“How to stream Disney+ and Apple TV+ from Bangladesh - Dhaka Tribune” plus 1 more

“How to stream Disney+ and Apple TV+ from Bangladesh - Dhaka Tribune” plus 1 more

How to stream Disney+ and Apple TV+ from Bangladesh - Dhaka Tribune

Posted: 10 Oct 2019 06:20 AM PDT

Disney+ and Apple TV+ will officially launch from November across North America | Collected

The DhakaTribune's Showtime is here to help you and guide you through how to use these services from Bangladesh

The digital content streaming war will get much more fierce from next month as the two biggest new services Disney+ and Apple TV+ will go live from November 12 and November 1 respectively. Sadly both of these platforms will not launch in Bangladesh. The Dhaka Tribune's Showtime is here to help you and guide you through how to use these services from Bangladesh.

What you will get

Disney+ is the upcoming American video on-demand streaming subscription service owned by The Walt Disney Company. The service had a test run in the Netherlands on September 12 and is set to launch in the United States and Canada on November 12, Australia and New Zealand from November 19 and gradually expand globally.

The platform will be a major contender against Netflix, currently the most popular over-the-top (OTT) streaming service in the world.

Disney+ will be focused on film and television content from Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television. They will produce original films and TV series for the platform but they will rollout with the vast content already produced or owned by the corporation. This includes a vast amount of content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. This means the service will start with approximately 500 films and 7000 television episodes at its disposal.

Experts are speculating this will make Disney+ a monopoly in the OTT business as they will stop leasing digital distribution rights for these content to major platforms like Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video and the upcoming Apple TV+.   

On the other hand, Apple TV+ is owned by Apple, the world's sixth richest public company according to Forbes. They have their own plan to compete with Netflix, capture their market share and rolling out in 120 countries from day one with their star studded original content lineup. They even have a separate pricing plan just for India, which is a huge content consuming market with more than a billion potential customers.

Plans and pricing

Both services will not feature any advertisements or commercials. Both will support downloading of content on mobile devices like Netflix for offline viewing, and both will also support streaming shows and movies at 4K resolution and some contents in 4K HDR. 

A single Disney+ account ($6.99/month) will support streaming for up to 10 devices at once, with up to four concurrent streams (watching the same show or movie on four devices) at once. 

Apple TV+ ($4.99/month) will support six people for one account but Apple has not announced any concurrent streaming information yet. But Apple's original contents will either be subtitled or dubbed in almost 40 languages from launch along with audio descriptions in eight languages. 

Also, the company is offering anyone who purchases an iPhone, iPad, Mac or an Apple TV set-top box released in 2019 a free year of Apple TV Plus. If you happen to buy a new 2019 Apple product like the iPhone 11 Pro or a 2019 iMac, you can log into the device with your Apple ID, run your paid VPN service through a US server, then login to the website of Apple TV Plus and claim your one year long free service which you can share with six other who can run the service from any PC, Android or latest smart TV which has Apple TV+ functions, if they also have paid VPN subscriptions.

Streaming from Bangladesh

Since both of these services will not be available in Bangladesh, local viewers need to use a paid VPN (Virtual Private Network) service and an international credit card to subscribe to them.

Apple TV+ will be simple and straightforward as everything is interconnected with the Apple ecosystem and their Apple ID. If you do not have an Apple ID then create one first from Apple's official website.
A preview of Apple TV+ | Apple

Subscribe to a paid VPN service like ExpressVPN or NordVPN which will cost from $12 to $15 each month. Though the most expensive option in the market, we recommend ExpressVPN as our tests showed that it is the best VPN for streaming or multiplayer gaming and can be simultaneously used on five different devices.

When Apple TV+ launches you can connect to a US server through the VPN app on your phone, PC, or even some smart TVs. Go to the official Apple TV+ site and login with your Apple ID. Enter your credit card information and make sure you have enough dollar endorsed on your card. The international payment gateway also needs to stay open during the transaction. Contact your bank's customer helpline for more information on that.

After the payment process is set up, you can watch your favourite contents on Apple TV+. Make sure you always connect to a US network on your VPN app before logging in to the Apple TV+ app.

Subscribing to Disney+ is a bit tricky. The service is accessible via a paid VPN but will not let you pay unless you have a credit card from a US based bank.

There are two options to work around this. The first option is subscribing to the Indian OTT platform Hotstar, known as India's Netflix. Hotstar signed an exclusive deal with Disney recently to offer Disney+ contents in India through their app without any additional charges. 

So, you need to use an Indian server through your paid VPN service and register on Hotstar (₹365/month). During our tests Visa and Master Cards issued from Bangladesh did not let us pay on Hotstar during the registration process. The only cards that worked were an American Express (Amex) card issued from Bangladesh (did not work on the first time but after entering the credit card info a couple of times, the server accepted the payment) and a Payoneer Mastercard (used by freelancers).

A preview of the user interface (UI) of Disney+ | <strong>Disney</strong>

The second option is if you have any friends or family living in any country where Paypal is available. Disney's payment system accepts Paypal from any country. All you need to do is launch the VPN under a US or Netherlands (currently Netherlands server is doing a test run). Then go to Disney+ official site and register through your email and set a password. Go to the payment options and pay through the Paypal gateway by using someone's Paypal account and your Disney+ will be up and running.

