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18 hours ago, Brer said:

just use my android box for watching sport and movies

i have a smart TV,    What kind of android box did you buy and did you get it here in Thailand?

 

I don't know how it all works so if anyone can explain that would be nice

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I got mine from Google...1,000 Bt. yearly.

  Not going to break the bank either way?

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Probably makes sense if you are doing a lot of financial transactions ... safer than using hotel or cafe wifi systems that are vulnerable to being hacked.

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36 minutes ago, Crazy Noobie said:

I have to have a VPN to enter certain websites in the US. For example some of the government related sites will not accept you if they see you are located in Thailand. So by having a VPN I have no issues at all. Another reason was dealing with my bank in the US. As I have been kicked out of my bank account when I go directly from here (Thailand) whereas, when I use a VPN I have no problems at all. I called the bank to find out why and they told me that Thailand is on their badboy list for corruption. And my last reason is, I like to use Hulu for my American TV programs. To use them you have to have a VPN, because they don't let anyone outside the US us them. Netflix does, but Hulu doesn't. So that are the reasons I have to have a VPN account.

Can you mention what VPN company that you use? 

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I use Nord VPN but only when I need to. A 3 Yr license I think, with up to 5 devices cost very little. Around AUD 100 from memory on a promotion. 

 

Besides the increased security using on-line banking and sensitive data on a public WiFi, you have the benefits of geo roaming when accessing free to air, foxtel and Netflix. Connections aren't always straight forward. Some channels will still detect that you are outside of the country, but with choice of fastest or state by state VPN choices, most will work. 

 

But having said that, watching geo content on a mobile device, android and ios is quite easy. I find on my android 9.0 phone, compared to my tablet android 4.4, using the same Nord VPN, that at times I can connect with my phone, but the same channel on tablet may sometimes block, and vice a versa.

 

You cannot mirror link to your TV from your portable device when it detects that you are using a VPN. To watch on the big screen, you really need to be using your VPN on your computer or notebook. With the appropriate apps on your pc, then viewing isn't an issue. To get it then to your TV use a HDMI cable connection bw the two. Then your content will appear as if you are watching it from your home country, but on the big screen. 

 

And finally not all VPNs are the same. Some fall badly on reliability with unblocking geo. You really want to try before you buy. Get a 30 day trial basis first without having to give credit card details first. I've previously tried several in the past and find Nord has been the best by far. 

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1 hour ago, elgenon said:

To the OP and other members. Does anyone know how to see the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team? Without charge?

A couple members say they can view sports.

Hi elegeon

I put the livenettv app onto my android box and also downloaded MX player to play live sport within the app. There is a huge amount of live sport available and I have noticed several time American basketball games.

The only cost is an Android box and a cable to my router.

Almost HD quality then on my TV screen

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15 minutes ago, Old Croc said:

There are several reasons it can be a good idea.

If you are stealing TV (pirating) using Kodi addons or similar, there is a slight chance the big producers of that product may come after you one day. A VPN keeps you relatively anonymous.

Also, despite paying for high speed I've found international websites can be very slow. I recently switched from Nord to Express which usually automatically links me to a server in Singapore. I've now found my speeds have greatly increased.

I too use the Singapore server from ExpressVPN and find it very good.

I change to a uk server for iPlayer and ITVhub etc , although the speed is affected it still suffices to watch without any buffering on iPhone, iPad or laptop.

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2 hours ago, elgenon said:

To the OP and other members. Does anyone know how to see the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team? Without charge?

A couple members say they can view sports.

http://ustvgo.tv/

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4 minutes ago, wgdanson said:

Definitely -- you can watch on any device that connects to the Internet. They offer most channels that broadcast US sports events.  So far, minimal problems with connection/streaming.

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1 minute ago, soisanuk said:

Definitely -- you can watch on any device that connects to the Internet. They offer most channels that broadcast US sports events.  So far, minimal problems with connection/streaming.

F1 racing and EPL on ESPN2, great except for the adverts!

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The only comment I would make on these VPN's, is dont get sucked in to multiple year sign up until you have tested it thoroughly, they seem to suck you in, then the support or service falls down and it sucks !! Be happy before you commit, just like any other long term relationship 😉

take it a few months, before the multi yr, then you wont get burned quite so badly.

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