Many of the VPN companies are having a torrid time at the moment because they’re being blocked and filtered. So I’m rechecking some old posts from my proxy list and checking if they’re still working. Unfortunately the original program highlighted here has become unusable so I am updating. The company I used here mentioned below specialize in high anonymity service and have a Poland proxy server which is not banned by TVN so if perfect for Polish TV. The service is known as Identity Cloaker and you can find out how it works further down the page.
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 spend their time searching for a Polish proxy list for access.
In years gone by the internet was pretty open, I rarely remember ever getting blocked access to a website. Many of us did use servers from proxy lists but mainly for privacy rather than actually bypassing blocks. 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’. All these were blocks based on my location, specifically my IP address.
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. Basically they allow you to hide your real IP address and use one from proxy servers in different countries instead. It’s easy to find a proxy server service if you want standard countries and an IP address from places like US and the UK. However it can be difficult to find a proxy list for smaller countries.
Using Polish Proxies to Hide Your Location
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 address) is outside Poland. Last week it was a one his favorite TV sites which had launched 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. It’s obviously very useful as obviously the local version of the search giant is the one I need, after all the US version of Google would return American based results.
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 and a few on the proxy list which can do this but one I use is called Identity Cloaker.
Here’s the software working, I just select the country I need from the various proxy servers listed and then press connect. In this case I want to get an IP address from Poland so I select a Polish proxy 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. You will see that there’s a large number of proxy servers on the Polish proxy list so you’ll have plenty of choice too.
Here’s the connection screen from an iPhone, just connect and carry on as normal. However while this is connected all my requests are being routed through the server in Krakow therefore I’ll have a Polish IP address, 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 depending on the location of the proxy servers I use. Of course this isn’t particularly useful when in the UK, after all I want to use the local version of Google for the best results. 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.
As you can see it’s quite simple, connect to a Polish VPN online and you will get Polish IP address registered when you connect to any server. It’s exceptionally useful for accessing sites like TVN which restrict access outside Poland. Unfortunately there are no free alternatives any more as all the main sites block access to the simple free Polish proxy sites that used to work. Also there are no free Polish VPN servers available unless you have access to a company or educational based service through work or college.
Don’t Use a Free Proxy List !
Of course, no-one like to have to pay but using free servers on some random proxy list to change your IP address is not really safe in today’s world. A huge amount of them will contain a proxy server used by cyber criminals to spread viruses and malware and steal personal credentials like passwords.
There also an important advantage besides safety of using these paid services and it’s an important one. The very best VPN services don’t just offer you a couple of servers but also access to large networks of VPN servers all across the world. This means that not only can you maintain your privacy using the built in encryption but you can completely unlock your internet connection. Switch countries at will and access websites all across the internet which are normally region locked due to your IP address.
A few years ago, only a select few could watch Netflix. Indeed for quite a while the list of countries which had access to Netflix was very small, including only the largest developed countries primarily across United States, North America and Europe. This has changed greatly and now you can access the media giant in most countries in the world. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in Japan, Turkey or the USA then you should be able to subscribe and watch Netflix without problems.
However it’s important to realise that which Netflix region you’re in, completely changes what’s available to you. The US version for example has thousands more shows and movies than all the other locales. Fortunately it is possible to switch your version of Netflix to this US one simply by changing your DNS settings.
Below we’ll explain how you can switch your version of Netflix to the US one. However if you just want to test it out, click on the image below to go to the 14 day trial for free and unblock US Netflix in minutes (no credit card required).
Click for 14 day Free Trial and Unblock US Version of Netflix
The Netflix Library is Linked to Your Location – Some are Much Better than Others
This is not the complete story, as although you can access your Netflix account pretty much anywhere nowadays. What you’ll see is heavily dependent on where you happen to be located. This is because Netflix has to license all the shows on a per country basis, i.e. if it pays for rights in the USA it would then have to pay separately for all the other countries. Obviously this means that Netflix will invest much more heavily in the bigger markets than it will in the smaller countries. So the service ( shows and movies) you get in somewhere like Austria will be much different from what you’ll receive if you access Netflix from New York.
The problem many people have with this, especially those who travel a lot is that these differences are hugely significant. The actual figures vary quite a bit, but some estimates suggest that there are tens of thousands more films and TV shows in the biggest version of Netflix (the USA) than in the other countries. Even though the subscription costs are similar it means that an American Netflix subscriber gets way more content than a subscriber from any other country. You don’t get such big differences with other streaming services like Apple TV for example. What’s more if you travel you’ll switch between versions which can be extremely annoying when suddenly the box-set you’re half way through suddenly disappears. Don’t imagine you’ll get your money back on your credit card either just because you’ve moved across a national boundary!
Is it fair? Well obviously this largely depends on where you happen to be. You’re unlikely to hear many complaints from US residents about their Netflix content especially if they don’t travel much. The US version of Netflix is so much better than everyone else’s, not only in quantity but quality too. For example at the time of writing there’s only one version of Netflix streaming the latest blockbusters – The Last Jedi and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, yes of course it’s the US version. It’s hardly surprising that so many people want to unblock the US version when you’ve seen the difference.
Using a Free Trial to Unblock the US Netflix
Of course, it’s difficult to illustrate how much better the US version of Netflix is at any given point. The movies and shows change with time, however there’s a way to see for yourself and change your Netflix region. It involves hiding your location by disguising your real IP address so it works with Netflix region you prefer.
However don’t waste money on using a VPN from a basic company, these rarely works with Netflix anymore. Even many of the best VPNs now don’t support Netflix access and you’ll get a proxy error message if you try and access whilst connected. Maintaining access has become costly and time consuming, so most of the VPN provider companies don’t support this platform anymore.
However there are a couple of service provider who do, which you can see below.
Over the years there have been many methods and indeed thousands of different services which allowed you to access different versions of Netflix from the one you’re locked into. However this has changed greatly over the last year or so. Netflix doesn’t like it’s users doing this even though it at one point there were millions ‘unofficially’ accessing Netflix from countries where it wasn’t even available. For instance, there were estimated at nearly 1/2 million Australian subscribers of Netflix in the year before it became available there! It worked with pretty much all of the major VPN providers you used to access the streaming service.
Most of these were simply using straight forward proxies and VPNs routing through US servers to hide their current location. The concept was simple, if you relay your internet connection through a VPN server or proxy in the USA for example, Netflix would see the US IP address of the server not your true location. Which meant that a Netflix user in Mexico would get access to the US version instead of the Mexican version. So the bottom line was that you subscribed to your local version as normal then you could unblock Netflix from a different country when required.
