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Is it over for DNS services like Unotelly and Unblock.us?

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Netflix recently launched in South Africa, finally bringing the beloved on-demand streaming service to our shores. For many of us though, we’ve been watching Netflix and other streaming services for years, bypassing the geo-restrictions put in place by content providers through the use of VPNs and DNS services like Unotelly and Unblock US.

Many of us still use those services despite Netflix’s global launch, because it opens up so much more content. A few weeks back, Netflix promised it would put an end to these services, making it impossible to watch content not licenced for a particular region.

“Some members use proxies or “unblockers” to access titles available outside their territory,” says Netflix Vice President of Content Delivery Architecture David Fullagar. “To address this, we employ the same or similar measures other firms do. This technology continues to evolve and we are evolving with it. That means in coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are. We are confident this change won’t impact members not using proxies.”

We mostly shrugged it off – and put it down to content producers showing their heavy hands. It seems their hands are heavier than we anticipated. It looks like our favourite geo-fence hopping services are changing.

Unotelly’s homepage no longer mentions Netflix, Hulu or the multitude of restricted services it used to unblock. Instead, it’s being sold as a privacy tool.

“UnoTelly should only be used for privacy protection purpose only. Any other usage is not permitted.”

The service’s Twitter account no longer exists, and its Facebook page has been stripped to nothing. It’s companion site, Filmefy, also no longer exists. Similarly, Unblock.US has protected its twitter account, so that only followers may see its output. Its website has also expunged any mention of Netflix, Hulu or Spotify. Instead, they’re selling “Freedom, security, flexibility, speed.”

This is worrying. Are content licence holder – like Multichoice and the myriad US networks – threatening services of this ilk with litigation?

We’ve reached out to Unotelly for a statement, and will keep you updated.

Thanks to Gareth Lagesse for the tip.

Last Updated: February 26, 2016

85 Comments

  1. Umar

    February 26, 2016 at 10:12

    How about local sites give us better content then so that we don’t have to use these services.

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      February 26, 2016 at 10:14

      Because Multichoice

      Reply

      • Pariah

        February 26, 2016 at 10:18

        By simple math we can determine that no matter how many times you multiply 0, the result remains 0.

        Multi? Mhmmm.

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          February 26, 2016 at 10:22

          More like NoChoice

          Reply

          • Pariah

            February 26, 2016 at 10:23

            NoWay!

            😉

    • The D

      February 26, 2016 at 10:30

      We’re working as hard as we can dammit…Oh wait. Nevermind. Carry on then.

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        February 26, 2016 at 10:39

        Give us The Real Gamez Journalizmerz of PE reality show!

        Reply

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          February 26, 2016 at 10:42

          YOU KNOW NOT WHAT YOU ASK!!!!

          Reply

    • RinceThis

      February 26, 2016 at 11:16

      Patience young on, patience.

      Reply

      • harryposter

        September 2, 2016 at 04:48

        Indeed, NWOflix are going to release a universal version… Patience indeed…

        Reply

    • harryposter

      September 2, 2016 at 04:44

      sites?

      Reply

  2. Gavin Mannion

    February 26, 2016 at 10:18

    Nooooo not Filmefy…

    Damnit the app has also stopped working…

    Reply

  3. Pieter Kruger

    February 26, 2016 at 10:21

    But but Unotelly promised they have ways of ensuring continued access…….

    Reply

    • Pariah

      February 26, 2016 at 10:28

      I think the legal promises made towards them under the table might have made them make a different promise to different people.

      Reply

  4. Milesh Bhana

    February 26, 2016 at 10:23

    Telkom LTE started messing with DNS overrides resulting in very poor performance for Netflix/Hulu via proxy services, so already moved to TPB/KAT.

    I love how they prevent us from paying for content. I’m saving loads of cash now. THanks Telkom.

    Reply

    • Gavin Mannion

      February 26, 2016 at 10:27

      TPB/KAT?

