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Circumvent blocks by streaming services

David Wibergh,

Streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and others are often forced by copyright owners to block VPN services in order to ensure that only residents of a specific country and watch their content.

While OVPN's focus is on security and integrity, we do realize that many people also want to use our service to circumvent geoblocked content and gain access to various streaming services.

Therefore, we have spent a lot of the past couple of months actively developing new functionality which will allow our customers to circumvent geoblocks put in place by streaming services.

Enable streaming services

Your profile page now have a new toggle called Streaming services which can be activated or deactivated. In order to be able to watch geoblocked content, this need to be toggled on. It's also possible to control this setting in our new client version (v.1.6.1).

How it works

When you connect to one of our servers with Streaming services activated, all traffic towards specified streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu will be redirected towards temporary rented servers. They are rented so that if one of them gets blocked we can easily replace it with a new one.

The redirection is automatic and function similar to our Multihop add-on; that is, your traffic gets encrypted and is sent towards the VPN server you are connected to, and if the server sees that the traffic is headed towards a streaming service, it will be redirected towards the rented VPN server dedicated for streaming optimization.

The way this is handled is that the VPN server you are connected to will create a new VPN tunnel between the VPN server  you are connected to and the rented VPN server using the VPN protocol Wireguard through which streaming traffic will be sent.

This ensures you remain secure even though the VPN servers are rented; the streaming service will believe your traffic originates from the rented VPN server, and the rented VPN server will believe that your traffic originates from the original VPN server to which you connected. All traffic that is not heading towards a streaming service will still use the normal VPN servers just like it always has.

Since we can not ensure the same security standard on the rented VPN servers as our dedicated VPN servers, we fully understand that some users may feel uncomfortable using this new functionality. But fret not; this feature is disabled by default, so if you do not want to use  it, no changes need to be made to your account settings. You will enjoy the same level of security as you always have.

Services that work currently

Right now we have implemented support for the Swedish streaming services Cmore and TV4 Play in our Stockholm data center. We will release this update to the other data centers in Sweden soon so any server can be used to access C More and TV4 Play.

Our servers in the US will in late November start working with Netflix. We also plan to implement more streaming services shortly, so please let us know which streaming services you would like us to implement if your streaming service does not work at the moment.

David Wibergh