The alternative to this method was the already mentioned technology called Smart DNS which simply involved changing your DNS servers. It was developed because many devices now being used to access Netflix like Smart TV units, Games consoles etc couldn’t install the client software to enable VPN use. To install Smart DNS you just need access to the network settings on the device. It works in a similar way but only routed traffic for specific websites which were geo-restricted. It’s also faster but provides no online privacy, DNS leak protection or traffic encryption like VPN traffic does.
Netflix Stops Tools that Stream Netflix from Different Regions
Netflix started blocking and filtering these connections in a variety of ways in their bid to stop people trying to unblock Netflix regions. They had some success stopping all the free VPN services and some of the Smart DNS solutions However the real game-changer was when they started blocking access to commercial IPs.
This suddenly stopped 99% of VPNs and Smart DNS solution to unblock US login methods virtually overnight. Just about every one would receive proxy error messages when connecting. The reason that you received a streaming error was that all of these services used ‘commercially’ registered IP addresses simply because they are very easy to obtain. Getting hold of ‘residential addresses’ is much, much harder simply because they’re normally reserved for ISPs who release them to home customers.
The effect was almost instantaneous, social media and forums were filled with cries as suddenly even the best VPN services stopped working and you had to be in the United States to watch Netflix US ! There was little point contacting support, as in most cases there was nothing they could do. The problems was the IP addresses not the services themselves which affected VPNs and even the DNS options were not working too.
So is Unblock US Support for Netflix Still Possible?
Yes it is, but on a much less widespread scale. The method illustrated in the video above is working perfectly in the Summer of 2020 using a company called Smart DNS Proxy, well after Netflix’s initial purge. The current state of play is that you must have access to a residential IP address based in the country you require in order to access that version of Netflix. Most of the VPN service providers and many of the Smart DNS ones too have pretty much given up on Unblock US solutions for this reason.
Unfortunately residential IP addresses are difficult to obtain and extremely expensive even if you can access them. The companies who do have access to them, for the most part have focused on addresses based in the USA. There is a much greater demand for a US Netflix unblock solution than for any other country which is why they are still supported by some companies. It’s important to check for yourself though, forget about reputation and fancy websites – pick a trial account and try it for yourself. Netflix have indeed reduced the options and put lots of the disable unblock US companies out of business, but there are still some that remain.
IS it Really Worth the Effort to Unblock US Netflix?
It’s true that many national versions of Netflix are pretty similar, indeed some are virtually identical apart from language variants. Depending on where you travel and to what extent you use Netflix it might not be worth the trouble or additional expense. However for those of us who live in smaller countries, travel a lot or simply use our Netflix account very often getting access to the US version of Netflix is definitely worth it.
It’s not just the thousands of extra programmes and movies, but the quality as well. Netflix makes a great effort to get blockbusters onto the American Netflix in order to boost sales and support expensive advertising campaigns. They simply won’t spend the same on a smaller market with less rewards.
A classic example is the film – The Last Jedi, which currently is only licensed on US Netflix. You won’t find it on any other version currently and there are loads of the latest blockbusters which are only found on the American version which makes it well worth unblock US download to your computer. The same situation happens with TV series, you might be happy to find the first series of a popular show on the French or UK version of Netflix. However this is often because the older releases are cheaper, you’ll normally find that there most of the later series will be on the US version too.
Over the years I’ve tried loads of methods for unlocking US Netflix primarily so I can keep up with the latest releases. Proxies no longer work at all, so you can forget them. There are about two VPN services which still work in 2020 including Identity Cloaker. However you have to use the software and it won’t work on tablets and smartphones at the moment.
There is no doubt the best solution at the moment to unblock US Netflix and that’s to use a Smart DNS service which has the requisite residential IP addresses. There’s only one which I have used which is both reliable and quick enough to stream video and that’s the service from Smart DNS Proxy. They also include a VPN service but I suggest you leave that unless you need the security as the Smart DNS version works better.
It’s not just for Netflix though, you can use it to get access to any content under geo restrictions in any country from the BBC iPlayer, Sky Go in the United Kingdom to HBO Go, Hulu and NBC in the US. In fact there’s server locations all over the world to enable the world’s best media sites.
The best thing is that this company actually provides a free trial if you access from the correct link. Which means you can test it out and see if it’s worth the money before committing. Honestly I’ll think you’ll be impressed, with both the speed an reliability and also the amazing amount of content on the US version of Netflix compared you your own locale. What’s more you can try before you buy with this US Netflix Free Trial.
It’s often a shock, after all why offer an online version of the BBC iPlayer and then proceed to block anyone who isn’t in the UK. But for many trying to access BBC iPlayer when they’re abroad becomes a bit of a challenge. You know it’s possible because lots of people seem to be doing it. However without the details it can seem fairly difficult . The search usually leads to things like VPNs and proxies, which for anyone living abroad are now essential. Not only do you get important privacy they also give you access to all the best media sites online. By using a VPN service you can relay your connection through servers in different countries across the world. You can surf and access sites irrespective of your location and IP address just by picking the appropriate country. So when the BBC, Hulu, ABC or M6 Replay checks where you are then it just sees the location of the VPN/proxy you’re connected to.
Try this program if you want quick access to the BBC using a super fast proxy – the longer deals are better value, but you can get a month for a few bucks too if you want to ensure it works well in your location. You can see a demonstration in the video below.
Tip – If you get a proxy error message then use these NordVPN UK servers which are all optimized for BBC access – UK: #764, #977, #1025, #1388, #1512, #1515 K #836, #1043, #1057, #1320, #1483, #1513 #1448 #1325 #1347.
For instance, I was recently in Spain with my work and got kind of bored staying in a hotel. So decided I want to watch some UK television online using my laptop. Unfortunately because I then had a Spanish IP address (from the hotels Wifi), I was now blocked from all the best UK websites like the BBC iPlayer and ITV etc. It’s not a problem though, I always make sure I have a valid subscription for at least one VPN to use in such situations.
Quick Clarification – the terms proxies and VPNs are often used interchangeably online. The reality is that they’re very similar, both relay your internet connection through a separate server. You will usually need some client software for the VPN whereas a proxy can be enabled through your browser settings. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) though also encrypts your internet connection making it completely secure too. Most commercial services for bypassing these geo restrictions are actually VPNs rather than proxies.
By the way if you don’t know why people are so keen to get access to BBC Iplayer – you should really check it out. It’s without doubt one of the best media resources available online, in fact I don’t think anything comes close although there are some excellent US sites like Hulu and Pandora for music. Anyway for those of us who either live or travel abroad a lot, having access to these sites is a godsend. You don’t have to sit watching TV shows in a language you don’t understand or some awful cable channel.
