Originally Posted by psilokan
Google's DNS settings do not work for this. I'm assuming they have so many servers that it automatically uses local ones, so if you're in Canada it's going through a Canadian DNS or at least passing on your country. I had been using 18.104.22.168 as my DNS for a couple years before switching it to Unblock-Us.
Unfortunately it's not that easy
I know ... that's why I said it isn't as easy as just changing to a US based DNS
I looked it up and as prop said, they actually modify the TCP traffic to "fake" US based origin when you hit a resource they handle. So if a new service comes along, this won't automagically work until the service gets on board and adds it to the list of supported services.
Anyway, it does seem MUCH better that a VPN (which is what HotSpot shield is) as it does not impact your actual bandwidth.
The only issue is that since all the streaming services use some sort of CDN (Akamai usually) which is distributed, you will end up getting to a US based CDN rather than a closer one, so the net path isn't as efficient. Still obviously plenty of bandwidth for Netflix and the like. Will try this out for sure ... and UnoTelly seems like a good alternative as well, and then there is proxydns.co which so far is FREE!