Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Michael Stone Online

What Netflix, Hulu and Other Sites Say in Countries Outside the U.S.

While abroad and after a long day of sightseeing, don’t expect to get caught up on Orange is the New Black or rock out to Phish radio.

Licensing and copyright constraints keep big hitters of online entertainment—like Pandora, Hulu and Netflix—off international IP addresses. While most YouTube videos work, some of those are even blocked.

There does appear to be a potential workaround: setting up a “proxy server” so the sites think you’re still in the U.S. I don’t plan on going through the process, but if you’re traveling for an extended period and end up giving a shot, let me know how it works.

If you don’t, you’ll be seeing what I’m seeing:

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