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I tried ExpressVPN but wasn’t happy with them as the connection was unstable.

I should explain that I have a setup at home with two wifi routers, one of which supports VPN logins – so we have two WiFi networks, one of which makes websites think we are in HK (the ordinary one) and one of which (the VPN router) makes them think we are in the UK. We are able to access BBC iPlayer, UKTV, ITV Hub and Amazon Prime UK (bizarrely, our Amazon Prime membership allows us to log in for HK or UK – and presumably other places – but the content varies depending on whether Amazon thinks we are logging in from the UK or HK). The problem with ExpressVPN is that the connection would randomly terminate, which meant that to reconnect I had to fire up my laptop and tell the router to reconnect – no use at all when I was away from home and the Memsahib wanted to watch ITV3 (her favourite channel)!

So I switched to PureVPN, and am very happy indeed with them, not least because I only pay US$2.99 per month! It is worth trying to approach the subscription services from different directions – going straight in seems to give an undiscounted price, but approaching it through other third-party sites which recommend different VPN providers seems to trigger them to offer discounted prices. I think PureVPN were asking US$7 per month if you logged straight into their website, but as noted above I cut this to less than half by approaching through a third-party site.

In fairness to ExpressVPN they, just like PureVPN, have a very responsive instant-chat tech support service which operates 24/7. It is just that my experience with PureVPN showed greater stability, and better streaming. Despite our so-called broadband at home being capped at 8Mb/s by our provider (it’s an old building), which means in reality often only achieving a fraction of that, we are consistently able to stream 4k hi-def video.

PureVPN (again, not wishing to overly criticise ExpressVPN, I should add they have the same) allow access through other devices (I believe I can have up to ten at a time) either directly (if the device supports VPN access) or via an app/program (Windows, Mac, iOS and Android all supported).

Gold-2k, you say you used an expat network. Was that one of the HKEXpatTV/ThaiExpatTV networks? We hear from friends that their home base in Thailand was recently shut down by the authorities. Which allowed me to be very smug, since said friends were all paying ten times what I pay just to get UK TV, whereas I don’t just get UK TV, I get all the additional benefits of a VPN. As stevescoots says, this is brilliant for travellers, allowing them to bypass the Great Firewall of China and other local content restrictions.

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