So you have a nice HD TV and perhaps even a Blu Ray player but no HD movies to make that TV shine. Well there is a new kid in town called Vudu that will stream 1080p HD movies to your TV, PS3, Blu Ray Player or Computer. That is if you live within the US. However, as always VPNfreedom has a trick to unblock Vudu outside the US.
Depending on what device you will use to play the movies from Vudu, then the solution will vary just a little. The essentials are the same though. See what Vudu does to check your location, is looking at your IP address. Don’t worry if you don’t know what that is, but it is a dead give away of your location on the Internet and every device needs one to communicate.
Now that we know how Vudu will find your location we can use this to trick them. See what we need is a middleman, that is located in the US, between Vudu and us. The way to do this is by connecting to a Virtual Private Network, or VPN for short. By doing this we connect to a server in the US that will relay all our Internet traffic trough the US. That way Vudu will not know we are located in perhaps Europe, Asia, South America or anywhere else in the world for that matter. That is basically all there is to it. Of course you need to sign up for Vudu in order for all this to work.
In order to connect to a VPN server we need to have an account with a VPN provider. Most importantly we need a good, stable and fast provider. The best on the market is by far Hide My Ass (yes that is their name) and I use them on all my devices. Their 6 or 12 months packages have the best discounts.
The setup is pretty easy – once you have ordered your connection you will receive setup instructions in your mail. It is super easy and you will be up and running in no time.
Since Playstations, Blu Ray Players and TVs don’t have a build in VPN client that can connect us to the server located in the US, we need to find another way to use VPN for these devices. The only way to do that is to use a router to connect to VPN. That way all the traffic in the household can be directed over VPN and you can use Vudu, Hulu, Netflix or whatever US only website on all devices connected to the router. I have written a separate article on these VPN routers here.