These media sites are all locked in some old fashioned licensing model where rights are assigned by location. It’s ridiculous that we develop a global communication medium where everything is open access, then lock it down again based on geographical restrictions.
This information is relevant for any media channel that is blocked. The only difference is that you have to choose the appropriate country to bypass these blocks. The subject of this article is using a proxy to watch the BBC iPlayer so here we need to pretend we’re in the UK. If you want to watch US only resources like NBC, then simply choose a US server instead, it’s really that easy. All the best VPN companies will include servers in most larger countries as part of their standard subscription. If you want something slightly more obscure then you may have to search around a bit.
So How’s it Done – Can You Use a Proxy for BBC iPlayer in USA
Basically the problem is your IP address, everyone is linked to a specific country and it’s very easy to look up. Many websites look your location up as soon as you access their site, they then tailor what you can see based on that information. It’s called Geotargeting and frankly it’s extremely annoying – you’ll normally get an error message like the image below.
Or perhaps this one if you try and access Pandora outside the US.
In both these scenarios, the website has looked up your location by checking where your IP address is registered to. They then make the appropriate filters and blocks, so for the BBC you’re blocked if you are anywhere outside the United Kingdom. Pandora will route you to an apology screen if you don’t have a US address.
How to Watch BBC iPlayer in the USA
The way around it is quite simple, you just have to make the website think your in a different country by using an address from the required country. Unfortunately you can’t modify your own address easily as this is assigned by your ISP. However you can connect via a proxy server based in the correct country and use it’s address instead. So you just need a BBC iPlayer proxy to gain access.
So for example to watch BBC iPlayer outside the UK you’d connect through a UK proxy. If you wanted to watch Hulu from outside the US then you’d need a USA proxy, Pandora needs an American one too and so on.
It’s really that simple – the website sees the IP address of the proxy server and not your real one. This short video shows the steps of changing your IP address online –
As you can see it’s actually very simple to connect through a UK proxy and access whatever UK television you like. You just have to make sure you click on the right icon and connect through to a UK proxy and all UK stations that broadcast online will work perfectly. After you’ve finished you should either disconnect the VPN or connect to one in your current country. If you don’t other sites will continue to think you’re in the UK. For example you’ll get British search results when searching in Google, instead of where you actually are. None of the websites can determine your real location when you use a VPN, they’ll only be able to see the address of the server.
Where do I get a BBC iPlayer Proxy Server to Watch BBC in the USA and Elsewhere?
There’s a few options depending on time and budget. You can find some free ones online if you search – however it takes a long time to find one in the right country and fast enough to relay video through. In reality you’ll be best to settle on one of the many services that are available. A commercial service should be plenty fast enough and you know it will always be working when you want to watch something. The biggest problem at the moment is Netflix which has been actively blocking both proxies and VPNs based on the categorization of the IP address – you can read about it here – Netflix blocking proxies.
The BBC has however started implement it’s own restrictions which started around 2017. At first they gently started to block ordinary proxies which can actually be detected online in some cases. This generally didn’t affect many people who were by now using VPNs because of the increased security and the many VPN services which were available at a low cost.
In fact there were literally millions of people connecting to the BBC and other UK TV sites from all over the world. I’m not entirely sure why the BBC started blocking access to iPlayer so aggressively at this time. There was a lot of discussion though of how the BBC was funded in the UK which may have had an effect with the corporation trying to protect it’s overseas rights.
It was however a huge shock to people all over the world who used BBC iPlayer every single day. From ex-pats to anglophiles many people used the BBC as part of their daily lives and were very shocked when it suddenly stopped working. It even led to rumours which you can still see online that the BBC had discovered a way to block access from all VPNs and proxies – which it definitely hadn’t.
BBC Blocks Proxies, VPNs and other IP Hiding Tools
What the BBC had done was to make a concerted effort to try and block all these millions of inbound connections from outside the United Kingdom. They did this through a variety of means, including extensive legal cases and threats against a lot of VPN providers who were advertising openly a BBC circumvention service. This was especially effective as many of these companies had even used BBC logos on their site for advertising which left them on a very shaky legal ground. Many VPNs simply closed up under pressure from the BBC legal department, the simple proxy option was effectively closed.
The other main method was slightly more technical, they attempted to directly restrict access to the BBC iPlayer streaming service. Although the BBC couldn’t directly identify a VPN connection they could make a pretty good guess in many instances. By analysing individual connections from individual IP addresses they were able to isolate suspicious addresses. For example if there were 4000 streaming connections based from a single IP then there was a very good chance that this originated from either a proxy or VPN. There was a very high chance that this represented people who would watch iPlayer through a VPN server from abroad. It would be highly unlikely all these people were in the same location sharing the same address so it was almost certainly be a VPN server. The BBC would then block or blacklist that IP address either temporarily or permanently and it wouldn’t be able to use the streaming service from that point.
Hundreds of VPN providers quit trying to support BBC iPlayer access at this point. This was because it became much more expensive to use many more UK IP addresses on their servers to spread the load so to speak. If you want a UK proxy to maintain access to the BBC iPlayer servers then it was important not too overload them to users. Profit margins fell and only the professional services who tended to limit the number of users for performance reasons were left.
It’s important to remember though that there are still loads of companies who offer BBC iPlayer access through their UK proxy servers. However you will have to ask as they definitely won’t advertise directly this functionality. The BBC still try and block but not as aggressively, they do ask if you have a TV license though there’s no check – so just say yes.
The one I use is NordVPN which has been around for many years – it’s way better than any of the TV watching services and does much more. Try it out and use the money back guarantee if you have a problem, it gives you access to all the top media sites in UK, USA, France, Canada and Germany to name only a few. It can also allow you access to subscription sites like HBO GO and Amazon Prime but you’ll still need a subscription with these services.
You can see it in action in the video above. There are versions for all sorts of platforms including mobile device like smartphones and tablets. It’s also very fast which is essential for streaming high definition video without slowing down your internet traffic.
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If I was only allowed to visit one website on the internet, there’s no doubt whatsoever which one I would pick – http://www.bbc.co.uk/. Not only is it packed full of the latest news, science, politics and current affairs but it comes with 12 live streaming TV channels too. These channels include BBC1, BBC2, plus lots of specialist channels – a 24 hour news one, BBC Parliament and even two great kids channels too. My children even revise off the BBC Bitesize educational pages, without me asking them too!
