How to stream videos with web proxy

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How to stream videos with web proxy
Use a proxy to stream video (computer image by Blaine stiger from Fotolia.com)

Using a web proxy allows you to access sites if they are blocked by your school or company by routing your web traffic through a third-party proxy. A proxy is just a middle man; imagine if you can't talk to Adam but you are allowed to talk to Bill. You talk to Adam by passing your messages through Bill and Adam talks to you by passing his messages through Bill. Bill is the equivalent of a proxy. Streaming video through proxies is not as simple as non-video browsing, however, because many proxies do not support video as it takes up too much bandwidth. A list of proxies specifically made for video websites is provided in the "Resources" section.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose a web proxy from the list provided in the "Resources" section. You may need to try several to find a proxy that is fast enough, since some will slow down when a lot of users are using the proxy.

  2. 2

    Check off any boxes that enable JavaScript and Flash. These options allow websites to show you video.

  3. 3

    Enter the video website URL (ex. www.youtube.com) into the web proxy URL field and press "Enter" on your keyboard. You will be brought to your video site, where you can browse as you otherwise would. Note that some proxies will keep a banner at the top or bottom of your web page and these usually cannot be disabled.

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