If you’ve been watching DStv with a VPN and its no longer working, all your VPN’s IP addresses have been blocked by DStv.
This has happened because your VPN is no longer able to stay one step a head of DStv’ VPN blocking techniques.
This is obviously frustrating, especially if it was working and now it’s not. But don’t worry there’s a few fixes you can try to resolve this issue.
This article will explain how you can fix DStv not working with VPN and how you can prevent these issues from arising again in the future.
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DStv not working with VPN: Quick Fixes
Cookies are small files used to make your online experience better with DStv. The problem is, in some occasions these Cookies contain information about your location.
DStv can potentially access this information to find out where you’re located. If it finds you’re outside Africa it will block your connection.
A good place to start when trying to fix DStv not working with VPN is deleting your Cookies.
Change to a different server
If you’re still running into issues watching DStv with your VPN, try changing to a different South African server.
The reason you’re having trouble watching DStv with VPN is because the current IP address your VPN has given you has been blocked by DStv.
Changing to a different South African server will give you a new one and if it hasn’t been blocked by DStv, you’ll be able to watch DStv with your VPN again.
Upgrade to a better VPN
If changing servers and deleting your Cookies hasn’t resolved the problem, DStv has managed to block all the IP addresses your VPN can provide.
You can wait for your VPN to release new IP addresses that DStv hasn’t blocked, however, there’s no telling how long this will take. Also seeing as you’ve run into this problem already, it’s obvious your VPN doesn’t have measures in place to stay ahead of DStv’ blocks. And inevitably the new IPs will get blocked by DStv as well.
The best way to fix DStv not working with VPN is to upgrade to a VPN that’s still compatible with the streaming service.
NordVPN ($3.49/month) or Ivacy ($1.33/month) both work well with DStv. When DStv identifies an IP address provided by these VPNs’ NordVPN ($3.49/month) or Ivacy ($1.33/month) will close that IP address and open a new one.
This will prevent you from running into the issues you’ve come across with your current VPN and it will allow you to watch DStv reliably anywhere in the world.
Why has DStv blocked my VPN?
DStv only has the rights to broadcast its content in Africa.
Because VPNs are well-known ways of watching the streaming service outside Africa, DStv blocks VPNs from accessing its content.
It does this to protect itself from potential copyright and licensing issues that can arise for broadcasting its content outside the countries where it has the rights to do so.
The agreements that DStv has with its content partners stipulate that it can only be broadcast in Africa. If DStv breached these agreements it could potentially face severe financial repercussions.
How does DStv block VPNs?
DStv blocks VPNs using three main techniques:
- The most common technique is to do with the IP addresses that your VPN can provide. VPN providers have more customers than the number of IP addresses they can provide; this means that customers can use the same IP addresses. Usually, only a household with a few devices uses the same IP address. When DStv sees hundreds or even thousands of connections coming through on the same IP address, it knows that it is a VPN and it blocks it.
- DStv monitors for IP, DNS and WebRTC leaks that can tip the service off you are using a VPN.
- DStv teams up with GeoIP databases like Maxmind to identify IP addresses. If the IP address your VPN provides is on one of these databases, DStv will be able to find out where in the world you are connecting to the internet from and it will block you.
Lesser VPN struggle to get around these techniques and subsequently all of their IP addresses get blocked. This is what has most likely happened to your VPN.
Does DStv still work with VPNs?
DStv still works with VPNs, however, you need to use a VPN that can stay ahead of DStv’ VPN blocks.
These VPNs work reliably with DStv because they play a game and cat and mouse with the streaming service. Inevitably DStv will sometimes identify an IP address provided by NordVPN ($3.49/month) and Ivacy ($1.33/month) however, when these IP addresses are blocked, NordVPN ($3.49/month) and Ivacy ($1.33/month) will close that IP and open a new one.
This means there will always be an IP address for you to connect to, allowing you to stream DStv from anywhere in the world reliably.
The best VPNs to watch DStv
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