All that would probably be enough to push it into number one slot for me. However there’s even more – the BBC iPlayer is crammed full of archive material from documentaries, dramas, comedy shows, investigative reports and loads of other stuff. What’s more these are all top quality programmes, not cheap, generic shows made on a tiny budget !t
However there is a slight issue, and one which makes potentially my worry of losing access to the BBC’s website a reality. It’s called geo-blocking, the practice of blocking or filtering access based on your physical location. So when a person visits a website, their location is checked and then access either granted or denied based on that information.
Watch BBC Outside UK Online
For the BBC, they block access to all the online media content if you’re not based in the United Kingdom. More specifically, you’re blocked if you don’t have a UK registered IP address. This is a crucial distinction because it gives everyone the option of accessing the BBC through something called a VPN like this video demonstrates.
It’s actually very easy, although using a Virtual Private Network sounds like you’ll need a degree in computer science you really don’t. In fact it’s little more that clicking on a button to select the country you need. For the BBC you will obviously need to pick UK, for other services it’s generally their home country. So any US site that is blocked will be unblocked by using a US VPN connection. Sometimes it’s a little more confusing, for example many videos on YouTube have specific licenses which prevent playback in certain countries.
Lots of websites hate proxies, many block them but there’s only a few who spend a serious amount of resources banning them. Ticketmaster is one of those companies who spend an awful lot of time and effort stopping anyone accessing their site using a proxy. Indeed there’s hardly any company who is as aggressive as them, probably only Instagram who spend as much blocking, detecting and banning even dedicated proxies (excepting perhaps the Chinese Government).
Their public rationale is simple, they want only real users to buy tickets and then only a couple each for personal use. They say this is to protect customers and artists, but in reality it’s likely protecting their profits is the number one incentive. So they don’t want anyone to use a proxy service, because it removes that element of control they have from the marker and ticker resellers. Whatever the reasons, if you want to buy a few extra tickets or use a ticket Bot to purchase them for you – there’s only a small amount of Ticketmaster proxies that will actually work, here’s what to look for.
The Very Basics of Choosing the Very Best Ticketmaster Proxy
It certainly can get confusing but in reality it’s not that hard to learn how to buy proxies that work with Ticketmaster or other ticket websites. In fact for any task, it’s a matter of identifying your requirements, signing up for some sort of test or trial then see what works. Don’t worry about taking your time it’s not something you should try and rush. Practice with events that are not your main priority, but once you find high quality proxies that work for you then you should stick with them. As always it’s largely due to the quality and composition of the IP address ranges they use but there are other factors which will help you get tickets.
Free and Open proxies
First of all forget about using free proxies – they simply won’t work and definitely don’t try them as ticketing proxies. They are all listed in the Ticketmaster blacklist database and will be flagged (as will your accounts) the second you connect to the server. It’s easy for anyone to scrape the new proxies appearing too so you can be assured a company like Ticketmaster will get them instantly. I can guarantee that there are no decent ticketing proxies on any of these lists that will work with any of the ticket sites at all. It sucks paying for proxy services but if you don’t there’s no point in using them to try and buy tickets.
Shared Proxy and VPN Services
Mostly you’re wasting your time with these too as ticketing proxies. Although it does heavily depend on who and how many people you are sharing with them. Unfortunately it’s normally a large number of people who you have no idea of what they’re doing. If any of them are involved in buying tickets or worse using a Ticketmaster Bot badly then you’ve had it. Ticketmaster will probably already have these addresses logged and will be waiting to add you accounts to it’s blacklist too.
The problem is that irrespective of how careful you are there are more people sharing than with private proxies. Someone somewhere will have their ticket bots spamming these servers and will get each IP address of these proxies banned.
Static Dedicated Residential Proxies
Here we have more possibilities of success with some potentially private proxies but there are still risks. If you are allocated proxy servers with say twenty virgin IP addresses from a residential IP range (never used before with Ticketmaster) then you should be fine initially. The problem is how often you can use them especially if they’re not rotated regularly. Also dedicated residential proxies tend to come at a premium price so can be very expensive for what they are.
It really depends on scale whether this option is viable. If you refine your process, don’t overuse the proxies and can generate reliable income using your method then it’s a good option to use dedicated proxies like this. Remember this applies to proxies with residential addresses not datacentre ones (see later point).
Rotating Private Residential Proxies
Phew a long name for a very specific requirement, but probably the best option for those serious in bossing Ticketmaster. If you’ve made some investment in a Ticketmaster Bot (which is another wise move), then you should be looking at proper ticketing proxies like this.
Let’s just quickly break down the requirements of these potential the best Ticketmaster Proxies –
Rotating – unless you have a huge pool of dedicated addresses then you need the IP to rotate each time you make a transaction. How often they rotate can also be an issue, rotating in the middle of a purchase is never a good idea. Yet switching to a free unblocked address each time you try for another ticket is definitely the ideal for Ticketmaster proxies.
Private – the IP addresses of genuine private proxies cannot be shared with anyone else as mentioned above. However most of the best proxy companies share from a large pool of residential IP address ranges. Although you don’t have exclusive access, the key is not too have two people using the same address concurrently. So it’s ok to share but not at the exact same time and not with people trying to get tickets too. On the largest networks like Luminati then that’s not an issue as they have 40 million residential IPs. Although other companies segregate their addresses into different categories which are guaranteed to work with your chosen platform i.e. Exclusive Ticketmaster Proxies
Residential addresses – slowly the consensus is that residential addresses are pretty much essential for a Ticketmaster proxy. Most other addresses are registered in datacentres and are flagged as commercial origin. The problem is that this flag raises the likelihood that the IP address belongs to a proxy instantly. Which is exactly how Ticketmaster (and any similar sites) will view any connection originating directly from a datacentre registered address.
It does all seem kind of confusing and it’s not helped by people using different terms like elite, private or rotating in a variety of ways. Essentially though the people who succeed are the ones who’s proxies make each connection look like a completely new home user. Anything which adds to this is a plus e.g. residential address and anything which detracts is obviously a negative. Normally the better proxies will cost slightly more because the companies carefully curate the addresses and don’t overuse them. They will be more effective though and are also likely to reduce the captcha tests which is important if you want to automate properly.
Anything too cheap in the proxy market is normally because they’re blacklisted, spammed out IP address ranges which rarely work.
Our Recommendations of the Very Best Providers of Proxies Serving the Ticketing Community
So here’s a small set of recommendations of proxy providers, for those who want a decent Ticketmaster proxy that can actually work.
