With True Detective redefining cop thrillers, this weekend’s release of House of Cards Season 2 and new episodes of Game of Thrones fast approaching, TV fans have a lot of entertainment to choose from. Content pirates are getting paranoid now that the first South African case of internet piracy is set to kick off in the Western Cape and the NSA all but brags about peeping over our shoulders at our online activity. It’s a dangerous time to surf Pirate Bay.
You’ll be forgiven for being disheartened by the alternatives to piracy: you can pay R625 per month for 50+ channels from DStv to get the 5 channels that you actually want to watch; you can buy or renting series a la carte from iTunes or Amazon; or you can wait for the shows to arrive on free-to-air broadcast stations while dodging all manner of spoilers.
Luckily for pirates, there is an affordable, convenient and legitimate way to get your Game of Thrones fix without finding yourself on the MPAA’s watch list. It all has to do with using a DNS service.
A DNS service is a paid subscription service (usually around $5) that allows anyone with an internet connection to route their traffic through a server located in another country. This is incredibly useful for a number of applications – watching location restricted content on YouTube, accessing free services like Pandora, or signing up for Netflix.
While there are many DNS services available, some are just better than others. UnoTelly, in my experience, stands head-and-shoulders above the competition. Their Dynamo enabled servers give you granular control of your location for different services. This means that you could watch American YouTube, British Netflix and – most exciting for me right now – Swedish HBO. An HBO Nordic account will give you access to every episode of Game of Thrones as it airs in the U.S.
Of course some of these services do require a subscription to be able to access their content ($8/month for Netflix, $8/month HuluPlus, 79 SEK/month for HBO Nordic) but using these services won’t land you in jail. Granted, this falls into somewhat of a grey area since there are regional licensing deals in place for content providers and subscribing to an international streaming service like the ones mentioned above means that no taxes are paid for the service locally. This, I’m told by a very reliable, legal source, is a liability that falls on the service provider’s side.
So when April 6 rolls around, you now have everything you need join Daenerys, Tyrion, and the remaining Starks as they try to head off the approaching winter. How you get that onto your 55” LED TV is up to you.