Australian web users are all too familiar with the dreaded “This content is not available in your country” message when trying to access US-based services such as YouTube, Hulu and others. In the last few years, browser extensions have saved many the effort of setting up a proxy to side-step these restrictions, with Media Hint being a popular option. Unfortunately, the once-free geo-unblocker now requires users to pay for its benefits.
When you try to activate the extension, users are now prompted to pay a $US3.95 monthly fee or drop $US39.50 for a year’s worth of access. In addition, Media Hint requires you to create an account, not an unexpected development seeing as it’s collecting payment information.
I use Media Hint myself and found it to be excellent, but with a number of free alternatives available, including ProxyMate and ZenMate, it’s difficult to convince someone to pay for it. I’d be surprised if the move doesn’t backfire — the one-star reviews are already beginning to accumulate on the Chrome Web Store.