One of the most frustrating things is when you hear about a great service, but once you try to use it, you find out it is unavailable in your area. Many popular services such as Netflix or Spotify only offer their services is specific countries. So people in other countries that wish to enjoy these services are just out of luck, unless they know a workaround. In this article, we will show you some of the most popular services that are only available in specific areas, and are banned for users in other areas. Then we will show you how you can access these services from practically anywhere, whether they are banned in that area or not.
Streaming audio has overtaken public radio, and apps such as Pandora and Spotify are leading the way for listeners all around the world. Well, almost all around the world. There are many countries that do not have access to the great audio features that Pandora and Spotify offer. For instance, Pandora is only available in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Spotify has a much larger coverage area, but even it is unavailable in many countries. So how can you listen to these popular apps if they are banned in your country?
Virtual Private Network (VPN): This is the most secure option, and the option that is much more reliable than using proxies. It does take a little bit of setting up, but there are many great tutorials on the web that will help you set up a free VPN quickly and easily. For instance, this article describes in detail (with pictures) how to set up a free VPN that allows you to listen to Spotify anywhere, no matter if it's available in that location or not.
Streaming video has overtaken movie rentals because why go to the store to get a movie when you can access it directly from your computer? Netflix is the leader when it comes to streaming video, but unfortunately Netflix is only available to a very limited market. Similar to Spotify above, you have a couple of choices. Use a proxy in the same way we described for Spotify and Pandora above, or use a VPN in the way we described above. For a solid free VPN that allows you to watch Netflix from anywhere, check out Hotspot Shield. Here are detailed instructions on how to set it up. We've mostly touched on free VPNs so far, but if you don't mind shelling out a few bucks for better features and better performance, here is a list of the top 5 VPNs that allow you to watch Netflix in any location.
YouTube is the worst when it comes to unavailable content by location. You friend tells you about a great video, but you go to YouTube to find it only to find out it's unavailable in your location. RAGE! There's a quick and easy fix that allows you to download any YouTube video, whether it's banned in your area or not. 4K Video Downloader is a free video downloader allows users to quickly download audio, video and even subtitles from YouTube with the help of proxy server settings. It's easy to use — simply copy the video URL from your browser and click "Paste URL." And it’s completely safe, the 4K Video Downloader has no toolbars, no malware, adware or spyware. Now you don't have to worry about blocked YouTube videos ever again!