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You may or may not have heard the term “geo-blocking” before, but there’s a high probability you have experienced it at least once. For the uninitiated, it’s the practice of locking digital content to a specific region What Do You Think About Geo-Blocking & How Do You Circumvent It? [You Told Us] What Do You Think About Geo-Blocking & How Do You Circumvent It? [You Told Us] The Internet may connect the whole world in one glorious whole (assuming individual governments allow their people to be netizens) but that hasn't stopped media companies from trying to limit who can access their content... Read More , blocking anyone located elsewhere from accessing that content. And it sucks.

Thankfully, many of us have learned how to deal with these egregious geo-blocking tactics, employing our own counter measures against the websites and media companies employing them. And this week’s We Ask You is dedicated to sharing what we have all learned in the hopes of condemning this out-of-date practice to the dustbin of history.

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We want to know, How Do You Bypass Geo-Blocking Tactics?

Geo-blocking tactics are being employed by an increasing number of websites desperate to keep the world divided up into manageable chunks. This is something many media companies and content owners insist upon, and there is very little YouTube, Netflix, and the like can do about it.

Their reasoning is simple: it’s more profitable to do deals with individual territories than for the whole globe all at once. Which is why, for example, people in the United States can enjoy an envious range of content on Netflix How to Get Full Access to American Netflix Selections on Your UK Account - With Any Device! How to Get Full Access to American Netflix Selections on Your UK Account - With Any Device! A common complaint about UK Netflix (and it's competitor LoveFilm, though I still maintain the selection and interface of Netflix is far superior) is that the updates are so infrequent that the choice of movies... Read More but can’t watch the BBC iPlayer How To Watch TV On The Web With BBC iPlayer [Mainly UK Only] How To Watch TV On The Web With BBC iPlayer [Mainly UK Only] The Internet is becoming an increasingly important source for content of all media. There are legal and not-so-legal ways of listening to music, watching television and movies, playing games, and obtaining software. All via a... Read More .

The big problem here is that the Internet is global, and generally doesn’t respect the old idea of borders. People discover a new movie is being released in the States and they naturally want the chance to watch it as soon as possible. But they can’t because of geo-blocking.

There are plenty of different ways of bypassing geo-blocking tactics. These include free proxy servers Access Blocked Websites using Proxy Servers Access Blocked Websites using Proxy Servers Read More , premium VPNs The Best VPN Services The Best VPN Services We've compiled a list of what we consider to be the best Virtual Private Network (VPN) service providers, grouped by premium, free, and torrent-friendly. Read More (Virtual Private Networks), and DNS services VPNs Are Old: Better Ways to Access Region-Blocked Video VPNs Are Old: Better Ways to Access Region-Blocked Video Internet users outside of the United States are blocked from accessing the wealth of streaming video and music content available to Americans. Even Americans are deprived of international services like BBC iPlayer. Faced with this,... Read More . Or, for the more adventurous, illicit file-sharing and streaming. Oftentimes, anything goes when someone wants to watch or listen to a piece of content that isn’t openly available to them.

We simply want to know what methods you use for bypassing geo-blocking tactics? Tell us which proxy server or VPN you use, or how and why you pirate stuff that isn’t actually accessible to you by more traditional, and legal, methods. Also, tell us what websites are guilty of employing geo-blocking tactics in your country, and your attitude to the whole thing.

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All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before the responses are turned into a full article discussing the various ways of bypassing geo-blocking tactics. Those readers providing the best comments will be thanked by name, receiving our extreme and everlasting gratitude for their efforts.

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