd 2010 and is a similar service to that of Spotify. Rdio is a music service that offers free music streaming but is supported by advertisements, though as with Spotify there is a premium service available that eliminates the adverts leaving you with just the music you want to listen to. The music streaming service was created by the Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis.
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Unblock MTV UK with Smart DNS

MTV is quite the international entertainment staple nowadays, though back in the 90’s MTV was truly in its prime very much influencing youth culture with its original programming, maybe less so in the UK but it still had an impact. MTV UK was launched on the 1st of July in 1997 and its purpose was to provide the people of the UK with more local artists and generally more relevant music content. Continue reading “Unblock MTV UK with Smart DNS”

Unblock NBC and NBC Sports with Smart DNS

NBC is another one of the American broadcasting giants and is the oldest one in the whole country being formed all the way back in 1926. It operates out of New York City and houses major additional offices in both Los Angeles and Chicago. In 1939 NBC broadcast their first TV programme and it was seen by around 1000 people in a 65km radius from its Empire State Building transmitter.
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Unblock CBS with Smart DNS

Columbia Broadcasting System or CBS as it is more commonly known is the second largest in the world. CBS was founded all the way back in 1927 under the name United Independent Broadcasters though at this time they were just a radio broadcaster. At this time the network desperately need investors so along came Columbia Records to save the day as they invested money to keep the company going though it was renamed to Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System.
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Unblock music websites with Smart DNS

Over the years as digital music came to the forefront. Music labels have been searching for ways to seemingly force customers to find the music they want through more nefarious means due to the difficulty of finding the music they want in the country they live in. This is usually due to labels having various deals with companies in different countries so they can make more money. As usual from big companies this is completely anti-consumer and disgusting.
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Unblock ABC, ABC Family and ABC News with Smart DNS

ABC is one of the biggest American TV networks around, formed all the way back on April 19th 1948, making it the fifth oldest major broadcasting network and it has only risen in popularity as the years have gone on. They weren’t always a TV network though; they first started out as a radio station dubbed ABC Radio but sold off their station to Citadel Broadcasting in 2007. After buying 80% of ESPN ABC merged with the publishing and broadcasting group Capital Cities Communications but then 16 years later ABC and Capital Cities were purchased by The Walt Disney Company. As 2010 rolled by though, ABC had started to decline in viewership numbers with various once popular shows being cancelled, like Lost and Ugly Betty.
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Unblock Channel 5 with Smart DNS

Channel 5 has been around in the UK since the 30th March 1997 and was the fifth and final terrestrial TV channel (after BBC1, 2, ITV and Channel 4) and as such has seen Channel 5 as the fifth most channel when comparing audience share. Channel 5 was rebranded between the years 2002 – 2011 to just Five, when it was owned by the RTL Group, it was then bought by a Richard Desmond owner of many of the most popular publications in the UK, examples being the gossip magazine OK!, the national papers Daily Star and Daily Express. Continue reading “Unblock Channel 5 with Smart DNS”

Unblock Channel 4 with Smart DNS

Channel 4 is one of the most popular TV channels in the whole of the UK; it was born at the time when there were just 3 TV channels available in the UK, them being the publicly owned BBC1, BBC2 and the commercially funded ITV. This was all the way back in 1982 when TV was very much in its infancy and definitely not the satellite type we have nowadays. Along with Channel 4 came S4C. Continue reading “Unblock Channel 4 with Smart DNS”

Unblock NFL Gamepass with Smart DNS

Popularity of NFL has seen continuous surges throughout the year, it can be quite the spectacle to behold with various shows and highly anticipated adverts being shown whilst games are on, I wouldn’t blame you if you thought the actual sport going on wasn’t really what everyone had come to see. NFL is still trying to penetrate foreign markets and is making progress but it faces stiff competition from the biggest sport in the world – football. Continue reading “Unblock NFL Gamepass with Smart DNS”

Unblock HBO GO with Smart DNS

HBO is another one of the behemoth premium TV service providers available in the United States, just second behind the Starz owned Encore package. HBO is available to around 32 million households in America; this is almost 30% of all cable, satellite and Telco customers in the country (for reference Encore programming reaches just over 41.5 million). Continue reading “Unblock HBO GO with Smart DNS”

Unblock BBC Sport with Smart DNS!

