Saturday, October 18, 2008

View US only sites from abroad

One thing that buggers me when I am browsing sites like Gizmodo or Engadget is that they discuss (video)services like Hulu.com, which offer streaming of current TV Shows by their original broadcasting company. Sounds neat, but we (non US based internet users) don't get to enjoy these sites. This is for obvious reasons (licensing etc), but that doesn't mean we don't want to see those shows aswell.. :-)

Here's a nice solution (for Windows): http://hotspotshield.com/. Hotspotshield is intented to tunnel (and therefor hide) your traffic from other users on the same hotspot. Tech-savy users would already use their company VPN to protect their traffic from the unknown, but I guess not everybody has a company VPN to do so.

But as hotspotshield is a US based company, their VPN tunnels also terminate in.. the US. I guess sites like Hulu do not (yet) blacklist this service, as it works quite well as I've just tested.

So try out hotspotshield if you would like your traffic to be a bit more US originated ;-). As it is a free app, you will get some add inserts (using an HTML frame) when the tunnel is active and during the installation you may want to deselect the option to install their spy^H^H^Htoolbar.

No comments: