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DNS Is Just A Proxy – Use A VPN To Access Region Blocked Video

By Guy McDowell2013-02-15

how to access region blocked videosFor copyright reasons, certain media companies only allow their content to be viewed in certain geographic areas. In plain English, what this means is that they are meanies who suck. And what does the Internet do to meanies who suck? We find workarounds.

Now, I have to officially say that neither or I or anyone living, dead or fictional is promoting breaking any laws, social mores, contracts, or pinky-swears. This is purely for educational and entertainment purposes. (See what I did there? ‘Entertainment purposes’)

Before I get to the tools, I’d like to talk about the process of geographical Internet Protocol (IP) address blocking and circumventing those blocks. For those of you that just read, “Blah, blah, blaaah, blah.” skip ahead.

How They Know Where You Are From

There’s an International Authority that dishes out IP addresses and gives certain blocks of IP addresses to certain geopolitical areas. That organization is called Internet Assigned Numbers Authority or IANA. Using that information, media companies simply read what IP address you are coming from, compare that to their list of countries and IP addresses, and then decide to grant you access or not. It’s pretty simple, right?

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How to Circumvent That Nonsense

If your IP address is what this is all based on, then all you have to do is change your IP address. Simple! Yes, but simple does not always mean easy. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) assigns you an IP address each time you connect to the Internet. If you’d like a little deeper look into how this works, check out our article on How The Internet Works.


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