If you are living outside of the United States, there are probably a few television shows you want to watch that you can't get outside the U.S. One solution is to watch the shows online. However, many U.S. websites won't allow viewers outside of the country to watch these shows. The simple solution is to use a virtual private server that will spoof your Internet address so the websites will think you are located in the United States.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Choose an online streaming site. There are several sites that show American television shows online, but because of copyright issues, they will not show them outside of the U.S. Choose from sites such as Hulu, SideReel, and directly from networks such as CBS (see Resources). As of 2010, these are free to use.
Download a virtual private network (VPN) client. There are several free ones available, such as HotSpot Shield, AlwaysVPN, and USAIP (see Resources). These sites do not require you to register.
Install the software by clicking on the file. Wait for the installation process to initiate. Agree to the "Terms and Conditions," click "Next" and wait for it to complete. Once it has finished, click "OK" and reboot your computer.
Start the VPN program by going to the "Start" menu and clicking on the application icon. Open your Web browser and go to the TV streaming site of your choice. Choose the show that you want to watch. You are now able to watch shows from any U.S. streaming site.
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