Whether you are an ex-pat who is missing TV shows from home, an enthusiast who loves to watch shows in their original language, or a fan who wants to watch shows as soon as their air, you may or may not be able to do that over the Internet depending on your location in the world. It does not really matter if you are trying to watch the latest TV shows on Hulu, listen to Pandora Internet Radio, or use Netflix: if you are not in the right location, you are blocked from using these excellent services.
We have covered tools and services in the past that let you circumvent these regional restrictions. One of the latest to enter the market is Tunlr, a free service that supports a variety of streaming services, not U.S. based and non-U.S. based.
Tunlr does not provide a virtual private network (VPN). Tunlr is a DNS (domain name system) unblocking service. We’re using sophisticated technologies (a.k.a. the Tunlr Secret Sauce ©) to re-adress certain data envelopes, tricking the receiver into thinking the envelope originated from within the U.S. For these data envelopes, Tunlr is transparently creating a network tunnel from your location to our U.S.-based servers. Any data that’s not directly related to the video or music content providers which Tunlr supports is not only left untouched, it’s also not even routed through Tunlr.
The core benefit of this approach is speed. Tunlr does not have to maintain a huge server farm to cope with huge bandwidth requirements. It is still recommended to change the DNS server back to their original values after accessing those contents.
For speed, stability, privacy and security reasons we do not recommend to permanently set your DNS addresses to Tunlr. Setting your DNS permanently to Tunlr also puts a heavy strain on Tunlr’s network infrastructure.