Have you ever watched Hulu – it’s wonderful, apparently it’s one of the most popular sites on the entire internet. However very soon after the site was released they restricted access based on location, you can’t even access Hulu in Canada!
Anyway at first it wasn’t too much of a problem using a proxy server you could change the IP address you connected to. So you just had to use an American one, a Hulu proxy if you like and you were allowed to access the service. But then Hulu got wise to this and was able to detect the use of them, so free proxies and methods like HotSpot Shield stopped working altogether. People are still using proxies for some media channels – for instance a German proxy server will still unlock most sites in Germany but in most instances VPNs are needed now.
Currently the only way to watch Hulu from outside the US is to use some sort of VPN (Virtual Private Network) which creates a tunnel from your client to a VPN enabled server.
There’s a few of these around commercially or if you work for a multinational company you may find you have access to a US based server that you can connect to.
Remember the idea is simple – your browser or computer is irrelevant, what’s important is that your connection and IP address needs to appear to be from the USA. Here’s the software I use – it’s called Identity Cloaker.
There’s a few hundred servers in all different countries but for Hulu we obviously need one based in the US. When I click on an American server it sets up a SSH connection to the US which all my internet activities will be tunneled down – more info here. This means that when I connect to Hulu it will see the IP address of the server (which is American) and allow me to access Hulu wherever I happen to be.
Works like a dream and comes recommended – test with the trial account first at Identity Cloaker. There are quite a few others that work well too – but remember you need more that just a proxy server for Hulu (although a proxy still works for BBC Iplayer from outside the UK). You’ll have a selection of different countries available, they concentrate on the US and major European countries though – if you want something a little less usual like a Japanese or Turkish proxy – check out the rest of this site for alternatives.
Further Reading – http://www.proxyusa.com/