Rotating Proxies– of our suggestions, this is the newest IP proxies provider. It’s a great little proxy provider which offers rotating residential proxies with unmetered access which work very well with Ticketmaster. Try out the trial first, make sure you tell them you want to use dedicated proxies with Ticketmaster and you can test them for 48 hours for a small fee.
Luminati – the biggest, best of the proxy provider companies (but unfortunately also the most expensive). If you want something guaranteed to work then you need a proxy server from this network – over 40 million genuine residential IPs from anywhere in the world. You can configure pretty much every aspect of these in the Proxy Manager Dashboard and even switch between IP types to save money. They also have mobile IP addresses too – IP ranges which are assigned to mobile phone networks – these are great for imitating ordinary users too.
Storm Proxies– I love this company ! Storm Proxies have been around longer than anyone and for many years their proxies have been great for buying tickets. It’s one of the most genuine proxy provider companies around, just make sure to tell them you want ticketing proxies and they’ll sort you out. Their proxy pool has been created over many years and lots of people use these as their sole source of Ticketmaster proxies.
All the above companies have both residential and data center proxies, our suggestion is to stay with residential currently. However speak to the providers, things change very quickly and they will know when the big ticket resellers have started to use data center servers again.
There’s never been a better time to make your living online, even the relative newcomer can make a success of it with a little perseverance and perhaps a little luck. I’ve met a whole host of people who have literally stumbled across a winning formula almost by accident with hardly any knowledge. The core secret is to keep trying and actually implement stuff because only then will you have a chance of finding a method.
Many of the best money making schemes though rely on scale, indeed lots of very genuine opportunities are sometimes disregarded because they don’t generate enough income. However if you multiply these methods suddenly a ‘pocket money’ activity can suddenly produce a sizable income. There are many people for example who make a lot of money ‘filling in forms or questionnaires’ online for market research companies for a few pennies a time – developing an efficient system to scale this activity can be very lucrative. Ever bought a couple of tickets to a ‘must see’ sporting event or concert and noticed the huge resale potential? Again, simple examples of how there’s a load of cash to be made quite easily online.
The Key to scaling up any activity online is actually quite straightforward – it requires the ability to control your identity online. Every web site you visits tries to track and monitor your activity, if you can access them with a level of anonymity then you can prevent and even control this. This also makes opportunities involved with web scraping difficult too as your location is tracked via the data center.
So a market research website may only allow you to complete one of their high paying forms, but if you have a dozen different identities online, well you get the picture! The secret is to use something called a rotating proxy service to facilitate IP rotation which we explain in the rest of this article.
Controlling Your IP Address
The level of anonymity required to actually leverage money making opportunities online has changed significantly over the last few years. The technical side is fairly similar, just relay your connection through an intermediate server or ‘proxy’ and you can hide your real location. Switch it through multiple proxies or IP addresses and you have those multiple identities. Yet the sophistication of these tools has increased and the detection abilities of the web sites too.
It wasn’t that long ago that you could simply scrape up the details of a few free proxies online and use these both to hide your location and utilise all these online money making opportunities. Unfortunately these free proxies don’t work anymore and what’s worse they’re commonly used by identity thieves to steal peoples credentials too. Never, ever use these for anything even remotely confidential – that free proxy list you found online will cost you dear if you use any of them.
Choosing the Right Rotating Residential Proxy Provider
It’s important that these proxies are secure, safe and configured correctly in order to avoid detection. What’s also important is the IP addresses that are registered on these servers, because these too are also detectable. Increasingly E-commerce and other web sites will detect where and by whom the IP addresses are registered too. Which is the crucial difference between data center proxies and those with a rotating IP from a static residential range. Indeed the hardest rotating proxy network to detect are those using premium residential addresses.
There’s two important factors to consider regarding the IP addresses –
Location – where the IP address is registered.
Classification – IP addresses can be registered as commercial or residential.
Obviously location can be crucial, for example if you want to watch BBC iPlayer online then your (or your proxy address) must be registered in the United Kingdom. Similarly if you have an Indian IP address then it won’t work well with US E-commerce web sites at all. Country is normally enough except for certain tasks for example you’ll need city level targeting if you’re posting ads on multiple Craigslist boards.
Additionally the classification of your IP address will largely determine whether you’re treated as a normal home use (good) or not – residential addresses are much more trusted. Commercial addresses are much more accessible and are often blocked from making purchases for instance.
Affordable Anonymity Using Rotating Proxies with Residential IPs
So to summarise briefly, proxies work brilliantly in hiding your identity online. However the identities that are created need to be from the right country and ideally classified as residential. Every single IP address available to you in this format is effectively a high value, highly trusted digital identity. You don’t always need a residential proxy service sometimes datacenter proxies will do. These are cheaper as well and rarely charge per GP downloaded as is the case with proxy services with residential ips.
Unfortunately it’s hard and expensive to buy proxies with these attributes. The providers need servers in each specific locations and also need to get hold of difficult to obtain residential IPs. For some time, residential proxies where extremely expensive especially when you needed them from certain locations. Initially there was only one real provider, the trail blazer in this sort of provision – you’ll find them here – Luminati Proxy Servers. They’re still the leaders and the best proxy providers with by far the biggest network of residential IP addresses, it’s certainly worth trying out their residential proxy free trial when available. They also have the most advanced configuration options, which you can access through the proxy manager or from a separate proxy API. Indeed if you have a decent money making opportunity and need the best proxies, then it’s worth paying their premium price – they are that good.
There are other options now though, slowly other companies have managed to acquire banks of residential IP addresses to use with their proxies. This has increased the choice and now there’s a decent number of affordable options for those of us who need monthly residential proxies to run our businesses but don’t need the high cost/unlimited bandwidth option of Luminati.
Here’s one of these companies, who I use extensively myself. They’re called Rotating Proxies and have developed their own technology which allows you exclusive access to residential and datacenter addresses through dedicated rotating proxies. These servers have access to a large pool of datacenter and residential IP addresses which they can allocate as required to individual connections. The benefit is that each IP address can be used much more efficiently by assigning on a short term basis then reallocating back into a central pool. Nobody uses the same address concurrently but also huge numbers of addresses aren’t reserved exclusively. You’ll find this technique used by a lot of backconnect proxies in order to manage their addresses. It’s much safer to have the proxies rotating the proxy pool than assigning static ranges to individuals to manage themselves.
This technique/technology significantly reduces the cost which is especially valid if you need residential proxies. Also the addresses can be reserved for specific uses so you can have Instagram proxies or Twitter ones depending on your need. There’s a few different companies now who have combined the flexibility of rotating proxies with a bank of residential IPs.
