Online video streaming is one of the more popular ways to get content to the mobile device of your choice. However, it’s not all sunshine and daisies. DRM issues aside, sometimes, you’re not allowed to view certain content due to your geographical region. When you bump into this type of problem, you should take a look at Hola Unblocker. It’s a web extension for use on Windows machines.
Hola Unblocker has been available as a Chrome and Firefox extension since December 2012. It has recently been expanded to include websites like CBC, Fox and BBC’s iPlayer TV. All you have to do is installing the extension, and then go to the website with the region-blocked content you want to access. You don’t have to restart your computer. You don’t even have to restart your browser. The main difference between Hola Unblocker and other VPN/proxy services that we’ve found so far is its ability to unblock content without slowing everything down.
There have been some reports of the extension suddenly not working on a particular site, as well as a few glitches here and there. The developer indicates that BBC iPlayer TV worked in Chrome, but not in Firefox. Hulu also worked as advertised. The software is still technically in beta as of this writing, everything seems to be working as designed.