Non-US users frequently encounter the annoyance of geo-blocked content when trying to access popular sites like Hulu, but every now and then the burn is felt even in the States too. Reader hengehog details how to access BBC’s iPlayer from outside the UK.
hengehog was kind enough to create a Google Wave gallery highlighting this process, but since not everyone’s got access to Wave just yet, we’ve republished his all-image step-by-steps (for both Firefox and Chrome) below.
How to Access the BBC iPlayer from Outside the UK with Firefox
How to Access the BBC iPlayer from Outside the UK with Chrome
In a nutshell, he details how to set up a proxy using FoxyProxy with Firefox or an extension called Proxy Switchy! with Chrome. In each case, he sets up the extension in use with a proxy located in the U.K. (220.127.116.11:80) to access the iPlayer.
All in all, it’s a good primer for using proxy extensions inside Firefox and Chrome, whether or not you want to access the BBC iPlayer. The same basic steps, with a different proxy substituted depending on where you wanted to access content, should work almost anywhere, as the author points out:
If you want to access this to get in to Hulu or another site that only lets you in if you are in a certain geographical area you just need to search google for [insert target country here]proxies. Then put the IP address and port number in the correct places.