Hi, i hope you can help with this problem. I want to watch a TV show on Netflix that I have watched half of its season in USA. But just fail and always send a message saying “Sorry, Netflix is not available in your country yet. Enter your email & we’ll let you know when Netflix is available.” It is annoying, my Internet connection is good, I am sure there is no problem with my computer and Netflix account. I am in China having a meeting with our business partner. Everything was perfectly good when I was still in USA two days ago. What is happening? Why does it present the error all the time? Can you please help me with it?
Hey, I am from UK and now in China for sightseeing with my families. I am trying to play the BBC iPlayer, but it apparently there is a problem taking place. I can’t get run the service as I could in UK. I have no idea what is going on. I have tried using different devices like my Mac computer, iPhone, even the android phone of my Chinese friend. It is the same problem. Please help me! I am tired and don’t know what to do. Much appreciated!
Geo-restriction or geo-blocking is defined as the practice of a content protection technology to restrict access to different content according to the geographical location of the user. Services or websites with geo-restriction or geo-blocking policy like Netflix are applying certain geolocation techniques to calculate the user’s location. They may have established a database or list against which the user’s IP is checked and identified. The outcome of the check decides which content you are allowed to access and which content you are restricted from reaching.
For example, if your IP is recognized as from China, you are not allowed to access anything on Netflix; you will receive a similar message saying “Sorry, Netflix is not available in your country yet. Enter your email & we’ll let you know when Netflix is available.” when you try to watch Netflix from China. And in India, it is reported only part of the whole content of Netflix can be accessed by the Indian users. A TV show produced in USA may not be available on India market because of copyright and licensing issue.
Apart from Netflix, many other services or websites are also practicing geo-restriction or geo-blocking to restrict access to their content. Such services as Hulu, HBO, USA Network, ABC, BBC iPlayer, Spotify, Deezer, WWE, Star Sports, Sky Italia, etc. are all included in the list. HBO now is a service that can be accessed only from United States. The service can’t be reached from outside USA because different licensed broadcasters in different countries may replace the original content with their own, similar service to make it more successful or make more profits. Geo-restriction or geo-blocking can be used to restrict access to quality TV shows, movies, music and any other multimedia content on the Internet, filter malicious traffic, enforce price discrimination, etc.
It is reported that about 30 million month-to-month users are watching Netflix from countries where the service is not available.And around 22 million users are from China. This is a huge number. How can people watch Netflix in countries where the service is not provided? Yes, they are using a technology called VPN. Virtual Private Network, VPN in short, is undoubtedly the best way to access geo-restricted content of websites like Netflix. It is a technology that can help replace your oringianl IP with a new one by arranging an intermedia server between the source and destination devices. In this way, the service is fooled and fails to tell where is your real geolocation, thus you can access Netflix or use BBC iPlayer and other geo-restricted services freely.
The guide consists of three steps.
Step 1: First, it is needed to go to sign up for an account from a VPN service provider. Usually there are various service plan available, pick up the one that you think it best for you. After that, you will be provided the options to make the payment. Choose the payment method and fill in all the information to complete. An email will be sent to you to confirm the account upon payment being completed. After confirming, the next step is to download and install the software onto your system.
Step 2: Download and install the VPN software. Usually, a link to download the software will be provided in the confirmation email. You may be presented with a list of software where software for different operating systems or devices are listed. Select the one for your systems to finish downloading. The installation is easy, just click through the procedures as prompted all the way to complete.
Step 3: Connect to a US-based server or other appropriate server location on VPN. When the software is ready, the left you need to do is to start the application and fill in your account detail and choose a proper location. You can select any server located in US. If you like, you can also choose other locations like Canada. It is all up to you. Now everything is done. You can access whatever you like fully in China with your own account. If you don’t have an account, just go ahead to register a new one.
Why is it recommended to select the VPN technology to access Netflix or use BBC iPlayer from the countries where the services are not available like China? Is it worth the extra money we pay for a specific VPN service? Here are some facts that may help you make the decision.
• Apart from these two services, such popular websites as Twitter, Pandora, Youtube, Hulu and so on are inaccessible in China for either national censorship or geo-restriction. And it is reported that more than 3000 foreign websites are not accessible directly from China without applying such technology as VPN to circumvent the geo-restrictions and censorship. But a good VPN service will help you successfully access these websites as many as possible.
• An excellent VPN service will allow the user to access the whole content on devices as many as possible, including Android devices, Windows PC, Google Nexus Player, Smart TV, Blu-ray Player, iPad, iPhone, AppleTV etc.
• By applying the VPN technology, you will not need to take hours to download “free” streaming content like a movie without good quality guaranteed at the risk of introducing viruses onto your devices. It is known that free downloads are the most often-used ways by malwares to distribute themselves.
• Access more content. As mentioned, the wonderful movies and TV shows on such services as Netflix are not equally same available for all countries and regions all over the world because of the copyright or licensing issues. With the help of the VPN technology, you are able to watch a movie that can’t be accessed from India by choosing a location where the movie is available there.
For users who are looking for reliable brands of VPN services, the following three can be listed among their best choices. Although none of these brands is good enough to be considered as perfect in all aspects, they are very competitive in many aspects compared with their competitors.
Private Internet Access is regarded as one of the most trustworthy VPN service providers in the field of VPN technology. The most impressive aspect of their VPN service is the affordable pricing. They are able to provide the customers with the most efficient services of the most reasonable prices. Apart from reasonable prices, the number of servers and various useful tools like ad blocking and one click termination for all applications connected to the internet in case of a VPN failure are all powerful tools they use to compete with their competitors.
Headquartered in Panama, a country where people scream for freedom from NSA snooping, NordVPN is one of the most popular VPN services in the world. Even though its pricing is slightly expensive, it doesn’t prevent the company from being one of the most favored VPN service providers at all since it is a company that can ease the user’s safety concern to the most degree.
Apart from vast pricing options, multiple server choices and a bunch of impressive tools, KeepSolid VPN is doing better in many aspects compared with other providers. Unless you are looking for a service with faster speed and simpler UI or higher speed of file sharing across all servers, there is no reason to remove it out of your list of best VPN services.
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