Firstly, what is 4oD? 4oD is Channel 4‘s free on demand service. This service is only available in UK. If you are a British citizen living, studying, or on vacation abroad, maybe in USA, Australia, France, Canada, Germany, Spain, or anywhere in Africa, you need to bypass regional restrictions to unblock 4oD outside UK.
Here’s is how Smart DNS and VPN can help you to Unblock Channel 4’s on demand service.
Using Smart DNS
If you have ever tried to stream any 4oD video outside UK, you’ll get an error message that claims “The service is currently not available in your area.” Now the question arises, How can I watch 4oD outside UK? Well, you have to trick 4oD to think you are actually in UK. This is possible with IP Address masking.
Smart DNS allows you to do that by concealing your true location. Once your streaming device is set up with Smart DNS, you will be able to stream any 4oD video without trouble. Smart DNS benefits include:.
- Zero Internet speed loss. Only a small partition of your traffic needs to be redirected.
- Multi-regional content. Unblock 4oD, US Netflix, and CBC Canada using one Smart DNS setup.
- Device compatibility. All your streaming devices can be set up with Smart DNS.
- Access to local websites. Your local IP address stays the same. Visit national sites and online services with no problems.
- ISPs sometimes use methods like DNS Hijacking and Transparent Proxies to stop Smart DNS from working.
Free DNS codes can be found online. Keep in mind though that these codes have a short life and can be hazardous. Smart DNS proxy services like Tor Guard are relatively cheap, and offer 159 unblocked streaming sites that include 4oD. Try their free 7-day trial.
To watch 4oD outside UK, you either have to mask your IP address or change it to a UK IP address. VPN actually enables you to completely change your IP address and obtain one from most countries around the world. This includes UK. After you set up VPN on your streaming device, choose a UK VPN server. Hence, you’ll get a British IP address and access to all channels that are geo-restricted outside UK. VPN features:.
- A UK VPN server unblock 4oD, BBC iPlayer, Now TV, itv Player, Channel 5, STV Player, UK Netflix, and all other UK Internet channels.
- You’ll suffer a 10% Internet speed reduction using good VPN providers. In return, all your traffic gets encrypted. Websites will not be able to track you.
- DNS Hijacking and Transparent Proxies both fail to stop VPN from functioning properly.
- There are VPN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, and Mac. Using such apps makes installing VPN very simple. Even for first-timers.
Though VPN offers more online privacy and protection, some VPN providers do keep logs of your online activity. I usually use ExpressVPN to unblock UK channels including 4oD, due to their zero logging of website activity.
4oD is currently available on a range of streaming platforms. And offers free on-demand service from Channel 4 that includes E4 and More4.