If you are into legal dramas and reality TV then truTV is the channel for you. Formerly known as Court TV then channel is jam packed with court shows, police shows, legal shows and much more. The only problem is that truTV is only available in the US and you need a cable subscription in order to watch. The following trick will allow you to watch truTV while travelling outside the US.
First of all you need to be a cable subscriber in order for this to work. If you already use truTV back home you should be familiar with the need to login with your cable subscription details on the truTV website. The next step is faking your location as truTV will be able to detect if you are located outside the US. They do this by taking a look at your computers IP address, which is a unique number you inherit from the ISP you are using at the time.
Lets say you are in a hotel room in Paris and truTV will be able to detect you are located in France. How do you hide your real location from truTV? The solution, although very techy sounding, is very simple. You need to connect your computer to a so-called Virtual Private Network. That way your computer will be able to inherit an American IP address instead of the one from the Paris hotel room. This is all it takes to fake your location and trick truTV into allowing you to stream.
Setting up a VPN is very simple. All you need is an account with a VPN provider – personally I use Unlocator as they have great speed and servers located all over the world. Once you have signed up for an account simply install their application on either your PC or Mac and launch the app. From then on it is just a matter of selecting one of the US servers from the list and clicking connect. From that moment on you will appear as being located in the US as long as the application is running.
The trick works for not only unblock truTV but also any other US only service such as Hulu. That is why a VPN connection is very handy when travelling. On top of the ability to fake your location the VPN connection will also encrypt your data connection, which is a must when using public Wi-Fi in hotel rooms and other public spaces. The encryption makes it impossible for hackers to sniff sensitive data that you send and receive on your computer when logging in and out of websites and so forth.
Anyhow this is all it takes to watch truTV from outside the US. Sure you need to be a cable subscriber in order for the trick to work, but other than that it is a dead easy fix.
Oh by the way – if you are an expat you can just borrow a login from a family member or friend back home and then you can still use the above trick.