Which company you use will largely depend on your requirements, but I’d certainly advise treading carefully especially if you’re using them with high value social media accounts. Setting up and running a decent infrastructure with high quality residential IP addresses is expensive and takes a lot of knowledge to do well. It’s relatively easy to produce a cheap and cheerful version, but these rarely include high quality and trusted IP address ranges.
You’ll find much of the difference in results is dependent on the quality of the IP addresses, they’re almost always worth the money. Quality curated addresses which are used carefully, are extremely effective in most areas of internet marketing and wealth creation. An IP address range, even if it’s residential, which has been overused or for spam is relatively worthless – you’ll get accounts blocked or banned if you use them.
Choose quality over quantity every time, you can still scale by switching addresses relatively quickly with trusted ranges. A single residential proxy with access to a small pool of decent residential IP addresses can be all you need, and needn’t cost the earth. The decent providers offer highly configurable back end infrastructure which means even if you’re using their APIs then you can have a high level of control.
Porn Proxy Post Updated September 2019: As the UK attempts a Similar Porn Block
I thought I’d update this post, as it’s a subject that is at the forefront of various state sponsored internet censorship plans across the world. The good news is that it seems incompetence and the lack of technical understanding are thwarting these efforts. Iceland have still not implemented their nationwide porn block some 5 years after this article was originally published. The reason why the block hasn’t been installed yet and why a huge proportion of the population need a porn proxy to enjoy adult entertainment online in Iceland is unclear.
Well if you like to idle away those long winter nights (and days) in Reykjavik by surfing a little porn online, then you might want to consider moving away or at least invest in a porn proxy! The Iceland Government have decided they want to do something good for their citizens (as opposed to bankrupting the country with a hopeless banking system) and are going to ban pornography from the web in Iceland.
Funny but largely irrelevant photo.
Every time I see these sort of stories my heart sinks, why can’t people just leave the internet alone and let people make up their own minds. You might think that it’s all for a good cause, banning all that nasty porn stuff and everyone will behave and be nice to each other. Who knows they might be right, but what I do know is that censoring and filtering the internet doesn’t work – it never does.
An adviser to Iceland’s interior minister- Ogmundur Jonasson who is drafting the legislation was quoted as follows –
“At the moment, we are looking at the best technical ways to achieve this…..but surely if we can send a man to the moon, we must be able to tackle porn on the internet.”
A comment that first got me thinking, can Iceland actually send a man to the moon and secondly they haven’t got a clue about how to achieve this and what sort of issues they will face.
It’s just another of these populist ideas that politicians have, the fact that when you start censoring and filtering the internet, you also start to erode people’s civil liberties. I have no idea if there is any scientific basis to the argument that no porn on internet = less rape and sex crimes, I suspect very little. However I do know that any content filtering will only work against a minority of citizens and almost exclusively on the law abiding ones.
There are so many ways to bypass these filters, that your average sexual predator will easily be able to access whatever pornography they like. The Chinese Government have invested billions in their Great Firewall of China and yet your average 12 year old Beijing schoolboy can easily bypass them using a simple VPN or high anonymity proxy. Do we have any evidence that Iceland will come up with a technical solution more advanced than the People’s republic of China – obviously it it’s not going to happen.
What will happen is that another Government will have a little more control over it’s citizens, but only the ones who follow rules anywhere. The Iceland government will also have this infrastructure installed so maybe next year they’ll think of some thing else we shouldn’t do online and will add that to the banned list. It always happens you start by banning one thing then it just get’s easier and easier to control more aspects of what people can do online.
Britain Follows Suit – Watch the Sale of Porn Proxy Services Soar
The United Kingdom government has been for some time trying to implement a similar plan. Not quite as draconian as Iceland, but certainly it’s upsetting lots of people who resent the amount of control that the state is imposing on law abiding citizens.
Basically they’re trying to regulate access to pornography rather than ban it completely. The main justification is the entirely understandable aim to restrict the access to porn to young people and children. Again though the attempt is completely misguided and almost impossible to implement effectively. Fortunately the UK Government hasn’t managed to launch this attempt yet – here’s a brief report on the last delay – source:
The UK’s age-verification system for online pornography will be delayed for around six months because the government failed to inform the EU of its proposals, the culture secretary has said.
The already delayed policy, which will require all adult internet users wanting to watch legal pornography to prove they are over 18 by providing some form of identification, was due to come into force on 15 July.
However, the culture secretary, Jeremy Wright, told the House of Commons, that would not happen, because of a failure to comply with European law in how statutory instruments are passed.
“In autumn last year, we laid three instruments before the house,” Wright told the Commons. “One of them sets out standards that companies need to comply with. This should have been notified to the European commission, and it was not. This will result in a delay in the region of six months.”
The delay, first reported by Sky News, is likely see the issue of age verification fall under the responsibility of the next prime minister.
Wright emphasised that the delay did not mean the government was backing down from its policy. “There are also those who do not want these measures to be brought in,” he said, “but let me be clear, although this is an apology for the delay, it is not a change in policy. Age verification needs to happen, and in the interest of the needs of children, it must.”
Labour’s Cat Smith, responding, said the announcement was “proof that an important policy issue has descended into utter shambles”.
It’s negative, oppressive and most of all it doesn’t work and as we can see from the examples of both Iceland and Great Britain it’s a much more complicated subject both morally and technically. Imagine the administration and management that this scheme involves and then contemplate that one of the most important steps required initially was that it needed to inform the European Commission because of the conflict with European Law. Now forget the Brexit arguments about this, but it’s a simple but important administrative and legal step which the Government just forgot to do. Doesn’t inspire you with confidence that the system will be managed efficiently and professionally does it. Let’s hope they don’t forget to look after the list of porn users that this system will potentially create.
If you want another slight worry about how this will be managed, well actually a huge one! Consider that the company being tasked with implementing the age verification procedure (and responsible for managing the allowed users database) will be a company called MindGeek. Fine until you also find out that this company is also owner of the biggest porn site in the world – PornHub – conflict of interest possibly!!
Company Entrusted with Managing the Age Verification is one of the World’s Biggest Pornographers !
Most governments cite the ‘protecting young children’ from pornography angle when justifying these counter measures. However they have rarely reference the technical facts that current methods are simply ineffective. Also even in the United Kingdom where the measures suggested are much less draconian that Iceland there are huge information and privacy implications.
Ask yourself if you would like to be included on a state list of pornography users?
Already any government can easily analyse, log and harvest everything you do online. If you don’t use any sort of security products like VPNs then there’s nothing really hidden by default. The irony is the younger you are the more likely you are to know about proxies and VPNs which are used for downloading movies and music safely. Which would also completely bypass any of the Icelandic and UK Governments censorship attempts easily.
