A few weeks ago I did a post about using Bittorrent, a program that allows the…erm…sharing of content. Content providers around the world seem to have failed to grasp what globalisation means, and are also failing to see the obvious international opportunities that have arisen with an ever growing ex pat community spreading across the planet. I am a perfect example. I like living in Mexico, but of course there are things I miss from back in the UK, and of course I want to keep up to date with my old life to a certain extent. That includes British television and radio and all the sports and favourite programming that I have enjoyed all my life. But I live in Mexico, and am thererfore excluded. Blocked. Banished! My computer identifies me as being in Mexico, and their websites lock me out. Or so they’d like to think. Of course, the other side of globalisation, and the internet, means ex pats like me simply take matters into our own hands.
But I’ve discovered a new way to see and listen to the television and radio content I want to see. Through VPN networks. Actually I discovered this a while ago, but never did find a service provider that I liked enough, or that produced a service reliable enough. That changed this morning. The principle of a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is simple enough. I connect to the internet through the provider, who is located in the UK. Or US. Or and the US! It depends on the provider. The one I have found, HideIP VPN (click on the name to go to their website) seems to do the job just right, at a price that I think most people would be more than happy to pay.
I have tried out the service, this morning in fact, and it worked just fine. No delays, no jitters, no problems. At first glance, the instructions looked way more complicated than I wanted them to. But actually, they’re simply precise and very clear. I didn’t have to start again or otherwise muck around. It worked first time. And more importantly, it seems to be a one off procedure. Once it is set up, you can connect with a simple right click once you’ve opened up the available networks box on the Taskbar. You can see what I mean in the right hand image directly below. Below that is another image, and the proof of the pudding….I got to watch some World Championship Snooker, live, for the first time in five years! I’ve seriously missed my dose of British sports, but I’ll not need to miss them any more! The final score? Expat 1, British TV Restrictions 0. With the goal scored by HideIP VPN!