Whether you are familiar with this term or not, we are sure you must have experienced geo-blocking in one way or the other. Whether it is a blocked streaming service, a blocked website or a YouTube video, a lot of content on the internet is restricted based on geographical location.
To put it simply, various websites are inaccessible in certain countries. This might be due to many different reasons. Curious about them? Let’s have a look.
Why is Some Content on Internet Geo-Blocked?
- Price discrimination
Online retailers tend to sell the same products at different prices depending on the user’s location. This is perhaps why the same products are sold at a higher rate in one country than the other even though the seller is the same.
However, since different countries have different shipping costs and currencies, this form of geo-blocking is generally hard to detect.
- Content restriction
Copyrights are a common reason as to why certain websites might be restricted in one country and not in another. For instance, a particular movie might be available on Netflix in Germany but not in the US. Thus, even if you are a German Netflix customer, you won’t be able to access the same movie library in the US as you would in Germany. That’s because Netflix might not be authorized to show specific series and movies in some countries. In this case, a VPN that has servers in Germany will do the trick.
- Banned websites
There are various countries which have banned a range of websites. For instance, online gambling sites are close to being illegal in an array of countries. Similarly, China recently blocked content on the web which according to the authorities is unethical and meant to spread vulgarity. It’s not only China; Turkey and Russia are among the countries that have strict Internet regulations.
How Can You Access Region-Blocked Content?
Whatever the case might be, if you are the one who loves to break the rules, or enjoy the global Internet, we are here for you! Here are a few fantastic tips that will help you circumvent geo-blocked content easily. If you guys want you can also watch content on Kodi. You can install Kodi on Smart TV.
- VPNs to the rescue
VPN or a virtual private network could be of great help when accessing blocked online content. It does so by creating an encrypted internet connection and allowing you to choose a virtual location.
To access the geo-blocked content, you need to connect to a server based in that particular location. Let’s say you want to access US-based services, in such a case you should connect to a server based in the US.
There are various VPN options available you can choose from. The only things you need to consider are the price, the server locations, the bandwidth speed.
- Using a proxy
You can also use a proxy to bypass geographic restrictions. All you need to do is make use of free public proxies. They can be easily obtained either by visiting proxy.org or by searching on Google.
When looking for a proxy, make sure that you choose a ‘high anonymity’ one that doesn’t reveal your IP and maintains your online anonymity.
- Make use of DNS services
You can also make use of DNS services to access region-restricted content. All you need to do is change your DNS server settings on your computer. You can also change the settings on your router.
How does this work? Whenever you try to access a website that has geographical restrictions, like Netflix, the DNS service will make your traffic pass through a tunnel and make the remote server think that you are accessing the site from the appropriate country.
Over to You
These were a few ways through which you can get over the geo-blocking and access any restricted content on the go, so give it a shot the next time you’ll want to access something on Netflix you couldn’t otherwise.