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 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.
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.
|Cost per 1 Month||$4.95 / $9.95|
|Cost per 3 Months||$29.85|
|Cost per 6 Months||$59.70|
|Cost per Year||$119.40|
|Low Plan Term||1 Month|
|Low Plan Protocol||SmartDNS|
|Low Plan IP||Shared|
|Low Plan Cost||$4.95|
|Medium Plan Term||n/a|
|Medium Plan Protocol||n/a|
|Medium Plan IP||n/a|
|Medium Plan Cost||n/a|
|High Plan Term||1 Month|
|High Plan Protocol||PPTP & L2TP & OpenVPN|
|High Plan IP||Shared|
|High Plan Cost||$9.95|
|Protocol L2TP IPSec|
|Requires Software||OpenVPN only|
|File Share P2P|