If you’re reading this blog then you are probably paying way too much money for TV entertainment. Currently YES and HOT are charging ₪200+ a month, and their content offerings leave a lot to be desired. Unless you enjoy watching the same movies over and over.
Cable companies across the world are showing huge losses in subscribers. Why? Because there has been a major shift from traditional TV and Cable programing to online streaming services like Netflix and HULU. Streaming devices have replaced cable boxes due to their content offerings, ease of use, and versatility.
Almost all the shows and movies you like are available online for very little money. Netflix alone offers over 12,000 movies and TV shows for instant streaming at just $7.99 per month. Similar services like Hulu, HBO Now, and Amazon Instant Video offer thousands of titles at similar prices. In short, sitting in front of your TV hoping to find something to watch for $50.00 a month is a waste of time and money.
Now, accessing these services while living is Israel adds a bit of a complication, or so you would think. Most decent streaming services are geo-restricted. This means that you can’t access their services outside of their respective territories.
VPN’s are the technology that allows you to access the services you want, when you want, from where you want. Most streaming services and websites check your location by tracking your IP address. This address tells them exactly where you are and blocks you from accessing their content when you’re not within their service area.
There are two types of VPN services that can help you unlock all the entertainment you want.
Router VPNs and Software VPNs.
Each type has their benefits and disadvantages. Software based VPNs are a cheap and generally reliable way to unlock the internet, but most of them only allow you to connect one device at a time and can slow down your internet speeds.
Router VPNs require you to purchase the router ($50-$200), a one-time fee, and pay for monthly service. The monthly costs are about the same as Software VPNs, but with a router VPN you can connect as many devices you want without slowing down your Internet connection.
Here’s a recommendation on a couple of great VPN service companies:
Router VPN Services:
- MatchboxAir – (www.matchboxair.com) This services is by far the most cost effective VPN router service you will find. It offers a robust router and VPN service for very little money. Currently they only offer connections in the US and UK.
Cost: Router = $50 / Monthly Service = $9.95 per month
- StrongVPN – (www.strongvpn.com)StrongVPN offers many different router options and is tailored more for people looking to connect to many different countries.
Cost: Router = $100-$350 / Monthly Service = $7.99 per month.
Software VPN Services:
- ExpressVPN – (www.expressvpn.com) Rated the best VPN by pcmag.com, ExpressVPN is an all around great software VPN service at a great price. It offers connections to 30+ countries, but only allows one computer to connect at a time.
Monthly Fee – From 12.99 – $8.32 a month.
HideMyAss – (www.hidemyass.com) Is a great service at the lowest price. It allows you to connect up to two devices at the same time and offers over 180 countries to connect to.
Monthly Fee – $9.99 a month or $60.00 per year.