BBC Sport is one of the biggest sports websites around; of course run by the BBC it is quite the British staple. BBC Sport has been around since 1988 and is responsible for some of the most popular sports programmes like Match of the Day and previously Grandstand.
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Unblock BT Sport with Smart DNS

BT Sport has grown exponentially in the last few years to a point where Sky Sports really seem to have an actual competitor. Before BT Sport there was Setanta Sports, an Irish based sports broadcasting company that was originally formed to present Irish sporting events. In 2009 Setanta GB entered administration and most of its channels went away with it. This not only included Setanta branded channels but certain club ones too like Arsenal TV and Celtic TV. After that ESPN took over (operated by BT in the UK) but soon after BT Sport replaced them too.
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Unblock XfinityTV with Smart DNS

As devices with internet connections are coming more and more prevalent the TV seems to be slowly retiring, with the advent of Smart TVs being the only way to keep them relevant. Also because of this increasing boom in mobile internet devices, media companies have started to move away from usual broadcasting and have been heavily investing in creating innovative platforms in which to watch your favourite shows and movies away from the TV. Comcast is one of the biggest media giants in the world making revenue of just under $65 billion. Being an industry leader they have taken it upon themselves to try and launch their own online media platform in XfinityTV.
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Unblock DirecTV in your area with Smart DNS

DirecTV is one of the most popular media delivery services in the whole of America and its subscription numbers have exploded since DirecTV’s inception just over 20 years ago. In 1994 DirecTV had around 320,000 customers; today they have over 20 million with revenue of over $5 billion, showing that media consumption has majorly increased over the years.
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Unblock ZUUS with Smart DNS

ZUUS is a great music video streaming service, it has a very wide array of genres to choose from including Rock, Electronic, Country and many more. This means you will always find something that you love or even find new artists to listen to. Also available through ZUUS are “channels”. Channels are essentially long video playlists with a theme, these can really help you find new music to listen to whether it is in a genre you love or are interested in.
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Unblock iPlex with Smart DNS!

You probably are someone that has moved abroad recently but have found it very difficult to keep up with your favorite media from your home country. A lot of websites will block IP addresses if they are not from the correct region and that leaves a lot of those whom have emigrated without a way to view their favorite TV shows, Films and much more.
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Unblock Redbox Instant With Smart DNS

Redbox Instant is a service that is designed to allow you to stream the best movies right on your electronic device. Redbox Instant is one of the top streaming services around but unfortunately it is not available in some countries. Fortunately, there is a way to get around these country restrictions and you can do it right on your device and start watching movies quickly and easily.
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Unblock Amazon Instant Video With Smart DNS

Amazon Instant Video is an internet video on demand service that offers TV shows and movies for rental and purchase.

Unblocking Amazon Instant Video with Smart DNS means that you can watch more movies than ever. Using Smart DNS is possible on any device so that you can view the restricted video content and enjoy as many movies as you’d like. Smart DNS can also be used to help you access other regionally restricted websites that offer streaming video content.
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Good reasons why to choose Smart DNS

Smart DNS is the best way to access US websites such as ABC. Smart DNS can be used on almost any device which means that you can unblock the website and stream that content that is restricted only to the United States. This same service can be used to unblock websites around the world.
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Unblock FOX with Smart DNS

Are you here because you’re searching to find a way to get access to a certain media website that is restricted in your area? We’re sure that’s the case. Otherwise you’d probably be accidentally browsing the internet and that way you came to this page. No matter how you’ve got visiting us, we will try to be informative!

Using our Smart DNS service, you are able to unblock almost all websites that are restricted to users outside the US or UK. Therefor, today we’ll be focusing on FOX – the big American commercial broadcasting television network that is owned by the FOX Entertainment Group division of 21st Century FOX. This media website is blocked to users outside the US and Smart DNS is the service that allows you to gain access to it.
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Hide your traffic with Smart DNS

The Internet is a world apart full of wonder which we merged and adapted to directly. It offers thousands of services and a lot of opportunities.

Communicating online became a regular thing among us. Besides so many other things we do online like banking, shopping, studying, playing, we also have the possibility to watch local and international TV or listen to a local or international radio. Continue reading “Hide your traffic with Smart DNS”

Unblock VH1 with Smart DNS

We guess you have already read the news about the fact that we recently unblocked a number of websites that were missing in our SmartyDNS unblocked websites list. Among all these we’re happy to present you the long-expected VH1.
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