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Get Around Those Pesky Geo-Blocked Content Restrictions Easily With Hola Unblocker

Published February 15, 2013 - 3 Comments
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Consider these two scenarios:

 

  1. You are an American travelling on vacation. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to watch your favourite Netflix show?  Sure would, but because of the way content restrictions are imposed by geography, you are limited to whatever local flavour of Netflix is available to you.  Swaziland sketch comedies, anyone?
  2. You live anywhere outside of the United States and wish that you could watch the “real” Netflix that you read about on the internet, instead of the local watered-down version that you are forced to watch because all the “good” shows aren’t available on your Netflix account.

Do either of these sound familiar to you?  Chances are the second one does, especially if you are in Canada.  It’s been a long-standing complaint of many of us that the Netflix we have here is inferior to that of our friends to the south.  Whether that’s true is entirely up to you, but there’s certainly no denying that programming is different between the two and American Netflix has a much greater library of content to choose from.Hola Unblocker

So what do you do if you find yourself faced with one of the above scenarios?  Well, there have always been work-arounds available… as long as you didn’t mind playing with network proxy settings, or subscribing to a monthly VPN (Virtual Private Network) service.  As for the rest of us, we’ve been forced to suck it up and be happy with what we had.

Not anymore!

Let me introduce you to the simplest, most-effective way of gaining access to content that is traditionally blocked because of where you are.  Hola Unblocker is a free Chrome extension that takes seconds to download and install and begins working immediately.  There is no configuring.  No subscription.  Nadda.  Download it from the Chrome store (free) and install.  That’s it.  That’s all.  The extension runs automatically, and fools Netflix into thinking that you are logging in from within the United States.  (NOTE: You still require an active Netflix account.  Hola is not designed to give you unauthorized access to content.  And yes, your Canadian Netflix account will work on the US Netflix site).

It only took me a couple of minutes to test this.  I downloaded and installed Hola Unblocker, and went to Netflix.com and logged in.  I could tell immediately that this wasn’t the Netflix that I was used to.  I was able to start watching shows that hadn’t appeared to me earlier.  Then I turned off and extension, and refreshed the page.  Suddenly I was in my familiar Netflix experience.  You can toggle back and forth between US and Canadian versions.  It truly is that simple.

All this time I’ve been talking about Netflix, but Hola Unblocker works with more than just that service.  Hola currently unblocks the following sites, with a promise to add more as its popularity grows:

  • Hulu
  • Netflix
  • Pandora
  • cbs.com
  • fox.com
  • BBC.co.uk
  • ITV.com

And good news for Firefox users.  Hola has an extension for you as well, although I haven’t tested it.

In the current internet age, content restrictions based solely on geographic location are becoming increasingly ancient thinking.  But until media conglomerations fully accept the new reality and open their massive content vaults to a worldwide audience eager to pay for that access, companies like Hola provide the best solution for all parties.