Written by: Alex Popa
Enough with all the soccer games, it’s time for some snooker, ladies and gents. For all of you pool-players out there, the Snooker World Championship is right around the corner. Between the 20th of April and 6th of May, it will go down between the best players in the world.
You’re going to see some widely used tricks, legendary moves, moments of glory and abysmal defeat, all of it from the comfort of your home. The championship is streamed on BBC iPlayer, online.
Oh, you’re not from the UK and you don’t have a UK IP to work with? Are you not able to access the BBC iPlayer because of that, do you? I get what you’re going through, my friend. We’ve all been there. Fortunately, there’s a solution to that, one that’s not going to cost you half a kidney or a temporary rental in the UK.
VPN is the word of the day – tech tools that enable you to access geo-blocked content using the servers put at your disposal. These servers are spread throughout the world in key locations so that you can use whatever IP you wish for, depending on your intentions.
But a VPN is so much more than that. Added security to your connection so that no one in the whole world gets to see what a freak you are on the web, anonymity and privacy, a safe haven if you want it.
There are many types of VPNs out there, and the ones you have to watch out for are the free ones. You need to avoid them like the plague they are, virulent and sickly diseases that rot everything they touch.
Simply put, a free VPN will most likely collect your private information and confidential data, sell it on the black market, and make a buck off of your misfortune. And even if they don’t, the half-assed services they provide will allow that to happen.
Disappointment looms over you, I know. Quality doesn’t come for free, what a shocker! However, if you decide that it’s worth it to watch the Snooker World Championship live on BBC iPlayer, then I’m here to help.
We good? Ok, let me tell you about the best VPNs on the market that will allow you to do just that. And not only.
Watching a sports match (snooker can be considered a sport, aye) live requires more than just an internet connection. If you’re using a VPN, then there are plenty other things that come into play – server speed, security and encryption, server cap, and so on.
Here are the top three list of the best VPNs:
In case you lived in an underwater grotto all this time, NordVPN is the leader in the VPN industry, the standard that all others are compared to. All the good reviewers that have a say in this are all putting NordVPN on a pedestal.
For good reasons as well. It is the single most excellent online security provider out there from any conceivable angle you might look. Just take a look at its features:
Absolute security and encryption coupled with a true zero-logging policy that completes everything wonderfully. In our review of NordVPN, we’ve given the privacy section a 10/10. Why’s that?
Because there’s currently nothing that can top the level of security we’re seeing NordVPN use. Even the NSA and the CIA use the AES-256-bit encryption protocol, the same one this VPN is using at its core.
Hyper-speed that could get you across the galaxy in a split second. It’s like all the internet answers to NordVPN’s system now, that’s how fast these servers are. You can go to 500 Mbps before you know it. The high-speed servers, to be more specific, are on an entirely different level.
Live streaming? A joke for NordVPN. It can have multiple live streams running simultaneously, on HD, and still not consume half of its resources.
Customer support – the best kind there is. Namely, 24/7 live chat support, the way it’s meant to be done. There are no two ways about it. After a few hours at the very most, you’ll get a solution to your problem, or more. All of them specifically designed for you and you alone. That’s how much they care.
Ease of use – absolutely. It’s so easy to use NordVPN’s client that even a child could do it. Now, what would that say about you if you couldn’t figure it out? No worries, there’s really nothing complicated about its interface or options.
Pricing – fit for all pockets. Most reviewers are saying that NordVPN is the overall best in terms of the money you pay vs. the quality of the product you pay. If everyone’s saying that, then there’s got to be some truth to it.
And there is. For only $11.95 per month, you’ll have a monthly subscription to brag about. The longer the subscription, the less you pay. And that’s the gist of it, basically.
This here is the second best online security provider on this list, and number one in terms of customer support. After all, they’re the ones who invented the concept of 24/7 support in this industry.
Take a peek at their specs and make your own judgement:
Almost cyber-proof security and encryption systems. With the exception of their incomplete zero-logging policy and the Virgin British Islands jurisdiction, everything is top-notch. The AES-256-bit protocol is the best there is at making you go anonymous forever.
Speeds that can rival those of NordVPN, and with more servers to boot. We’re dealing with a VPN who’s got servers in 94 countries all around the world, with 140+ independent locations to talk about. There are about 20.000 IP addresses to use.
It naturally follows that they have many more high-speed servers which give you plenty more opportunities to watch the Snooker World Championship live from outside the UK
Absolutely excellent customer support that’s cater to any of your needs. Besides the expansive FAQ articles on the official website, the live chat staff will answer any of your questions in real time, and tell you exactly what to do and how to do it.
Easy to use VPN client, very intuitive, and very professional-looking. You won’t have to do a lot of digging around to find out the secrets to using the app. It’ll take a few seconds for you to familiarize yourself with its options and settings.
Prices that are a bit spicy for the average VPN, but then again, this isn’t the average Joe we’re talking about. This is ExpressVPN, the number two, even number one for some, VPN in the industry. You get the highest quality possible.
Last but not least, we have IPVanish, a name turned into a legend by now. It has double the number of IP addresses when compared to any other VPN. This is why fully deserves its name, and how. Usually, I’ll be telling you to take anything with a grain of salt.
Not this time. IPVanish deserves your full trust. Like it made countless other users happy, it’ll deliver its promises to you as well. Here’s what you can expect from it:
Almost excellent overall security. In terms of encryption, it’s just as good as the other two, but the US jurisdiction makes many people wonder as to whom its masters are. The 14-Eyes Surveillance Alliance has cast fear into everyone, it seems.
Speed – it depends. On some high-speed servers, you can even get to 150-200 Mbps, while others will only get you as far as 20-30 Mbps. It depends, really. On the country you’re trying to access, your ISP and your bandwidth, but these aren’t the very best servers either.
Still, it’ll get you completely safe through real-time streaming or even HD media content.
The customer support is extremely good. Based on good ol’ 24/7 live chat system, you’ll have the best of the best at your disposal. In a few hours, a day at the very most, the staff guys will get back to you with a knowledgeable reply.
The VPN client is not exactly the easiest one to use, nor the best-looking, but it gets the job done. It definitely gets its job done wonderfully. Perhaps they’re focusing more on the pragmatic and functional part of things, rather than the aesthetics.
The pricing, I have to say, is overall better than anything you can find when talking about premium VPNs. Even by standard VPN price, it still wins out. You’re not going to believe it when you’ll see the prices.
Ah, snooker, striking balls on a table with a long stick which you polish from time to time. What a bloody delight! What else could you want from life? A prize-winning premium Big Mac with extra chili would probably be even better, but who am I kidding? Striking balls it is!
All of this show started back in 1927 when the Royce Gracie of the snooker world made his debut – Joe Davis (15 consecutive wins).
As for this year’s championship, you’ll have to watch it for yourself and see who’s the last one standing.