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TVNZ not working with VPN? There’s a simple workaround!

Having trouble watching TVNZ abroad with your VPN? You’re not alone. TVNZ has started blacklisting IP addresses known to belong to VPNs, preventing viewers using certain VPNs from accessing content. Luckily, there’s an easy fix. In this article, we’ll show you what you need to do if TVNZ is not working with your VPN.

Why does TVNZ block VPNs?

TVNZ is not alone in blocking VPNs from accessing its content. Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime Video all do the same. The reason for the blanket ban on VPNs is understandable. It’s all because of licensing.

All TV-streaming services are in competition with each other. This means they’re all bidding to win the rights to broadcast content in certain regions. Allowing viewers to use VPNs to virtually spoof their location would devalue these licenses. Online streaming services are therefore cracking down on VPNs to protect their borders (and investments in content).

How does TVNZ block VPNs?

Detecting a VPN is difficult. Most VPNs have 256-bit AES encryption, DNS/IPv6 leak protection (military-grade security). Which means TV streaming services have to use more basic methods to detect VPNs.

The way TVNZ detects VPNs is pretty simple. TVNZ monitors the level of traffic coming from IPs and blocks any with abnormally high levels of activity. This captures VPNs that share their servers (and IPs) with too many customers.

For example, an average house’s internet connection will cater for 1-6 people. This means a normal house could feasibly have six simultaneous connections to TVNZ. As VPNs have thousands (sometimes millions) of customers, it creates the potential for these figures to be massively inflated. As New Zealand is not a major market, most VPNs only have a handful of servers in New Zealand. Which is a problem, as it creates the potential for thousands of customers to connect to TVNZ at the same time (when The Bachelor is one, for example). If/when this happens, the VPN’s IP address becomes detect and blacklisted for abnormal usage.

How to fix?

The workaround is simple.

You need to get a VPN that has IP addresses that aren’t blocked by TVNZ. We recommend NordVPN ($2.75/month). It’s a first-class VPN that is used around the world to location spoof and unblock streams.

More importantly, NordVPN has it has a dedicated technical team that monitors its server’s connections with TV streaming services. That’s not all. The customer support is excellent, users have access to 24/7 live chat via the website and support agents will guide you through any connection issues.

I’ve been using NordVPN ($2.75/month) to stream TVNZ (and iPlayer/Netflix) since March and have expereience no problems.

Note: NordVPN has 30+ servers in New Zealand. If you’re having difficulty watching TVNZ via the AutoConnect feature you need to manually connect to a different server.

ExpressVPN ($6.66/month) is the next best VPN. It’s a little more expensive than NordVPN and doesn’t have as many servers globally. That said, it’s service is as good as ant VPN provider out there. ExpressVPN also as a dedicated technical team and 24/7 live chat support.


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