      Reply

      • Allykhat

        February 26, 2016 at 10:29

        The Pirate Bay/ Kick-Ass Torrents

        Reply

      • Ghost In The Rift

        February 26, 2016 at 10:29

        He means “The Pirate Bay / Kickass Torrents….0_o

        Reply

        • Gavin Mannion

          February 26, 2016 at 10:32

          ohhhhh.. Piracy is bad mkay

          Reply

          • Ghost In The Rift

            February 26, 2016 at 11:30

            The only comparison that classify’s me as a Pirate is Rum, Red Hart or the original Cap, old Morgan, i use my hard earned cash that i worked for trough blood and sweat on my gaming hobby lol plus my Capped line keeps me in line…:-P

          • harryposter

            September 2, 2016 at 04:53

            Yeah right work hard, play hard, pirate hard…
            God bless Moronica…

      • Milesh Bhana

        February 26, 2016 at 10:55

        Kickass Torrents / The Pirate Bay 😛

        Reply

    • Geoffrey Tim

      February 26, 2016 at 10:29

      I’m using Telkom LTE and I get great hulu/netflix performance.

      Reply

      • Milesh Bhana

        February 26, 2016 at 10:54

        what router? (Huawei didn’t allow DNS override so had to use a 2nd one in bridge mode)

        Is this the LTE Uncapped deal?

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        • Gareth Runnalls

          February 26, 2016 at 10:56

          Put the DNS settings on the device (iTV, Media player, etc), not the router 🙂

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          • Milesh Bhana

            February 26, 2016 at 11:00

            i did that , didn’t work. Unotelly said i needed to set up static routing on the router for that to work.

          • Gareth Runnalls

            February 26, 2016 at 11:03

            Then can it and get Unblock US 😛 It works just fine that way. I found that putting those settings on my router slows down the entire home network, but putting it on my iTV is fine because it only slows down content listing in the apps, but runs Netflix fine. Also, a mate of mine only has the Unotelly details in his iTV, not his router, and it works just fine… ?

          • kynky

            March 29, 2016 at 20:29

            Guessing it’s not working as well now…

          • Gareth Runnalls

            March 30, 2016 at 10:00

            As of last night, still working just fine. 🙂

          • kynky

            March 31, 2016 at 20:54

            mine has been awful for the last week or so. even with new dns from ublockus it just keeps hanging. back to tpb.

          • harryposter

            September 2, 2016 at 04:58

            How about now?

          • harryposter

            September 2, 2016 at 04:57

            Not anymore…

          • Gareth Runnalls

            September 2, 2016 at 10:18

            Really old post. Nothing works now. GWTP.

          • harryposter

            September 2, 2016 at 04:56

            Unotelly is done!
            Why don’t you pay Netflix $5 per month instead of paying Unotelly $5 per month?
            It should work, idiot!

        • Geoffrey Tim

          February 26, 2016 at 12:25

          Yeah, the Hauwei B315. Telkom Uncapped.

          Reply

          • harryposter

            September 2, 2016 at 05:00

            That is a very convenient way to watch Netflix…
            Occasional restarts and UNABLE the ipv6 nonsense…
            You are doing great mate, why don’t you go in your connection properties and just disable the ipv6 nonsense?

    • harryposter

      September 2, 2016 at 04:50

      Seriously? You never thought of paying any cash to them, did you? NOT

      Reply

  5. Fnuik

    February 26, 2016 at 10:29

    Just use this:

    https://tvunblock.com/

    Works like a charm

    Reply

    • Gavin Mannion

      February 26, 2016 at 10:33

      To be clear.. Unotelly and unblock.us are both still working… we just don’t know for how long

      Reply

      • Boomshakalaka

        March 3, 2016 at 15:26

        Apparently today is the day :(:(:(

        Reply

  6. Captain JJ the "saviour"

    February 26, 2016 at 10:32

    I wonder if they got lessons from Ubisoft.

    Uplay – Promoting piracy since 2012

    Reply

  7. Marco

    February 26, 2016 at 10:32

    At the end of the day, consumers will venture towards other means of acquiring content.

    I’ve recently started using local Netflix after having already using a proxy one a few years ago for a bit. I can honestly say that my need to watch shows in less than legal means was severely challenged by service/performance of Netflix.

