How to choose a VPN for Streaming?
Will it allow to access popular sites such as Netflix and iPlayer?
Most popular streaming sites have majorly cracked down on VPN providers, so you need to be sure you choose one that still allows you to access sites such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer.
Is it fast enough that you won’t experience any buffering?
There’s not much point in finding a provider that works with Netflix if your connection isn’t fast enough to stream an entire show without any buffering issues. A VPN offering quick, consistent performance means you’ll be able to watch all of your favorite shows in buffer-free HD.
Does it have servers optimized for streaming?
The streaming process is made a lot easier if you don’t have to scroll through countless servers trying to find one that works. Many top-tier VPNs eliminate this problem by offering dedicated streaming servers, so all you have to do is select the relevant country or site (BBC/Netflix/Hulu etc) and you’re good to go.
Does it have servers in the locations you need?
For the best possible performance, you’ll want to connect to the closest possible server to your physical location. Consider any needs outside streaming you may have and make sure there’s a decent number of servers in relevant locations. The more servers, the better the performance as there will be less congestion.
Does it work on your preferred devices?
You’re not always going to be streaming on a laptop or computer, whether you want to watch Netflix on a tablet whilst travelling or access Hulu through your Smart TV. Almost all VPN services will work on Windows, Mac and Linux machines, along with iOS and Android mobile devices. However, some VPN services are also compatible with other internet-connected items, such as routers, games consoles and streaming devices, such as the Amazon Firestick.
Are their client apps and software easy to use?
Nobody wants to use an outdated, confusing app. Look for a VPN with software that’s well-designed, simple and powerful and you will be much more likely to use it all the time.
What is their logging policy?
Every VPN will tell you it is does not track your internet activity or is a “zero logs” VPN. In reality, delivering high performance across an extensive global network is impossible unless you are monitoring at least some connection details of your users. Ideally you want a VPN that does not log your IP address at all and limits timestamp logging to just the date of your connection.