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Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by alleybj, Mar 18, 2013.
He is not using a VPN. He is using unblock us, a DNS service. Big difference.
What? Their site advertises it as a VPN. How do you trick Netflix into thinking it's one of a few supported ISPs with a DNS service?
My Netflix is acting up the same way
it doesnt advertise as a VPN, they say its faster, smarter than any vpn. Probably marketing speak to entice people who understand what a VPN does but have no idea that it can be done with DNS.
been using them for 2 years for sports blackout bypass and never had to install any vpn software locally. all you do is change your default DNS servers to theirs, whether it be at the router level so all computer and devices can take advantage of the service or change individual device settings if you just want one device to use it.
they do some DNS geolocation spoofing tricking the supported services that you are in the specific country. if i go to HBOGO or hulu, it knows im in the US, if i go to BBC iplayer it knows im in England. no need to connect to certain servers in certain countries. who knows how they do it, but its sorcery. No VPN connection is ever initiated by me to a location i want, especially since nothing is installed anywhere, and my 50 down 25 up fios service never goes below that.
they only support a few sites, this service is mostly for outsiders to connect to US sites, but they let US users to access BBC and other english sites and bypass MLB.tv, NHL Game Center blackouts. here is a list of supported sites: http://support.unblock-us.com/customer/portal/articles/291570-supported-and-unsupported-sites
They have two differentiators that similar DNS services do not have. one is that it allows you to watch the Netflix catalog of a specific country. http://support.unblock-us.com/customer/portal/articles/291570-supported-and-unsupported-sites. Some countries have newer relases or better movie than US. for example, i wanted to watch Groundhog Day but its not available in the US, so i switched the region to the UK since netflix uk has it, and watched it in HD.
The second one is that by using unblock us, you will have Netflix Super HD and 3d streams if your isp doesnt support it. The downside is that it always doesnt work. Although they say it works, a bunch of us found out that its hit or miss depending on what device you use or if your lucky that the stream hits the Open Connect servers. http://support.unblock-us.com/custo...-super-hd-streaming-now-supported-on-netflix-
But DNS isn't a VPN, at least if you're trying to decouple your ISP account with some activity.
Very interesting. It's a little creepy though, since they have to do a lot of monitoring of your traffic to get to that level. Even given that though, it sounds very interesting, just for the Netflix alone.
Stuff from other countries is usually on TPB, which plus a VPN...
This never worked well on my HD 2 so I haven't even tried it on my Premier and use my Wii box instead. (It is very stable for this function.)
Netflix??? It's not HD on the Wii.
Finally gave up and bought Panasonic dvd player; 1080p24 and the picture stays constant the whole time; I love Tivo but they (or Netflix) really dropped the ball on this one
The chipset does not scale to 1080P. The max resolution it scales to is 1080i. The reason the panny and other devices have no issues is because they are able to scale content to 1080P.
Not snarky - it the same solution I wound up with, and it's considerably better (Amazon Prime streaming too).
What is the cheapest thing that will do Amazon Prime streaming? (That hooks to a TV..)
Well Roku LT is $49 and so is the Netgear NeoTV Streaming Player. Here is a list of devices http://www.amazon.com/gp/video/ontv/devices
Amazon streaming is only 720P. The TiVo gets the 1080P24 encodes from Amazon(if available).
But for getting titles from Amazon that the TiVos can't access, The Roku boxes are the ones I prefer to use. But since they are lower resolution, if I'm able to watch it on my TiVos, then they are what I use to watch, since most of the content I get from Amazon is available in 1080P24, and none of the Amazon streaming devices have access to that.
I have to admit that I don't really understand the specifics here, but does the Panasonic have to do any scaling at all if the input signal is 1080p24? In that instance isn't it just passing the signal through?
How's the quality compared to VUDU HDX/ Blu-ray?
The tivo can pass through 1080p24 also. The problem is when netflix switches to something other than 1080p24. Then the tivo has to use 1080i (or whatever else is enabled) since it cannot scale to 1080p, it can only pass it through. Then you get the annoying resolution switching on your tv. In your case the tv doesn't have to switch resolution because the blu-ray player is able to output 1080p24, regardless of what netflix is sending. The tivo can do that too, if you only enable say 1080i. If you enable 1080p, then you risk the resolution switching problem.