If you aren’t in the United States, there are several programs that you are completely locked out of. Rather than wait months or years for your favorite shows to make their way across the globe, take advantage of Tunlr. Tunlr is a free DNS service that can be set up on almost any device and allows you to watch content from anywhere.
Unlike other DNS services, there is no purchase required, and set up is effortless. Simply change the settings on your DNS device, and you are ready to stream content from the U.S. You don’t need an account, nor do you need to keep track of a troublesome password. Within moments you can be watching videos and even listening to the latest music. If you are having difficulties, there’s no need to worry with Tunlr’s helpful website. There is support for any issues that might occur, as well as handy tutorials.
The streaming data through Tunlr is also of the highest quality, presenting HD when it is available. There are no advertisements, and multimedia content is directly streamed to your device instead of through an intermediary network. The only thing standing between you and your favorite shows, movies and music from the U.S. is your Internet connection.
The possibilities are endless. You can stream a variety of sites such as Hulu*, MTV, CBS, Pandora and many more. Although you can certainly access Tunlr through your Mac or PC, you can also use an iPad, AppleTV and even an Xbox 360. There are few limitations to this service, and the best part about it is that it won’t cost you a thing.
You may not live within the U.S., but there’s no reason that you should be locked out of the great content that is offered. With Tunlr, not only do you have access to your desired videos and music, but you don’t have to worry about the cost or credibility of the provider. Set up your Tunlr account with the US Unlocked Card. What other similar services are out there that we should feature?
*Hulu Plus account cannot be set up from outside the US at the moment.
In a world where instant gratification is everywhere, no membership program had the guts to give its all…until Amazon Prime (cue inspirational movie theme, scored by Hans Zimmer). Other sites talk a good game, but in this world you need to offer more if you want to make it. And Amazon Prime has what it takes to make it. There’s only one problem...if you’re an international user, you’re out of luck. Until now… (cut to shot of US Unlocked logo rising above famous international landmarks with crowds waving banners and chanting its name)
Fear not! We’ve found the solution to this dilemma in Amazon Prime, a membership program through Amazon.com that offers users convenient access to instant streaming of movies and TV shows, free two-day shipping on products sold from Amazon and instant access to Kindle books and the Kindle library for an annual fee of $79 – that’s even cheaper than Netflix and Hulu! Users can try the program for free for one month before being automatically upgraded to an Amazon Prime account.
US Unlocked card holders can sign up for Amazon Prime by following a few simple steps. If you already have an existing Amazon account, you must set up an entirely new U.S. account to be used with your US Unlocked card number and VPN. Even if you are signing up for the free trial, your card number must be entered so that it can be charged the $79 annual membership fee at the end of the trial.
A word of caution for users who sign-up for the free trial first: US Unlocked cards do not currently allow for recurring payments. Because the trial phase is a free membership, the card will be pinged first for the specific amount to make sure the card is good, and when the actual membership kicks in, the processor sees this as a recurring payment and can sometimes be denied. If this happens, the user should first try to make a small purchase for a different amount from Amazon.com before trying again to sign up for the membership so it does not look like a recurring payment.
Because US Unlocked cards do not allow for recurring payments, some users were limited in the past from using video and music streaming sites like Hulu, Netflix and now, Spotify. Some users have recently experienced some issues with Spotify since the wording being sent to the processor has changed, and, in some cases, is being identified as a recurring payment. In addition to video and TV streaming capability, Amazon Prime members can also download MP3s, comparable to iTunes, and using Amazon’s tools, add the Amazon songs to their iTunes library.
Thousands of movie and TV titles are available for members to watch instantly at no additional cost outside of the annual fee. Not only is the recurring fee conflict avoided, but music, movies, books and various types of retail are in the same place to allow for a rich user experience
UPDATE October 5: The US Unlocked Card is not accepted by HULU Plus nor is any other prepaid or gift card. For more information, please check this statement: http://www.hulu.com/support/article/171122. For movie and tv show streaming, there is also Amazon VOD and Netflix.
UPDATE September 9, 2011: Please, read below message from Hulu support:
---Thank you for reaching out to us via the survey. I'm afraid we will not be able to process the credit card you used during registration. This bank has been known to facilitate getting around international restrictions on our content, and Hulu Plus is only available in the US at this time. I'm also showing that the IP address you have written in with is recognized as an anonymous proxy, which is another tool used to circumvent our international restrictions. For these reasons, we will not be able to accept the payment method you provided. Please use a different credit card during registration. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
So far the new US Unlocked Visa Card has not been accepted on Hulu Plus, much to the frustration of many. While we cannot control a merchant's card acceptance policy, we have been researching (with the help of users) what seems to be the issueWhen opening a ticket at Hulu this is the response a user received:
Thank you for your interest in Hulu Plus! I'm sorry you're having problems completing your registration, I know it's time consuming to repeatedly enter that information. Upon reviewing our records it looks like the system believes your zip code you provided did not match the one your credit card company has on file. I've made a tweak to your account, so if you attempt once more, it should go through. Please let me know if you have any further trouble activating your account.
With the 'tweaked account, this user could finally watch Hulu again! When inquiring further:
Thanks for your response. Glad you got it working! The tweak we applied basically just makes our server a little less picky about the way an address is formatted. Sometimes this error can also pop up if you're using your nickname instead of your full name, or if the formatting (periods, spaces) in the address or name are a little different from what your bank has on file.
This is valuable information although we still do not exactly know what the tweak was exactly. However when looking at how the data in this user's account was filled out, the second address line in the billing address was empty.
We are still waiting to hear back from other users whether omitting the second address line did the trick, but we did not want to wait to give you the much wanted update on this topic as we believe we are getting closer to the solution.
Also, if you do run into a problem setting up the account at Hulu Plus, opening a ticket with support could be your 'ticket in' as the above customer experienced.
We invite you to share your experiences!
Yesterday, Apple launched The Daily Newspaper app for iPad including 360 degree photos and sharing via Social Media: "the first digital news publication with original content created every day exclusively for the iPad. Built from scratch by a team of top journalists and designers, The Daily covers the world: breaking news, sports, pop culture, entertainment, apps, games, technology, opinion, celebrity gossip and more."
While people around the world were buzzing about this release yesterday, The Daily app is only available on the US version of iTunes, the one that requires a US billing address for the set-up ... The Next Web swiftly posted on how to download The Daily from outside the US, however this method only works with the free 2 week offer.
If you like to read The Daily on your iPad every day of the year by getting a yearly ($39.99) or two-weekly ($0.99) subscription you will have to set up an iTunes account with a US billing address through the US Unlocked Card. Just follow the simple steps of this tutorial.
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