We here at FlashRouters are children of the ’80s and ’90s, so we grew up watching videos on TV. That’s not really a viable option anymore.
Complaining about MTV not showing videos anymore is such an old hobby that it’s more of an institution than MTV itself. There’s no sense in flogging that horse; the MTV we grew up with is not coming back.
So those of us with a taste for the music video format long ago gave up on indulging in that taste. Well, just when things seemed as hopeless as it can get, Vevo appeared.
What Is Vevo?
Music video fans, your salvation is here and thriving! Vevo is a music video platform that allows you free access to content from most of your favorite artists. There are official videos, concert videos, videos from television appearances…basically, whatever you’re looking for. There’s even a Live on Letterman section.
In addition, Vevo offers some original programming. Click over to the Shows section and find ASK:REPLY wherein musicians like Robyn and John Mayer answer questions directly from their fans. Or you can watch Stylized, and see artists like Kendrick Lamar or Miguel walk you through their process of choosing the personal fashion that suits them. Or if you’re really looking to kill time, check out Lyric Lines, wherein the host tries to use lyrics from artists like Train and ‘N Sync as pick-up lines on unsuspecting strangers (better yet, don’t; it’s really obnoxious).
Vevo has struck deals with a great deal of major labels (such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music, ABKCO, Beggars Group, Big Machine Records, to name but a few), so the content is geared to a distinctly mainstream crowd. This means that One Direction fans won’t have to look very hard to find videos that suit them. But there are more left-field choices beyond the veneer of Miley Cyrus’, Robin Thickes, and Demi Lovatos; you can find 30 videos from The National, 22 videos from TV on the Radio, and a whole host of other alternative choices if you’re willing to look a little harder.
Since Vevo is a free service, it should surprise no one that the site features a lot of advertisement – some in the form of commercials prior to videos, some in the form of splashy wallpaper ads – but given what you get in return, these ads seem like a small price to pay.
Use VPNs to Watch Vevo From Anywhere!
Vevo has expanded quickly since its launch in 2009, and is already available in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. There’s no doubt that’s an impressive footprint to make in four short years, but that does leave a lot of international music fans out in the cold.
But fear not, Lady Gaga fans in Central America, South America (aside from Brazil), Asia, and Africa (as well as significant parts of Europe); FlashRouters knows exactly how to help you get satisfaction: all you need to do is subscribe to a VPN service provider.
A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network Service, is a subscription-based service that is designed to increase the online security and privacy of its users. At a time when hacking, identity theft, and government surveillance is rampant, a VPN service is your best friend.
When you log into your VPN, all of your online information is tunneled through encrypted servers set up all over the world. This makes your sensitive data (credit card numbers, e-mails) safe from prying eyes.
Another great advantage of using a VPN is that you can use it to convince your computer that you’re in any part of the world, opening up a world of geographically restricted material. Want to access Vevo from Egypt? Log in to your VPN and pick a server in a country that offers Vevo. Want to access Google from China? Pick a server in most other countries. Want to watch Netflix US from overseas? Pick a US-based server. It’s that easy.
Some of the most popular VPN service providers for US & UK IP adresses include Overplay VPN, HideMyAss VPN, IPVanish VPN, and PrivateInternetAccess VPN. FlashRouters also offers a new VPN provider comparison list to help you find the virtual private network that best suits your needs.
How FlashRouters Can Improve Your Vevo Experience
Of course, if you want to get the most out of your VPN, and make sure your Vevo experience is completely free of annoying stalls and freezes, then you’ll need a FlashRouter.
At FlashRouters, our goal is to provide our customers with devices that are more powerful and fast than any router they may have previously owned. We accomplish that goal by flashing all of our devices with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares designed to boost the power, reliability, and functionality of already top-notch routers.
Using a router flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato allows you to expand your wireless signal’s range, access advanced security options, and control how you want your bandwidth allocated (in case you want to prioritize high volume tasks like, say, streaming music videos on Vevo). What’s more, a FlashRouter can make your VPN usage that much more simpler. All of our devices come equipped with built-in VPN-connectivity, which saves you the time and hassle of installing the tricky VPN installation software on your own (a process that has bricked a router or two in its day). And if you use our popular dual-router set-up, you can switch back and forth between your local connection and VPN with minimal effort!
Some of our most powerful routers include the Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Tomato router, a beast of a device that we’re just thrilled to be able to offer to you. There’s also the Cisco Linksys E4200 DD-WRT router, which is our most popular device many months running (and there are a lot of good reasons for that). Or, if it’s sheer speed you’re after, then you should go with our only Wireless-AC router, the Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT router, which almost doubles the speed of all of our other routers!
FlashRouters can even give you another platform through which to enjoy Vevo. Roku has included Vevo amongst its many channels for almost a year now, and wouldn’t you know it, we happen to have those on sale in our device store. Pick one up and make your Vevo experience complete!
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