    I guess the powers that be think that the SAME technically minded people who know how to make use of a proxy are going to just end it there, you know, because going to KAT/TPB is not within their capacity.

    Idjits.

    Reply

    • Captain JJ the "saviour"

      February 26, 2016 at 10:33

      Yea, this is just an invitation to scrap using Netflix and start pirating.

      Reply

      • harryposter

        September 2, 2016 at 05:08

        You idjits have no clues about 2016 streaming standards…

        Reply

    • harryposter

      September 2, 2016 at 05:07

      If you think you are a genius because you went throught the piracy route in order to watch the Netflix you wanted while paying for it… Well you’re not even worthy of being a matelot

      Reply

      • Marco

        September 2, 2016 at 08:32

        Coooooooool story bro

        Reply

  8. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    February 26, 2016 at 10:44

    I’m just going to blame Multichoice and damn them to the nine hells…. You will never get my money! Torrents for life! Pirate life for ever!!

    Reply

    • Gavin Mannion

      February 26, 2016 at 11:02

      what the hell is this

      Reply

      • HvR

        February 26, 2016 at 11:22

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          February 26, 2016 at 13:23

          but is it art?

          Reply

        • harryposter

          September 2, 2016 at 05:37

          Oh, Alexander Farraday… Another stupido millenial…
          Look, he tries to trigger fire inside a square wheel…
          Dumb as a Russian

          Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        February 26, 2016 at 13:23

        that is my cellphone ringtone….

        Reply

  9. RinceThis

    February 26, 2016 at 11:16

    I said this was going to happen and people but laughed.

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      February 26, 2016 at 12:17

      We weren’t supposed to? But you were talking…

      Reply

      • RinceThis

        February 26, 2016 at 13:36

        Shut your pie hole!

        Reply

      • harryposter

        September 2, 2016 at 05:09

        You were supposed to listen to, and now you cry,,,

        Reply

  10. Sageville

    February 26, 2016 at 13:10

    Is there recourse for Unotelly subscribers, I mean the advertising originally offered one thing, you signed up for that thing, then they remove the thing you originally signed up for….

    Reply

    • harryposter

      September 2, 2016 at 05:09

      You could try a, err, tribunal? Maybe?

      Reply

  11. Kromas untamed

    February 26, 2016 at 13:12

    1 cheap amazon cloud server (vps must be on american host) + 1 router = no problem.

    Reply

    • harryposter

      September 2, 2016 at 05:10

      Yeah right, Amazon, LOL

      Reply

  12. miaau

    February 26, 2016 at 13:37

    Very interested to hear official feedback

    Reply

  13. Asri Zainal

    February 29, 2016 at 14:02

    Move on from Unotelly guys, saw a great deal on TNW deal and grabbed the chance for a lifetime subscription of Getflix, exactly same service as Unotelly. Still have my unotelly account till next year, all ready with backup plan if they are gone for good.

    https://deals.thenextweb.com/sales/getflix-lifetime-subscription

    As for filmefy, there are alternative sites like https://flixsearch.io/ & http://unogs.com/

    Reply

    • harryposter

      September 2, 2016 at 05:12

      Why do you need a backup plan when it takes 2 seconds to subscribe to your next smart ass?

      Reply

      • Asri Zainal

        September 2, 2016 at 05:22

        “Takes 2 seconds to subscribe to next smart ass” What the heck does that mean.

        Update:Getflix still serves me well btw allowing me access US Netflix(and other regions too) from Singapore. Singapore Netflix contents are definitely limited.

        Reply

  14. Jeremiah

    March 4, 2016 at 16:08

    Back to torrents

    Reply

    • harryposter

      September 2, 2016 at 05:12

      I hope you can swim…

      Reply

  15. kynky

    March 29, 2016 at 20:27

    Tried to stream Spy from Netflix Canada. Couldn’t get it to work, found the film online for free probably illegally and streamed it in HD.

    Reply

  16. Luis Daniel Lucio Quiroz

    March 30, 2016 at 07:05

    So, can anyone tell me if Unotelly or Unblock still work for Netflix?

