Let’s be realistic: American TV channels are beyond all dispute the finest. Thus, it is really tempting to watch them on the web before their official release abroad: Hulu, Netflix, ABC, FOX, HBO, MTV, NBC have become increasingly important for the aficionadas of American channels, desperate to see the latest episodes of their favorite show.
However, anyone wishing to watch them outside the US is bound to experience an outrageous message reminding that “You appear to be outside the United States or its territories. Due to international rights agreements, we only offer this video to viewers located within the United States and its territories.” Indeed, this highlights a blocking program forbidding access to any US program, series, film or sporting event.
The reason is that American channels websites are restricted by IP address. Basically, the IP address, provided by your Internet Service Provider, discloses your location to every website you visit. As a matter of fact, the website in question, acknowledging that you’re not in the US, will prevent you from watching your show.
So, how to change your IP address?
In order to circumvent these restrictions, when you are not in the United States, the easiest solution is to install a VPN service. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) allows you to connect to any network anonymously and safely, which makes it extremely useful if you want to connect with an IP address from another country.
How does a VPN work?
The VPN channels your entire Internet traffic toward one server in the country of your choice (choose the US in that particular case). Then it will dispatch it to the targeted website
Finally, the website you reach will only be able to locate you in the US (the exact geographical location of the VPN server). As a result, the website will grant you access and allow you to watch anything you want
My advice is to begin with a free VPN, like Freedom IP or Hotspot Shield, able to provide you with limited access. Then, when you get used to it, move to a paid one, without any limitation or advertising. Paid VPN are relatively cheap (count on average 100$ a year for unlimited bandwidth), efficient and last but not least: when using a router, any connected device (even game stations or Apple devices) can have an American IP address.
From now on, thanks to your VPN, you have access to websites like Hulu, where you can find the programs of all major U.S. chains: latest episodes of your favorite series in High Definition (at the end of their broadcast on U.S. TV), all the previous seasons unlimited, films, broadcasts American sports channels and more. The service is completely free, and the advertising is really bearable.Last steps: hooking your computer to your TV, preparing a bowl of pop-corn, and enjoying your favorite show!