Some forum's have claimed Amex cards issued from any country can successfully clear payment on Netherland's test server which is offering a month-long free trial. We have not tested this method and can not confirm this.

Is VPN usage legal in Bangladesh?

Yes. According to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission's (BTRC) website and its office memo no: BTRC/E&O/VoIP (177)/2005-24; dated January 06, 2010 states that VPN can be used if "VPN service is intended for data services only, no commercial voice traffic is allowed over VPN. Passing illegal VoIP traffic through VPN tunnel in any circumstances is strictly prohibited."

VPN services are therefore completely legal to use unless it is being used to run illegal Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) traffic, also called IP telephony.

10 Best Practices for VoIP Success - PCMag.com

Posted: 03 Jul 2019 12:00 AM PDT

IT Watch - 10 Best Practices for VoIP Success

Moving your company telephone system to Voice-over-IP (VoIP) is a significant undertaking. You have to change the way you think about your phone system, your company network, and the way you manage voice communications. And whether you're changing to VoIP or you're already running a VoIP network, getting the best performance requires planning, active management, and monitoring.

IT Watch bug art While there are a lot of different types of VoIP networks available and a vast number of solutions, like AT&T Collaborate, Intermedia Unite, and
RingCentral Office, there are still some common factors that affect every VoIP network in one way or another. As I found out while testing products for PCMag's latest business VoIP review roundup, a lot boils down to your company network: whether it's ready for VoIP and whether you're ready to run it there.

It's also worth noting that there are surprising things that can impact your VoIP service and sometimes those things aren't always obvious. Here are 10 best practices that I wanted to share with you now that this latest business VoIP testing round is behind me.

  1. Make sure your network infrastructure will work with your chosen VoIP system, and be prepared to make changes. Not every switch, router, firewall or security appliance will work with all VoIP providers. Sometimes you may need to reconfigure or update a device, but it's not uncommon to find that your VoIP software simply won't work unless you swap out some hardware. In one instance, I found that the only way a VoIP product would work was to turn off security.

  2. Confirm that your network will support the call quality that VoIP requires. Having sufficient bandwidth is important but so is prioritization, which means that your infrastructure needs to be able to support Quality of Service (QoS) everywhere VoIP traffic will appear. Voice traffic is extremely sensitive to things such as packet loss and jitter, meaning that a network that will work fine for data may not work well at all for voice.

  3. Ensure that your network monitoring software will support VoIP. This means that you need to be able to see what's happening on your network that could impact VoIP traffic, whether it's the daily backups sucking up bandwidth or a misconfigured router that's not handling QoS properly. Fortunately, most enterprise-grade network monitoring products do handle VoIP properly, but you have to check.

  4. Check to see that your physical infrastructure will support your VoIP plans. While some VoIP phones will let you daisy-chain your workstation, this isn't really a good idea. Instead, you should plan on dedicated Ethernet runs to each VoIP phone. Having a dedicated switch for VoIP isn't necessarily required, especially on smaller networks, but it's a good idea. Besides, the VoIP switch will likely need to support Power over Ethernet (PoE) unless you plan to run electrical power for every phone.

  5. Confirm that your broadband provider will support VoIP and prioritization. The internet at large doesn't support QoS, which is one reason to keep your voice traffic away from the internet as much as possible. This may require leasing a dedicated line, which is probably a good idea considering that voice communications are about as mission-critical as it gets.


  6. Engage a second broadband provider. You can't afford to be cut off if your primary broadband provider has a problem such as a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. You need at least two providers that are independent. When things are running normally, you can load balance them. When things are not running smoothly, you still have a way to stay in business.

  7. Find a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) solution provider that will match your needs. Some VoIP phone systems can connect directly to the PSTN through a hardware interface, but others, especially very large systems, require a provider that can connect to the PSTN using SIP. Some SIP providers use least cost routing, which means that it switches every call to the least expensive pathway at that time. But that can result in variable call quality and you probably don't want that.

  8. Plan for VoIP security. There are attacks that target VoIP specifically, including call hijacking and man-in-the-middle attacks. But VoIP security goes far beyond that. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has a publication entitled, "Security Considerations for Voice Over IP Systems," that's a must-read for VoIP admins. Meanwhile, you'll need to be looking at intrusion detection, virtual LANs (VLANs), and VoIP-compatible firewalls.

  9. Invest in appropriate network management. A VoIP network requires constant monitoring to keep call quality where it's supposed to be. This means that you'll need to determine the QoS metrics for your network, and then use management to make sure they stay where they're supposed to be.

  10. Set up lines of communication between the VoIP network manager and the IT network manager. Chances are high that you'll be sharing the same network infrastructure, at least in part, which means that changes by one team can affect the other. To make the network function for everyone, there needs to be communications.

As you can see, managing a VoIP network isn't a minor task. Equally important, it's not likely to be cheaper than using your old plain old telephone service (POTS) network. But VoIP can bring your organization capabilities that go far beyond what your old phone system could handle, which is why VoIP is growing so rapidly in business. But if you're going to do it, then it's important that you do it right. Just remember that there's a lot to know, and it goes far beyond any list provided here, so be prepared to move deliberately and think through each step as you go. When you do that, you can have a phone system that works with you instead of against you.

Have any questions you need answered about business VoIP? Join the [email protected] discussion group on LinkedIn and you can ask vendors, other professionals like yourself, and PCMag's editors.


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