Written by: Alex Popa
One of the more interesting matches of 2019 is the one between England and Scotland on the 17th of March. They’ll be meeting at Twickenham Stadium where the two teams are expected to light the arena on fire.
This one is bound to go down in history as a memorable event, and you have to make sure you watch it live. It’ll be aired on UK iTV and the BBC iPlayer, two of the most popular online channels on the web.
What’s not so good is that they are geo-blocked to the UK only. So, if for any reason your IP address doesn’t originate from the UK mainland, you won’t be able to access them.
It doesn’t matter if you’re out on a vacation in the Belize islands or abroad with work, you’re still not going to see the match online. They’re pretty strict about this.
As such, you can only resort to the next-best solution that you have – connect to these streaming services from outside the UK. By using a VPN connection, of course. An online security provider gives you so much more than security. It brings the whole internet at your fingertips, to use it as you see fit.
The SmartDNS feature of a good VPN lets you use a different IP originating from a specific server located in a country, in this case the UK, to appear as though you are in the country.
I know there are free solutions out there. Practically, the whole internet is filled with tons of free VPNs, whose sole advantage is that they’re free. But if everything that’s free would automatically be good as well, you’d see me eating shit with a spoon every day. But you don’t, do you?
Very poor security and encryption protocols, no kill-switches, piss-pot server speeds (say goodbye from live streaming), no customers support, and the client that’s just as easy to use as a German Krummlauf.
Let’s talk about the best VPNs in the industry, and how exactly they earned this well-deserved reputation. Also, why you should consider them if you want to watch this rugby game.
Many VPNs are suitable for streaming live matches online, but not all of them are as good at doing that. Plus, there are countless other features that are more than worth it when talking about specific VPNs.
Taking the frontline in the fight for a free Internet and anonymity, NordVPN is the leader of the VPN industry. And it fully deserves this position because it has the most competent and proficient features out of all of them.
Here are the bread and butter of NordVPN:
Extremely good cyber-security and encryption protocol based on OpenVPN, and the unbeatable AES-256-bit cipher, with many secure handshakes and added secure layers.
The DoubleVPN and the obfuscated servers features are one of the unique tools of NordVPN. Most other security providers lack the infrastructure and the resources to implement double-encrypted networks or stealth servers.
Servers speeds that can reach up to 500 Mbps if the server is a high-speed one, and if your ISP allots you enough bandwidth. Streaming media content online has never been easier. Let alone mere streaming, you’ll be able to do it in 4K and HD resolutions as well.
The UK servers are known to have extremely good server speeds well suited for streaming. Basically, this means that it’ll easily let you watch the rugby match between England and Scotland.
Panama jurisdiction and this matters a lot because the country has no data retention laws, and it’s a very internet-free location. This means that the government won’t have any legal right to ask NordVPN for any user data. Not that they’d keep any in the first place though.
Just to reassure its users, NordVPN has said that when Panama starts asking for data logs of VPN users, they will move out of the country and set up a new headquarters in a less-invasive location.
Prices fit for all pockets that you’ll be most thankful for. NordVPN is classified as being one of the best when it comes to the price-quality variable. It offers godlike content and features for $11.99 per month. That’s if you choose the month-by-month subscription. For subscription period of time, you’ll get cheaper offers.
The second best VPN on the market, ExpressVPN took on the well-suited mission to make its users anonymous on the internet. Your privacy is their main concern, and they will talk you through all the steps necessary. After all, they’re the ones who created the 24/7 customer support concept in the industry.
Here’s an overall description of their services:
Based in the British Virgin Islands, there are no data retention laws to worry about, though some privacy purists have said that it’s still part of the UK. However, ExpressVPN enforces a no-logs policy, and even though it’s not a true one per se, it’s more than enough to guarantee for your safety.
In terms of security systems and encryption protocols, ExpressVPN can be said to be almost at the same level as NordVPN. Except for the slightly worse no-logs policy, everything else is pretty much the same. Again, I’m going to mention the AES-256-bit protocol that the largest governmental agencies like the NSA and the CIA use. It’s basically overkill.
Speed-wise, ExpressVPN is highly suited for torrenting and streaming. It has even more high-speed servers than NordVPN, mainly because of the overall larger server pool. It also has many more IPs spread across more countries, so you’ll have exponentially more options to choose from.
11/10 customer support that’s as responsive as it is knowledgeable and polite. You’ll actually start inventing issues and problems, just so you can talk to them. I wouldn’t recommend that though. You’ll just occupy the staff while other people are having serious issues. Still, it’s the idea that matters.
ExpressVPN’s VPN client has to be the easiest to use in the industry, at least that’s what most users and reviewers are saying. Personally, I prefer NordVPNs more, but mainly because of the looks. In terms of functionality, both are incredibly intuitive and easy to use, even for novices.
Slightly higher prices, but the longer subscriptions benefit from added bonuses and cheaper prices. There are plenty of premium offers available at all times. You just need to check their website from time to time.
There’s an urban legend going around this VPN, around its name to be more specific. They say that you’re not going to remember your own IP once you start using their services. From one server to another, one IP to the other, you’ll change them like dirty socks, even more often.
Your IP will vanish behind countless lines of code, never to be seen again.
This is because IPVanish has almost double the individual IP addresses of even the best VPNs in the industry. If NordVPN has 20.000 IP address, IPVanish has a mind-boggling 40.000 at its disposal. Let that sink in…
Here’s what it’s all about:
Speed-wise, it can be said that IPVanish lags a little behind the big-shots out there, but it’s far from getting glitch and freezing on live streaming. You’ll be able to watch 4K and HD content on the high speed servers. But in some countries, you’ll even notice your speed going down to 30-50 Mbps only. It also depends on your ISP now.
Security and encryption, they are certainly on a whole other level than the average VPN out there, but still not as good as NordVPN’s or ExpressVPN’s. It does have a true no-logging policy though, one that’s endangered by the US jurisdiction of the VPN. You never know who’s watching behind your back in the US.
Customer support, I would say that it comes infinitely close to that of ExpressVPN. And in terms of pricing, it even wins out in the competition. It has very good prices considering its excellent services.
Ease of use – eeh, the client falls short of what it could have been. And it’s certainly a far cry from those of NordVPN and ExpressVPN. But you’ll surely get the hang of it, and it’s 100% functional. It’ll take some getting used to, but nothing impossible
Last year, Scotland won the Calcutta Cup during the 2018 Championship against England, with a score of 25-13. We’ll have to see if this is the start of a winning streak, or just a lucky kidney shot for the Scots.
Ever since 1871 when they went against each other in the first international rugby match, England and Scotland have played a total of 136 total matches, with England being in the lead. However, Scotland isn’t that much worse off either.
This year will bring out the best in both teams’ athletes but they’ll have to put in every bit of skill and their last drop of energy to ensure a win. I’m talking about the Scots, of course. Fuck the Brits.