Geo-blocking is the method used by various websites to prevent people outside of a particular territory gaining access to their services. Most of the sites employing the method are those providing content that is subject to regional licensing. Online television and movie streaming in particular.
There are ways to beat geo-blocking, some more permanent that others. James has recently written about premium VPN services, one of which is available for free via MakeUseOf Rewards, and Tunlr, which sees you changing the DNS IPs on devices in order to gain access to previously blocked services.
This Week’s Question…
What Do You Think About Geo-Blocking & How Do You Circumvent It?
This week’s ‘We Ask You‘ is all about geo-blocking. You’ll probably have experienced geo-blocking at least once in your travels around the InterWebs. Anyone outside of the U.S. who has tried to watch a show on Hulu, or outside of the UK who has tried to watch a show on BBC iPlayer, are just two examples.
We want to hear your views on geo-blocking. Do you think it’s a good or a bad thing? Should the global nature of the Internet lead to an end of regional licensing? Do you still respect media companies’ efforts to control consumption of their content in this way? Do geo-blocking restrictions simply lead to people obtaining content by less legal methods?
We also want to hear your experiences of circumventing geo-blocking measures, if you have ever done such a thing. What methods have you used? Have you found one to work above all others? Have you been frustrated by the game of cat and mouse played between media companies and those trying to find the chink in their armor? Is a premium VPN worth paying for, and if so how much are you willing to pay for one?
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what ‘You Told Us’. One reader will be chosen for the coveted ‘Comment Of The Week’, having their name put up in lights for all to marvel over. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
‘We Ask You‘ is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to start a conversation. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.
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