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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

1510. Convince the BBC that you Live in the UK

Some great TV shows I want to watch are available on the BBC web site. Apparently, they're only available to people who live in the UK. Is there any trick to working around this?

I will admit to being a fan of Downton Abbey and wanting to watch the latest season before it is available here in the US. They show it in the UK first.

One solution is a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Although it's not important for your to understand how it works, it;s just a piece of software that you install on your computer that allows you to browse to web sites and it provides a protective tunnel around your browsing. That's a side effect that's useful but it also allows you to specify what endpoint you want your browsing to come from.

So if you want to watch BBC you can tell your VPN to make it look like you're in the UK.

The BBC software won't be able to tell and you will be able to watch your episodes of Downton Abbey or what ever.

Cloak isn't free but there are several versions online that are. I ran across one recently called Cyber Ghost that provides a free VPN service and the same country specific browsing.

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