    Reply

    • harryposter

      September 2, 2016 at 05:16

      Just try and see…

      Reply

  17. Ricky Martin

    April 15, 2016 at 16:56

    I am not sure about other sites but for Netflix Unotelly and Unblock-us is useless. I have tried both, but none of these worked to access Netflix. One of my friends told me that he can easily access to Netflix with “Hide-My-ip”. Then I try this VPN and it works. Its unique “DNS Protection” makes it possible to masks users’ real IP that cannot be detected by Netflix bots.

    Reply

    • Martin Huusfeldt

      April 24, 2016 at 10:46

      *I strongly advice first testing using a FREE Hide VPN such as,,
      Why waste money is hard to get it to work now..

      Tesed HIDE MY IP DOESNT WORK test 10 different IP hiders nothing works,, forget it is all past now

      Reply

    • benzene

      May 9, 2016 at 20:16

      Unlocator still works fine for me also

      Reply

    • harryposter

      September 2, 2016 at 05:17

      Ricky, you just earned 10p or about 7 cents for this post. Well done…

      Reply

  18. benzene

    April 27, 2016 at 17:07

    I just started paying for my digital content as well, ahh well go fuck yourselves Netflix just for TRYING this shit you get none of my money – well done I guess?

    Reply

    • harryposter

      September 2, 2016 at 05:19

      If you don’t like it, just cancel it within the 30 days FFS
      Oh I get it, you can’t read small prints…

      Reply

  19. Precious Nicole

    May 13, 2016 at 21:59

    i found this method for unblocking Netflix and it is working just fine for http://downloadvpn.org/index.php/2016/04/20/vpn-hack-how-to-bypass-netflix-vpn-crackdown

    Reply

    • harryposter

      September 2, 2016 at 05:20

      Nope

      Reply

  20. kynky

    July 27, 2016 at 15:04

    I’d be interested to know how many people have dropped Netflix and just gone back to what we did before…. torrent sites. I know at least a dozen people that dropped it (because they also put the price up at the same time they forced us into less content).

    Reply

    • harryposter

      September 2, 2016 at 05:21

      Some people are coming from £80 a month to £6 a monthe from Sky to Netflix, if that’s not a good deal I don’t know what is… Stick to Sky idiot

      Reply

      • kynky

        September 2, 2016 at 08:41

        Never had Sky as it was ALWAYS over priced. Also everyone I know who has Sky/Virgin also has Netflix, it’s not a replacement for most.

        My point was that we were paying £5.99 for ALL Netflix content (approx 30k titles), since the VPN ban and price increase we now pay £7.49 for UK only content (5k titles).

        I dropped Netflix and gave Amazon Prime a go but that was also very poor, content wise.

        Once all films are released theatrically at the same time, then the content on Netflix might improve for everyone, until that day there is only one place that has all the movies we want at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

        Reply

  21. Carlos Corresa

    August 6, 2016 at 12:41

    Guys, Unblock-us is over charging even more than twice a month, I have cancelled my subscription and they still charging me, I had to cancelk my credit card. And, the worst thing is that they don’t reply emails… Be careful with this company, they are untrusted!!!

    Reply

    • harryposter

      September 2, 2016 at 05:24

      You have to go to your bank and tell them you want to stop the regular thingy, cancelling your card is not enough, you have to tell them to stop accepting debits from your old cards
      If you don’t get that you deserve to be ripped off

      Reply

  22. Joahanna

    August 12, 2016 at 21:54

    You can still use a VPN to unlock netflix some are still able to https://vpntrends.com/

    Reply

  23. harryposter

    September 2, 2016 at 04:39

    Oh dear oh dear…

    Millenials worried about having to pay for their digital fix… Like $5.99 for Netflix instead of $85 for FiOS or Dish or CrapTV…

    What’s wrong with paying peanuts for quality productions?

    And how do you expect producers to produce anything ifit’s robbed rather than sold?

    Meh?

    Effing millenial idiots

    Reply

  24. harryposter

    September 2, 2016 at 04:43

    You can try and promote any smart hidden ass or any VPN… You’re done guys…
    What do you think the power that be are looking for on google?
    The same as you!
    What do you think they find?
    The same as you!
    Who do you think is fucked?
    Only you…

    Reply

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