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The Ultimate Guide to Streaming with a VPN

LAST UPDATED: 24 FEB 2017

Netflix, Hulu, Now TV, BBC iPlayer, smartphones, tablets, Chromecast, Smart TVs – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s easier than ever to personalise your TV experience and watch great entertainment on your own terms. Yet for all the wealth of TV shows, movies and more that are readily available, there are even greater riches to be enjoyed. Want to watch the latest US hit shows or tune into the BBC wherever you are? This in-depth guide not only lets you know what you’re missing but also tells you all you need to know to tap into this world of entertainment using a VPN.

Start with Chapter 1 below and work your way through in order, or just skip to the chapters that most interest you.


Disclaimer: Top10VPN is not a VPN provider and does not endorse, or in any way intend to promote, the use of VPNs for unlawful means. Users should ensure they adhere to all applicable laws and terms of service.

1 Introduction to Online Entertainment

Find out more about how to get the most out of this guide and see who we've picked out as the cream of the streaming crop.

Read chapter > (5 mins)

2 Why You Need A VPN To Access Online Streaming Content

Learn more about the effect of regional restrictions and how a VPN allows you to access your favorite content when abroad.

Read chapter > (3 mins)

3 VPN Alternatives: Pros & Cons

A VPN is not the only way to disguise your location or regain some privacy online. This chapter explores the good, the bad and the ugly of VPN alternatives.

Read chapter > (11 mins)

4 What is a VPN?

What is a VPN? How does it work? How can it help you stream more of your favourite online content? Find out in this quick and easy guide.

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5 Is it Legal to Use a VPN?

If you're feeling a little unsure about whether using a VPN might be risky or even illegal, this chapter will set you straight.

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6 How to Choose a VPN

Use our simple checklists to show you what to look for in a VPN so you get exactly what you need.

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7 How to Choose a VPN for US Streaming Services

Dive into what you need to know to get the right VPN for US Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Sling TV, Starz and other US services.

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8 How to Choose a VPN for UK Streaming Services

Discover how to pick the right VPN for watching BBC iPlayer, Sky UK, Virgin, BT TV, Now TV and other UK services.

Read chapter > (15 mins)

9 How to Avoid the Netflix Crackdown (or Hulu, BBC etc)

The big streaming services have got wise to VPN and proxy use. Find out how to get around the recent crackdowns.

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10 Using a VPN for Torrenting and Popcorn Time

Streaming and torrenting overlap in popular apps like Popcorn Time. Learn how to protect yourself while using them.

Read chapter > (6 mins)

11 How to Choose a VPN for Kodi

Popular streaming app Kodi uses the same P2P technology as torrents. Learn how to best protect yourself with a VPN.

Read chapter > (8 mins)

12 How to Get Started Streaming with a VPN on Tablets, TVs, Routers, PCs and More

If you think streaming with a VPN locks you to your laptop, think again! Refer to this guide to stream on all sorts of devices.

Read chapter > (10 mins)

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