Best Smart DNS Reviews 2016

- Unblock-US 5/5
- OverPlay 5/5
- Unlocator 4/5
- Blockless 4/5
- IbDNS 4/5
- UnoTelly 3/5
- TrickByteDNS 3/5
- AdFreeTime 3/5
- MediaHint 3/5
- PlayMO 3/5
- SmartDNSProxy 3/5
- GetFlix 3/5
- DNS4ME 2/5
- SmartyDNS 2/5
- ProxyDNS 1/5
- TurboFlix 1/5
- UnblockMedia 1/5
- USACCESS 0/5

How to get American Netflix around the World

Get American Netflix In Canada / Australia /UK!

- How to get American Netflix in Canada

Best Netflix Chrome Extensions

How to unblock Netflix and watch region-blocked content by installing a browser extension

- Blockless Browser Based DNS
- Zenmate Browser Based VPN
- MediaHint Browser Based DNS
- ProxMate Browser Based Proxy
- BrowSec Browser Based VPN
- DotVPN Browser Based VPN
- BetterNet Browser Based VPN
- fri-Gate Browser Based Proxy
- TunnelBear Browser Based VPN
- JustUnblock Browser Based DNS
- Hola Browser Based VPN Peer

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Comparing DNS unblocking services (SmartDNS - DNS only services - Paid DNS Codes)

A good DNS unblocking services is essential. It is the ideal addition to all streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, HBO, SlingTV, BBC, iTV) that practice geo-restriction.

There are lots of ways of accessing content but only DNS Unblocking services (Smart DNS) are totally efficient. By simply changing your DNS you will have access to all available channels!

There are Free DNS codes but they never reach the quality of service offered by paying DNS unblocking options. There are many DNS unblocking services too but your selection criteria should include:

  • List of channels is important and must covers the basics: Netlix, Hulu, BBC, MTV, HBO, MLB, PBS, SlingTV, iTV, Vudu, Pandora, Discovery, WWE, Sky GO, Premier League, NFL, UFC

    Netflix is a fantastic way to get a massive library of TV shows and movies. While it's pretty good here in the UK, in the US the content is even better. The good news is that with an excellent SmartDNS like Unblock-US you can accessible

  • All smartdns services have pretty much the same setup, the real difference and what you should look for is quality of support you require - Different devices and setup guides

Unblock-US offers one of the largest collections of setup guides we’ve seen, covering computers, games consoles, routers, TVs and mobile devices. These guides have fully illustrated step-by-step instructions to make it easier to configure your device.

  • Netlix switcher - with the option "Netflix region switching" you can switch between various Netflix regions and select which Netflix region you wish to watch!
With Unblock-US you’ll also be able to access every region of Netflix (21 countries). This is important because some films or series are available in one region but not another. Use the search engine Moreflicks. The best place to search for a movie across all Netflix regions is generally Moreflicks.
  • SmartVPN - for times when changing DNS doesn't work:
    • In a hotel room, college campus or public WiFi hotspot
    • On iPhone, iPad and Android devices using 3G or 4G
    • ISPs or countries that block access or hijack 3rd party DNS servers
In this case you need a Smart VPN. The best part is, the VPN is only used for DNS, all other connections (e.g. web browsing, streaming) use your regular Internet so your browsing wont slow down (unlike a regular VPN). SmartVPN (PPTP protocol is simple to install) replaces the SmartDNS and lets you keep watching Netflix. Just a configuration change but the result is the same. This is why you need to subscribe to a SmartDNS that also offers a SmartVPN. Unblock-US offre a free Smart VPN account. Unblock-us' Smart VPN is different than most, as it combines a VPN with Smart DNS. Technically, it should find their closest VPN server to you, and then Smart DNS from that server. This an impressive feature when you want to listen Pandora on your mobile phone
  • Channels preferences -  This will allow you to get content from different regions at the same time. For example, you can watch US Netflix while also being able to access your UK Amazon Prime Video account.

  • Dynamic DNS feature - Some unblocking DNS services are now offering a Dynamic DNS feature so that you don't have to manually re-register your authorized IP address in their system each time your IP changes. With this scheme you authorize your personal host name maintained by a dynamic DNS service like DynDNS or NoIP, one that you have automatically updated by your router whenever the internet IP address assigned by your ISP changes. They continuously monitor that Dynamic DNS service to automatically update the IP address associated with your host name.

Two points to remember:

  • This list of Best DNS unblocking services is only for DNS services, not VPNs, not DNS services that are only available bundled with a more expensive VPN service, not browser extensions like Hola, Media Hint, ProxMate and Zenmate. All of these DNS-only services have been tested with Netflix as a priority. We then added Pandora, Hulu and Bbc iplayer as well.
  • The biggest player and the most popular streaming site is Netflix. This is why all of our tests and reviews consider Netflix as a priority. But you will also find our opinions for Hulu, Pandora, BBC iplayer.