If you’re in Iceland, Kuwait, Iran, China or anywhere else where the Governments decides whether you can watch porn, politics , sports or whatever – then try this – Identity Cloaker, it’s not just a simple porn proxy either over, but a sophisticated security product that can bypass all sorts of blocks and filters and keep you COMPLETELY hidden whilst you do so!
Just checked this post as it was over six years old, wanted to make sure RTE is still accessible in 2020. Well the RTE site has changed a lot from 2013 and it actually has a lot more options. Anyway I was just checking how can I watch Irish TV in UK or USA and can confirm it still works fine. There are reports that many VPNs are now blocked with RTE but NordVPN appears unaffected.
Anyway I’ve just streamed the news, a sports programme and a soap called Fair City without interruption using NordVPN. However I still suggest testing it out first and seeing if it works ok for you, please feel free to leave a comment with your own experiences. Fortunately they have a 30 day money back guarantee so you can try it out first.
Another post for those missing their favorite TV channels just because they are outside their home country. This ones about accessing RTE from the US, or in fact anywhere that’s outside the Irish Republic. RTE player is a great little site linked to the Irish National broadcaster – RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann).
As usual though if you’re not actually in Ireland when connecting to the website then it won’t work for you, although you can access some of the radio content and sometimes the Irish news. I always think this is a bit strange as the people who will want to watch things like RTE and the GAA over the internet will mostly be Irish people living in places like the UK and USA! Fortunately there is a solution, read on to see how to watch RTE player abroad.
So How Do I Watch RTE in USA /UK?
It’s not actually that hard to do, when you connect to RTE player the site determines your location. It does this by checking the location of your IP address – if it’s an Irish IP then fine but anywhere else and you get redirected to the international version of RTE player which blocks most of the decent shows and all the sport like GAA. The RTE player international version is ok, but the majority of shows and sports are not available on this site, you can watch most of the local news broadcasts though.
So all you need to do is change your IP address to an Irish one. It’s actually not that easy to change your real IP address as it’s controlled by your ISP and is linked to the country you connect from. Fortunately there is another way, and that is connecting via a VPN or proxy server, when you do this the web site see’s the servers address and not your real one. So if the VPN server is in Ireland, you will also appear to be in Ireland and all Irish only resources like RTE Player will work just fine.
There are quite a few companies who offer these services, but only a handful worth considering especially if you need an Irish IP address. Here’s the one I use it’s a security program called NordVPN – I like it because it’s well priced and has lots of fast servers in different countries which is useful for accessing sites like BBC iPlayer, Hulu etc which also block access from outside countries.
So here’s the little program called NordVPN which sits in the taskbar on a PC and you simply select the country you need to connect to –
So for RTE we’d obviously select one of the Irish servers and then press connect. You then open your browser as normal, and when you visit the RTE player site, you’ll get the Irish version of the site rather than the International one simply based on your IP address. In fact you can enjoy any Irish TV stations plus lots of other sites restricted by location.
Using the Irish server you can watch anything on the site as RTE considers your location to be Ireland, have a go all the channels should be available from rté one and you can also watch RTE player live sport.
It’s extremely easy to use and the servers are very fast which is essential if you’re going to watch RTE live stream feeds across them. You can also access some fantastic sites in other countries simply by selecting the matching country – try Hulu by using a USA proxy, BBC iPlayer in the UK or there’s some great online TV stations in Canada and France for example.
They’re all included in the subscription which only costs a few dollars – here’s the program in action.
Here we see the PC version working on my laptop but there are applications for most devices. You can install the Nord App on your smart phones and tablets too just using the same subscription which supports up to six devices.
If you want to access RTE in the US or learn to watch Irish TV from anywhere in the world including the US then give them a go. NordVPN has thousands of servers all over the world including plenty of them in Ireland too. Indeed you don’t have to be limited to RTE in fact you can watch online media and TV stations from virtually anywhere on the planet. There’s plenty of great free stations in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia for example which broadcast all their content in English.
It’s been a frenetic time for Instagram marketers over the last twelve months so a quick update to this post seemed appropriate. At the time of writing many were beginning to give up on one of the tools which makes mass marketing on Instagram possible like Jarvee. For several months, the justification for spending money to buy access to an expensive Instagram proxy site or network seemed pointless. After all it’s not easy to do this sort of stuff in scale if you want any sort of life at all. Certainly like exchange has simply not worked for me in Jarvee for several weeks even with the most expensive proxies going. Fortunately the rumour suggest that they seem to have fixed that now with a huge update. I’m not sure I’ll be using again with my main Instagram account until I’m certain though!
There’s a lot of money to be made from Instagram at the moment, and many people are doing just that. As reports continue to grow about people flocking away from Facebook and the other social networking sites, there’s no such issues with Instagram. What’s more for Internet marketers and online entrepreneurs the site is a great, free source of traffic especially for certain demographics.
Of course, you’re not going to get far with a single Instagram account if you want to make some serious revenue. Indeed the people who are becoming rich on Instagram have many more accounts than this. However like all these platforms, Instagram only wants you to have one account per person and is becoming increasingly aggressive in blocking and deleting accounts. Please, please don’t think you can just sit at your home computer and switch between different accounts simply by using incognito mode! To grow even a single Instagram account needs some serious effort.
In addition to multiple accounts, you’re going to need access to some Instagram automation tools – here’s some of the best ones the professional marketers use.
FollowLiker – Instagram Version allows all aspects of account management.
Massplanner – Great tool for building followers – unfortunately currently shut down by Instagram (could be revived though). This tool was able to unblock Instagram like nothing else in it’s day.
Followadder – Build users, automated likes and posting. Great scheduler that’s easy to use.
There’s quite a few more tools available for Instagram automation and you’re going to need at least one to manage multiple accounts and unblock Instagram. Massplanner was my favorite until Instagram came after it, yes it was that good. It is currently not available but there are rumours an update is in development so keep an eye out for it.
Again though, if you use any of these tools from your desktop PC using just your standard internet connection you’ll get blocked, banned or deleted pretty quickly. Remember Instagram doesn’t expect multiple logons from the same IP, it’s an easy check for them to make too. You need to create different identities to use multiple accounts to have any success – for this you need proxies, specifically Instagram proxies.
