The 2012 Olympics in London have started and endless hours of sports entertainment are lined up. The BBC has some of the most complete coverage of the games but unfortunately you are not able to stream BBC from outside the UK. By using the following trick however, you will be able to watch the Olympics on BBC from anywhere in the world.
See the problem is that when you try to stream a video from the BBC site you are meet with the following message “I’m sorry, we can’t show this content in your area”. The problem is that the BBC website has been able to detect your location via your computers IP address. This is a unique number you inherit from the Internet connection you are using. This number is a dead give away of your location outside the UK and as a result you will be blocked from streaming.
Fake Your Location and Watch the Olympic Games on BBC
Well thankfully there is an easy way to fake your location in order to trick the BBC. The solution comes from what is known as a Virtual Private Network or (VPN). When you connect to this type of network you inherit an IP address from the server in a location of your choice. So if you connect to a VPN server located in the UK you will inherit a UK IP address and this is enough to fool BBC into thinking you are located in the UK.
Setting up a VPN connection is fairly easy. I suggest using the UK VPN service called Unlocator as their UK servers are perfect for this trick. Besides they have a special discount during the Olympics, which makes it an even better choice. Anyhow once you are signed up for the service you download and install their application on either your PC or Mac and then select one of the UK servers from the list in the app. Then click connect and a couple of seconds later you can reload the BBC website and start streaming whatever you like.
This trick can be used for not only the BBC but also any other UK site you want to unblock. Since Unlocator has servers located all around the world you can also use the service to unblock US , Hulu and tons of other sites. On top of that your Internet connection becomes encrypted when using VPN. This means that hackers can no longer sniff your data when using Wi-Fi networks. Perfect if you are using public Wi-Fi at a hotel, café or the likes. VPN really is a great tool for anyone interested added security and easy access to Internet content from all around the world. Take a look at the offer from Unlocator.