The Best DNS unblockers of 2015

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  • Only $4.99 a month, or $49.90 a year!

  • Many devices as you wish, as long as they are on the same network, using one subscription

  • No software to install

  • They offer a 7-day free trial without requiring any credit card information, just an email address.

  • Netflix region switching with 22 regions

  • Smart VPN

Best SmartDNS service

Unblock US is an extremely popular Smart DNS service provided by NetProtect Inc. Their popularity is well-deserved.

We have been using it for two years and are totally satisfied.

For Netflix changing DNS is completely efficient, whatever device we were using: Windows, Androïd ou Ipad. And in case of difficulty tech support is always there.

For Netflix Unblock-US is the perfection addition. Watching American Netflix in UK (or Canada) is very easy with Unblock-US.

The other important streaming site that Unblock-US can access is HULU. Despite Hulu's efforts to restrict DNS services, Unblock-US still works perfectly.

When travelling, I can still watch the news on BBC iplayer, even if my hotel blocks DNS changing because I can use the SmartVPN and continue with Unblock-US. I just need to configure the PPTP protocol on my computer (tutorials with pictures available).  Hotels, Hotspots, mobile devices away from Wi-Fi and ISP's doing DNS hijacking are typically places where you will need Smart VPN

Last but not least, I want to underline the quality of the tutorials in each section: VIDEO ON DEMAND - TV - KIDS - SPORTS - MUSIC

Advice and online help to watch NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, Premier League matches are a real luxury! - the blackouts go bye bye!

So useful Unblock-US !!! Clear installation, clear site, clear tutorials !!!

OVERPLAY

  • Only $4.95 a month, or $49.95 a year!

  • You can use OverPlay SmartDNS from different locations, but you can only use it from one location at a time.

  • No software to install

  • Netflix region switching with 17 regions

  • Access to over 200 streaming services

Excellent DNS service to watch any streaming media that you like

Overplay is the site that made the term SmartDNS popular in the first place, to mean “intelligent” DNS services that let you unblock our favourite online streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu.

The advantage of Overplay compared to its competition is that its service is not limited to only a DNS change. Three of their innovations caught our eye:

  • TurboDNS - these are second-generation DNS. Generally faster than Overplay's competitors. TurboDNS use the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to find the DNS server closest to you to maximise speed.

  • JetSwitch - Channel preferences can be set individually. For example you can choose Netflix USA but also Amazon Instant video UK. Once your configuration has been saved, you can access these channels according to your preferences. Excellent!

  • I can use a dynamic service such as DynDNS or no-ip with OverPlay. You just have to put your account info into your Overplay account and it will automatically update by monitoring for changes to your IP address

OverPlay DNS is a dream to use. I thoroughly appreciated the user interface and the "Location Settings" option (JETSWITCH) that lets you configure each channel separately. As always, I made sure access to Netflix USA was a priority.

UNLOCATOR

  • Only $4.95 a month, or $49.95 a year!

  • They offer a 7-day free trial without requiring any credit card information, just an email address.

  • Use Unlimited Number of Devices. However you can only use your account from one location at a time.

  • No software to install

  • Netflix region switching with 22 regions

  • Access to over 211 channels

  • Smart VPN

Unlocator is a "DNS-only offer" that offers an efficient SmartDNS, similar to its competition. It lets you unblock access to the principal channels watched in the world like Netflix or Hulu on various devices: Gaming Consoles - Media Players - Operating Systems - Phones & Tablets - Routers - Smart TVs

There are two small options that set Unlocator apart, placing it in our TOP 3 DNS Unblocking services:

  • Unlocator Smart VPN - an emergency VPN with PPTP protocol that lets you continue watching your channels if the DNS service is blocked. This happens often in a few places: hotels, cafes, airports, campuses and other locations were the DNS can’t be applied. This PPTP VPN is very practical because the PPTP protocol is very easily configurable, and doesn't need a third party programme.
  • App developed by Unlocator users! All these apps aim to keep the IP up to date in your Unlocator account (Unlocator auto IP updater)

At the end of the day, Unlocator is a well-rounded service:

  • Netflix region switching with 22 regions.

  • On Netflix you can even block subtitles - This feature is unique, you just have to activate the option in your user interface.

  • Dynamic DNS - If you are subscriber to DynDNS or another Dynamic DNS service then you can add your host name (Control pannel) to have the IP in your Unlocator account updated automatically

  • Channel preferences can be set individually. By default the region setting for Amazon Instant Video is in the USA. But you can set your region to UK or Germany. So with the same account you can watch both American Netflix + UK Amazon Instant Video.
  • Only $4.95 a month, or $49.95 a year!

