For a long times I had problem watching news clips, videos, TV episodes, movies, and other Internet content because they were restricted to Panama due to royalty issues. For example, I have a Netflix subscription to stream movies and documentaries in English with Spanish subtitles which is good, I’m not complaining. However, the U.S. version has a wider variety of movies and documentaries and its database includes newer movies. The problem was, I was blocked from this richer content. The same was true with Pandora, Hulu and other sites.
Yesterday, in a serendipitous event, I found out there was a way to unblock the restrictions and access these elusive web sites using a Firefox or Chrome extension. Hola Unblocker Web Proxy version 1.0.113 is a browser extension that removes region locks and allows you to watch BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, and more regardless of where you live. It doesn’t require any set up and works right out of the box.
The Hola Unblocker guys have found a few ways to circumvent region-locking, including, changing your DNS server, VPN, and easy to use services like Tunnelbear. Hola Unblocker makes the whole process even easier. Just install the extension, and Hola Unblocker does the rest. You don’t need to reboot or change any setting in your browser. Currently, Hola supports Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, BBC iPlayer, iTV Player, CBS, and Fox.
If you enjoy websites like Pandora, ABC, CBS, NBC, Hulu, Netflix, just to name a few, but find it impossible to do so, no problem, the U.S. Cavalry is on the way. I’m now enjoying a series dubbed, “Commander in Chief” starring Geena Davis as president Mackenzie Allen, the first female president in U.S. history, available in HD through Netflix. Using Hulu, I also found another interesting show called, “Shark Tank”, about entrepreneurs seeking growth capital from shrewd investors. The show is absolutely fascinating plus you learn a lot about investing in small but growing enterprises.
Pandora worked flawlessly as well, although I did notice miniscules interruptions, even though I have a generous Internet bandwidth of 7 Mbps from Cable Onda. This doesn’t worry me, since I have other American Internet radio stations with similar musical contents. However, it’s good news to open up new territory that was once banned in this part of the world.
If you miss your favorite TV programs from the United States and are currently living abroad, I fully recommend this Firefox/Chrome add on. After using it, you will wonder how you ever lived so many years without it. Good Day.