A new internet provider is offering Australians legal access to previously off-limits overseas streaming services.
ISP new-kid-on-the-block Yournet gives lovers of overseas content the ability to access foreign services without having to bypass geo-blocking measures.
The service will launch in August as and will offer only one plan: unlimited ADSL2+ downloading at $129.95 a month.
That means Australians can watch US Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now and BBC iPlayer without changing their DNS setting or paying for a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Yournet claims its video-streaming quality will be boosted by ensuring not too many customers share the one network link.
Founder Raj Bhuva told Fairfax they will offer NBN fibre plans “shortly after launch”.
“Piracy is a major problem and our stance is that we’re an anti-piracy ISP,” Mr Bhuva said.
“We want people to pay for content. Which means having the option to pay for content and at the moment the only options are either paying excessive prices or illegally downloading something.
“Obviously the content creators and providers are missing out on revenue due to piracy. We’re saying this is the solution to the problem; let people pay for the content that they want to watch, delivered in a reasonable timeframe.”
Mr Bhuva says his company has legal advice that its service is legal under Australian law and cited comments from Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to back him up.
“From our perspective Australian Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has said the use of this type of technology to bypass geo-blocking is perfectly okay.”
The ISP isn’t the first Australian company to consider offering this kind of service after Australian ISP Internode previously explored the option.
However, Internode decided against it, claiming it would attract unwanted attention.