blog Frustrated that you can’t watch Netflix because you’ve got an Australian IP address? Can’t log into Hulu? It’s a common problem, and one that many Australians find frustrating. However, due to the magic goodness of the Internet, there are ways around these kinds of headaches. PC & Tech Authority has put together a comprehensive guide to evading this decade’s IP watchdogs, with a number of handy tricks + tips. The publication reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“It’s frustrating to watch from the sidelines as American viewers enjoy unfettered access to Netflix and Hulu while the British gorge themselves on BBC iPlayer. Even in the Amazon and iTunes stores, Australians are treated as second-class citizens compared to what people enjoy in other countries … But where there’s a will there’s a way and geo-dodging is becoming easier than ever.”
The article makes the very valid point that some of the tips and tricks it outlines violate the various services’ terms and conditions, or are on the boundaries of legality. However, to my mind, using this kind of ‘geo-dodging’ approach, which has been used in Australia now for at least a decade that I know of, is actually a very direct way of giving the companies concerned very good and direct feedback about their products. If Australians are so keen to use a company’s products and services that they’re willing to risk breaking the law to pay for them, doesn’t that give that company a very clear indicator that they should consider launching Down Under? Seems pretty clear to me.
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