Frustrated about being denied streaming rights to your favourite TV shows? Here’s how to fool the tight internet security and gain access to foreign channels online.
Why can’t you watch?
Websites such as Hulu, BBC iPlayer and TVCatchup restrict viewing to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses within their country. When you log in from Singapore, you’re automatically assigned a Singaporean IP address so the website won’t let you stream videos. The only way to get around it is to fool the streaming site with an allowed IP address or a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
There’re two ways to do this:
1. Free web proxies
A proxy acts like a middleman, it first hides your IP address and then relays your access request. Log on to a proxy website (such as hidemyass.com, hotspotshield.com and unblockunblock.com) and then enter the web address you want to visit. The website will then appear within a frame of the proxy’s page. Unfortunately free web proxies are often blighted with annoying advertising porn ups and aren’t secure.
2. Paid proxies and/or VPN service
If you want stable and reliable access, paid services (such as strongvpn.com, ibvpn.com, hideipvpn.com, scothostsinternet.co.uk and vpnuk.net) are your best bets. They require a small monthly fee and come with a step-by-step guide that includes how to set up the VPN service on your computer.
Your internet connection speed will seriously affect video streaming so do a speed check at speedtest.com.sg and if the connection is slow, report it to your service provider.