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Posts tagged ‘BBC Iplayer VPN’

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How to Watch BBC Iplayer in the US on a Wii

There’s lots of little fancy media streaming devices out now, but for many people looking for something quick and simple to watch online stations like the BBC Iplayer on their TV screen – then a good option is the Nintendo Wii.  Many people already have these and they stream media as well as most commercial devices.

Watch BBC Iplayer
But of course just like your computer most of these online channels are restricted to the country they are broadcast from – so you need to be in the USA for Hulu, the United Kingdom for BBC Iplayer and so on.

It’s of course easy to bypass these blocks using a security program like Identity Cloaker on a PC, you just click on the country you want to be in, but can you use the same functionality on other devices such as the Nintendo Wii?

Well the simple answer is yes ! In fact you can switch the location of your Wii to any country where they have a server based – e.g. France, United Kingdom, USA, Canada or Australia for example – so use a US proxy site or a UK one depending on your needs.  This also works for some of the other commercial VPN/proxy services,  just ask their support desks for help.

So here’s how it works for watching BBC Iplayer on a Nintendo Wii in the USA by using Identity Cloaker.

Obviously you’ll need to connect your Wii to the internet first, which is fairly straight forward. If you’re actually in the UK then all you need to do is go to the shopping channel from the main screen and download the BBC Iplayer channel and that’s it.

For Anyone Outside the United Kingdom – it’s slightly more complicated as you won’t be able to see that channel available.   First of all change your country settings –

Wii Options> Wii Settings> Country> Change to UK

This  is what controls what’s in the shopping channel – when set to the UK you’ll be able to download BBC Iplayer, you can change it back after if needed.

However this won’t fool the BBC Iplayer website if you’re not in the UK, because it will check your IP address when you try and watch anything.  To do this you have to hide your real address and connect using a server based in the United Kingdom.

wii-connection-setup

I will do this using my Identity Cloaker account as follows –

  • Go to the Wii System Settings Page and select the Internet connection tab.
  • Select  the connection you are using and scroll down to proxy server settings.
  • Enable the Proxy Server and select advanced settings
  • Pick one of the IP address of an Identity Cloaker UK server and use Port 4040
  • Input Your Identity Cloaker –  Username and Password
  • Save Settings and then Watch the BBC

You can get the IP address and your username/password from the Identity Cloaker support team or it’s listed in the members area.  If you’re using a different service just contact their support for the same information – as long as they accept authentication in this manner then they all should work.

 

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How to Watch Hulu From Outside the USA

I’m sure you’ve heard of it – as Hulu is one of the most popular TV/Video sites on the planet.   It’s full of great American shows and not just the two year old ones – you’ll find the very latest Simpsons, Family Guy, Glee and Americas’s Got Talent.   Anyway the problem is that unless you live in the US you won’t be able to watch it at all.

Watching Hulu from Outside the US

Here’s what happens when you try and access the Hulu site – you get the following little message –

It doesn’t matter where you live, if it’s not in the USA then you’ll get this message or similar.  Even if you try from Canada you’ll get exactly the same – doesn’t seem fair does it !!  The problem is that the website looks up your IP address when you connect and works out where you’re based – anything non-US and you can’t access the site,  you need to present a US IP address or you won’t get anywhere.

The solution as many have found is to hide your real IP address and use one that is based in the USA.   You have to use a US server to route all your traffic through when accessing Hulu.

You used to be able to use a simple US proxy server for this and there were even a few free ones supported by advertising like Hotspot Shield.  However unfortunately those don’t work now as Hulu is able to detect when these proxies are being used.

You need to find a service that provides a more secure connection, or if you work for a company who have a US office ask them if they have a VPN you can use !

Anyway you’ll find there are lots of companies offering proxies and VPN services online – mostly for a very reasonable cost.    The one I use is actually a security program which is great for watching media sites as they have lots of servers in different countries and it’s certainly the best value – it’s called Identity Cloaker.

It’s very easy to use – here’s the screen where you select the proxy server to use –

It’s very easy to use – whenever you need to hide your IP address, you fire it up and simply click on the server you need – in this case for Hulu, you need a US based one.   Identity Cloaker has servers in the UK, Canada, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Australia and a few others.

If you go back to the Hulu site you’ll go straight in and be able to watch the shows without any problem.  There’s a very good video demonstrating the process on YouTube here, this uses a different program called Overplay which also works well.

I currently though use Identity Cloaker all over the world – for BBC IPlayer and ITV when outside the UK and for the US sites when I’m at home.   It’s well recommended, the servers are really fast and you can even run the program from a USB key if you use different computers when travelling – try the 10 Day Trial Here to check it out first.

If you want to see a post on how to use it watch BBC Iplayer – this might help you – BBC Iplayer Abroad 2012