  • They offer a 7-day free trial without requiring any credit card information, just an email address.

  • You may only use your Blockless account from one internet connection at a time.

  • No software to install

  • Netflix region switching with 21 regions

  • Access to over 211 channels

Blockless is a SmartDNS service that allows you to access American Netflix in Canada free for 7 days, then after that for $4.95 a month. They're based in Ontario, Canada. 

I tested this DNS-Service for 4 months and never had any unpleasant surprises: Stream Netflix in HD on my Galaxy Tab S and PC with no problems. A slight configuration problem in the beginning but tech support was fast and efficient.

I've also used the service for Pandora Radio and HULU with no problems.

3 complementary options for SmartDNS available:

  • They also have a service called SmartVPN for places like hotels, restaurants where you can't modify the DNS-only
  • Blockless also offers an Ad Blocker service through their DNS set-up. The aim is to avoid annoying ads
  • Proprietary App = Blockless App. These apps are on offer through Android and Windows Phone. The Android one dates from 2013 and didn't work very well on my tablet. There is an extension for Google Chrome though.

In summary, Blockless was efficient when watching my favourite channels.

  • Only $4.95 a month, or $36.95 a year!

  • 1 user at a time

  • No software to install

  • Netflix region switching with 10 regions

  • Wide selection of channel support: 195 TV & Radio Channels worldwide.

IbDNS is the name of the SmartDNS that IbVPN offers.

IbDNS is available separately priced from the associated VPN services. Here is why we tested it.

This DNS service works perfectly, 10 of Netflix's regions offered and nearly 195 TV and radio channels worldwide.

Netflix USA is simple to access, installation tutorials are clear (18 different devices explained!)

There are no “Special Netflix” options for Netflix aficionados like me. But for a beginner user that wants to unblock several services (even rare ones), not one in particular, then IbDNS can be recommended.

     
  • $7.95 a month, or $59.95 a year

  • They offer a 8-day free trial without requiring any credit card information, just an email address.

  • You can connect all your devices like PC, Mac, tablets and others at the same time. The only condition is to have all devices connected to the same network.

  • No software to install

  • Netflix region switching with 21 regions

  • Access to over 350 channels

  • SmartVPN (UnoVPN)

UNOTELLY is a service that has a lot to offer but in terms of content:

  • 376 channels
  • Netflix region switching with 21 regions

and technologically:

  • SmartVPN (UnoVPN) with PPTP and OpenVPN Protocol support

  • UnoDNS Dynamo - UnoDNS Dynamo allows you to have different versions of Netflix simultaneously on different devices!

  • Channel preferences: Switch between regions to access multiple channels available from different countries on the same device. 

  • UnoTelly App for Android

But it does cost more than the competition. Up to you if it is worth it! For me $50/year is already sufficient!

TRICKBYTEDNS

  • $2.99 a month, or $29.99 a year

  • They offer a 14-day free trial without requiring any credit card information, just an email address.

  • Use Unlimited Number of Devices. However you can only use your account from one location at a time.

  • No software to install

  • Netflix region switching with 6 regions

The cheapest DNS service in our tests. Good list of supported sites, now has Netflix region switching too.

Some interesting technical points:

  • SmartVPN in case the DNS doesn't work.
  • Service Auto update ip using DynDNS

But the service is still quite young and needs to be fleshed out.

ADFREETIME

  • $1.99 a month

  • No free trial period

  • Use Unlimited Number of Devices. However you can only use your account from one location at a time.

  • No software to install

  • Netflix region switching with 18 regions

  • Smart VPN (mobiDNS) - ($1.00 USD Monthly)

18 regions of Netflix available at a small monthly fee. Other video platforms are of course on offer too: Hulu, Amazon prime, Vudu, HBO GO, HBO NOW, BBC, ITV. As well as the main channels that stream sports like: NFL, MLB, UFC, NBA, PremierLeaguePass

At this price you would expect a minimalist service but there is still:

  • SmartDNS called MobiDNS for cases (hotels, hotspots or on 3G/4G networks) where DNS doesn't work ($1/month)
  • Netflix Subtitle Blocker - No more annoying subtitles

If you add the SmartVPN to the $1/month then you end up with a standard monthly fee. It isn't much, but for $2 I prefer Unblock-US which presents the different channels much better.

MEDIAHINT

  • $3.95 a month, or $39.50 a year

  • They offer a 7-day free trial without requiring any credit card information, just an email address.

  • Unlimited Number of Devices ?

