One of the many wonderful things about the internet, is that it gives you the chance to really learn about what’s going on across the world. Of course, in most democratic nations there are international stories and reports all the time, however these are always in the form of foreign reports and are often sporadic. After all what’s a huge news story in North America may not even register in Europe and vice-versa, every time you watch a news story unfold on your domestic news service then you see but a single viewpoint.
Of course in some countries that’s better than others – many countries even supposedly democratic ones have a very biased and political news service. It’s still a very important way of controlling information and political opinion, only the very strongest democracies have a very open news service. Places like Russia and Turkey will pretend that there news reporting is completely impartial but there’s always Government pressure and control. In my experience the European and US News services are generally pretty good although you have to be careful with which channel you’re watching there’s plenty of religious and political bias even in these countries. In fact probably one of the most independent News services in the world is often accused of both ‘left wing’ and ‘right wing’ bias by viewers, although in my opinion it genuinely does try and stay away from any political leanings.
If you’re keen on watching the news from around the world, the BBC is certainly one that should be on your list – this video shows you how to watch the BBC News live.
The reason that you can’t just watch the BBC from anywhere normally is because like most media services it’s restricted to the domestic market normally. This is presumably due to restrictions based on the license fee which everyone in the UK has to pay to own a TV set, which funds the BBC. However all commercial stations practice the same way with broadcasts only being allowed online for people in the home market. This is usually achieved by a process called geo-location which checks the location of your IP address when you access the site, so a UK IP address is needed for the BBC News and US one for Fox News and so on.
Which is why having some method of switching your IP address is so useful especially for those of us who like to watch the news and to be able to watch it reported from a different perspective. The program I use is called Identity Cloaker and it is the one used in the video above, it allows you to switch between proxies and is effectively a quick IP address changer. This means that from one console I have access to news channels from anywhere in the world, switching from European to North American or even Australian News stations with a simple click of the button.