How to Watch Content Blocked from Other Countries

Because of content licenses, streaming services and other video content websites have to impose restrictions on who can watch what, but here’s how to get around that.

One of the best examples of blocked content comes from Hulu, which blocks other countries outside the US from viewing its content. NBC does this with videos on its website as well, and even YouTube doesn’t allow users to watch some videos if they live outside the US.

It’s extremely frustrating, but all hope is not lost. Barriers are made to be broken, and with just a little time and a very light elbow grease, you can watch blocked content on your computer with very little knowledge and effort.

There are several ways to bypass blocked content, but the most popular method is to use a VPN. There are loads of VPN services to choose from, but we personally love it. Private Internet Access because it is relatively inexpensive and mostly easy to install. It costs just $40 per year which is just over $3 per month.

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Once you’ve signed up for an account and are ready, you’ll want to configure your VPN service to work on your iPad or whatever device you use, such as a computer or Android device, but we’re talking about using an iPad in this how-to section. If you are using a different device, Private Internet Access has guides For Android, Windows, OS X and more.

Configure Your VPN Service

Open the app on your iPad and go to . Next, tap on it and a pop-up window will appear with various text boxes. This is probably the hardest part of the setup process, so if you can get through this, you’re good to go.

Before filling any of the text boxes, Sign in to your Private Internet Access account If you haven’t already, go to the section entitled and. Click on it and a username and password will open. This is not your new account login, but additional credentials that we will only use on our iPad. Be sure to write down this information or keep the browser window open.

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Return to your iPad and select L2TP at the top of the popup. Now fill the text boxes with the following information:

Tap on in the upper right corner and then flip the power switch to . A VPN status logo should now appear next to the WiFi signal in the upper left corner of your iPad’s screen. This means you are ready to go.

To make sure your VPN is working, turn it on and navigate to: www.whatismyip.com. This will tell you your “location”. If it tells you that you are in a place where you are not really, it is working properly.

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Once you have your VPN set up and turned on, you can now start drawing lines on content that is usually blocked in your area. For example, if you live outside the US but want to watch content on Hulu or another streaming service that doesn’t allow foreigners, you can set your VPN somewhere in the US. From there, you will be able to watch all the content you want.

Of course, you don’t have to use Private Internet Access as there are loads of other options. For VPN options, Hotspot Shield, Proxmate, Tunnelbear etc. and you can even get web browser extensions like Mediahint and Hola for your computer.