So, you just hopped on YouTube to watch a video of a hot new song or the trailer from a new movie, only to encounter the following words across the video screen: “We’re sorry! This video is not available in your location.” This can be very frustrating, and there is often no way to know in advance when a video will be blocked.
There is a way to avoid this occurrence. You can use a VPN connection to remove the restrictions on many videos and get rid of that annoying pop-up message on the video screen.
Denial of Service Message
If you happen to live in the United States, United Kingdom, or Canada, the chances are you haven’t encounter the “We’re sorry…” message too many times. Most streaming media restriction happens outside of these countries. But, many citizens of the US, UK, and Canada work or play abroad. When they are in a foreign country, seeing this message may be a more frequent occurrence.
The formal name for the “We’re sorry…” blurb is a denial of service message. Denial of service messages are used to alert visitors that content is unavailable to them because of their geographical location. Your location is revealed to sites like YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix via your IP address. Those sites then employ geographical-based restrictions to prevent media from being viewed in unauthorized areas. In some cases, like YouTube, videos are only blocked in a few countries. In other cases, such as Netflix, the service may only be available within the United States. People trying to access Netflix outside of the US are met by the denial of service message, “Sorry. Netflix hasn’t come to this part of the world yet.”
When you see a denial of service message, relax. It doesn’t mean there is a glitch in your computer. It just means that you have attempted to view content which is restricted wherever you happen to be.
Who is delivering the packages? A VPN should be used.
Whenever you place an order online, your purchase is delivered to your home by the USPS, FedEx, DHL, or UPS, to name a few. Someone has to bring the thing you ordered to your home. When your order is shipped, the carrier uses your physical address as a reference for delivery.
Things aren’t that much different online. Whenever you attempt to access YouTube or Netflix, you are basically “ordering” data from that website. The data must then be shipped to your machine (computer, tablet, or smartphone). The reference point for delivery is your IP address. Internet data is distributed in packages, or “packets”. The carrier is your ISP, who is responsible for delivering these packets.
The thing is, your ISP doesn’t make an effort to conceal you IP address. Therefore, when you order from Netflix or try to serve up a video from YouTube, your IP address is noted and restrictions are employed if you are in an area where viewing is not permitted.
Whenever you use a VPN account, your packages get delivered to the IP address of the VPN server, who then forwards them to your machine. It’s like having a box at the UPS Store. You can receive packages there and collect them without revealing your home address to the sender.
Media on the Road
As we mentioned earlier, blocked videos and media are likely to be encountered by those who are working or traveling in a foreign country. This is unfortunate because these services may be the only way for someone to access their favorite videos, movies, and television programs while on the road. Many expatriates like to retain access to their local television programming abroad. It helps them feel more connected to their family back at home.
A VPN service is the answer
The solution to removing those annoying “We’re sorry, this video is not available in your location” messages is as simple as using a personal VPN. VPN’s are easy to configure, and they are affordable.
Before we conclude, we want to especially address why a VPN is ideally suited for unblocking restricted media and streaming video. With a VPN, there is little to no discernible difference in your connection speed. This is important when streaming digital media. Slower connection speeds will make the streaming process impossible. Because of this, Web-based proxy servers and free VPN’s are a poor choice for removing the restrictions on Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube.
In addition, proxy servers do not offer the same levels of encryption provided by a VPN and often keep logs on the browsing activities of their users.
Remember, buy a VPN now before you take that trip out of the country to guarantee unrestricted access to your digital media services. Many countries block access to VPN provider websites and you will be unable to obtain an account after you arrive.