Is the content you want to watch on YouTube Geoblocked? Are you seeing a “The uploader has not made this video available in your country” message? Annoying isn’t it? Here I’ll show you how to get around country restrictions on YouTube
How to get around country restrictions on YouTube?
- Sign up to ExpressVPN ($6.66/moonth) or Private Internet Access ($2.03/month)
- Download and install app on your device
- Select a server from another country
- Watch geoblocked YouTube content
It’s as simple as that.
Why do I need a VPN to watch restricted content on YouTube?
Yes, even though YouTube is a global platform, it’s still subject to local licensing laws.
This means a YouTube video that’s available in the US might not be available to watch in the UK. YouTube does not control this. Instead, it passes the responsibility onto the content uploader.
Let’s take Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver for example. As you can see from the Twitter reply below: @lastweektonight explains that it restricts UK users from viewing new YouTube clips until after it the show has aired on Sky Atlantic (HBO’s UK partner).
@4b5 Our long clips are blocked in the UK until we air on SkyAtlantic on Tuesday nights.
— Last Week Tonight (@LastWeekTonight) September 15, 2014
It’s logical too. If HBO didn’t georestrict these clips then users in the UK would be less likely to watch the show on PayTV channel Sky Atlantic. Which would result in lower viewing figures…which, again, would lead to Sky Atlantic paying HBO less for the broadcasting rights of Last Week Tonight.
How to bypass geoblocked content on YouTube
Anyway… if you want to get around YouTube’s “The uploader has not made this video available in your country” geoblocks, all you need to do is use a VPN.
VPNs use a combination of military-grade encryption and a global network of servers. This simple method lets users manually select a server location and access the web as if they were physically connected to the internet from that city.
One of the major benefits this provides internet users with is the ability to unlock content on the internet that their actual location prevents.
Using ExpressVPN ($6.66/moonth) or Private Internet Access ($2.03/month) will also let you change your location to over 100 different countries. Meaning you can use your VPN to watch BBC iPlayer outside the UK or HBO GO outside the US – and unlock literally hundreds of other TV channels.