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Rampant Mumblings 52 : Netflix isn't the only fruit

Discussing with me this week alternatives to Netflix in light of the Geo Blocking stories going around the net is Karl Madden from the Mac and Forth show.  BBC iPlayer, Amazon "not quite prime" Video, Now Tv and TV Player all come in for scrutiny and review. Grab the show on iTunes

The Netflix story so far.

28th December 2014 : Netflix locks Android DNS to Google Servers This prevents most poeple on android using a simple DNS hack to access content otherwise not available in their area.

8th  January 2015 : UnoTelly, It’ll Still Work With Netflix Over VPN UnoTelly, a location based get arounder type system shows the world that it's services are still working even without using a VPN.

April 2015 : Netflix Threatens Crackdown on VPN users Turns out to be rubbish but interesting parts

You may view a movie or TV show through the Netflix service primarily within the country in which you have established your account and only in geographic locations where we offer our service and have licensed such movie or TV show. The content that may be available to watch will vary by geographic location. Netflix will use technologies to verify your geographic location.

7th Jan 2016 : We love people sharing Netflix “We love people sharing Netflix,”said company CEO Reed Hastings at CES 2016. “That’s a positive thing, not a negative thing.”

21st Jan 2016 : Netflix starts blocking out-of-region content viewing

 

Alternatives:

Amazon Prime: has been very quiet on this subject, gets arranged people outside of the USA watching USA restricted content by not allowing logins to work on Amazon prime USA if you're in a different country. £79 for an annual subscription = £6.59 per month.

Now TV: slightly harder to compare to both Netflix and Amazon as movies and entertainment are bundled separately. Both packages do give a 14 day free trial, after that its £9.99 a month for movies and £6.99 for entertainment packages. UK only so you will need a service like Blockless to access.

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[mks_one_third]Now TV Sky Movies Pass

Kingsman: The Secret Service Available now

Home Available now

Get Hard Available now

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Available from 22 January

John Wick Available from 29 January

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[mks_one_third]Now TV Sky Sports Pass West Ham v Man City Barclays Premier League Watch Live 23 January

Everton v Swansea Barclays Premier League Watch Live 24 January

Arsenal v Chelsea Barclays Premier League Watch Live 24 January

Liverpool v Stoke Capital One Cup Watch Live 26 January [/mks_one_third]

[mks_one_third]Now TV Sky Entertainment PassPenny Dreadful S1-2 Box Set Available now

Boardwalk Empire® S1-5 Box Set Available now

Stella S1-4 Box Set Available now S5 Live and on Catch Up

Ex on the Beach S1-3 Box Set Available now S4 Live and on Catch Up

Stan Lee's Lucky Man Available Live and on Catch Up from 22 January

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TVPlayer: An iOS and Apple TV app allowing you to watch a decent amount of like UK TV. You can set reminders for shows, watch most of them on catchup. Streaming quality depends on the broadcaster but all are watchable. Again UK only so Blockless to the rescue.

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