  • No software to install - Extensions disponibles

  • Only US Netflix region

  • 47 channels

The real bonus of MediaHint is that it works not just for Windows and Mac but also for browser extensions like Chrome or Firefox

For everything else it is a classic service that works well. It unblocks my favourite US services efficiently: Netflix, Pandora. And I can watch BBC iplayer outside of the UK.

None of the other options that a good SmartDNS should have: SmartVPN, Block subtitles, Netflix region switching

 

PLAYMO

  • $4.9 a month, or $44.99 a year

  • They offer a 14-day free trial without requiring any credit card information, just an email address.

  • Use Unlimited Number of Devices. However you can only use your account from one location at a time.

  • No software to install

  • Netflix region switching with 8 regions

Despite the absence of SmartVPN, PlayMO has its plus points:

  • Windows (+ Mac OS) Linker: a little programme that lets you configure DNS without a manual config
  • Netflix Switcher: Access different content from 8 different Netflix countries

The rest is standard with 21 streaming services that would otherwise be limited only to US viewers.

SMARTDNSPROXY

 

  • $4.95 a month, or $34.90 a year

  • They offer a 14-day free trial without requiring any credit card information, just an email address.

  • Use Unlimited Number of Devices. However you can only use your account from one location at a time.

  • No software to install

  • Netflix region switching with 22 regions

  • SmartVPN (Smart DNS Proxy VPN)

SmartDNSProxy's service bothers me for the superfluous amount of solutions to unblock the principal channels.

It has a DNS service, a VPN service, and a SmartVPN in one for a modest sum of $4.90. But a very frequent user of Netflix USA, or Premier League, like me wants a simple DNS service: a primary and secondary server to configure, and that's alL! VPN servers for P2P are unnecessary.

Now has Netflix region switching too: Access 20+ global Netflix regions including United States, United Kingdom including the latest Australian, New Zealand and Japan Netflix Regions. You can change your Netflix region at anytime by visiting the Regions page in your Smart DNS Proxy account.

     

GETFLIX

  • $3.95 a month, or $33.18 a year

  • They offer a 14-day free trial without requiring any credit card information, just an email address.

  • Use Unlimited Number of Devices. However you can only use your account from one location at a time.

  • No software to install

  • SmartVPN (Getflix DNS-over-VPN)

Sister company to SmartDNSProxy - which means it is basically the same service!

DNS4ME

  • $2.49 a month, or $23.90 a year

  • They offer a 14-day free trial without requiring any credit card information, just an email address.

  • Allows up to 3 authorized IP addresses

  • No software to install

  • Netflix region switching with 22 regions

A standard DNS service with nearly 100 channels (Netflix 22 regions)

Its best point: you can have up to 3 Locations attached to your account. As far as I know only dns4me allows multiple authorized IP addresses on your basic account

SMARTYDNS

  • $4.95 a month, or $39.95 a year

  • They offer a 14-day free trial without requiring any credit card information, just an email address.

  • You can connect all your devices like PC, Mac, tablets and others at the same time. The only condition is to have all devices connected to the same network.

  • No software to install

  • Netflix region switching with 2 regions (US and UK)

SmartyDNS unblocks media websites for only 4 countries: USA - UK - Germany and Poland. Which is not many compared to the competition. What's more, Netflix changer only works for the UK and USA

Otherwise the service works well. But it is quite basic: No TurboDNS, no channel preferences, and the installation tutorials don't have the same quality of Unblock-US.

PROXYDNS

  • $3.90 a month, or $35 a year

  • No free trial period

  • Use Unlimited Number of Devices. However you can only use your account from one location at a time.

  • No software to install

  • Only US Netflix

A very simple, basic service. Several channels on offer including Netflix

TURBOFLIX

  • $3.99 a month or $42.99/year

  • They offer a 7-day free trial without requiring any credit card information, just an email address.

  • Only US Netflix

  • Unlimited Number of Devices ?

  • No software to install

I can expand my Netflix library with Turboflix but that is all. Netflix USA is available but where is the list of other streaming services?

Not much information on the site. No options for improving your Netflix experience (Switching region - Subtitle blocker)

UNBLOCKMEDIA

  • $5 a month

  • Free trial period

  • Supported sites: 18

  • Use Unlimited Number of Devices. However you can only use your account from one location at a time.

  • Software d' installation disponible.

  • Only US Netflix

Three main flaws:

  • Only US Netflix
  • Service unreliable
  • No annual rate

Disappointingly unclear in what is advertised. For example the trial period does not specify the time limit!

USACCESS

  • $4.95 a month, or $34.90 a year

  • No free trial period

  • Use Unlimited Number of Devices. However you can only use your account from one location at a time.

  • No software to install

  • Netflix region switching with 6 regions

Some of the site has bugs. Service seems to be on standby. We prefer Unblock-US