What is VPN?
VPN is an acronym for Virtual Private Network. Think of your internet as a tunnel to the internet but when you go through that tunnel, you have a tracking device on you. When you connect to VPN, the VPN connection acts as a virtual cloaking device shielding other servers from determining who you are or where you come from.
For example, you may be located in small town America but if you connect to a VPN server in Australia, the sites you connect to think you’re an Australian.
VPN allows you to surf anonymously but many people signup to give them more options for online content. Here’s some more information about VPN and streaming.
VPN Allows You to Get Around International Content Blocks
Remember the 2016 Summer Olympics? Well if you were located outside of the United States, you would have been unable to watch online under normal circumstances. Had you used VPN and streaming, you would have been able to.
Because you can login to whatever VPN server you want, you can connect to VPN servers located in the country with the content you want to access.
Another popular example is the BBC iPlayer. If you’re an American and want to stream Doctor Who episodes from BBC One, you cannot – that is unless you have VPN.
Login to a UK VPN server and you will be able to get around the country block for the BBC iPlayer and watch as much as you’d like.
Watch Netflix, Hulu, Pay-Per-Views and More on VPN
Continuing on the same train of thought, many streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu will block some countries from access their content. Netflix is famous for blocking everyone located outside their service countries, even if the person has a subscription.
Again, with VPN and streaming you can login to servers for known service countries and continue watching your favorite streaming shows. Also, note that YouTube is starting to block access to certain videos based on physical location. Sometime in the future, you may need VPN to be able to unlock all of what YouTube has to offer.
Be Careful – Not All Servers Allow Streaming
As silly as it may sound, there are a number of VPN servers that will not allow you to stream online content. Sometimes it will impact only one streaming services, such as Netflix, but there are other times where you will be handcuffed when using VPN and streaming.
As such, you need to do your research when signing up for VPN service. Not only should you read multiple reviews on your desired provider but we also recommend contacting customer support directly about streaming.
When doing so, make sure to ask specific questions about the streaming activities you wish to undertake. If you just ask, “can I stream on your service,” you may get the wrong answer.