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Simply put, Overplay provides a service which can encrypt your internet traffic via one of their high speed and reliable VPN servers. This will secure everything you send from interception by your regular ISP or WiFi provider. Overplay VPN disguises your connection and makes it appear to websites that you visit as if you’re connected directly via our international servers. In effect you are changing your IP address for one of their US, UK, Irish, Canadian, or Swedish IP Addresses.  Overplay also offers SmartDNS at a reduced price for those looking to unblock regional entertainment restrictions on sites like Hulu or Netflix.

Overplay tends to focus on providing VPN service so their customers all over the world can watch online TV. You might have noticed the TV in their logo, and the word “play” in their name! This includes watching BBC iPlayer, Hulu, and other popular sites that offer free TV online. These sites normally block access to the free content and allow only certain countries access. For example, outside of North America, Hulu is blocked. And, outside of the UK, BBC iPlayer is blocked. Well, not anymore – not if you have Overplay VPN!

In order to accomplish this, Overplay VPN has to provide both the ability to choose your country (and IP address), as well as maintain a high speed connection. Choosing your country is important so you can get access to the sites with the TV content, and the high speed connection is important because streaming TV takes up a lot of bandwidth! They seem to do both rather well and often respond to any connection or speed problems promptly, although they do not have “live” support. Still, many premium providers get away without having live support by simply providing quick and responsive support via email.

Overplay VPN and Overplay SmartDNS

Overplay VPN utilizes a custom build of OpenVPN software for customers that are not using PPTP or L2TP. This is fairly typical amongst top tier providers. Some providers just use OpenVPN as-is, with a configuration file. Others use custom builds, such as OverPlay VPN. Others go all out proprietary and develop their own software. Overplay VPN software works with Windows, Mac, Linux, and even the iPhone!  Overplay actually allows you to either use their OverplayVPN software, the custom OpenVPN software, or a standard OpenVPN application with the config files.  Talk about choices!

The plans offered by Overplay, well we should say “plan”, since they only offer one! The plan offered by Overplay runs monthly and is very competitive for the price. You do pay for a month in advance though, but that’s fairly typical of most providers. You can cancel at anytime, and there is no minimum term requirement.

Blocked Countries: Overplay does not allow signups from the following countries:  Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

Logging Policy: The Overplay VPN privacy policy says, “Information on “Service Usage” will not be disclosed to anyone, except where required by law. “Service Usage” consists exclusively of the date/time of the connection to us, the length of the connection, the source IP address used for the connection, and the number of bytes transferred. No logs regarding individual session use (other than as mentioned) are kept.”

July 2011 Update: Overplay has now expanded their VPN service to 31 available countries!  We also have some speed test results available from their US East, UK, and Ireland servers for your review.  Head on over to our news bulletin for all the latest info on the expansion and speed tests!

January 2014 Update: With the Winter Olympics in Sochi fast approaching, Overplay is quickly becoming the hot topic.  At only $4.95 for SmartDNS, Overplay VPN can solve any access restrictions and open up fully Olympic coverage.  We have been following Overplay for some time and they have been very successful with their focus on personal VPN for media content.  This isn’t their first time doing the Olympics either!  The country count has increased substantially to 48.  Their simple setup across a wide variety of platforms (router, mobile, desktop, etc.) and VPN app combined with the ultra low prices typically keep Overplay in the top VPN providers.  The new addition of SmartDNS at only $4.95/month complements their existing $9.95/month VPN service quite nicely.

January 2015 Update:  Overplay converted huge on the Winter olympics and did quite well in 2014.  The new SmartDNS offering immediately rose in popularity, and could be considered one of the first inexpensive DNS offerings.  Now, DNS changing services are common place.  A new website, expanded mobile, and more servers have all been added at Overplay.  Prices continue to stay low at only $4.95 for SmartDNS and $9.95 for unlimited VPN.  Term lengths of 3 months or more receive discounted pricing.  If you’re looking long term, $49.95 for 1 year of SmartDNS is a great value.

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6 Responses to “Overplay”

  1. LOL@Cuba says:
    July 10th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    LOL at the blocked countries list! Ya think?! Anyway, I basically love Overplay. They let me watch Hulu even though I’m not in the US. The cool part is I actually pay for the premium Hulu subscription! Hahah! I buy it by the 3month blocks. I can’t get myself to buy any longer than that at a time. You just never know with the internet and I don’t want to lose money. They have OpenVPN, L2TP and PPTP, so you should update your review! Plus you can either use their Overplay software, or use a customized versin of OpenVPN, or the stock version with the certificates. Not a lot of places allow that, though I just use their software anyway. Support is top notch, but I only had to contact it on setup once. Speed always lets me watch Hulu without a problem, so I’m good!

    editors note: Whoops our bad! We had PPTP and L2TP in the list, but then OpenVPN in the software section. That’s our fault. OverplayVPN does over PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN. If you use OpenVPN you can either utilize the OverplayVPN software, a customized version of OpenVPN, or the raw config files with a normal OpenVPN app. Thanks for the correction Cuba! (p.s. Cuba does have 64kbps!)

  2. Solid says:
    October 1st, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Overplay is an extremely solid VPN service and I haven’t had any complaints in over a year. I first started using the service to watch some tv overseas. I’ve since used when I’m on the road for secure wifi, and the occasional download from the web. I could leave it on all the time because it’s plenty fast but I normally don’t when I’m at home unless watching video. My home network speed is 50Mbps and I pretty much always average over 10Mbps with Overplay. Plenty to watch high def video and surf the web. I think where they shine is reliability since I’ve yet to have a problem with them. I read through some other services here because I was thinking about switching to save money, but after reading about downtime I think I’m going to stick with Overplay. I give it 5 stars all around except price (never had to contact support though!)

  3. Lokist says:
    January 17th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I use this to watch TV all over the world. Makes it SO easy for me to get Hulu, Netflix, BBC, you name it. If you want to watch internet tv, this is what you need.

  4. Jonathan says:
    March 18th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    the Overplay program is extremely easy to use, point and click. The speed is pretty good, once in awhile you connect to a slow IP or an IP that is banned from a site you want to navigate. The price isn’t astronomical, but I’d prefer to pay less lol. The software is sleek and installs without a problem, never get any errors. All in all, a great product I definitely would recommend if someone needed a product of this nature. Which I think more people will need now.

  5. DBevore says:
    May 14th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Worked like a charm for the olympics and decided to keep it. Wow totally awesome to watch all that with the actual UK feed. Was SO much better than the crappy US feed I had at home. Speeds always allowed me to stream. Would stutter occassionally. Not bad at all really. Cost wasn’t that bad easy purchase. Was always there for me to connect to and watch with iPlayer, etc.

  6. Tia says:
    February 11th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I really like their TV VPN and use it on my laptop form the airport. This is my Hulu Flix account. Thanks!

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