Go Slingshot

June 25th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

The country’s third-largest internet provider, , is likely to be on a collision course with Hollywood after launching the Global Mode service, the Telecommunications Users Association says.

The service disguises customers’ internet protocol addresses and can make it appear as if customers live in the United States or Britain. That means Slingshot customers can access online services that are not available in New Zealand, such as online television service Netflix and the US shopfronts of online stores such as iTunes.

Slingshot launched Global Mode as a free option for its broadband customers, promoting it as a service that they would use if they were hosting overseas visitors.

What a great idea. It is so frustrating that some online retailers refuse to sell you material based on your IP address. For example, there is no legal way to purchase the US House of Cards in new Zealand.

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21 Responses to “Go Slingshot”

  1. unpcnzcougar (52 comments) says:

    The House Of Cards with Kevin Spacey is excellent. What I really liked was Netflix made the whole series available at once. We are fortunate to have access to Netflix and iTunes from home (clever hubby) and it makes a huge difference to our viewing choices. We are so over the reality shows on the networks here. Good on Slingshot!

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  2. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Good on Slingshot for looking to add some value as an ISP.

    Those in favour could argue that this should be seen as no different, for instance, to the NZ Post service that allows buyers to purchase goods from US suppliers that only ship to US addresses.

    I do hope that they are not inadvertently exposing their customers to breaches of the suppliers/copyright owners terms and conditions though.

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  3. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    House of Cards rocked!

    I look forward to going back to slingshot.

    Currently i use a browser add on to watch hulu etc but its a pain in the @ss

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  4. flipper (4,067 comments) says:

    House of Cards? Yep, great. Can’t you just imagine H1 and H2 playing out some scenarios?

    Yep…add to Cards, Newsroom and Jack Reacher.
    May be Dotcom is not such a bad ass after al :)

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  5. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    I struggled with Newsroom – the main guy is supposed to be a republican, but he just happens to think exactly like a democrat. i can handle some left wing stuff, but newsroom goes too far

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  6. Rob F (7 comments) says:

    Netflix is great and only US$8/month, one of the first things we got when we moved here! And House of cards is my favorite series on there.

    Brilliant move by Slingshot!

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  7. Raphael (88 comments) says:

    Hmmm, except iTunes demands that you have a US based C/Card to purchase items from their US catalogue.
    Now there are ways around that (buying those itunes vouchers off ebay, setting up a American Visa Debit etc.)

    Now the bit I like is it means that one could access the BBC’s iPlayer without using a special proxy.

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  8. DylanReeve (166 comments) says:

    I’m not sure why Slingshot, a small ISP based in NZ, would be anymore in the line of fire than, say, Unblock-US – a company who’s sole purpose is to bypass these restrictions.

    Hell, Hollywood haven’t even managed to stop the free Firefox and Chrome plugin MediaHint which also bypasses geographic restrictions on many sites.

    I suspect Slingshot will be fine and doubt they’ll face more than a grumpy letter from NZFACT or someone.

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  9. Viking2 (11,471 comments) says:

    oh well the FBI will along shortly.

    American business swimming upstream against super flows.

    Have to be dumb.

    Good on Slingshot.

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  10. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    For example, there is no legal way to purchase the US House of Cards in new Zealand.

    Yes there is.

    You may buy the US version of House of Cards here:

    http://www.amazon.com/House-Cards-Complete-First-Season/dp/B00BC5I6Q2/

    Just so you know for the future, Amazon sells dvds internationally, and delivers to New Zealand. I am surprised you have not heard of them.

    You can also buy the US version of House of Cards from Amazon UK, which also delivers to New Zealand.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Cards-Season-DVD-Copy/dp/B00AWN5ACS/

    And they also have a blu-ray version which is all regions:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Cards-Season-Blu-ray-Region/dp/B00AWN5ASW/

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  11. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    Graeme – Amazon do not send all their products to Australia and New Zealand. Many times I have been about to order something from the Amazon and get “this merchant does not deliver to your location.”
    That said, you could pay NZ Post $20 to redeliver for you. Or you could get the digital equivalent for free from Slingshot.

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  12. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    Many times I have been about to order something from the Amazon and get “this merchant does not deliver to your location.”

    Merchants who sell through Amazon, sure. And I don’t claim everything Amazon sells is delivered to New Zealand. Electronics, for example. But DVDs and Blu-rays sold by Amazon will make it to New Zealand. And the TV show DPF seeks in New Zealand will certainly be delivered here by Amazon.

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  13. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Why would you want to buy an American adaptation of what was a great British TV series? You can’t beat the original.

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  14. unpcnzcougar (52 comments) says:

    Graeme, I am sure there are lots of households like mine who no longer have a DVD player. None of our PC’s have disk drives any more. Everything we consume is now streamed – Paying $8 per month for Netflix gives you access to hundreds of movies and programmes. It is now the way of the world.

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  15. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    “Just so you know for the future, Amazon sells dvds internationally, and delivers to New Zealand. I am surprised you have not heard of them.”

    really? smug much?

    i checked amazon, it was released 2 weeks ago. up until then it was unavailable.

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  16. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    really? smug much?

    I think it’s called sarcasm. I am surprised you haven’t heard of it. :)

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  17. chris (647 comments) says:

    @ross69 The original was very good. The US series is also very good. No reason to not watch the US one just because the Brits made it 20 years ago :)

    We used to use Unblock-US but Netflix never really worked that well with it on our PS3 (lots of buffering timeouts, and being told it can’t play a title right now). I also have a VPN into the US and bought a DD-WRT router last week. Since starting to use that we’ve had no issues at all. I haven’t yet tried Vudu with the new router but I assume it should work OK too – we never had any issues with Vudu with unblock-us.

    As far as I’m aware, it isn’t necessarily illegal to use netflix/vudu/hulu etc outside the US in this way, but it’s very much a legal grey area. As far as those content providers are concerned, they’re serving it to a US based IP address.

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  18. OliverI (112 comments) says:

    I love how people in the comments section are still talking about DVDs… Who buys DVDs these days?!

    This is a great service, a VPN and US/UK based server is what most of us have used in the past, but probably something the general public wouldn’t easily get to grips with!

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  19. nasska (11,523 comments) says:

    According to Wikipedia, Slingshot’s majority owners are Annette Presley & her ex husband Malcolm Dick. Perhaps someone should advise them to install helicopter landing pads at their homes…..it will save the damage to their front lawns when the goons from the FBI & their bum boys, the NZ Police, want to arrest them.

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  20. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    Speaking of smug comments, get a load of unpcnzcougar “I am sure there are lots of households like mine who no longer have a DVD player…It is the now the way of the world”

    and OliverI “I love how people in the comments section are still talking about DVDs… Who buys DVDs these days?!”

    You can just feel the smugness oozing out of them when they typed that – we are so cool, we use the internet!

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  21. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Allegedly witopia provides a great service for backing up media. Ahem.

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