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Apr. 5 2010 - 5:01 pm | 1,874 views | 1 recommendation | 3 comments

How to watch Hulu outside of the U.S.A.

When I moved abroad this January I was saddened to learn I could no longer access sites like Hulu and Pandora or stations like Fox, CBS and NBC. I gave up quickly in light of the fact I was living abroad to learn a new culture, not stay caught up on the last season of Lost.

But recently I had a night where I was too tired to go out dancing, too tired to write or work and I really wanted to snuggle up with my laptop in bed.

After commiserating with a few ex-pats, I stumbled upon AnchorFree.com, which was founded in early 2005 by Silicon Valley tycoons David Gorodyansky and Eugene Malobrodsky  “to put users in control of their own data online, and to significantly impact user privacy on the Internet.”

Gorodyansky and Malobrodsky created the Hotspot Shield, “the world’s only free ad-supported virtual private network client.” (VPN) According to their website, Hotspot Shield is utilized in over 190 countries.

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The Hotspot Shield ensures user privacy and anonymity by securing your web session with HTTPS encryption. The only catch is the annoying banner ad on top of every page. But besides just being able to bypass firewalls to watch Hulu and listen to Pandora while living abroad, the software plug-in protects users by hiding their IP address; protecting from online identity theft, Wi-Fi snoopers and it provides unlimited bandwidth. It’s easy to install and run. Let’s just hope NBC doesn’t catch wind of this nifty software.

Now instead of eating more empanadas and downloading weighty torrents, I’ll be snuggling in bed tonight with Jack, Kate and Locke.


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    I was using Hotspot Shield for a while but it became very unreliable and was blocked on a regular basis by Hulu and other media streaming sites.

    I’d recommend you look into Strong VPN – costs only $55 a year. You can access UK and US media sites with a high-speeds http://www.vpntelevision.com

    This has saved me many headaches (and I had many with Hotspot Shield)

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