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Looking for a Polish Proxy

You may wonder why I’m writing about Poland and worrying about where to find a proxy server in Poland.  Well although I have no real need to access Polish websites, I happen to know a few people who live near me and do.

In years gone by the internet was pretty open, I rarely remembered ever getting blocked access to a website.  But things have changed now and there are lots of filters, blocks applied all over the place.  In the last few days I was blocked from accessing Hulu in the USA, my banking site and a funny video clip on YouTube because ‘it was not accessible in my region’.

Fortunately for those of us who get cross about these sorts of things – there are now loads of tools and services which can bypass these blocks which use VPNs and proxy servers.  It’s easy to find one if you want standard countries like US and the UK but they can be difficult to find for smaller countries.

For example my friend comes from Krakow but now has settled in the UK.   But much of his family are still in Poland and he often finds himself connecting back to Polish websites.  Unfortunately increasingly he gets blocked because his location (or IP adddress) is outside Poland.  Last week it was a Polish TV site online and a bank based in Krakow that had an online service.  It’s exactly the same reason you can’t access Hulu from the UK or some of the cracking shows on Canadian TV that are online.

The technology is called Geotargeting and the easiest way you can see this demonstrated is simply by using Google.  So here’s what I get if I go to Google  –

Google checks my IP address when I connect, cross references with a database of IP Address/Country and sees I’m in the UK so delivers the British version of Google.

But unfortunately this technology is also used to lock me out of many web sites and applications that are not UK based.  SO I can’t watch Simpsons on Hulu, listen to music on Pandora or anything that is restricted to other countries.

Anyway I’ll show how I can change my IP address to a Polish one as a quick example.  All I need to do is connect to a Polish server and tunnel my connection through that.  This will then fool the web site into thinking that’s my location.   There are lots of services which can do this but one I use often is called Overplay

Here’s the software working, I just select the country I need and then press connect.  In  this case I want to get an IP address from Poland so I select a Polish server from the list.  I then just put in the username and password and I’m connected – that’s all there is to it – takes about 10 seconds.

Here’s the connection screen, then you just minimize it to the task bar and carry on as normal.  However while this is connected all my requests are being routed through the server in Krakow, and that’s where I’ll appear to be from.

Now you can see that if I visit Google, this time I’ll be given the Polish version because my IP address is listed from Krakow.  If I change connections I’ll be given a different version  Of course this isn’t particularly useful as I’m not really in Poland.  But if I wanted to access a Polish media site or online banking then it would be very useful.

Here’s another option demonstrated in this video about accessing TVN player.

If I changed to a US server I could use all the American sites even on my Ipad, change to Canadian server and watch Canadian TV and so on.  They’re well worth checking out as you get all the servers included in the subscription – helpful support too – Overplay Trial.

  • I did not realize that there were so many popular Polish TV channels. I didn’t even know that they had reality TV shows comparable to those in the U.S. and the U.K.. They apparently have a top model competition hosted by Joanna Krupa (who was on Dancing with the Stars), and this is one of the highest rated shows there. Maybe it’s a whole new world I’ll discover once I configure this app.

    Betty

    March 7, 2013

  • Programming like DISH Network Polish Package is what makes satellite television so rewarding. Why settle for ordinary TV when DISH Network offers so many original programming packages along with state of the art television equipment? I can think of one very good reason. You can watch Polish TV stations for free – without the heavy installation and monthly fees of having satellite or cable television packages with those added extra packages at an additional price.

    Teresa

    March 10, 2013

  • Teresa makes a very valid point in her comment, I found the entire article to be very interesting and I don’t have cable so this is not something that I am used to in the first place so it doesn’t bother me to not have it now. This is great information to have for those that require having TV though and I hope that it will be used wisely.

    Frances

    March 13, 2013

  • This is a very nice software application. It is very useful for persons living or traveling outside of the U.S.. I think it is great for exchange students and anyone who has ever wanted to travel the world on a low budget. I am a firm believer that entertainment content should be free for those who truly cannot afford it. Those who can afford it should support the arts by paying any fees companies charge.

    Patsy

    March 15, 2013

  • I agree completely and it is sad that so many sites set up these restrictions. The irony is that people who want to use the internet to access specific sites are normally travelling outside the country.

    March 15, 2013

  • I live in the United States, so I can watch for free any episode from one of my favorite Polish soap s, The Londoners. It’s a big budget Polish drama series which follows the lives of a group of Poles as they seek their fortune in London. The show is the first Polish attempt to tackle the post-accession wave of immigration, which has seen many of Poland’s brightest young people relocate to work in Britain.

    James

    March 20, 2013

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