Online services like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Spotify, Steam and many others have changed the way millions of people access media. They've brought upon an era of instant, on-demand digital media consumption in a world where linear programming, bundled content, and physical formats no longer fit many people's lives.
Unfortunately this is a revolution not everyone can partake in (not yet or not as easily, at least) as such services employ region locks to limit access from specific countries. More often than not it's not actually their fault, they just need to abide by archaic license agreements enforced by the actual content owners.
In this article we’ll offer you three alternatives to get around these restrictions. Each has their advantages and disadvantages and whichever route you choose will depend on the services you need to access as well as the devices you need to access them from -- not to mention whether you are willing to pay or not.
Most likely you'll only need one of these options. Here's a brief explanation of what you can expect from each of them, so you can jump to the one that better suits the task and quickly get on your way.
|Quick and simple way to bypass websites’ geographic restrictions.
Many free proxies available, but most don't allow streaming.
Solid free alternative but limited to Hulu, YouTube and Grooveshark.
Paid proxies start at ~$5 per month (pay as you go).
Easy to configure on browsers, but not always on other apps or non-PC players (consoles, streaming box, etc.)
|Access and stream from any region-blocked website.
Encrypted connections, better privacy overall.
Few free options available, with speed and data limitations.
Paid VPNs start at ~$7 per month (cheaper when bought yearly).
Easy to configure on PCs, but not always on other non-PC players (consoles, streaming box, etc.)
|Access only supported region-blocked websites (most popular services are covered).
Few free options available
Paid alternatives start at ~$5 (pay as you go).
Paid services offer fast speeds, encrypted connections.
Easy to configure on PCs, easiest to configure on non-PC players (consoles, streaming box, etc.)