UnoDNS: Watch NetFlix In Europe, BBC In The U.S

UnoDNS: Watch NetFlix In Europe, BBC In The U.S

Watch BBC, Netflix and Hulu from anywhere in the world

UnoDNS is a service that will let people outside the U.S stream services like Hulu and Netflix, and let users inside the U.S get in on things like BBC iPlayer. There are other services which do this, but UnoDNS is the easiest I have tried, although I do have a few worries. In short, it’s cheap, it works, and it can be free.

As I write this, I’m also watching Horizon using the c iPlayer on my iPad. I could also sign up for Netflix, or use any app which streams audio or video but which is usually region locked by checking your IP address. How does it work?

The name gives us a clue. UnoDNS routes you through its own DNS servers, and says that it only routes “relevant” traffic, ie. any connections your device makes to its list of channels. At the other end of the connection, it looks like you are connecting from the local country. Thus, when you head to NetFlix.com, NetFlix thinks that you are in the U.S.

To use it, you just sign up (there’s a free week-long trial which requires no credit card, just a name, e-mail address and password) and you are given new DNS numbers to tap into your router, computer or mobile device (it’s easy, and there are instructions on the site). And that’s it. You can now use any of the listed services.

I tried it with the BBC’s iPlayer, which is region-locked to UK IP addresses, and it works just great. After one initial stutter, the video came through in great quality and with no skipping. You get full access as if you were in the UK, and the app and service are free.

If you want to use NetFlix, though, you’re going to have to sign up for a paid account, which will require a U.S credit card.

And this brings me on to my worries. For the casual user, there’s no way to tell just which parts of your internet traffic are being re-routed. UnoDNS says that it’s just the relevant traffic, but how do you know? While I have no reason to think UnoDNS is anything but legit, I’m still cautious of browsing to banking sites, or accessing my email, or anything else, through its DNS servers. After all, DNS spoofing can redirect you anywhere, even when you type in a URL by hand.

The problem is worse when you realize that sites like NetFlix will only let you sign up if you are in the U.S, so you’ll have to input your credit card details through UnoDNS, too. That said, if you want anything other than crappy shows, you’ll need to give the company your credit card details anyway, to pay for the Premium or Gold plans.

The other thing you should do is remove these DNS numbers when not using the service. This is easy: just go to the network settings and delete the numbers you added earlier. These should then revert automatically to the default settings.

I have set up a text shortcut (on iPad Settings>General>Keyboard>Shortcuts) to quickly fill in the UnoDNS numbers when I need them.

The service is free to try for seven days. The Premium plan is $5 per month, and the Gold plan costs $8. Not bad.

  • Nick Cotter

    Awesome illegal but awsome

  • Clark Wallace

    Get your facts straight, we can sign up for Netflix in the UK at the UK Netflix site, but if we want US content we need to use a DNS.

  • Michael J. Hermansen

    Can you watch blacked out MLB.tv games in the home market? And does online poker work in the US?

  • townNOTgown

    Are you gonna buy a UK TV licence ya freeloader?

  • Felface96@

    erm well half this article is rubbish as Netflix has been avaible in the UK for months now check your facts before you post about them

  • EbanOnAir

    @Felface96@ and before being stupidly rude you should know what you’re talking about. Netflix US isn’t the same than Netflix UK or CA or Latin America, they don’t offer the same content.

    That said, Unblock-Us.com is much better than unoDNS ;)

  • flitzy

    Are you gonna buy a UK TV licence ya freeloader?

    If BBC offered it, I would gladly pay five times the licence fee UK citizens pay.

  • Jeff_Henry

    @EbanOnAir And who is that “they” ? Can you clarify..

    I have been using unotelly for the past 2 months and it has been an awesome experience. After the post here, I also got concerned about my security and mailed them. I received an answer in a few minutes which was an easy way to test out if other sites were being left alone. I will paste the mail here so that you can test it too.

    Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for writing into Unotelly Customer Support.

    I completely understand your concern. I can shred some lights on the security issue regarding VPN and DNS since we are in the industry and are extremely familiar with different deployments technique of VPN and DNS.

    Data Encryption/Re-routing Issue

    The job of our DNS server is to re-route video-only sites and all other traffic goes straight to their intended destination.
    How do you verify this? There are two ways

    1. NSLOOKUP
    1.1 First, Turn on our dns server and do a NSLOOKUP of the bank or any website you intend do visit, jot down the IP address you see on the your screen. Then, turn off our DNS server, do the same NSLOOKUP for the bank website, you will notice that the IP address stays the same because there is no modification to these website. You are connecting directly to the bank.

    1.2 If you are interested, you can do the same experiment but this time with http://www.hulu.com (or any site we support); once with our DNS on and another time without our DNS. You will notice that the IP address is different. This is because Hulu is being rerouted to our Proxy server.

    2. Browser SSL certificate check
    2.1 SSL Certificate is something used to verify the true identify of a website. It purposes is to make sure the website you are visiting is ACTUALLY what you think it is; precisely the your biggest concern as indicated
    2.2 If one tried to re-route a SSL (https) site to his proxy, you will see a nasty error message in your browser and warning for “Man-in-the-Middle-Attack”. There is no way one can intercept a SSL connection due to modern day SSL encryption technology: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_Layer_Security
    http://tldp.org/HOWTO/SSL-Certificates-HOWTO/x64.html

    2.3 Even if one successfully intercepted a https site, he will not be able to read any data in it because the data has been encrypted either to 256 or 512bit. The data he can see if jibberish.
    http://www.verisign.com/ssl/ssl-information-center/how-ssl-security-works/

    I hope this have answered your concern.

  • vpnfreedom

    I really don’t like UNOdns, Unotelly or whatever they are called these days. By using these DNS services you can only unblock the sites they have decided to work on. You get much more freedom by using the method described here: http://vpnfreedom.com/netflix/how-to-watch-netflix-outside-the-us/

  • jsheng4720

    I really don’t like UNOdns, Unotelly or whatever they are called these days. By using these DNS services you can only unblock the sites they have decided to work on. You get much more freedom by using the method described here: http://vpnfreedom.com/netflix/how-to-watch-netflix-outside-the-us/

    No offense, but the VPN listed on your website is sooo slow, compare to DNS.  Can’t even stream Netflix properly without lags.

    I tried the unodns, and they have all the high demanding channels available, like netflix, bbc and huluplus. so no need for more “freedom” if i can’t even stream them properly

  • kristo_johaane

    Thanks Charlie! I’m so glad that you brought UnoTelly up because I have been struggling with VPN on my ATV. I just signed up for a trial with Uno and so far working good

  • UNOwen

    There IS a simpER, CHEAPER, ‘free’ as in F-R-E-E way than this kludgy thing you suggest;

    Use either HOLA or MEDIA HINT (they’ve both got Firefox add-ons as well as a website (I can’t tell you abut plug-ins for other browsers).

    Install it – go WHERE you WANT, and WATCH what you WANT.

    PERIOD.

    Don’t cost a PENNY

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