Buy the Best Proxy for Instagram Automation
A proxy is an intermediate server that sits between your computer and the website you’re visiting. It also has the advantage of having different IP addresses, so you can use a well configured proxy to create an entirely new digital identity. Instagram marketers use proxies to operate multiple accounts safely, switching every time they want to log on to another account or use automated software for posting or adding likes. When people talk about using an Instagram proxy they’re just referring to a standard proxy servers customized by the proxy providers to be used on Instagram. These Instagram proxies are generally nothing different technically except for addresses they use to connect to the site. The best ones allow you to switch identities without issue, basically as if you were using a different internet service provider with each new address.
Unfortunately you won’t get far using free proxies that you can find or scrape online because the majority of these are already saturated with users and most are blocked by Instagram already. If you value your accounts, don’t try using the free ones it’s not worth it, look for a private instagram proxy which you won’t be sharing with hundreds of other people. The ratios needed tend to change all the time too, so ask for advice. The best proxy providers will give you some guidance if you need it, they’re usually best place to give you the latest information.
Moving up to the next tier, you can purchase relatively inexpensive accounts that give access to lots of proxies. Again though these are of little use, primarily because they’re shared and so the likelihood is that multiple Instagram accounts are already being accessed through them. Remember Instagram is not expecting multiple accounts to be accessed from the same IP addresses. Also there is an issue that the majority of these cheaper proxies are from commercial datacentres. You certainly can’t expect to automate using proxies like these on any major social media platform and you certainly need a residential proxy server for the Instagram bots like Jarvee or even simpler programs.
This is an easy way for any site like Instagram to sift out the real, ordinary users of their platform. Ordinary users have residential IP addresses assigned from ISPs and home connections or public hotspots. They are extremely suspicious of any connections made from commercially classified IP addresses simply because they know they’re much more likely to be from Internet marketers using Instagram for profit. Increasingly sites like this are in fact blocking all non-residential IP addresses anyway, you can’t access Netflix from one for example.
It’s an easy fix for most platforms, they know hardly any ordinary user will be using an address from a commercial range. Which means blocking them has virtually no risk of filtering ordinary users. It does mean that the majority of proxies which use these commercial addresses are useless. This will also include the vast majority of VPN services too as they almost always use commercial addresses. By the way unless you’re managing thousands of accounts there’s no real need to buy mobile proxies for Instagram, which are obviously expensive.
So the best Instagram proxies will need the following properties.
Dedicated: no-one else should be using them but you.
Residential Addresses: the IP address must be from an ISP and a residential IP address range.
Instagram Specified: Ensure that you buy Instagram proxies i.e. those specifically configured for Instagram to ensure they’re not already blocked.
Volume: Don’t overload – ideally you should only be using two accounts per IP address.
Locale: Best to pick European/American IP address ranges as they’re safer.
Trial: Safest way to test – try out the proxies before you subscribe.
If you’re serious about making money with Instagram automation at any level then decent proxies will be the biggest business expense. They are however essential, if you try and cut corners you risk losing valuable Instagram accounts which can be difficult to replace. They should be located in your main target area for example buy USA proxies for selling to the US. Here’s our recommendation on where to buy residential proxies that work for all social media platforms including Instagram.
Try the trial account first – Rotating proxies – buy Instagram Proxies Here
Most of the blocks, bans and filters online are based on your location. It’s slightly ironic that the internet was meant to bring us all together, yet most of the world’s media sites are working out ways they can block people from different locations.
Anyway the vast majority of these sites simply look up your IP address when you connect before deciding if you watch or not. So for example to watch CTV the Canadian broadcaster, you’ll have to be based in Canada or connect from a Canadian IP address. They may be close but it actually can be quite difficult to learn how to watch Canadian TV in the US, even when you’re just across the border!
Unfortunately it’s difficult to control your real address as this is assigned to you when you connect to the internet by your ISP. Although it will sometimes vary, it will always be linked to the country you are connecting from. However if your address is not registered as a Canadian one then you can forget being able to watch Canadian TV online live streaming, it simply won’t happen.
Fortunately, you can hide your real IP address by connecting via an intermediary – often known as a proxy or VPN server. So for example if you want to know how to watch Canadian TV from anywhere you just need to use a VPN provider with a Canadian based server.
How to Watch Canadian TV in USA
Anyway the easiest way to see how it’s done is to watch this short video.
That’s all there is to it. Using a program like NordVPN means you can swap your IP address with a click of the mouse whenever you like. You can access these free streaming services anywhere in the world. Switch to a Canadian one for CTV, then back to a US address for Hulu followed by a British IP address for the wonderful BBC iPlayer. Whether you want to stream Canadian shows or open up a global range of entertainment, it’s just a matter of clicking on the right country and hiding your location obtained from your internet service provider.
If you want to do it for free, you’ll need to find a free Canadian proxy you can use and modify your browser settings to use it instead. It’s not hard to do but unfortunately it’s difficult to find the servers, proxies and VPN servers are very expensive things to run.
You can try it out by checking out the NordVPN Discount Page – Give it a try and enjoy CTV, BBC iPlayer, Hulu or whatever you need to check it works for a few dollars – for the price of a coffee and sandwich you’ll be impressed I’m sure!
2020 Update and How to Watch CBC Online in USA
Over the years since this post was first written there have been some changes in how you can access online content in different countries, especially for some reason Canadian TV channels. There are a few issues, including many sites blocking well known proxy IP addresses and instigating other counter measures to enforce their geo-blocking.
Some of these are methods which do stop you using proxies for example when the site requires validation of your cable subscription/viewer number. Of course, no proxy will enable you to bypass this, although if you do have a friend or acquaintance in Canada who will lend you theirs it’s certainly solvable. Other sites have made access subscription only removing their free content and introducing a paid plan only.
This means that there are some Canadian TV sites which can be difficult to access from the USA or anywhere outside Canada. However plenty do still work and a decent VPN like NordVPN will still allow access to many. For example I’ve just double checked CBC and that still works fine although you do have to now create a free account to watch on CBC Gem. This is very easy to do and all you need is to input a valid Canadian postcode into your details, there are plenty of sites who can produce this or just copy a valid Canadian address from somewhere. Much of their content is only available on their premium subscription although you can upgrade to this if you’re using a VPN to access.
It is important to check whether the TV stations you need are available online and whether their accessible with your chosen VPN. NordVPN does have plenty of Canadian servers so doesn’t get blocked easily but if you’re trying to access a site which is restricted by cable account numbers it won’t actually help you on it’s own. Service in other countries for the most still work fine, certainly all the UK ones like the BBC iPlayer still stream perfectly with NordVPN although many VPN providers are indeed blocked.
So check out the subscription first (they have a 30 day money back guarantee) or on whatever VPN service you select, there’s still loads of Canadian TV channels easily accessible from the USA or the rest of the world, but it’s best to check first.